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Become a calendar county!

Become a calendar county!

Do you have spectacular pictures of your county's natural landscapes that you feel are calendar worthy? If so, you may want to submit them to the Florida Association of Counties for their 2014 calendar! 

According to the FAC, all interested parties are encouraged to send in scenic shots of their county's "Beautiful Roads & Trails" for consideration:

Scalloping Season starts July 1st!

Scalloping Season starts July 1st!

Citrus County, Florida-- July 1st marks the opening of scalloping season in Citrus County, which runs through September 10th. 

Part snorkeling experience, part treasure dive and part saltwater fishing trip, scalloping along the unspoiled shores of Crystal River and Homosassa provides a salty adventure to fishers of all ages.

'Paydirt in Your Yard- Composting' class Friday, March 15

'Paydirt in Your Yard- Composting' class Friday, March 15

Citrus County, Florida--  Extension Services is offering a "Paydirt in Your Yard - Composting" class, where you'll learn to turn garden trash into soil enhancing treasures through composting.

Discover how simple composting can be and learn the common mistakes made and how to correct them. 

It's taking place Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Extension Services located at 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. 

Pre-registration is required. $5.00 registration fee.

 

Incredible Edible Landscape Class

Incredible Edible Landscape Class

Citrus County, Florida-- Extension Services is offering an "Incredible Edible Landscape" class this Friday, March 1, where experts will elaborate on the concept of integrating edible plants into your landscape.  

Organizers say using edibles in landscape design can enhance a garden by providing a unique ornamental component with additional health, aesthetic, and economic benefits.  

A $5 pre-registration is required. The class is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Extension Services, 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecant

Homosassa Springs Hippo celebrates 53rd birthday

Homosassa Springs Hippo celebrates 53rd birthday

Homosassa Springs, FL-- Lu, an African Hippopotomus who has called Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park home since 1964, celebrated his 53rd birthday this month. 

According to the Florida Department of Environment Protection, Lu was born at San Diego Zoo in January of 1960. He came to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park as a movie and television star with the Ivan Tors Animal Actors troupe at four-years-old. 

Manatee Sanctuary Zones in effect

Manatee Sanctuary Zones in effect

Homosassa, Florida -- Manatee sanctuary zones are now in effect until April. During the colder months, manatees can be found herding in the waters of Citrus County.

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge was established to provide critical habitat for the endangered manatees and is now home to more than 25% of the nation's population.

Snorkeling is an excellent way to observe manatees at close range. These excursions should be made with the assistance of a guide or a tour company which can supply everything you'll need, including mask, snorkel and wet suit.

FWC Snook researcher won conservation award

FWC Snook researcher won conservation award

Crystal River, Florida-- The Wildlife Foundation of Florida honored longtime Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist Ron Taylor with the 2011 Louise Ireland Humphrey Achievement Award at the FWC Commission meeting Thursday, May 3, in Crystal River.

According to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Taylor has studied marine fisheries for the state for 35 years, and he is the lead scientist for Snook research in Florida,  noted worldwide as an authority on the sport fish.