tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-41450242677322671742013-04-09T07:08:03.298-07:00Rural Florida LivingCelebrating the Rural Florida LifestyleSanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.comBlogger84125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-43888896346344082432013-03-13T12:39:00.002-07:002013-03-13T12:39:22.285-07:00The Florida Wild or Osceola Turkey - Found Nowhere in the World But Florida<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a 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table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Florida Wild Turkey</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">“The Osceola Turkey”</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">(Meleagris gallopavo osceola)</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Florida Wild Turkey, also known as the Osceola Turkey, is a unique bird found only on the Florida Peninsula and nowhere else in the world.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There are thought to be 80,000 to 100,000 Osceola turkeys today in the backwoods and swamps of Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>March is considered the height of the Osceola mating season which runs from January through May</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The range of the Osceola Turkey is considered to be within the southern two thirds of Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you draw a line starting on Florida’s West between Taylor and Dixie Counties and connect it to the Atlantic East Coast between Duval and Nassau Counties, south of the line is where you’d find large populations of Florida’s Wild Turkeys.* <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dl9D02BVE4A/UUDLFQZl7MI/AAAAAAAAHt0/PEM7eOO0J_s/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyMap2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dl9D02BVE4A/UUDLFQZl7MI/AAAAAAAAHt0/PEM7eOO0J_s/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyMap2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Osceola was named for the revered Seminole Chief, Osceola, who led his people during the 19<sup>th</sup> Century during the troubled times of the Indian Wars.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>W.E.D. Scott was the first to formally record the turkey as an Osceola in his 1890 description of the birds.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Osceola turkey is the smallest subspecies of the wild turkey.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>A mature tom turkey or gobbler will only weigh 16 - 18 pounds in the peak of his breeding state.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He makes up for the lower weight, however, with longer spurs and beards on average than the others in the subspecies.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Osceola is also typically darker than other wild turkeys with less white coloration on the flight feathers of its wings.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size: 9.0pt;">*North of this line you’ll find the Eastern Wild Turkey, a subspecies whose wide range runs from Maine to Minnesota and points west, down to Texas, Northern Florida and all points east.</span></i></b></div><b><i> </i></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Identification</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">One of the identifying features of the Florida Wild Turkey is the white bars on the Osceola are more narrow than those on the Eastern Wild Turkey, its Northern cousin, and they have an irregular pattern that doesn’t extend to the feather shaft.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The black bar patterns dominate the Osceola’s feathers, giving birds a darker appearance.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Its secondary wing feathers also are darker, and when its wings are folded across its back, the whitish triangular patch seen on Eastern turkeys is less visible on the Osceola.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The hen’s coloration will be duller than the toms and lighter throughout its body with the exception of the wing feathers, which will be darker than males.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iEMnbPuys80/UUDL1jO8blI/AAAAAAAAHt8/zjjoRXzHt6o/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyGobblerinColor.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="230" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iEMnbPuys80/UUDL1jO8blI/AAAAAAAAHt8/zjjoRXzHt6o/s320/OsceolaTurkeyGobblerinColor.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Diet and Habitat</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Osceola turkeys are found in the scrubs, palmettos and swamps where they have a variety of food available to them.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Their diet includes fruits, nuts and grains such as grapes, beautyberries, blackberries, seeds, nuts, acorns, corn and wheat.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They’ll also eat bugs and insects like grasshoppers and beetles and occasionally even eat small lizards and frogs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Good habitat for Florida Wild Turkeys consist of areas for<b><i> roosting, nesting, brood-rearing, summer foraging, fall and winter foraging, and escape cover. </i></b>While each of these components are easy to find on their own, their proximity within the turkey’s daily and seasonal home range, and the bird’s ability to see and easily move within the habit will determine the habitat’s suitability.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6XyCTwji3zc/UUDSgxlZj9I/AAAAAAAAHu8/Ot_PfKGM6uI/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyPairLongDistanceGrasses.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="299" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6XyCTwji3zc/UUDSgxlZj9I/AAAAAAAAHu8/Ot_PfKGM6uI/s400/OsceolaTurkeyPairLongDistanceGrasses.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;The best <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">roosting environment</i>is a forested area that’s protected from the weather, and that screens birds so they’re hidden from predators or unapproachable.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Preferred roosting habitat generally consists of cypress or pine trees, close to or high above water, but turkeys will use a wide range of trees for roosting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Osceolas prefer roosting areas away from human activity. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Florida Wild Turkeys look for <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">nesting habitat</i> which will offer them fairly tall, dense ground cover vegetation which can hide an incubating hen.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Low growing saw palmettos work well for this purpose.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Nests are also found in overgrown fields, weedy edges of hammocks, trails, and pastures, and under fallen trees. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Florida offers an abundance of appropriate nesting habitat for Wild Turkeys, so nesting habitat is rarely a problem. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SnQAkhNSW48/UUDOUZy0tTI/AAAAAAAAHuM/planfC93VKA/s1600/PalmettoWoods.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SnQAkhNSW48/UUDOUZy0tTI/AAAAAAAAHuM/planfC93VKA/s400/PalmettoWoods.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Brood rearing </i>and<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> summer foraging habitat</i> requirements are similar to each other and the most limiting type of wild turkey habitat in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Turkey hens need open grassy areas with an abundance of insects, as well as escape cover for raising their broods.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They look for 1 to 3 foot tall bushes that are tall enough to hide the young but still allows hens to spy danger.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The habitat also must allow young poults to escape unimpeded when danger arises.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Brood-rearing habitat for Florida Wild Turkeys is very limited in Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Fall and winter foraging habitat</i> consists of hardwood hammocks, bottomland hardwoods, wooded swamps, cypress woods and other forested habitats. The birds will often be found around edges of these areas where forest meet fields in the fall and late winter period, when acorns are such an important part of their diet. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But not just any forest is appropriate cover for Florida Wild Turkeys.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Turkeys prefer wooded areas where they are able to see at least 100 yards in many directions (at turkey eye level) to detect and escape approaching danger, so forested areas with dense groundcover are not useful.</div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Escape cover</i> is comprised of moderately dense areas of vegetation/trees where a turkey can run or fly to and disappear from view to escape predators. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Turkeys will use remote swamps and dense forests when hunting or other pressures disturb them.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Group Behavior</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The basic flock organization of the Osceola Turkey is determined by a pecking order with the most dominant bird at the top and the least on the bottom. Males and females have their own hierarchies, and there are pecking orders within flocks at large.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is a common trait of all the wild turkey subspecies.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Turkeys have home ranges, not territories.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They fight within the flock for dominance within the pecking order but will share home ranges that overlap.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gxW_hqPRN7c/UUDPDMJgxpI/AAAAAAAAHuQ/GCjtnp6cuws/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyFlockNearCanal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gxW_hqPRN7c/UUDPDMJgxpI/AAAAAAAAHuQ/GCjtnp6cuws/s400/OsceolaTurkeyFlockNearCanal.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Prey Species</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Florida Wild Turkey or Osceola Turkey is a prey species.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In Florida, bobcats, raccoons, skunks, possums, coyotes, armadillos, crows, owls, hawks, eagles, and snakes are known to eat both eggs and turkeys alike.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Even with all the pressure from predators, the turkeys continue to thrive in part by being highly reproductive creatures.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Reproduction</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The reproductive cycle for the Florida Wild Turkey begins in early January, when the males begin gobbling in preparation for mating 3 to 4 weeks later. This is often seen while turkeys are still in their larger winter flocks prior to separating off into small groups of birds.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The breeding cycle is triggered by increasing day length in the spring, but unusual temperature swings, either warm or cold, can spur or slow down breeding activity. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">During this first peak of courtship, toms will strut and gobble to attract hens.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If a hen selects the gobbler for mating she crouches to accept him.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c94CYb2Cwss/UUDPnT8nT9I/AAAAAAAAHuc/fmI5gohBYfo/s1600/OsceolaGobblerFWC.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c94CYb2Cwss/UUDPnT8nT9I/AAAAAAAAHuc/fmI5gohBYfo/s400/OsceolaGobblerFWC.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">A second mating season occurs a few weeks later when most of the females are already nesting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This second period allows the species to recover from predators which find their nests and feed on turkey eggs, and gives hens a second chance at raising another brood.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hens become secretive and begin searching for a nesting site prior to laying eggs. Laying hens may continue to feed with other hens and mate with gobblers, but they’ll keep their social activity away from their chosen nesting location.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Turkey nests look like simple shallow depressions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They’re formed from scratching, squatting, and laying eggs rather than by design.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Hens use very few twigs or leaves in their nests, but instead choose a site for the density of the underbrush which allows both a wide view and protection from avian predators.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Egg laying begins in April, with most females laying a clutch of 8 - 12 eggs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The egg-laying process takes nearly 2 weeks and until laying is completed, the eggs will not be incubated.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>While still having eggs to lay, the hen will cover those eggs already laid with leaves.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Vnekhpvv43E/UUDQFs_-5wI/AAAAAAAAHuk/mz26oG_vj3E/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyNest.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="285" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Vnekhpvv43E/UUDQFs_-5wI/AAAAAAAAHuk/mz26oG_vj3E/s400/OsceolaTurkeyNest.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Egg incubation begins in earnest at the time of the last egg.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>From this point forward, the hen will no longer conceal her eggs, even when she goes off to feed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She will sit quietly and nest for 26 - 28 days, <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>moving about once an hour to turn the eggs. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Young turkey poults start hatching in mid-May. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The process begins with pipping.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is where the poult begins to rotate within the shell and uses its beak to chip the large end of the egg totally away.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Hens respond to this action by softly clucking which starts the process of imprinting or bonding between the poults and the mother.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The hen will inspect eggs and turn them during the process of pipping.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The poults emerge damp and tired from their eggs but within 12 to 24 hours will be able to follow and take directions from mama.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Day-old poults learn to respond to the hen’s alarm by freezing or running to hide beneath her before leaving the nest. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Clucking continuously, the hen will lead her brood away from the nest, moving slowly at first but within a few hours they’ll be traveling at a more normal pace.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The poults, already formed into a working and cooperating brood, will be pecking and feeding all along the way, a trait they learn by watching their mother.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yuq4AVlWXhw/UUDUL5ES0DI/AAAAAAAAHvM/ywoR3_MHHdI/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyPoults.