Education Series

The Green Anole

 The Green Anole

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

We see these pretty little lizards all over TGO.  When I was a kid, we always referred to them as chameleons.  Though they share the unique ability to change their skin colors like true chameleons, these little lizards’ proper name is green anole.  Read more about the green anole…

 

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Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

This snapping turtle was crossing Plantation Drive in June of 2014.  Snapping turtles can give a very nasty bite and the length of their necks and therefore their reach in which they can bite is deceiving.  Look at the photo and notice all that extra skin around its head – it is hiding that long neck.  Read more about the snapping turtle…

 

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Bobcat

 Bobcat

 

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Bobcat Behind 171 Windsong
Photo Courtesy of Dick Hodges

 

The bobcat is a beautiful mammal that, if you are lucky, you may see in or around TGO.  At times, you will hear of a sighting of a mother bobcat with one or more of her kittens.  We have seen bobcats on our RV lot on Oak Cove, strolling through our backyard on Grande Haven (see photos from our wildlife camera in the article) and on the golf cart nature trail in addition to other places around TGO.  Thank you to Dick Hodges and Taylor Durham for use of their photographs.   Read more about the bobcat…

 

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Florida’s Squirrels

Florida’s Squirrels

 

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Eastern Gray Squirrel
Photo Courtesy of Hobie Kurtz

 

Of the three species of tree squirrels in Florida, the Eastern Gray Squirrel is the species you are most likely to see at TGO.  Their antics can be entertaining to watch or they can be frustrating to deal with when they clean out a bird feeder.  Read more about Florida’s Squirrels…

 

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Roseate Spoonbill

  Roseate Spoonbill

 

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Roseate Spoonbill
Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

Visitors to our Sunshine State at times confuse the stunning Roseate Spoonbill with the taller pink bird – the Flamingo.   We are fortunate to have the Roseate Spoonbill visit Central Florida.  Read more about the Roseate Spoonbill…

 

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2015 TGO Nature Center Programs

 2015 TGO Nature Center Programs

 

Sandy Juba has done it again!  She has lined up some outstanding guest speakers to educate us on a diverse selection of topics on our Wednesday night Nature Center Programs.

Click here to see the dates and topics so you can mark your calendar.  You don’t want to miss a single one of these programs!

Thank you, Sandy!

 

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Shade Grown Coffee

 Shade Grown Coffee

 

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The Perfect Coffee!

 

Drinking shade grown coffee has a number of advantages including its exceptionally rich flavor. Shade grown coffee is organic and drinking it versus the coffee you purchase in the supermarket has a number of positive environmental effects.  Read more about shade grown coffee and how you can purchase it from the TGO Nature Center at wholesale prices…

 

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Palm Tree Pruning

Palm Tree Pruning

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

There always seems to be a a lot of activity this time of year in getting our yards and residences spruced up.  This includes having our palm trees trimmed.  Some folks, including landscaping companies, will over-prune palms which can cause damage to the trees.  Read more about how to properly trim and care for palm trees…

 

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Another Honey Bee Rescue

Another Honey Bee Rescue

©Darlene B. Durham 2014

 

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Honey Bees on a Wood Barrel
Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

On August 28, Sandy Juba and bee expert, Kim Powell, went to Peter and Linda Batchelar’s house on Harmony Lane to remove honey bees which had taken up residency on a wood barrel.  Kim relocated the bees to his farm and they will continue their life’s work of pollinating.

We have an article on this website about the importance of honey bees as pollinators which you can access by clicking here.  The article also has photos of the bee rescue on Sunset from earlier this summer.

Thank you Peter and Linda for choosing to have the bees relocated so they can continue their important pollination work instead of having them exterminated!

 

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The Importance of Snakes

  The Importance of Snakes

Sandy Juba

 

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Snakes Are Beneficial To Our Ecosystem
Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

We live in a community where there is an abundance of wildlife. Each species has their place in nature. One of these is the snake. There are 44 species of snakes found in multiple habitats throughout Florida. Only 6 out of the 44 are venomous. Read more about The Importance of Snakes…

 

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Honey Bees

 Honey Bees

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

Honey bees are essential for our ecosystem.  They are valuable pollinators of many flowers, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Unfortunately, the honey bee population is declining at an alarming rate.  Recently President Obama announced a multi-agency task force to address the decline of the honey bee and other pollinators.

We have honey bees at TGO and sometimes they decide to make their home in or near our homes.  The photo above of a bee covered birdhouse was taken on Sunset Drive at Dude and Pat Peel’s house.  If you see a colony of honey bees, please do not call an exterminator who will kill the honey bees.  Call Sandy Juba (her phone number is in the TGO phone directory) or click on one of the “Contact Us” e-mail links on the right sidebar and I’ll get the message to her.  She will contact a beekeeper who will relocate the bees where they can continue their important work of pollinating.

For the colony of bees on Sunset, Sandy called beekeeper Kim Powell to remove the birdhouse of bees.  Thank you Dude and Pat Peel for choosing the no kill option!   Read more about the honey bee and see photos of the removal of the bees shown in the above photo…

 

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Southern Black Racer

Southern Black Racer

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

The southern black racer is probably the most seen snake at TGO and in Florida.  We frequently see at least one in our backyard.  Breeding season is from March to June.  Come to think of it, I saw two of these snakes in our yard at the same time in May so we may be seeing more southern black racers in the coming months.  But the young won’t look like their parents.  Read more about the southern black racer…

 

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Bluestripe Garter Snake

Bluestripe Garter Snake

 

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Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

Yesterday on our daily golf cart ride on the nature trail, we spotted this bluestrip garter snake in the ditch that runs along the trail.  We were close to the conservation area behind Sunset Drive.  What a treat and I’m surprised we spotted it in all that mud.  Read more about the bluestripe garter snake…

 

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Florida Softshell Turtle

Florida Softshell Turtle

 

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Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

The Florida softshell turtle is a large aquatic turtle we see at TGO.  The turtle shape is flat and has often been referred to as a pancake.  The above photo was taken at the canal by the bridge on the nature trail.  This female turtle was making a nest to lay her eggs.  Read more about the Florida softshell turtle…

 

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Contact Us

To reserve the meeting room, contact:

Josiah Monk at Recreation Services for reservations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Loretta Anne’ for all other times.