Woodland Walk Nature Printable

Summer is a wonderful time to walk in the woods and see all the wildlife.  I live vicariously through many other bloggers’ adventures and love all the birds and furry friends they photograph.  Today I’m sharing a woodland printable filled with furry woodland creatures.  I found free watercolor animal graphics and could not resist making a printable filled with nature.    It is sized 10″ x 8″. Read More

Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary

Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary
3750 South Flamingo Road
Davie, FL 33330-1614

Flamingo Gardens was originally founded as Flamingo Groves, a citrus orchard, in 1927 by Floyd L. and Jane Wray. The Wrays came to Florida in 1925 and were deeply intrigued with the horticultural possibilities of the subtropical locale. They purchased 320 acres of land around and including Long Key in the Everglades. On January 2, 1927, Floyd L. Wray incorporated Flamingo Groves, beginning what was to become one of the first botanical gardens and tourist attractions in South Florida. 

The Floyd L. Wray Memorial Foundation was established in 1969 by Mrs. Wray, in honor of her late husband, to preserve the core property for future generations and emphasize the history of the Florida Everglades. The name was changed to Flamingo Gardens, and the gardens were preserved and  expanded. In 1990, the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary opened with the Bird of Prey Center, followed by the half-acre Free-flight Aviary featuring the 5 ecological zones of South Florida. One of the first of its kind in the country, the sanctuary gave residence to permanently injured or non-releasable Florida native wildlife.

$21.95 per day adult admission

 

Last week my post, Flamingo Gardens & Museum, explored one of my favorite places in South Florida, Flamingo Gardens.  Acres of one of the last natural jungle growths in South Florida with over 3000 tropical and subtropical species of plants and trees, Flamingo Gardens is a beautiful place to wander. See that post for photos and information regarding the Wray Home and the gardens.  Today we’ll explore the wildlife in the sanctuary. Read More

Flamingo Gardens & Museum

Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary
3750 South Flamingo Road
Davie, FL 33330-1614

Flamingo Gardens was originally founded as Flamingo Groves, a citrus orchard, in 1927 by Floyd L. and Jane Wray. The Wrays came to Florida in 1925 and were deeply intrigued with the horticultural possibilities of the subtropical locale. They purchased 320 acres of land around and including Long Key in the Everglades. On January 2, 1927, Floyd L. Wray incorporated Flamingo Groves, beginning what was to become one of the first botanical gardens and tourist attractions in South Florida. 

The Floyd L. Wray Memorial Foundation was established in 1969 by Mrs. Wray, in honor of her late husband, to preserve the core property for future generations and emphasize the history of the Florida Everglades. The name was changed to Flamingo Gardens, and the gardens were preserved and  expanded. In 1990, the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary opened with the Bird of Prey Center, followed by the half-acre Free-flight Aviary featuring the 5 ecological zones of South Florida. One of the first of its kind in the country, the sanctuary gave residence to permanently injured or non-releasable Florida native wildlife. 

 

$21.95 per day adult admission

 

 

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A Beautiful Day at James E. Grey Preserve

James E Grey Preserve

6938 Plathe Rd, New Port Richey, FL  (727) 841-4560

 

James E. Grey Preserve is an amazing treasure in New Port Richey. Quiet, peaceful, and so old Florida, it is an 80-acre riverfront preserve offering many birds & other wildlife, 2 miles of trails & a playground. This City of New Port Richey park is quiet and very pretty. I saw plenty of pretty birds, gopher tortoises and turtles in the river.

 

 

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Eureka Springs Conservation Park, Tampa, FL

Eureka Springs Conservation Park

6400 Eureka Springs Rd.

Tampa, FL 33610

HOURS:

Mon. – Fri.: 9 AM to 5 PM

Sun. & Sat.: 8 AM to 6 PM

 

Not far from the urban sprawl of downtown Tampa lies an oasis, a piece of paradise where you would least expect to find one. Bordered by Interstate 75 to the east, I-4 to the south, Tampa Executive Airport to the north and the Tampa Bypass Canal to the west, this botanical wonderland is a breath of fresh air. Founded by Albert Greenberg, Eureka Springs Park is the only botanical garden run by Hillsborough County. Read More

Lettuce Lake Park

Lettuce Lake Conservation Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33637

Lettuce Lake Park

 

 

I’ve lived in Florida for over 30 years and have visited many parks, both county and state. Each has its own beauty. Today we’ll go over to my neighboring county of Hillsborough, home of the city of Tampa on the Hillsborough River. Close to the city and on the river is a quiet county conservation park filled with wildlife and tranquility. As with all parks in a natural setting, please follow the rules and stay on trails and boardwalk for an enjoyable, safe visit.

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