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.

Taking Time to Smell the flowers: Reflections on my first year as CCAS Conservation Coordinator

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 09:09 -- Lynn DeLong

CCAS has completed another active year and many members are now heading north to cooler climates! This was my first year as CCAS conservation “coordinator”, and although it has been a rewarding experience, I still haven’t figured out quite what to do with all the somewhat depressing information that has come my way!

From Hope to Nope! Is Conservation a lost cause after this year’s Legislative Session?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 10:52 -- Lynn DeLong

Florida Audubon is trying to put a somewhat positive spin on the results of the 2014  Fl. Legislative session by emphasizing the bad conservation bills that didn’t get passed, and looking ahead to 2015. Many editorials and columnists in the last few days have not been as kind, including the Chronicle’s Gerry Mulligan.

CCAS Bird Report, 2013-2014 Season

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 15:25 -- Kevin Brabble

What a great year! Our field trips this season produced 233 species and 59 checklists, not including the Christmas Bird Count. Total species identified in each county were: 113 in Citrus, 111 in Pinellas, 109 in Wakulla, 105 in Brevard, 96 in Marion, 93 in Levy, 87 in Orange, 83 in Alachua, 81 in Polk, 77 in Lake, 60 in Sarasota, 55 in Hernando, 39 in Sumter, 30 in Pasco and 25 Hillsborough. Now, with our eBird reports, not only can everyone access the checklists, we have an easy way to compare seasons, months and locations to help plan future field trips to maximize our species counts, and hopefully plan for trips that will produce new species! The complete eBird report follows with locations, dates and species counts.