http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110928/ARTICLE/110929532/2416/NEWS?Title=Small-red-tide-outbreak-causes-concern- Sarasota Herald Tribune
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Starring Karen Fraley
and cute kids and "hands-on" tulip snails
and more cute kids playing disc golf
and preparing mangrove seedlings
and lots of exhibits
and small reef balls
Friday, September 23, 2011
Somewhere in this photo, way, way out in the Bay or Gulf, there may be a crocodile ! One has been spotted in Tampa Bay area. (None are in Robinson Preserve)Crocodiles are salt water creatures, whereas, alligators live in fresh water. Occasionally, an alligator may get "flushed" down a river to the ocean.
The Sunshine State Parkway is on the upper right.
- Sarasota Herald Tribune
" Following is a croc seen on the north end of Longboat last week and now reported in St Pete area." - John Sarkozy
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
John Sarkozy took these photos with a telephoto lens at the Apollo Beach Power Plant Manatee Viewing Center. See:
It's difficult to tell which manatee is the best looking, so all photos are posted.
These gentle creatures come up close to boats and may have there backs scraped by boat propellers. If you are kayaking near a pod, remember how large they are and try not to frighten them. As always, do not feed wild animals.
Monday, September 19, 2011
National Estuaries Day Celebration Set for September 24 at Ken Thompson Park;
Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team to Perform
SARASOTA, FL – The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) and Around the Bend Nature Tours are hosting a National Estuaries Day celebration Saturday, September 24 at Ken Thompson Park near Mote Marine Laboratory. The theme of the free community event is Enjoy Sarasota Bay. Highlights include fun learning activities and exhibits for adults and children from 9am to 2pm and a performance by the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team.
Visitors can also pick up a discount ticket at the event for admission to the popular Mote Aquarium. Around the Bend Nature Tours will provide dip nets to give visitors an up close encounter with aquatic life as well as guided tours on the boardwalk through the mangrove forest. Brad Tanner, the SBEP Bay Wise kayak tour guide and a staff member at Mote Marine, will provide a series of Paddling 101 courses for visitors interested in learning more about recreational paddling. Visitors can bring their own kayak and some extra kayaks will be available.
Bryan Moore, a professional disc golf player sponsored by Team Discraft, will provide free lessons and a putting clinic. Local artist Patti Cross and her daughter Amber will be available for face painting. A group of high school students with Mote’s High School Intern Program will present an aquatic version of bean bag toss.
Exhibitors include Mote Marine Laboratory, Island Style Water Sports, MarineMax, Sarasota Audubon, Florida Underwater Sports, Manatee County Natural Resources Department, Friends of Tampa Bay Wildlife, Florida Native Plant Society, Save our Seabirds, Sarasota County Extension, Mote Marine High School Intern Program, and Stow-it Fishing Line Bins. The SBEP Bay Guardian volunteers will also be on hand early in the morning to clean up the area as part of National Coastal Cleanup Day.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Lots of renovation work as well as new construction is going on at Casperson Beach south of Venice, FL. More photos of the area will be posted in the near future. (Double-click on the map to enlarge it.) A Bayside pavillion is being constructed at #5 and a Gulfside pavillion at #1.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
This photo of either the Carnival Inspiration or Paradise
was taken from Apollo Beach Nature Park on Tampa Bay
Don't call them boats.
The huge ships create a wake like none you've seen before
....short waves coming just a couple of feet apart.
Be careful when kayaking near them. Meet the waves head on.
Labels: Florida Shoreline History
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Called the "TOURIST TREE". Here's why....
Look at that "sunburn" and peeling skin.
This tree is fairly salt-tolerant and wind-tolerant and
is recommended as a good, hurricane-resistant species.
Gumbo limbo ranges from Cape Canaveral to
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
http://www.islandreporter.com/page/content.detail/id/517571/Living-Sanibel--The-Black-Skimmer.html?nav=5011- Sanibel-Captiva Island Reporter
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Bay Preserve is a wonderful place to visit. The property is on Sarasota Bay in Osprey, FL. The easiest way to enter is at Spanish Pointe Park. Just follow the road in and continue straight to the bay.
Walk out the dock to the Honore T. Wansler Wildlife Observation Platform. Enjoy the view of Sarasota Bay.