July 16

Monday, July 16 – A day at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Upon entering the Museum, one of the first things we saw was a marble statue of a boy taking a thorn from his foot. This sculpture, often seen in museums is called Fedelino or Thorn Puller, was one of […]

July 15

Sunday, July 15 – A reconnaissance outing to the Myakka River State Park – Close to the very popular bridge for sighting alligators, we took a walk into the trees and found it to be quiet and welcoming. While listening and watching for the more dangerous creatures whose environment we were entering, we settled into […]

July 14

Saturday, July 14 – Kayak trip to Midnight Pass. We arrived to find the landing full of boats. A film crew was recording from a drone and on the ground. We found a place to beach the kayak and walked down to a spot with less going on. A plane flew by towing a banner […]

July 12

Thursday, July 12 – Turtle patrol night watch – We got out with Kristen Mazzarella to sit on Nokomis Beach. As part of their sea turtle research efforts under a permit from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), two other Mote Marine Laboratory scientists rode an ATV slowly and quietly up and down […]

July 11

Wednesday, July 11 – We got out with Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium on one of their morning turtle patrols at Casey Key. Shadowing Melissa Bernhard, we were able to see the nest of a Green Sea Turtle, only the 2nd so far of this season. When first arriving on the narrow beach, we thought we were […]

July 9

Monday, July 9 – The main event was getting out with Lee Amos, the Land Steward for the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and Jennifer McGann, Summer Intern on an inspection of the Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass . Lee used his routine of checking on points of progress to coach Jennifer on […]

July 8

Sunday, July 8 – Sleeping Turtles Preserve – A walk through the forest along the Black Myakka River. A family of squirrels ran through the live oak canopy, cicadas filled the air space, and the river kept its secrets. A motorboat ran through the scene.