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="273" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yuq4AVlWXhw/UUDUL5ES0DI/AAAAAAAAHvM/ywoR3_MHHdI/s400/OsceolaTurkeyPoults.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">By the second day off the nest, wild turkey poults can feed and groom themselves.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By the end of the first week, they are regularly dusting with the hen.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By the end of the second week, they can fly short distances.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By the end of the third week, they can roost in trees which <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>removes the danger of ground predators.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Once roosting, the young Osceolas enter a phase of rapid development.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They’ll move from eating predominately inspects to eating a higher percentage of plant matter.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They’ll acquire juvenile plumage.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal">And at six weeks, there’s a sharp drop in the mortality rate of juvenile turkeys due to roosting. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1BKeeM1d6BM/UUDUgNwIYlI/AAAAAAAAHvQ/-GTteNS96jE/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyPoults2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="272" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1BKeeM1d6BM/UUDUgNwIYlI/AAAAAAAAHvQ/-GTteNS96jE/s400/OsceolaTurkeyPoults2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Male "jakes" and female hen poults become distinguishable by body size and plumage at 14 weeks.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By this time, <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>the young will have formed separate pecking orders but will continue to be dominated by the mother hen until all jakes (males) have left the brood to form their own social groups.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Pecking order within the sibling groups will be established by fall and the small broods ready to enter the larger population.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">By early winter juveniles will be full grown and flocks will settle into their winter ranges separated by age, sex, and social standing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Game Hunters</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Osceola turkey is the smallest and one of the most challenging subspecies of turkey to hunt, making this turkey a coveted and sought-after game species in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Hunters from all over the world prize these unique birds partly because they’re found solely in southern sections of Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">For more information on wild turkey hunting, visit: the Florida Fish &amp; Wildlife Commission at&nbsp; <a href="http://www.myfwc.com/hunting/season-dates/"> www.myFWC.com</a>.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-43q5LbZZLKI/UUDTF5SlS1I/AAAAAAAAHvA/HVIs2f0LfI8/s1600/OsceolaTurkeysWalkingDownTheRoad.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="208" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-43q5LbZZLKI/UUDTF5SlS1I/AAAAAAAAHvA/HVIs2f0LfI8/s400/OsceolaTurkeysWalkingDownTheRoad.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">History and Outlook of the Wild Turkeys in Florida</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">When Europeans arrived in North America, wild turkeys could be found in all the forested areas of the United States.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But by the 1800’s, wild turkeys had been nearly eliminated throughout the Eastern range due to over-hunting, deforestation and early agricultural practices.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Florida, with her inhospitable climate, insects and swamps, remained relatively unpopulated during these years and wild turkeys continued to prosper.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In the year 1860, it was estimated that there were more wild turkeys living in Florida than there were human beings!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-axmYTI8zsiQ/UUDSObDRmFI/AAAAAAAAHuw/cPCHb3xAZTg/s1600/OsceolaRoostinginSwamp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="203" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-axmYTI8zsiQ/UUDSObDRmFI/AAAAAAAAHuw/cPCHb3xAZTg/s320/OsceolaRoostinginSwamp.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Florida had an abundance of habitat necessary for wild turkeys--forests, swamps, upland—which provided natural refuges for the birds and they thrived in this unique environment.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The 20th Century brought enormous growth to the state, including in areas where access had always been limited.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>During the early years of growth, there were few hunting laws or bag limits and very limited law enforcement protecting wildlife.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">By 1947, there were 21 counties in Florida that had less than 50 or even no wild turkeys within their jurisdictions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Statewide at that time,&nbsp; less than 26,000 of the 250,000 turkeys were left in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; By 1949, </span>90% of the state’s wild turkeys had been eliminated.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U92oJQZ9r6k/UUDRA8X0y0I/AAAAAAAAHuo/GIix5cnDOxw/s1600/OsceolaTurkeyDistribution.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U92oJQZ9r6k/UUDRA8X0y0I/AAAAAAAAHuo/GIix5cnDOxw/s400/OsceolaTurkeyDistribution.jpg" width="377" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Today's Distribution of Wild Turkeys:&nbsp; Florida Wild Turkey Areas in Yellow - Eastern Wild Turkey Areas in Red</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal">The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission began the restocking and establishing turkey populations on public wildlife lands (WMAs) in 1949.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Over the next 20 years, more than 6,000 wild turkeys were trapped, banded and released into suitable habitat throughout Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>By 1970, Florida was the first state to restore wild turkeys to all suitable habitats within the state and by 1973, wild turkey habitat and populations could be found in all 67 counties in the state.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Habitat management and its protection have been the focus for maintaining and improving Florida’s turkey population since that time.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But population growth, urbanization, intensive forest management and agricultural development are now factors threatening to undue the work that’s been accomplished.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div 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Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-46239447749851374062013-03-06T11:45:00.001-08:002013-03-06T16:23:54.280-08:00The Yearling - A Florida Treasure Turns 75<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--cQQV9SYn3s/UTd3U4_cvSI/AAAAAAAAHow/1uf6LZTOCiE/s1600/TheYearling2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="A Florida Treasure Turns 75 - www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--cQQV9SYn3s/UTd3U4_cvSI/AAAAAAAAHow/1uf6LZTOCiE/s400/TheYearling2.jpg" title="The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - Rural Florida Living" width="290" /></a></div><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> 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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal">This spring marks the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Yearling</i>”, the iconic Florida novel written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This beloved coming of age story about a young Florida Cracker boy won Rawlings a Pulitzer Prize in literature, became a classic Hollywood film, and is still in print after being published in more than 30 languages.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Yearling</i> has touched people’s hearts all over the world.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Yearling</i> tells the story of young Jody Baxter, the single surviving child of Florida backwoods homesteaders at the end of the 19<sup>th</sup> Century.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />The book follows the lonely boy and his inadvertent pet fawn, as the two mature from one spring to the next in the harsh world of the Central Florida scrublands.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TDGJxWWv15U/UTd35WvoaKI/AAAAAAAAHpA/aHzymDgUnho/s1600/TheYearlingMovie.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="A Florida Treasure Turns 75 - www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TDGJxWWv15U/UTd35WvoaKI/AAAAAAAAHpA/aHzymDgUnho/s1600/TheYearlingMovie.jpg" title="The Yearlings by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - www.rural-florida-living.com" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Claude Jarman, Jr portrays Jody Baxter in the 1946 f<span style="font-size: x-small;">ilm "</span>The Yearling"</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Published in the spring of 1938, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Yearling</i> was the Best Selling book in the United States at the time and stayed in the top spot for 23 consecutive weeks.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The novel sold more than 250,000 books in 1938 alone.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1939, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in for <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Yearling</i> in the category of best novel.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />MGM purchased the film rights to the book, and <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Yearling</i>was adapted into a movie in 1946.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The film starred Gregory Peck as Ezra Baxter and Jane Wyman as Ora Baxter. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Both actors were nominated for Oscars for their <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Yearling</i> performances.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BGlCkrQuxsg/UTd3j0TpeZI/AAAAAAAAHo4/o092VS4xkAU/s1600/TheYearlingGregoryPeck.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Gregory Peck and Claude Jarman Jr star in the film The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings" border="0" height="150" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BGlCkrQuxsg/UTd3j0TpeZI/AAAAAAAAHo4/o092VS4xkAU/s400/TheYearlingGregoryPeck.jpg" title="The Yearling - Novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - www.rural-florida-living.com" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Gregory Peck and Claude Jarman, Jr in "The Yearling"</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.rural-florida-living.com/2012/06/travel-florida-tracking-florida-icon-at.html">Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park</a> is named after the author who lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek, Florida southeast of Gainesville. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>You can visit the author’s house, grove and farm where she wrote <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Yearling</i> and lived for 25 years.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Her cracker style home and farm has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived there. Tour the homestead with a ranger in period costume on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the months of October through July.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fAyOtRrfhQ4/UTd0QN3EfYI/AAAAAAAAHos/zi9Qa--RX6U/s1600/Rawlingshouseducks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Travel Florida - www.rural-florida-living" border="0" height="232" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fAyOtRrfhQ4/UTd0QN3EfYI/AAAAAAAAHos/zi9Qa--RX6U/s400/Rawlingshouseducks.jpg" title="Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park - The Yearling " width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Guided tours are given at the top of each hour 10AM through 4PM, with an hour off over noon.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children aged 6 – 12.<br /><br /><br />For More Information on the life of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek, and the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park,&nbsp; visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rural-florida-living.com/2012/06/travel-florida-tracking-florida-icon-at.html">Tracking a Florida Icon at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park</a>.<br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; 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mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o94TlBPYpBc/UTOxM5bzg-I/AAAAAAAAHkw/XJOzB0hldNI/s1600/Floridadogwood.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="287" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o94TlBPYpBc/UTOxM5bzg-I/AAAAAAAAHkw/XJOzB0hldNI/s400/Floridadogwood.jpg" title="Dogwoods Blooming in Florida" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="MsoNormal">Florida is full of life in March, and everything seems to be blooming.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Step outside this month and you’ll find the air fresh with the fragrance of orange blossoms and crab apple blooms, dogwoods and camellias, azaleas and the aroma of fresh growing grasses.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">March is our month of transition.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Cold fronts are still capable of barreling down the Florida peninsula and continuing to bring us winter weather.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>But cold spells are short and temperatures around the state warm up quickly.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Much of our wildlife is also in transition during March.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Take a closer look and watch as Florida turns over a new leaf this month.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp;The March 2013 Night Sky</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a2KzsvF-1io/UTOqr94fLGI/AAAAAAAAHkg/ZWvVhYe77-8/s1600/comet-panstarrs-march-2013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="356" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a2KzsvF-1io/UTOqr94fLGI/AAAAAAAAHkg/ZWvVhYe77-8/s640/comet-panstarrs-march-2013.jpg" title="Pan-Starrs during March - from www.Space.com" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Comet Pan STARRS - Image by Space.com</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">February 25 - Full Moon</b>. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 3:26 EST. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">March 10 - Comet Pan-STARRS Closest Approach to the Sun.</b> <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The recently discovered comet Pan-STARRS will make its closest approach to the Sun on March 10. The comet was first visible in the morning sky during early February for those living in the Southern Hemisphere. It now becomes visible in the evening sky for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere where it can be seen just to the left of the setting sun.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Comet Pan-STARRS can be seen in the evening sky into early April. