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May 10: Black Bears Subject Of Wildlife Jeopardy Program

-Learn about Florida’s Black Bears in special program at Wildlife Park -homosassa-wildlife-park-logo

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will host a Wildlife Jeopardy program in the Education Center on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from noon until 12:30 pm. The program will be on Florida’s Black Bears.

The Wildlife Jeopardy program is an educational program for all ages. Volunteer Barbara Cairns will use a 20-questions style format to present interesting information on different Florida species monthly.

This program is included at no additional charge with regular park admission. It is a ten-minute walk from the park’s West entrance on Fishbowl Drive to the Education Center or the Garden Pavilion. The programs are held monthly December through May.

Barbara works as a docent in the Children's Education Center and is a retired school principal in overseas Dept. of Defense Schools in Labrador, Germany and Panama. She is also a published author with articles and stories in books, magazines and newspapers. Her latest books are Cracker Cow: a Narrative of Florida History, and Gatsby’s Adventures.

For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org.

The event will take place:

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
In the Children’s Education Center at
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard (U.S. Highway 19)
Homosassa, Florida

 

Florida Panther Kitten’s Name Announced At Wildlife Park

Guest article by Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialisthomosassa-wildlife-park-logo

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has announced that “Yuma” is the name selected for the Florida Panther kitten that will be make its home at the Wildlife Park. “Yuma” is Native-American for “Son of the Chief.” Over 100 names were submitted by park staff and visitors. The four most frequently suggested names were then voted on by Park staff. The kitten’s name was announced by Park Manager Kim Tennille at Saturday’s Earth Day Celebration at the Park.

Back in January, the approximately seven-day old kitten was rescued by biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County. The one-pound male kitten was found in a matted down area of sawgrass and was nonresponsive with a dangerously low body temperature. Biologists determined that the kitten was in very poor condition and would not survive without intervention. The decision was made to rescue him and bring him into captivity.

The kitten was immediately transported to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida in Naples where veterinarians and staff performed life-saving measures to treat him for dehydration, malnourishment and raise his body temperature. Once he was stable, he was transported to Lowry Park Zoo for further rehabilitation and vaccines. While in their care he continued to improve, gaining weight and strength.

On April 3, 2014, the Florida Panther kitten was moved to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where he will make his home. The kitten was kept for the first few weeks in the Felburn Wildlife Care Building so he could acclimate to a new environment and the wildlife care staff. Now at approximately 13 weeks old, he weighs about 15 pounds.

The kitten can be seen, weather permitting, at a distance during the Wildlife Encounter programs. These programs are held daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. He will eventually be introduced into the Panther habitat.

April 24: Wildlife Park to Present Program on Florida’s Native Plants (2)

Park Focuses on Native Plants in Aprilhomosassa-wildlife-park-logo

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on native plants and Florida’s orchids during the month of April. The Park is introducing monthly themes featuring natural and cultural resource opportunities in Florida State Parks.

A program on Florida’s native plants will be presented by Jim Bierly of the Citrus County Native Plant Society in the Children’s Education Center. Bierly was the founder of the Citrus County Native Plant Society and served as a Past President of the Citrus County chapter. He has had a life-long interest in natural history.

He will bring examples of native plants and will have a slide presentation on Florida’s native plants. This program will be held in the Children’s Education Center on Thursday, April 24, 2014, starting at 10:00 a.m. Park admission is $13 per adult; $5 for children ages 6 through 12; and free for children age 5 and under. This includes an all-day visit to the Park.

As a Florida State Park, the Park’s current focus is on our native plants and animals.
For more information or to register to attend, please call Susan Strawbridge at the Park office (352) 628-5445, ext.1002, Mondays through Fridays.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon
At the Children’s Education Center
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, FL 34446

April 19: Underwater Egg Hunt

parks-underwater-egg-huntPresented by Parks and Recreation

Bicentennial Park Pool 8145 Bicentennial Park Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429

 

 

Bring Your Own Basket!

 

There will be two Egg Hunts for different age groups:

Children ages 1- 6 hunt from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Children ages 7 - 12 hunt from 1:00 - 2:30pm

Eggs are turned in after the hunt in exchange for a gift bag filled with little toys and candy
Only 50 people at a time will be permitted onto the pool deck.
While participants wait their turn, there will be food for sale and festivities outside around the pool grounds such as potato sack races, egg races, arts ‘n craft stations and much more.
This year there will be a separate land base egg hunt outside of the pool area designed especially for little children ages 0 - 3 or for those who cannot swim.
 

For information on the Citrus County Parks & Recreation progams please call 352.527.7540 or visit our web site at CitrusCountyParks.com

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