The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be offering the second program on the theme of tortoises and turtles this month. On Monday, July 21, 2014, starting at 1:00 p.m., Florida naturalist Jim Bierly will present a program on Gopher Tortoises.
Bierly was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and lived there until moving to Citrus County fifteen years ago. He says, “My association with and interest in Gopher Tortoises began when I was four or five years old. Our neighborhood had several Gopher Tortoises until housing development killed almost all of them in the area.” After moving to Sugarmill Woods, he met several wildlife officials who helped him in the relocation of Gopher Tortoises in the development. He also served on the committee to reclassify the Gopher Tortoise from “A Species of Special Concern” to “Threatened.” Bierly is also interested in native plants and founded the Citrus County Native Plants Society, serving as its President for several years.
The Gopher Tortoise program will be held in the Education Center, and is included in your regular Park admission, which is $13 for adults (ages 13 and over) and $5 for children ages 6 through 12 years. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. For more information or to register for this program, please call Susan Strawbridge at (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002.