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">March 10 – Daylight Savings Time begins in Florida.</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">March 11 - New Moon</b>. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 3:51 EDT.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere with your viewing.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">March 17 - Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter</b>. The Moon will pass about one and a half degrees of the giant planet Jupiter in the evening sky. The first quarter moon will be at magnitude -11.4 and Jupiter will be at magnitude -2.2 . <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The pair will be visible in the western evening sky for about 5 hours after sunset.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">March 20 - March Equinox</b>. The March equinox occurs at 7:02 EDT. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">March 27 - Full Moon</b>. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and fully illuminated as seen from Earth. 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mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small;"><b><i>The Planets</i></b></span></div><span style="font-size: small;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Mercury - </b>Early risers may catch a brief view of the planet about 30 minutes before sunrise and only 5</div><div class="MsoNormal">degrees above the eastern horizon. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>You might find binoculars helpful for spotting it against the bright twilight of the dawn sky.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Venus</b> - Venus will not return to the evening sky until early May, where it will be seen low in the western sky just after sunset.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Mars</b> - The steady orange beacon very low in the west in the early evening is Mars.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Look for it early in the month of March because it drops out of sight by March 20<sup>th</sup> <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>as it heads to conjunction with the Sun in mid-April.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Jupiter</b> – Jupiter stands high in the Southwest sky after sundown and remains visible until after midnight.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Currently Jupiter is traveling through the constellation of Taurus, close to Aldebaran, the</div><div class="MsoNormal">brightest star in the constellation and one of the brightest in the nighttime sky.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Saturn - </b>Saturn rises in the east around 11PM and by dawn it is fairly high in the south. A small telescope will reveal Saturn's system of rings. The rings are tilted 20 degrees to our line of sight, the widest open they have been in seven years.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Uranus - </b>Uranus lies on the border between Cetus and Pisces and is low in the western sky at sunset.</div><div class="MsoNormal">Some observers may be able to spot the planet with binoculars although it will be difficult and will require clear skies.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Neptune - </b>Neptune can be located just before dawn in western Aquarius, 5 degrees</div><div class="MsoNormal">northeast of the 4th-magnitude star Iota Aquarii. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>A 4-inch diameter telescope is probably the minimum required to see the planet. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Pluto - </b>The dwarf planet glows dimly at magnitude +14, which means you will need an 8-inch telescope to have a decent chance of spotting it just before dawn.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Birds</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Many types of Central and South America bird are now migrating through our state.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uxhTZqW32Ew/UTS1nlEXe2I/AAAAAAAAHlA/2eCCGV81VLo/s1600/mourningdove.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uxhTZqW32Ew/UTS1nlEXe2I/AAAAAAAAHlA/2eCCGV81VLo/s1600/mourningdove.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />You’ll see mourning doves nesting from now through autumn. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--INiDIb2X6c/UTS10VwbaGI/AAAAAAAAHlI/-SaxlZE2ctM/s1600/carolinawren.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--INiDIb2X6c/UTS10VwbaGI/AAAAAAAAHlI/-SaxlZE2ctM/s1600/carolinawren.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Carolina wrens are nesting in Florida during March.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0_mKU7-0xWo/UTS1-7x_MZI/AAAAAAAAHlQ/CM1Rdr7WpyM/s1600/mangrovecuckoo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0_mKU7-0xWo/UTS1-7x_MZI/AAAAAAAAHlQ/CM1Rdr7WpyM/s1600/mangrovecuckoo.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Mangrove cuckoos return to the Florida Keys.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6WnCxWsCrr0/UTS2Rf1oOII/AAAAAAAAHlY/b2JrE4D3OSs/s1600/tanager.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6WnCxWsCrr0/UTS2Rf1oOII/AAAAAAAAHlY/b2JrE4D3OSs/s1600/tanager.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Summer tanagers are arriving.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PuIYpR-ILlQ/UTS2d9gqH5I/AAAAAAAAHlg/XCxwvvY6qyA/s1600/greatcrested.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PuIYpR-ILlQ/UTS2d9gqH5I/AAAAAAAAHlg/XCxwvvY6qyA/s1600/greatcrested.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Great-crested flycatchers are coming to Florida to breed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0ohAHQkluS4/UTS2oxvy33I/AAAAAAAAHlo/DWFmxJWtq_0/s1600/swallowtailkite.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0ohAHQkluS4/UTS2oxvy33I/AAAAAAAAHlo/DWFmxJWtq_0/s1600/swallowtailkite.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />&nbsp;Swallow tailed kites are now returning to the south Florida wetlands.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C74kmZrkDTE/UTS24aDg7HI/AAAAAAAAHlw/XKGMVUx8-m4/s1600/chuck%27s+wills+widow.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C74kmZrkDTE/UTS24aDg7HI/AAAAAAAAHlw/XKGMVUx8-m4/s1600/chuck's+wills+widow.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />You’ll hear the call of the chuck-will's-widows after sunset.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-53ceh5VtxhA/UTS3KWS_T3I/AAAAAAAAHmA/oSKr03u7UF8/s1600/wildturkeys.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="158" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-53ceh5VtxhA/UTS3KWS_T3I/AAAAAAAAHmA/oSKr03u7UF8/s200/wildturkeys.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fmx83-UCejM/UTS3VxXjCzI/AAAAAAAAHmI/dLSRtfywZtw/s1600/quail.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fmx83-UCejM/UTS3VxXjCzI/AAAAAAAAHmI/dLSRtfywZtw/s1600/quail.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br />Wild turkey and quail begin breeding<br />throughout Central and North Florida.<br /><br /><br /><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp; </b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Mammals</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0gLcJxfiWOU/UTS4ltq4ZwI/AAAAAAAAHmQ/spwmKA9HFiY/s1600/fox-red.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0gLcJxfiWOU/UTS4ltq4ZwI/AAAAAAAAHmQ/spwmKA9HFiY/s1600/fox-red.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Red foxes re-emerge throughout remote areas of Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xHr5IhhltZs/UTS41jQAwfI/AAAAAAAAHmY/a4VRIkfaNHY/s1600/rightwhale3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xHr5IhhltZs/UTS41jQAwfI/AAAAAAAAHmY/a4VRIkfaNHY/s320/rightwhale3.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Northern Right Whales begin their moving out of Florida waters as they migrate north towards Nova Scotia.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ezHvq5zNEic/UTS5F_NX5pI/AAAAAAAAHmg/RmLC7EF-LMo/s1600/manatee2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ezHvq5zNEic/UTS5F_NX5pI/AAAAAAAAHmg/RmLC7EF-LMo/s1600/manatee2.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />March is the last month you’ll see manatee concentrations in the Caloosahatchee River this winter.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hYoiIYi1saU/UTS5SkqR7sI/AAAAAAAAHmo/H2FBSOMJND0/s1600/SkunkStripedinFlorida.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="192" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hYoiIYi1saU/UTS5SkqR7sI/AAAAAAAAHmo/H2FBSOMJND0/s320/SkunkStripedinFlorida.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Striped skunks are fighting over mates – things can get stinky out there.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Amphibians</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1OI3X-R_amU/UTS6Q7RfdqI/AAAAAAAAHm0/jgukyR4qmZ8/s1600/froginflorida.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1OI3X-R_amU/UTS6Q7RfdqI/AAAAAAAAHm0/jgukyR4qmZ8/s1600/froginflorida.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />Male frogs and toads move into ponds, streams, and ditches to breed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You’ll notice the uptick in croaking in March.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Fish</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5Lk1dhVWKdk/UTS6vmk2fTI/AAAAAAAAHm8/ENEnFRJuLfU/s1600/sturgeon.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5Lk1dhVWKdk/UTS6vmk2fTI/AAAAAAAAHm8/ENEnFRJuLfU/s1600/sturgeon.jpg" /></a></div><br />Gulf of Mexico Sturgeon will be spawning in the Suwannee River throughout the spring and early summer.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A_gq-u-HXmI/UTS66eEy6xI/AAAAAAAAHnE/zkweo8U2P8Q/s1600/basslargemouth.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="130" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A_gq-u-HXmI/UTS66eEy6xI/AAAAAAAAHnE/zkweo8U2P8Q/s320/basslargemouth.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>Largemouth bass are spawning throughout Central and North Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pcPwO9VzMZM/UTS7CLqv38I/AAAAAAAAHnM/HLmBO0SRR2k/s1600/redearsunfish.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pcPwO9VzMZM/UTS7CLqv38I/AAAAAAAAHnM/HLmBO0SRR2k/s1600/redearsunfish.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />Redear sunfish begin bedding in central Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-w7QoNQSp-mE/UTS7ZUvE4xI/AAAAAAAAHnU/P8kLtt6dJwE/s1600/bass-white.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="148" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-w7QoNQSp-mE/UTS7ZUvE4xI/AAAAAAAAHnU/P8kLtt6dJwE/s320/bass-white.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />White bass are running up the Ochlockonee River above Lake Talquin in North Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Reptiles</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZYfD3WfHc6s/UTS76J_xFPI/AAAAAAAAHng/R-w3j_HMVdE/s1600/snake.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZYfD3WfHc6s/UTS76J_xFPI/AAAAAAAAHng/R-w3j_HMVdE/s1600/snake.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />Snakes become more active as the weather in March warms up.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They’ll be moving towards favorite feeding areas.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Florida Trees and Wildflowers </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DSBdyDF9vqg/UTS9xLadn2I/AAAAAAAAHno/rqnieQX4Vbo/s1600/chickasawplumtree.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DSBdyDF9vqg/UTS9xLadn2I/AAAAAAAAHno/rqnieQX4Vbo/s1600/chickasawplumtree.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Chicksaw plum trees are blooming in North Florida. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eDfdaTkfEwQ/UTS951O89pI/AAAAAAAAHnw/iWBZILiZb-o/s1600/crabapplietree.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eDfdaTkfEwQ/UTS951O89pI/AAAAAAAAHnw/iWBZILiZb-o/s1600/crabapplietree.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Crabapple trees are blooming in the northern reaches of the state.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yR7497d9C5s/UTS-GbaPLyI/AAAAAAAAHn4/HMbd1BQWywU/s1600/bromeliadsinthewoods.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yR7497d9C5s/UTS-GbaPLyI/AAAAAAAAHn4/HMbd1BQWywU/s320/bromeliadsinthewoods.jpg" width="222" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Bromeliads are flowering in South Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XqhBl7VtJPA/UTS-X0MsdbI/AAAAAAAAHoA/GBgQMUXzOyM/s1600/columbines.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XqhBl7VtJPA/UTS-X0MsdbI/AAAAAAAAHoA/GBgQMUXzOyM/s1600/columbines.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />March is a good time to plant columbine, coral beans and other wildflowers to attract hummingbirds.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dNCX0tTiSEI/UTS-jHmSV7I/AAAAAAAAHoI/IeZ4BVXgbzk/s1600/coralbeansinflorida.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="244" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dNCX0tTiSEI/UTS-jHmSV7I/AAAAAAAAHoI/IeZ4BVXgbzk/s320/coralbeansinflorida.jpg" width="320" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>For an extensive plant list, please see links below.</b><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.flwildflowers.com/gallery/">Link:&nbsp; Florida Wildflowers that are Blooming this Month</a></span> </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><div><span style="color: blue;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.flbg.org/whatblooming/june_july_august.htm">Link:&nbsp;&nbsp; What Garden Plants are Blooming this Month from The Florida Botanical Gardens&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></span></div><div><span style="color: blue;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.fnps.org/">Link:&nbsp;&nbsp; For More Information on Native Plants Visit: Florida Native Plant Society</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flnativeorchids.com/">Link - Florida Native Orchids</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; -&nbsp; What to Do in Florida Right Now</a></b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: xx-small;"><b><span style="font-size: xx-small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">a</span>nd</span>&nbsp; </b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.city-to-country.com/">City to Country - A Rural Florida Adventure</a></b></span></div></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><span style="color: blue;">and</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.lovethosewideopenspaces.blogspot.com/">Love Those Wide Open Spaces</a>&nbsp;</span></b></span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Resources:&nbsp; UF/IFAS, Florida Fish &amp; Wildlife, Water Management Districts, Florida Native Plants Society, Florida Audubon, Sky and Telescope, NASA </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div>Sanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-84416469672783622982013-02-22T08:51:00.001-08:002013-02-22T08:51:55.115-08:00The Florida Azalea Festival - The Pride of Palatka <br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> 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mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PmtpdSzBsaM/USeXSbhuUzI/AAAAAAAAHbY/vzUJEO6Zamg/s1600/RavineGardenswallofazaleas.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="263" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PmtpdSzBsaM/USeXSbhuUzI/AAAAAAAAHbY/vzUJEO6Zamg/s400/RavineGardenswallofazaleas.jpg" title="Ravine Garden State Park " width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;"><i>The Florida Azalea Festival</i></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;"><i>Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd</i></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b>Ravine Gardens State Park &amp; Downtown Palatka</b> </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">It was in 1938, 75 years ago this March, that the Palatka Jaycees sponsored their first festival at Ravine Gardens State Park.