Cedar Key- Recap

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:52 -- Fred Hileman

Can I say, "It's a Beautiful Morning?"  It was a beautiful morning after the gray skies soon evaporated as we gathered at the Scrub Reserve.  The intermittent sprinkles soon cleared and gave us a good morning of birding.  We set out to the Shell Mounds but stopped at the campgrounds to add a few shore birds to our list already begun along the road into the mounds. Then on to the shore. We left there for the mudflats, mulberry trees,  out to the airport and back along the Gulf side. We opted for lunch before trying for warblers at the cemetery and museum.

Rainbow Springs-Recap

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 10:22 -- Fred Hileman

Saturday September 26 was another gray day with not a hint of sunshine, but we made our own.  Being out and about with some great folk was a good way to wash away the dull skies.  The 16 participants walked the walk and talked the talk.  Our skirting the swimming area then to the Butterfly Garden, on into the far back field, gave us the opportunity to spot or hear 36 species.  Wood ducks, Green Heron, Anhinga, Pied-billed Grebe, and Red-shouldered Hawk were on or around the river then up into the Butterfly Garden searching for migrating warblers.

ECO Walk Report

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:48 -- Fred Hileman

The gray skies and the threat of rain did not deter members of CCAS from coming out to get some fresh air and view some early migrants.  We walked the short part of ECO and saw, among others, 3 woodpecker species, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers,Veerys, Swainson's Thush, Brown Thrasher, 8 species of warblers, White-eyed, Yellow-throated, Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos.  The sighting of the Eastern Wood Pewee was purported to have been the first time it was recorded on the property.  37 species  was the tally for this site.  Next stop was a stroll down Lancelot Rd for a quick look.


Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:49 -- Fred Hileman


-- Florida’s springs are September’s focus with programs and exhibits --

Guest article by

Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting Florida’s springs during the month of September. Special events and exhibits are planned on the importance of preserving Florida’s natural springs.

Events Calendar

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:03 -- Fred Hileman

We are in the process of getting the calendar of events updated and for now is closed for maintenance.  It should be up and running by next week.  Our first trip is going to be an impromptu trip for all who wish to join us Saturday September 13, 2014.  We are meeting at Ft Island Beach at 8:00 A.M.  An email was sent out this morning with this information. Check back latter part of next week for updates on the calendar.

The Time Is Near

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:46 -- Fred Hileman

CCAS is gearing up for another new and exciting year of actvities.  The 2013-2014 calendar year was chock full of fun things, exciting speakers, birding, boating, overnight trips, good food and great members. Starting in October,  we again will have Michele Kline bringing us her captivating creatures that she is rehabilitating for future release into the wild.  We plan not only for future events that will be on the calendar, but also to do impromptu forays.

Swiftmud and my Withlacoochee River Blues

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 09:13 -- Lynn DeLong

My favorite river is in trouble.  Kayaking has become all but impossible in many places due to an explosion of aquatic vegetation.  Hydrilla is growing at a rate I haven’t seen in years, perhaps decades. Contemplating this every morning as I looked out over a river of grass and weeds was putting me in a major funk, so I contacted   SWFWMD staff about my concerns.