BY LEMON BAY CONSERVANCY WRITER ABBIE BANKS - Oft times we make plans in SW Florida and they are thwarted by the daily torrential downpours of summer. The original day for a birding field trip to Wildflower Preserve and Lemon Lake at Amberjack got rained out. But, not a problem, the following Thursday, Halloween day was the day of our rescheduled trip. Some VABA members could not make it because of other commitments. Seven of Venice Area Birding Association (VABA) members met at 8 a.m. to begin our two hour hike through Wildflower Preserve.
BY LEW HASTINGS - At the time of this writing the partial government shutdown entered its 13th day. While this is not the longest of the 18 times the government shut down since 1976, we are getting close.
BY AMANDA NALLEY, FWC - Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all protective regulations for stone crab harvest.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled four meetings throughout the state in late September and early October in order to continue presenting the public with information about the Department's state conservation land assessment and to take public comment.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Last Thursday Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioners decided in a unanimous (7-0) vote to ban the Boca Grande jig and to more clearly define the legal language surrounding the word “snagging.” If you are one of the people who don’t think this will make much of a difference in the scheme of things, you might want to rethink your position.
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