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This event transformed to become The Florida Azalea Festival, a celebration of beauty in bloom.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This festival is, and always has been, one of those ultimate destinations that you must visit in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">While <a href="http://www.floridastateparks.org/ravinegardens/">Ravine Gardens State Park</a> and their 100,000 blooming plants still plays a major role in the Florida Azalea Festival, much of the festivals event’s activities have migrated to Palatka’s Historic Lemon Street on the west side of the St. Johns River.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>In Downtown Palatka</i> you'll find <a href="http://www.flazaleafest.com/">Florida Azalea Festival</a> events like the Azalea Parade, which features floats and bands from community groups; an Open Car Show; <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>the Florida Azalea Amateur Golf Classic; <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>a Bowling Tournament; the Azalea Recipe Contest, and the Azalea Festival Arts and Crafts Show on Historic Lemon Street.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lemon Street is the tree lined shopping and art district in the city. This 24-hour neighborhood is filled with&nbsp; restaurants, bars and plenty of shopping opportunities.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>During the Florida Azalea Festival, traffic is diverted and Lemon Street becomes the main pedestrian walkway, filled with food, music, vendors and plenty of entertainment.</div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Ravine Gardens State Park</i> hosts Azalea Days as part of the Florida Azalea Festival.&nbsp;&nbsp; You'll want to come by and experience the sheer number of blooming plants in this beautiful state park.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The warm weather affects the blooming season, and it’s peaking a bit early.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>In fact, the park might be experiencing the earliest flowering season peak ever, according to park specialists.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>But while the season will have peaked prior to this year’s festival, Ravine Garden still has plenty of blooms.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Ravine Garden "Azalea Day" activities include ranger-led wagon rides tours through the park, music, <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>food, and plenty of park history.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">An art show is being sponsored by the Palatka Art League and CREATE, the Azalea Queen and her court will be present to greet participants, and historic re-enactors will also be present and in costume.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Included this year will be one historic action scene not usually found during re-enactments.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>“Babe Ruth”, who lived in Palatka and spent time coaching hitters here, will be found giving demonstrations to the crowd.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Ravine Gardens State Park&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SV8Q24-1WcA/USeYnYOFDMI/AAAAAAAAHbg/uG7jCpjogac/s1600/ravinegardenazaleasfloridamemory2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SV8Q24-1WcA/USeYnYOFDMI/AAAAAAAAHbg/uG7jCpjogac/s400/ravinegardenazaleasfloridamemory2.jpg" width="260" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Courtesy of the Historical Archives Florida Memory</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><i><span style="font-size: small;">Hi<span style="font-size: small;">story of R<span style="font-size: small;">avine Gardens</span></span></span></i> </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Ravine Gardens is a 59-acre formally designed garden inside a 146-acre State Park.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The ravine for which Ravine Garden’s is named is located along the shore of the St. Johns River.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was created when a spring-fed tributary of the St. Johns cut into sandy ridges of the shoreline for many thousands of years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The riverside ravine was transformed into an extensive formal garden and one of Florida’s nine New Deal era state parks by people working with the federal Works Progress Administration during the years of the Great Depression.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1933, an army of WPA workers descended on Palatka with shovels in hand.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">By 1934, nearly 100,000 azaleas, dogwoods, redbud and camellias had been planted in the midst of Palatka’s native forest of mosses, ferns and live oaks in the ravine.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Garden designers specifically chose plants because the beauty of their blooms occurred during the height of our tourist season and would be a boom for an area needing tourism dollars.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1937, Ravine Gardens was awarded the Nation’s Outstanding CWA Project, and for many years, <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Ravine Gardens was one of the 10 most visited tourist attractions in the state.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>What to See When You Go</b></i> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uz7KZnNEEWs/USeZGmJWLCI/AAAAAAAAHbo/DkxoYj4TEvw/s1600/RavineGardensazaleasandsuspensionbridge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="222" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uz7KZnNEEWs/USeZGmJWLCI/AAAAAAAAHbo/DkxoYj4TEvw/s400/RavineGardensazaleasandsuspensionbridge.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Visit today and you’ll see much of the original landscaping and formal gardens still existing as planted, and many of the 100,000 trees and bushes still in bloom.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can also explore the cypress buildings, rock gardens and fieldstone terraces which the WPA constructed in the park in 1935.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Both the administration building and the log concession building are considered architecturally significant examples of&nbsp; "American Rustic Architecture". </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Be sure to check out the Court of States as well as the 64-foot obelisk dedicated to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.&nbsp; They're located near the park entrance.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The park boasts two suspension bridges that link the park’s woodlands.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Many folks enjoy hiking the two miles of trails that follow the steep ravine. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UyuOtwJ5ZDM/USeZpF3SunI/AAAAAAAAHbw/syAdMxFgvvw/s1600/RavineGardensazaleas.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UyuOtwJ5ZDM/USeZpF3SunI/AAAAAAAAHbw/syAdMxFgvvw/s1600/RavineGardensazaleas.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">There’s a paved 1.8-mile loop road which runs through the 146-acre park. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One hour before sunset, Ravine Loop Road is closed to vehicles, but is open for pedestrians, bicycles and wheelchairs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is a wonderful time to pull out your camera and view nature.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Feel free to pack a lunch.&nbsp; There are many picnic sites available, each is equipped with tables and grills.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Playgrounds are available for the children.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Roy E. Campbell Civic Center complex offers a large covered pavilion, auditorium and meeting rooms which are available to rent.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i_nbqv8pi1c/USebXxVYvlI/AAAAAAAAHcA/uNa-cFl0weU/s1600/RavineGardensWaterfall.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i_nbqv8pi1c/USebXxVYvlI/AAAAAAAAHcA/uNa-cFl0weU/s320/RavineGardensWaterfall.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">State Park admission is $5 per carload up to eight people. $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Azalea Day attendance is free after paid park admission.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hours are 8 a.m. to sunset daily. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b><i> </i></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b><i>Ravine Gardens State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><i>It is located at 1600 Twigg Street in Palatka, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></b></div><b><i> </i></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><i>From US 17 / SR 100, turn south onto Moseley Avenue, then east onto Twigg Street.</i></b></div><b><i> </i></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The City of Palatka</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ShjnsLkqqcg/USebEnysMaI/AAAAAAAAHb4/9qRrRXHuy9k/s1600/PalatkaStJohnsRiver.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ShjnsLkqqcg/USebEnysMaI/AAAAAAAAHb4/9qRrRXHuy9k/s320/PalatkaStJohnsRiver.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Palatka is located on the St. Johns River in Putnam County, Florida, southwest of St. Augustine.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This small town has fewer than 15,000 permanent residents, but when combined with the surrounding countryside the population moves closer to 75,000.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Palatka is the most important city in this inland section of NE Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Palatka hosts two big festivals, the Blue Crab Festival held over Memorial Day Weekend, and the Florida Azalea Festival in March.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">For outdoor enthusiasts, Putnam County offers the trails and garden pathways of Ravine Gardens State Park as well as 6 additional trails which are all part of the Putnam County Blueway system of trails.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can also explore Putnam County by water on one of the kayak and canoe trails of the St. Johns River and its tributaries.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span 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mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Tom Petty is a singer, songwriter and musician best known as the namesake leader of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. </i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Since his arrival in the national music scene during the 1970s, Tom Petty has proven to be one of rock &amp; roll’s greatest and most consistent hit-making songwriters.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>His creations are a reflection of who he is…a Southern man with a strong sense of individuality. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b><span style="font-size: large;"> </span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: large;">The Gainesville Years</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jk37vXrphY0/UR2qMC-JM3I/AAAAAAAAHTk/qPHPf7RjPY8/s1600/TomPettyBlackandWhite.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jk37vXrphY0/UR2qMC-JM3I/AAAAAAAAHTk/qPHPf7RjPY8/s1600/TomPettyBlackandWhite.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Tom Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The oldest child of Earl and Katherine Petty, his birth name is Thomas Earl Petty.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Father Earl worked as an insurance agent in Gainesville; Katherine was a homemaker.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Tom has a younger brother, Bruce.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The brothers remain close even today.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Tom Petty’s interest in music began early.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Elvis Presley was in nearby Ocala filming the movie “Follow That Dream” in the summer of 1961.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Petty’s uncle secured work as a stagehand on the shoot, and one day brought young Tom along to see how movies were made.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Ten year old Tom met Presley that day, instantly became a rock and roll fan, and decided he needed a guitar of his own.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">One of Petty’s first guitar teachers was fellow Gainesville native Don Felder.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Felder, a talented musician himself, would become a member of the band “The Eagles”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Afwv8A20PE/UR2v2IMkGmI/AAAAAAAAHVM/n12jW9GeIro/s1600/TomPettyYoung.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Afwv8A20PE/UR2v2IMkGmI/AAAAAAAAHVM/n12jW9GeIro/s1600/TomPettyYoung.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Petty immersed himself in music. He grew his hair long and devoted himself to crafting his art.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>“I was just a super music fan,” he explained years later. “The first time I tried to write was when I was 14, after I got an electric guitar. I put a song together, and it wasn’t that bad! The writing came natural to me. I thought everybody could do it.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But Tom’s interests bothered his father.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Earl was a Florida outdoorsman.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He loved to hunt and fish and follow sports.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Earl would take his boys out in the woods to try to encourage these interests but Tom would have none of it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Earl worried about Tom’s sexuality, his interests and his friends.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He hated rock and roll, the haircuts, the culture.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It made him angry. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>“He called me everything in the book,” Petty recalls. “But it just made me stronger in some ways, more determined. And I think music to me, music subconsciously, was a safe place.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">“He was very abusive,” both verbally and physically, Petty goes further to say of his father. “I had a couple of bad experiences. There was one big fight where he came in and smashed up a lot of records. But it didn’t stop me. Music was in my blood. I couldn’t quit. I never had any choice about what I was going do.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But Petty adored his mother, Katherine.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Katherine encouraged her son’s music and supported his interests.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Katherine died in 1980 from cancer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Petty and his father never fully reconciled. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Earl Petty died in 1999.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Music Career</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lMAQUwOSZs4/UR2qhrCAwgI/AAAAAAAAHTs/_wv9mbbBa6A/s1600/MudcrutchYoung.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lMAQUwOSZs4/UR2qhrCAwgI/AAAAAAAAHTs/_wv9mbbBa6A/s1600/MudcrutchYoung.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">At 17, Tom Petty walked out of Gainesville High School for good, dropping out of school to tour with the regional country rock band Mudcrutch. