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Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Wildlife Park All Abuzz About Butterlies And Bees In June

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

 

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on butterflies and bees during the month of June. The Park is introducing monthly themes featuring natural and cultural resource opportunities in Florida State Parks.
Two programs are planned on this theme. The first will be presented on Thursday, June 12, 2014, starting at 1:00 p.m. in the Children’s Education Center. The audience will hear Michael Robert Boulware from the Florida Museum of Natural History’s presentation on native Florida butterflies.

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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.

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