Monday, January 31, 2011
Because so many of you told us how much you enjoyed Phyllis Marsteller's recent article on this expedition, we thought you would like to know about this program.
In and around New York City, PBS will air "Greely Expedition" in its "American Experience" series at 9 p.m. on Monday, January 31st - tonight. Broadcast dates and times could be different in other areas. Check your local listings or www.pbs.org.
The latest issue of Underwater Naturalist includes an article about one of the men who traveled to the High Arctic with Greely. The title of the article, "William H.Whistler, IPY 1882-1883," refers to the first International Polar Year, the first time that the United States participated in a cooperative international scientific research program. Written by ALS member Phyllis Marsteller, a distant relative of Whistler, the article provides a brief review of the expedition, including its last few months on Pim Island, where most of the participants starved to death and at least six were cannibalized.
-- Eileen Kennedy, American Littoral Society
Feb 1 Myakka State Park 9am - 12 noon
* Feb 3 Waterways of Nokomis 10am - 1pm
* Feb 5 Little Sarasota Bay / Palmer Pt Park 10am -1pm
* Feb 9 Little Manatee River 10am-2pm $30mem-$35non mem
* Feb 12 Cockroach Bay State Park 10am-2pm $30mem - $35 nonmem
* Feb 15 Apollo Beach/Kitchen Preserve see Jan 27 above
* Feb 17 Bird Key/South Lido Park 10am- 1pm
* Feb 24 Little Sarasota Bay/Palmer Pt Park 1pm-4pm
Feb 26 Myakka State Park 9am - 12 noon
Its body is about one inch long with long black and yellow legs.
Common in mangroves, the bite is painful, but not life-threatening.
(Note: The female, as shown here, can grow to over 3 inches long. The male is much smaller and I haven't been able to take a good photo.)
Saturday, January 29, 2011
there is a preserve with mangroves and salt water ponds and streams.
There are pleasant paths for exercise and exploration.
in the shallow salt marsh water.
Baby plays close attention and always sticks close to Mama's side.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Photo by Dave Bulloch
Monday, January 24, 2011
- Anna Maria Islander
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
It is larger than our more common osprey. The solid white head and tail also distinguish the eagle from the osprey. Eagles mainly eat fish, both salt and fresh water. Fishing skills are displayed in the lower photo here.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
"She operated between Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor, Florida, for over one and one-half years, serving as a ship’s tender for the various Union warships assigned in turn to Tampa Bay. The highlight of her career came on 24 January 1864 when she captured Southern sloop Josephine of Tampa, Florida, bound for Havana, Cuba, with seven bales of cotton."
"In October 1864, Stonewall was transferred to blockade duty, still as a tender, between St. Marks and Cedar Keys, Florida, and she served in that area through the end of the Civil War."
"She was inactivated late in May 1865 and was sold at auction at Key West on 28 June 1865 to I. Silvery." -- Wikepedia.com
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Think about it for a day or two and watch for the answer on this Blog.
If you know, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(For other area history, click on "Florida Shoreline History" under Topics in the right column of this page.)
Feb 19 Quickpoint.- cancelled
Monday, January 17, 2011
Along the underside of the crab is an abdominal flap that is meant to be torn off for eating. Look at the design of the flap. If it is shaped like a dome (Jefferson Memorial), then the crab is female. If the flap, however, is shaped in a thin point (Washington Monument) then the crab is male. This is the easiest and most fool-proof way to accurately identify a crab's sex across all crab varieties.The crabber may take one claw only and must return live crabs to the water.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Sarasota Bay Watch has lots of great new projects and activities on the drawing board, and we are particularly excited about our recent grant awards to hire a new Executive Director through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Boost Initiative Fund and the Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation!
JOIN US! Everyone is invited to attend our monthly membership meetings every third Tuesday of the month. It's an informal gathering where we dream up and plan new activities to help improve the health of the bay.
Tuesday January 18, 6 to 8 PM
Gulf Gate Library - Conference Room
7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231
Saturday, January 15, 2011
There are several ramps which lead down to the water for waders. Look for the big round concrete balls.
Elsewhere, concrete blocks with holes in the middle lead down to the water making walking to the shoreline difficult.
Jan 22 Bird Key- cancelled
Feb 19 Quickpoint.- cancelled
March 19 Blackburn Point - call in March for Status
Apr 23 Lemon Bay
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
All trips are on Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 pm.
Members $12, non-members $18.
Make reservations early. For reservations on charters from Jan.25 to Mar.1, call Joan at (941) 378-4670. For charters from Mar.15 to May 3, call Bobby at (941) 927-3409.
The adult Greater Yellowlegs averages about a foot long, has long yellow legs and a long, thin, dark bill which has a slight upward curve and is longer in length than the head. These birds breed way up north in Canada and Alaska, but like our human "snowbirds", come south for the winter.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
The silky threads are called "byssus".