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mudcrutch did well in Florida, but never made it big nationally.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>However members Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Petty stayed together and formed the Heartbreakers in 1975. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rJe6_eoQPng/UR2ryfBeUhI/AAAAAAAAHT0/sE7ovImQyeE/s1600/TomPettyandTheHeartbreakersEarly.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rJe6_eoQPng/UR2ryfBeUhI/AAAAAAAAHT0/sE7ovImQyeE/s1600/TomPettyandTheHeartbreakersEarly.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Heartbreakers released their first self-titled album in 1976 featuring the songs "American Girl" and "Breakdown".<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Real commercial success came for the band in 1979 when the band's third album “Damn the Torpedoes” went platinum.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The album’s hit singles were "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Refugee."</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1981, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released “Hard Promises,” <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>then “Long After Dark” in 1982,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>featuring the songs "A Woman in Love" and "You Got Lucky." <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Also during this period, Petty teamed up with Stevie Nicks and recorded the duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" for Nick’s album Bella Donna. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JDDya0Fb5pY/UR2r-0lXw_I/AAAAAAAAHT8/U58iQWBo9MQ/s1600/TomPettyandTheHeartbreakersMid.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JDDya0Fb5pY/UR2r-0lXw_I/AAAAAAAAHT8/U58iQWBo9MQ/s1600/TomPettyandTheHeartbreakersMid.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">But after 1982, it would take 3 years before another album was completed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>“Southern Accents,” was released in 1985 after lots of fighting and frustration in the studio.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>With the album’s release, the group toured the country in 1986.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Bob Dylan joined them on tour and played with Petty’s band.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cTiPCPuJzgg/UR2sdNW4VXI/AAAAAAAAHUE/TRujaYyNkyg/s1600/TomPetty.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cTiPCPuJzgg/UR2sdNW4VXI/AAAAAAAAHUE/TRujaYyNkyg/s1600/TomPetty.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">The late 1980s were dark years for Tom Petty, personally.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">He lost his house to a California wildfire.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It destroyed everything he owned.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He was also forced to face down his demons and deal with a drug addiction.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>Solo Debut</b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Working with Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty put out his first solo album in 1989 titled “Full Moon Fever.<br /><br />The album sold more than 3 million copies and scored hits with "Free Fallin'," "Runnin' Down a Dream," and "I Won't Back Down<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>The Traveling Wilburys</b></i></div><i><b> </b></i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Vc45SdPVqRE/UR2tUdhnA7I/AAAAAAAAHUM/4oX4OO6U3T8/s1600/travelingwilburys.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="282" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Vc45SdPVqRE/UR2tUdhnA7I/AAAAAAAAHUM/4oX4OO6U3T8/s320/travelingwilburys.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne got together and formed the Traveling Wilburys.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The group released a self-titled album the same year, which was well-received.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal">The next year, Petty reunited with Lynne, Dylan, and Harrison to release the group’s second album called “Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>(Roy Orbison died of a heart attack in 1988.) <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Petty and his fellow musicians won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals – Petty’s first Grammy win.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BboyrCvdJ_k/UR2ttM8fhlI/AAAAAAAAHUU/ZY6-AgS2-gE/s1600/traveling-wilburys-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="272" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BboyrCvdJ_k/UR2ttM8fhlI/AAAAAAAAHUU/ZY6-AgS2-gE/s400/traveling-wilburys-2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>Juggling Lots of Hats </b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yzXrXHW8Cjs/UR2t_o3H_yI/AAAAAAAAHUc/ctDi9vFFzmA/s1600/TomPettyhat2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yzXrXHW8Cjs/UR2t_o3H_yI/AAAAAAAAHUc/ctDi9vFFzmA/s1600/TomPettyhat2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Petty divided his time between recording with the Heartbreakers and his own solo efforts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In 1991, Petty and the Heartbreakers released “Into The Great Wide Open.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>In 1994, his solo album “Wildflowers” was released and considered his best.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Petty won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance with "You Don't Know How It Feels."</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8nvlB5Mag3c/UR2uWBc9wPI/AAAAAAAAHUk/KfbOulqe1VY/s1600/TomPettyandtheHeartbreakersLate.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8nvlB5Mag3c/UR2uWBc9wPI/AAAAAAAAHUk/KfbOulqe1VY/s1600/TomPettyandtheHeartbreakersLate.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 2002,the Heartbreaker’s album “The Last DJ” came out.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The work was critical of the music industry and some stations refused to play it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Controversial from the start, this was the least successful project of Petty’s career, selling less than 500,000 copies.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Months later, the Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein died of a heroin overdose, leaving members of the group to retreat back into their own private worlds.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p0MKUAu1JR4/UR2ul6q-BLI/AAAAAAAAHUs/1QdD8OCxlPU/s1600/TomPettyRunningDownADream.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p0MKUAu1JR4/UR2ul6q-BLI/AAAAAAAAHUs/1QdD8OCxlPU/s1600/TomPettyRunningDownADream.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">But as the Heartbreakers’ 30th-anniversary approached, the band got together to plan a worldwide tour.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In honor of the milestone, director Peter Bogdanovich produced a documentary on the group called “Runnin' Down A Dream”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The film was 4 hours long.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at the 2008 Super Bowl halftime show, and followed that up with another worldwide tour.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gge_lNLWKj0/UR2uxGMgtdI/AAAAAAAAHU0/WN33Jf-pLYY/s1600/Mudcrutchold.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gge_lNLWKj0/UR2uxGMgtdI/AAAAAAAAHU0/WN33Jf-pLYY/s1600/Mudcrutchold.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">During the same year, Petty called up his old team and re-formed Mudcrutch.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Tom went back to playing bass with this group as he had done originally, and Mudcrutch released their debut country rock album.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">“The Live Anthology” album appeared in 2009.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was a 48-track blast of rock 'n' roll that featured Petty hits like "Breakdown," and "Free Fallin,'" and deep cuts like "Spike" done before a live audience.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure Radio Show</b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RXGrfWVczgw/UR2vCxusWKI/AAAAAAAAHU8/i36WeAWMJlM/s1600/TomPettyradio.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RXGrfWVczgw/UR2vCxusWKI/AAAAAAAAHU8/i36WeAWMJlM/s1600/TomPettyradio.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 2005, Tom Petty signed on with SiriusXM Radio.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>His “Buried Treasure Radio Show” is about to start its <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>8th Season.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Each show is a composite of the best in rock, rhythm, and blues.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">“Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure Radio Show” airs on Thursdays at 5PM, with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 8AM and 10PM, Sundays at 2PM and Mondays at 11AM.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>All times are ET.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>A Long and Vibrant Career</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fHMMQBUxP2E/UR2vjZWK8CI/AAAAAAAAHVE/Pg_FtTnWTPU/s1600/TomPettyperforming.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fHMMQBUxP2E/UR2vjZWK8CI/AAAAAAAAHVE/Pg_FtTnWTPU/s1600/TomPettyperforming.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Rolling Stone Magazine describes the music of Tom Petty this way:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span></b></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><b>A “mixing up of old AM radio hits, a chiming-in of the Byrds guitars, throw in the Rolling Stone rhythms, and his own trademark vocals which neatly combine the Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn,”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>and you’ve got Tom Petty.</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Throughout his long and productive career, Tom Petty and his many collaborators have sold more than 60 million albums, received several Grammys, and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Personal Life</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9m3FW1EPgvY/UR2wJUcHVZI/AAAAAAAAHVU/HEAucOSyDok/s1600/TomPettyandDanaYork.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9m3FW1EPgvY/UR2wJUcHVZI/AAAAAAAAHVU/HEAucOSyDok/s320/TomPettyandDanaYork.jpg" width="235" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Tom Petty &amp; Wife Dana York</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Tom Petty and first wife, Jane, were married in 1974 and have two daughters together; Adria, a film producer, and Kim, an artist.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The couple separated in 1996 after 22 years of marriage.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Petty married Dana York in 2001.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Dana has a 20-year old son, Dylan, from a previous marriage.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The couple resides in California.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Courier New&quot;,Courier,monospace;">Tom Petty Trivia</span></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Courier New&quot;,Courier,monospace;"></span></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HLbsR_4YYXM/UR2w2XxvvYI/AAAAAAAAHVc/77IH2F1mFtM/s1600/TomPettyhat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HLbsR_4YYXM/UR2w2XxvvYI/AAAAAAAAHVc/77IH2F1mFtM/s1600/TomPettyhat.jpg" /></a></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b></b></span><br /><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size: x-small;">Petty worked briefly on the grounds crew for the University of Florida, but never attended as a student. An Ogeechee lime tree that he planted during his employment with the University is now called the Tom Petty tree</span></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="-moz-font-feature-settings: normal; -moz-font-language-override: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Tom Petty didn’t attend his mother’s funeral after family members asked him to stay away in order to keep Petty fans from overrunning the event.&nbsp; </span></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="-moz-font-feature-settings: normal; -moz-font-language-override: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Tom Petty is also known by the names Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr and Muddy Wilbury.</span></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="-moz-font-feature-settings: normal; -moz-font-language-override: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Petty is known for his musical abilities with the guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, harmonica, and of course his vocal cords.</span></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span 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table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>Florida Wildlife </b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Florida is home to North America’s biggest freshwater turtle, the Alligator Snapping Turtle.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Native to the U.S. Southeast, alligator snappers can be found from the coastal plains of Georgia through the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend Areas, and into East Texas.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Oddly enough, this turtle has moved up the Mississippi River Valley over time and now can be found in southeastern Kansas, Missouri, southeastern Iowa, western Illinois, southern Indiana, western Kentucky, and eastern Tennessee.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Alligator Snapping Turtle Habitat in Florida </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YK2qlB6ITvI/URuh9qB-XTI/AAAAAAAAHNc/wK5KNJg3fxM/s1600/alligatorsnapper-mapFWC.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YK2qlB6ITvI/URuh9qB-XTI/AAAAAAAAHNc/wK5KNJg3fxM/s200/alligatorsnapper-mapFWC.jpg" title="Range of the Alligator Snapping Turtle - FWC Map. " width="190" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Courtesy of the Florida Fish &amp; Wildlife Commission</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal">In Florida, your best chance to see an alligator snapper is for the most part confined to river systems that drain into the Gulf of Mexico; typically in the deep rivers, canals, lakes and swamps of Northwestern Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You’ll find this species of snappers in the Santa Fe, Escambia, and Suwannee Rivers, as well as the area waters of the Big Bend and Florida Panhandle.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Recent sightings suggest Alligator Snapping turtles could be extending their range south into the <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/ocklawahaman/alligator-snapping-turtle">Ocklawaha River</a> in North Central, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This turtle’s preference is for water with a deep running current, although they have been found at times in brackish water.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The Distinctive Look of the Alligator Snapper</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2RHxlE4YmVA/URuixtyQD2I/AAAAAAAAHOI/Ml-bHJW3Gz0/s1600/alligatorsnappingturtleillustration.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2RHxlE4YmVA/URuixtyQD2I/AAAAAAAAHOI/Ml-bHJW3Gz0/s1600/alligatorsnappingturtleillustration.jpg" title="century old drawing of alligator snapping turtle" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Alligator Snapping Turtles are the dinosaurs of the turtle world, and their primitive appearance conveys this.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>These turtles have massive heads that cannot be retracted into their shells.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">One of the ways you can distinguish an alligator snapping turtle is by its eyes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Unlike other snapping turtles, the alligator snapper turtles have eyes on the side of their heads.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>You’ll also notice that the eyes are camouflaged first by dark circles which outline the socket and then yellow markings which radiate outwards.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>These turtles have a type of fleshy eyelash which circles the eye lid like a star. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Another feature of the alligator snapper is its strong, powerful jaw.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The alligator snapper has a beak-like jaw that’s hooked in a unique fashion.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This snapping turtle can sever a person’s finger in one bite.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This Alligator Snapper has a course, heavily sculptured shell that’s tank-like and positively primordial.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The shell, or carapace, is marked by three pyramid-shaped spines running down its back in a vertical pattern.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The round tail is long; often as long as the length of the alligator snapper’s entire shell.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lastly, this turtle has strong limbs and sharp, oversized claws which resemble an alligator.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is how it got its name.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>Alligator Snapping Turtles are BIG!</b></i></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PT1QWjypdS8/URupp1Ram7I/AAAAAAAAHO4/P-l8o3G6OPY/s1600/alligatorsnapperingrass.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PT1QWjypdS8/URupp1Ram7I/AAAAAAAAHO4/P-l8o3G6OPY/s1600/alligatorsnapperingrass.jpg" title="alligator snapping turtle" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Alligator Snappers are big turtles who have an expected lifespan of nearly 60 years when not bothered by hunters or other human endeavors.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Male alligator snappers can reach 2-1/2 feet in length and up to 250 pounds.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Females can grow to 2 feet long and weigh up to 60 pounds.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The shells, alone, can 175 pounds and 30 inches long.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Behavior &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-06lKgQhBV-Q/URuqwjIaWhI/AAAAAAAAHPA/A3eAMPO7ENA/s1600/alligatorsnapperunderwater.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-06lKgQhBV-Q/URuqwjIaWhI/AAAAAAAAHPA/A3eAMPO7ENA/s1600/alligatorsnapperunderwater.jpg" title="alligator snapping turtle underwater" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Alligator snapping turtles are highly aquatic animals which rarely leave the water.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Typically, this turtle will stay submerged for 40 to 50 minutes and surface only for air.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They are bottom walkers rather than swimmers in their natural environment. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Most alligator snappers prefer to lie in shallow waters, rather than sun themselves out on banks or logs as other turtles do.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is common to see only the eyes and nostrils of this turtle as it lies in the mud.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Thick layers of algae are often found on its shell due to their sedentary lifestyle.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Despite this, these turtles can be highly aggressive.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Large individuals have been known to cause injury to swimmers who surprise them.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aTgE0hRIKaM/URurBk-oM2I/AAAAAAAAHPI/0RTrL8fGUxs/s1600/alligatorsnappingturtle.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aTgE0hRIKaM/URurBk-oM2I/AAAAAAAAHPI/0RTrL8fGUxs/s1600/alligatorsnappingturtle.jpg" title="alligator snapping turtle in grass" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Only female alligator snapping turtles are known to leave the water, and this occurs during periods of nesting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">On land, they may be slow moving creatures, but these turtles are still quite feisty.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The will not hesitate to strike with their powerful jaws when picked up or disturbed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Feeding Habits</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VB2VlwOtK2g/URurwNz0s6I/AAAAAAAAHPQ/HYxvCk81mfY/s1600/alligatorsnappermouth2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VB2VlwOtK2g/URurwNz0s6I/AAAAAAAAHPQ/HYxvCk81mfY/s1600/alligatorsnappermouth2.jpg" title="head of an alligator snapping turtle" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Alligator snapping turtles are well designed for feeding.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Their ability to stay beneath the water for long periods of time, and their camouflage coloring assist the turtle in hunting and scavenging for food.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">These turtle most often forage at night, waiting for their prey at the bottom of rivers.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The alligator snapping turtle’s mouth is unique in the turtle world.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Where the average turtle’s mouth is pink, the inner lining of the snapper is a mottled gray/brown, making it hard to see underwater.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nQLg4vELWsM/URusHh4bmTI/AAAAAAAAHPY/1wLXu2FT8e0/s1600/alligatorsnappermouth.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nQLg4vELWsM/URusHh4bmTI/AAAAAAAAHPY/1wLXu2FT8e0/s1600/alligatorsnappermouth.jpg" title="Alligator snapping turtle mouth" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">What is most unusual about this turtle’s mouth is its small, pink, worm-like projection found at the bottom.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The alligator snapping turtle can open its jaw and manipulate the projection, wiggling it like a fishing lure to attract fish into his open mouth.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Once inside, its powerful jaw shuts and the turtle has his meal.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The diet of the alligator snapping turtle primarily consists of animals such as fish, snails, mussels, crayfish, frogs, snakes and other turtles.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It will stalk anything it can capture and swallow.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If not finding these, the alligator snapper will eat a variety of aquatic plants and acorns.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It will scavenge carrion.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Reproduction </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8N9xswc50VY/URuso42rsAI/AAAAAAAAHPg/u_9YGDc1bYc/s1600/alligatorsnapperonbank.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8N9xswc50VY/URuso42rsAI/AAAAAAAAHPg/u_9YGDc1bYc/s1600/alligatorsnapperonbank.jpg" title="female alligator snapping turtle near water" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Between 11 and 13 years of age, alligator snapping turtles reach sexual maturity and they’ll mate underwater.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This occurs here in Florida during the early spring, usually between February and April.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E_5Ng3UGvlM/URutK-uFa2I/AAAAAAAAHPo/UlH2gp4wDc0/s1600/alligatorsnapperfemalenesting.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E_5Ng3UGvlM/URutK-uFa2I/AAAAAAAAHPo/UlH2gp4wDc0/s1600/alligatorsnapperfemalenesting.jpg" title="Alligator snapping turtle nesting female" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Only nesting female alligator snappers are known to leave the water, and in late April as the weather becomes warmer and humid, the first of the females will begin to nest in sandy spots near the water.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The female will lay eggs once a year, with an average of 17-52 eggs in their clutch.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jD79jJ9jgoU/URutc34eE8I/AAAAAAAAHPw/vUPZtPt4p48/s1600/alligatorsnapperhatchling.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jD79jJ9jgoU/URutc34eE8I/AAAAAAAAHPw/vUPZtPt4p48/s1600/alligatorsnapperhatchling.jpg" title="Alligator snapping turtle hatchling" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">The incubation period is 100 to 110 days, with most eggs hatching in mid-August.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Once the clutch hatches, the young turtles head straight to the water to start the cycle anew.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>Ambient Temperature Determines the Sex of the Hatchlings</b></i></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fjmbSMQQeVQ/URut_yIRbRI/AAAAAAAAHP4/RahhONZVhVA/s1600/alligatorsnapperyoung.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fjmbSMQQeVQ/URut_yIRbRI/AAAAAAAAHP4/RahhONZVhVA/s1600/alligatorsnapperyoung.jpg" title="Young alligator snapping turtle" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">The sex of young alligator snappers is determined by environmental temperature surrounding the egg.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">A moderate incubation temperature of 77-81°F will result in a male hatchling.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Temperatures higher or lower than that, or even periods of great temperature fluctuation (during incubation)&nbsp; will produce female hatchings.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>A Species of Special Concern</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GDsKrKy2Er8/URuvIlMnrpI/AAAAAAAAHQA/Gzcgf2FirWc/s1600/alligatorsnapperprofile.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GDsKrKy2Er8/URuvIlMnrpI/AAAAAAAAHQA/Gzcgf2FirWc/s1600/alligatorsnapperprofile.jpg" title="Alligator snapping turtle profile" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Alligator snapping turtles have been used for human consumption throughout history, but the greatest amount of harvesting occurred during the 1960s and 1970s, causing enormous decline in the alligator snapper population.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In Florida, the FWC enacted rules to limit the taking of alligator snapping turtles during the 1970's.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This helped to slow the loss of turtles, but we're&nbsp; still decades away from a full recovery caused by two decades of overharvesting more than 50 years ago.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal">The alligator snapping turtle is now officially a species of special concern (a vulnerable species) and is protected in Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">It is illegal to take, possess, or sell the alligator snapping turtle.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Threats to the Florida Alligator Snapping Turtle</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: small;">Even with <span style="font-size: small;">government protection, a</span>lligator snapping turtles face many threats in Florida to<span style="font-size: small;">day</span>.&nbsp; The </span></span></span>overharvesting of the turtles may have halted, but they're still vulnerable to the following issues and human practices:&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Commercial Fishing Bycatch </i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJWp8PxO_S0/URuy4a6rMII/AAAAAAAAHQw/528Ts1CXCVA/s1600/bycatch.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="256" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJWp8PxO_S0/URuy4a6rMII/AAAAAAAAHQw/528Ts1CXCVA/s320/bycatch.jpg" title="Bycatch with turtle" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Bycatch</b> is the term used when an organism gets caught up in commercial fishing nets and its death is&nbsp; a by-product of the fishing process. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Alligator snapping turtles are threatened <b>through the</b> <b>use of both </b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">trot lines</b> (long lines of submerged baited hooks) <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">and bush lines</b>(single hooks suspended from tree branches).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">These methods are used in conjunction with commercial fishing, especially within the catfish industry.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Turtles face a certain death when they swallow the bait on these lines and cannot escape, thus becoming<b>&nbsp;bycatch</b>.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GWA4IGGd-7E/URuzTLdWZ8I/AAAAAAAAHQ4/lImWqupKtEc/s1600/pollutioninNFloridaSierraClub.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GWA4IGGd-7E/URuzTLdWZ8I/AAAAAAAAHQ4/lImWqupKtEc/s1600/pollutioninNFloridaSierraClub.jpg" title="Pollution in North Florida Waters - Florida Sierra Club photo" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Pollution</b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Silt and chemical run-off from farms, industry and Florida military bases</b> in this area pollute Florida waters and threaten all riverine species.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">&nbsp; </b></i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0vXNwYSJeFk/URuzyUBBJ9I/AAAAAAAAHRA/PkE-0qVEMaY/s1600/turtleeggs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0vXNwYSJeFk/URuzyUBBJ9I/AAAAAAAAHRA/PkE-0qVEMaY/s1600/turtleeggs.jpg" title="Turtle eggs eaten by Predators " /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Natural Predators</b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The alligator snapping turtle's only predator when he's in the water is man, but they are vulnerable, like all species of turtles, during incubation.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Predators that eat alligator snapper eggs </b>include raccoons, wild hogs, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, raptors, and fire ants.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Read more about Florida Rule <a href="https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleNo.asp?id=68A-27.005" target="_blank">68A-27.005</a> of the Florida Administrative Code, the rule of law which protects Florida's Alligator Snapping turtle, by visiting&nbsp; <a href="http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/imperiled/profiles/reptiles/alligator-snapping-turtle/">Florida Fish &amp; Wildlife.</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; 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Spanish colony of Florida. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Tucked into the salt marshes of St. Augustine you can still find the site of the first free community of ex-slaves, which was called “Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose”, or Fort Mose, for short.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>(This is pronounced “Moh-Say”.)</i><br /><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: right;"><span class="status action"><b> </b><span style="font-size: xx-small;"></span></span></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>If Africans slaves could reach Florida, the Spanish would grant them their freedom on three condition: that they declared their allegiance to the King of Spain, that they became members of the Catholic Church, and that they joined a militia in support of Spanish military forces.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>The Africans of Fort Mose became the most northern defense for Spain's colonies in the Caribbean and our nation's oldest city,&nbsp; St. Augustine.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">Historical Overview</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><i><span style="font-size: small;">Africans in the New World</span></i></b> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We often think the African experience in North America began in 1619 with Jamestown, Virginia or perhaps with Charles Town in Carolina in 1670. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">However, the first Africans in the New World were not the slaves of Jamestown.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>They were the free men, crew members on the voyages of the Spanish Conquistadors.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>These Africans were artisans, seamen, navigators and adventurers who came to the area in the early 1500’s.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Take Juan Garrido, for example.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Garrido was a member of Juan Ponce de Leon’s expedition team when he discovered both Puerto Rico and Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Garrido was also with Hernan Cortez in Mexico.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Zee-xZ6zKCI/URPmIxDQYlI/AAAAAAAAG8s/c-pFLTLA_e4/s1600/JuanGarridowithHernanCortez.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="211" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Zee-xZ6zKCI/URPmIxDQYlI/AAAAAAAAG8s/c-pFLTLA_e4/s400/JuanGarridowithHernanCortez.jpg" title="Juan Garrido - African Conquistador" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Hernan Cortez and Juan Garrido Conquistadors</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Africans were with Panfilo de Narvaez as he ventured along the Gulf Coast and into the Southwest.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1565, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded St. Augustine in La Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Both African free men and African slaves assisted in building the city.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Spanish historical documents show they used their blacksmithing, carpentry, cattle ranching, and military skills in developing the area.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>African people made up 12% of the early St. Augustine population.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>One out five was a free person.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>British Colonization, Slavery and Spanish Asylum</b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7RUE-qNelGY/URPeV30keqI/AAAAAAAAG70/F3OLtLyuEok/s1600/Charles+Town+Map.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="South Carolina Information Highway - Colonial Maps" border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7RUE-qNelGY/URPeV30keqI/AAAAAAAAG70/F3OLtLyuEok/s400/Charles+Town+Map.jpg" title="http://www.sciway.net/hist/maps/mapscolonial.html" width="381" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Courtesy of South Carolina Information Highway - Maps</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: xx-small;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1670, English plantation owners formally established Charles Town in what was called Carolina.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This British trading center intensified rivalries involving Spaniards, Native Americans, French Huguenots, and Africans. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The mounting tensions between the British in Carolina and the Spanish in St. Augustine worried the European leaders.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In 1672, just 2 years after the establishment of Charles Town, Queen Regent Mariana of Spain ordered the fortification of St. Augustine, and work began on the Castillo de San Marcos.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was a multinational project with Spaniards, Native Americans and Africans working together to build the fort.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iD6iblcMNxs/URPhC3gn9FI/AAAAAAAAG78/drVJN5IZfhg/s1600/1670_slavery.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="207" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iD6iblcMNxs/URPhC3gn9FI/AAAAAAAAG78/drVJN5IZfhg/s400/1670_slavery.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Slavery in 1670 - Tobacco Sheds&nbsp; (Artist Unknown)</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Enslaved Africans outnumbered whites in Carolina’s Charles Town early on, and from nearly its inception, Africans were fleeing for Spanish St. Augustine.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Africans and their Indian allies shuttled runaways southward trying to evade slave catchers and the Southeast swamps.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By doing so, these people helped establish the first American Underground Railroad more than a century before the Civil War.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">By 1687, the Spanish government had begun to offer asylum to slaves in British colonies.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Their offer was aimed at destabilizing the British colonies’ plantation economy by encouraging their slaves to seek out freedom and refuge.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1693, Spain issued a formal proclamation declaring British slaves would be free in 'La Florida.' <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Many escaped slaves perished trying to make the trek to freedom due to exhaustion, starvation, disease and slave catchers. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Those that made it to St. Augustine were declared free persons as long as they agreed to meet three conditions. First, they had to accept the Catholic religion. Second, they had to swear allegiance to the Spanish King. Third, the men had to join the Spanish militia.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Spanish were happy to have skilled laborers, and these newly freed men had strong motivation for defending their new homeland.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This gave strength to St. Augustine's military forces.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">View this <a href="http://www.fortmose.org/history/timeline.html">Fascinating Timeline of Events Important to Fort Mose&nbsp;</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Courtesy of the Fort Mose Historical Society </span></div><span style="font-size: xx-small;"> </span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<span style="font-size: large;"><b>Fort Mose&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bQwOpvFKTZ0/URPYdNVaH4I/AAAAAAAAG60/AjUMlcP_AZk/s1600/FortMoseSiteDrawing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bQwOpvFKTZ0/URPYdNVaH4I/AAAAAAAAG60/AjUMlcP_AZk/s320/FortMoseSiteDrawing.jpg" title="Fort Mose - First Free African Settlement in US" width="280" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Artist Rendition of Fort Mose</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1738, the Spanish Colonial Governor of La Florida, Manuel Montiano, established Fort Mose as a sanctuary for the Africans escaping from slavery in the English Colony of Carolina.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> Montiano awarded </span>the Africans approximately 24 acres of land and with it "Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose” or Fort Mose was born.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Located two miles north of St. Augustine, Fort Mose was what was called a maroon community--a community formed by escaped slaves.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Fort Mose was legally sanctioned by the Spanish Government, making it the first free African settlement to legally exist in what is now the United States.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, forming more than 20 households. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>These homesteaders were runaway slaves, slaves from St. Augustine, and Indians from nearby villages. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The escaped slaves themselves were people from widely varied backgrounds. They were Mandingos, Congos, Carabalis, Minas, Gambas, Lecumis, Sambas, Gangas, Araras, and Guineans.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Together they created a frontier community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fort Mose's militia provided Spain's northernmost defense in North America.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The captain of the Fort Mose militia, Francisco Menendez, was recognized as the head of the Fort Mose community and well-respected throughout Spanish society.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Under Menendez’s leadership, the Fort Mose residents constructed a log fort to defend their homes and themselves from potential British invasion.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Francisco Menendez was a Mandingo from West Africa who escaped British slavery and fought with Yamasee Indians in the Carolinas. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In return for his service, a Yamasee chief guided Menendez south to St. Augustine. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>From the early 1700s until the Spanish left Florida in 1763, Captain Menendez&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>distinguished himself in service, and received commendations for bravery and valor from the Spanish Governor.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Menendez and the people of the Fort Mose militia played important roles in the confrontations between Britain and Spain in the colonial Southeast.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The people of Mose were guerrilla fighters who made astute alliances with the Spaniards and their Indian allies, and were fierce warriors against their former masters. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1740, the Black militia fought alongside Spanish regulars to drive off the English attack of St. Augustine.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In May 1740, British soldiers from newly colonized Georgia marched under General John J. Oglethorpe toward Fort Mose.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Hearing word of the advancing army, the citizens of Fort Mose evacuated to St. Augustine.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Finding Fort Mose abandoned, the British troops set up camp there and began launching raids into Spanish territory.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">On June 26, 1740, 300 Spanish soldiers (including the Fort Mose militia) surprised the British with a pre-dawn raid.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The “Siege of Fort Mose” left 68 British dead and 34 prisoners were taken.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Fort Mose was recaptured and the remaining British soldiers retreated back to Georgia.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1742, the Spanish delivered a counter-offensive against the British in Georgia. The troops of Fort Mose also fought in this battle.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Spanish/British battles had taken their tolls on the fort, however, and the original Fort Mose was demolished.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Africans lived the next 10 years inside the city of St. Augustine, until 1752, when the fort and village were rebuilt on higher ground just to the northeast.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>Life in the 1759 Fort Mose</b></i> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-moIAb20xcEc/URPYtMJeEVI/AAAAAAAAG68/o6RJJibBGU8/s1600/FortMose.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-moIAb20xcEc/URPYtMJeEVI/AAAAAAAAG68/o6RJJibBGU8/s1600/FortMose.jpg" title="Fort Mose - Historical Re-enactment" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Fort Mose Re-enactor</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal">Historians can now tell us that in 1759, the new Fort Mose was occupied by 37 men, 15 women, 7 boys and 8 girls.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Most of the former Carolina slave refugees living at Fort Mose married fellow escapees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Some free slaves married Indian women, and others married slaves living in St. Augustine.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The group had 22 palm thatch huts which the Spanish said resembled Seminole shelters. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fort Mose was surrounded by a fortified clay-covered earth wall and a moat-like ditch that was filled with prickly pear cactus. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Their village had a freshwater well. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Acreage outside the wall was farmed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The settlement was surrounded by a salt water river which contained an abundance of shellfish and fish.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fort Mose had its own wooden church where Mass was held.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The church housed the local parish priest, Father Soldana.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">African guards stood lookout from the Fort Mose watch tower and patrolled the area outside the Fort.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fort Mose sits on Robinson Creek which is a back door water way to St. Augustine, much like Fort Matanzas to the south. Both were water passages to St. Augustine and were fortified.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Archeologists digging at the site during the late 1980’s found a wide variety of artifacts from Fort Mose such as gunflints, flattened bullets, metal buckles and hardware; thimbles, nails, ceramics, and glass bottles; remnants of food such as burned seeds and bone, and even a hand-made St. Christopher's medal.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1763, the Spanish ceded Florida to Britain under the Treaty of Paris.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The free-men of Fort Mose, along with their Indian allies and the Spanish population living in the colony, left Florida for Cuba.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>A least 251 British slaves joined the Spanish exodus at the time, while other British slaves fled to live with the Seminoles in North Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Spanish government resettled the entire group at Ceibo Mocha in Matanzas Province on Cuba’s Northwest Coast. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Fort Mose Historic State Park</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hx_D50_bR0k/URPa1iMP3fI/AAAAAAAAG7I/iJVGM-lcFKI/s1600/FortMoseHistoricalSPsign.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="www.rural-florida-living.com" border="0" height="244" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hx_D50_bR0k/URPa1iMP3fI/AAAAAAAAG7I/iJVGM-lcFKI/s320/FortMoseHistoricalSPsign.jpg" title="Fort Mose Historic State Park" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">From 1986-1988 a team of specialists headed by Dr. Kathleen Deagan of the Florida Museum of Natural History carried out an archaeological and historical investigation at Fort Mose. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />You can read more about the archeological team's discoveries in the book written by Dr. Deagan.&nbsp; Click on the link for more information.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0813013526/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0813013526&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ruraflorliv05-20" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="155" src="http://ws.assoc-amazon.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=0813013526&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=ruraflorliv05-20" width="200" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0813013526/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0813013526&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ruraflorliv05-20">Fort Mose: Colonial America's Black Fortress of Freedom</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=ruraflorliv05-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0813013526" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">by Kathleen Deagan</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fort Mose was named as a National Historic Landmark on October 12, 1994, and is an important element in Florida's Black Heritage Trail.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Here's how to visit Fort Mose Historical State Park yourself.<br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>Fort Mose Historic State Park</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b> </b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>15 Fort Mose Trail</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b> </b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>St. Augustine, Florida 32084</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b> </b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>(904) 823-2232</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>From St. Augustine:</b> From downtown St. Augustine, drive north on A1A. At the carousel (you read it correctly), continue straight north on San Marco. (A1A turns right towards Vilano Beach. Don't go that way.) San Marco merges with Hwy 1. Shortly after the merge, look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.</div><div class="MsoNormal">OR:&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>From Hwy 1 in St. Augustine</b>, drive north past Hwy 16. Look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>From Jacksonville: </b>Drive south on Hwy 1. Turn left on Fort Mose Trail. (If you pass Hwy 16 you've missed Fort Mose Trail.) 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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 9.0pt;">Sanne Collins is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.</span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">@2013 Sanne Collins</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: xx-small;"><span class="status">J5TXWEQPVGA7 </span></span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Sources</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.fortmose.org/"> Fort Mose Historical Society</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a 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both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qVu8A8iX8kU/UQ7QkPBdsjI/AAAAAAAAG3U/5bOZWungL7I/s1600/Blackwater-Heritage-6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="277" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qVu8A8iX8kU/UQ7QkPBdsjI/AAAAAAAAG3U/5bOZWungL7I/s400/Blackwater-Heritage-6.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>&nbsp;<b>"The Real Florida" Run Series </b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Seven Florida State Parks in Southwest will each be hosting a family-friendly running event during February and March as part of “The Real Florida Run Series”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Each of the 7 events offers participants a choice of either a 5K walk, a 5K run, or a 10K run through "Real Florida," landscape many consider to be some of the prettiest scenery in the State.</i><br /><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ODbOgaL5e8M/UQ7OVZvxwJI/AAAAAAAAG3E/CIVjzFbVksg/s1600/racingatSP.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ODbOgaL5e8M/UQ7OVZvxwJI/AAAAAAAAG3E/CIVjzFbVksg/s200/racingatSP.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">The series of 7 runs held in 7 weeks at 7 different Southwest Florida State Parks provides Florida residents and visitors alike the opportunity to exercise in the midst of the natural beauty of Florida’s environment.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Real Florida Run Series is sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s South District Office, 3D Racing, Inc. and the Run Shoppe of Cape Coral, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Runs will take place at 1PM every Sunday afternoon from February 10<sup>th</sup> <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>through <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>March 24<sup>th </sup>. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Each event features a 5K run/ walk and a 10K run.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">The Real Florida Run Series Schedule </b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Feb. 10</div><div class="MsoNormal">Lake Manatee State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">20007 State Road 64</div><div class="MsoNormal">Bradenton, Florida</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Feb. 17</div><div class="MsoNormal">Paynes Creek Historic State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">888 Lake Branch Road</div><div class="MsoNormal">Bowling Green, Florida</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Feb. 24</div><div class="MsoNormal">Highlands Hammock State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">5931 Hammock Road</div><div class="MsoNormal">Sebring, Florida</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">March 3</div><div class="MsoNormal">Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">12301 Burnt Store Road</div><div class="MsoNormal">Punta Gorda, Florida</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">March 10</div><div class="MsoNormal">Koreshan State Historic Site</div><div class="MsoNormal">3800 Corkscrew Road</div><div class="MsoNormal">Estero, Florida</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">March 17</div><div class="MsoNormal">Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">137 Coastline Drive</div><div class="MsoNormal">Copeland, Florida</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">March 24</div><div class="MsoNormal">Little Manatee River State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">215 Lightfoot Road</div><div class="MsoNormal">Wimauma, Florida</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Join In The Fun!</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-asKv7rwBb-w/UQ7NcqWeYbI/AAAAAAAAG28/xBsFTHLjZeg/s1600/RunnerFlorida.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-asKv7rwBb-w/UQ7NcqWeYbI/AAAAAAAAG28/xBsFTHLjZeg/s320/RunnerFlorida.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Want to give it a try?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Here’s how it works:</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Participants in The Real Florida Run Series can choose to register for individual races or sign up for all seven.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Awards will be given out at each race for the top three men and women in each category.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">For runners who participate in all seven runs of the race series, there will be a Grand Prize awarded to the top three men and top three women over-all.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There will also be a trophy for the top three boys and girls, ages 17 and under.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Racers will be grouped by age category as follows:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>0-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Beverages, snacks and water will be provided at each race. There will also be food available for sale at each race.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Race Packets can be picked up at the Run Shoppe in Cape Coral or at the park the day of the race.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Please note:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>No Baby Joggers will be permitted in the race.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Registration</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can register for any of the events by going to <b><a href="http://www.active.com/">www.active.com</a> </b>and then clicking on Search and entering “The Real Florida Run Series”; or by registering at the <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Run Shoppe <a href="http://www.therunshoppe.com/">www.therunshoppe.com</a> </b>, located at 3512 Del Prado Boulevard, Suite 107, Cape Coral.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Registration fees are $20 for 5K races and $30 for 10K races. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ExIT87KzQVo/UQ7M66_8qVI/AAAAAAAAG20/kn72i5cb0sk/s1600/TheRealFloridaRunSeries.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ExIT87KzQVo/UQ7M66_8qVI/AAAAAAAAG20/kn72i5cb0sk/s400/TheRealFloridaRunSeries.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Hope to see you there!</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" 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center;"><a href="http://www.lovethosewideopenspaces.blogspot.com/">Love Those Wide Open Spaces</a></div></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Sanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-39645513199643195522013-02-01T08:32:00.004-08:002013-02-03T12:43:09.501-08:00Florida Outdoors - What You Can See in February<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iHpt0u6-59c/UQbsmwjQoQI/AAAAAAAAGY0/ZtnYmgdkWKY/s1600/cypresstrees.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iHpt0u6-59c/UQbsmwjQoQI/AAAAAAAAGY0/ZtnYmgdkWKY/s400/cypresstrees.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> 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mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>It’s February in Florida, and across the state we’re beginning to see signs of spring.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; Day by day we can feel&nbsp;o</span>ur weather getting warmer; see our daylight getting longer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>All around us, we perceive nature in rebirth.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Scan the horizon where you live and look towards Florida’s natural places.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Do you see the outline of cypress trees now greening up after a grey winter’s nap? </i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>In our sloughs and waterways and along the Florida shorelines this month, ducks and herons are picking their mates.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><i>In the fresh Florida woods of February, wary ground birds like quail and wild turkey are also in their breeding season.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>During February each year in Florida, we say "farewell" to over-wintering birds as they begin to journey north, and "welcome back" to those&nbsp;returning from faraway lands further south.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Many folks in Florida are making preparations to put in&nbsp;gardens in February.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; If this is you, w</span>hy not consider perking up your plan by adding Florida natives to your landscape?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By enhancing the local habitats of small creatures in your yard, you’ll be nourishing life around you.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>It's February in Florida...a great month to be outdoors!</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The February &nbsp;2013 Night Sky</b></span><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_aU_Sm6Ax8g/UQbs8l15mRI/AAAAAAAAGY8/hAxvOKqNXoA/s1600/FebSky.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="387" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_aU_Sm6Ax8g/UQbs8l15mRI/AAAAAAAAGY8/hAxvOKqNXoA/s400/FebSky.png" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Visible Planets</span> </b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><ul><li>Mercury is visible at dusk in the evening sky very low in the west for the middle half of the month.</li><li>Venus is still in the morning sky but is getting too near the rising Sun for easy viewing.</li><li>Mars is very low in the West for a short time after sunset.</li><li>Jupiter is still the brightest planet in the sky.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It can be found high in the South in the early evening and sets after midnight.</li><li>Saturn rises after midnight and is well up in the South by morning.</li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Feb. 2</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><b>&nbsp;</b> </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>- The Moon is between Spica and the planet Saturn.&nbsp; It's also Groundhog Day and Candlemas.&nbsp; Candlemas is the the half-way point of winter.&nbsp; Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, astronomically there will, of course, be 46 more days of winter<br />.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Feb. 3 </b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>- 3rd Quarter Moon – And it’s now nearer Saturn</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Feb. 10</b> - <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>New Moon.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Feb. 15</b> - Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass about 40,000 kilometres from Earth at its closest approach at around 2:30PM EST.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Asteroid 2012 DA14 is smaller than Apophis (expected in 2029) at about 45 metres across. This asteroid was discovered in early 2012.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It’s large enough to wipe out a city if it hit Earth, which it won’t, say astronomers.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Feb. 17 / 18 </b>– First quarter moon will be conjunct Jupiter in the West/Southwest sky just to the lower left of the Pleiades star cluster.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Feb. 21</b> - Neptune is in conjunction with (behind) the Sun and passing into the morning sky.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Feb. 25 </b>– Full Moon at 3:26PM EST. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The February full Moon is called the Wolf Moon, Snow Moon, and Hunger Moon.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Birds</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X5byPgCIOuI/UQcijfxvUdI/AAAAAAAAGZo/kbP6UhxsLnw/s1600/purplemartingourds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X5byPgCIOuI/UQcijfxvUdI/AAAAAAAAGZo/kbP6UhxsLnw/s1600/purplemartingourds.jpg" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />It’s now time to put up your purple martin houses or gourds.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Early purple martin scouts will begin to appear in Florida this month. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_kzfezqyIoA/UQckaK476lI/AAAAAAAAGaU/MB5z30tJlRU/s1600/screechowl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_kzfezqyIoA/UQckaK476lI/AAAAAAAAGaU/MB5z30tJlRU/s1600/screechowl.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Screech owls begin nesting in Central Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0k4FHsAep1w/UQck7XjC9WI/AAAAAAAAGac/1CuKuvqb8Gc/s1600/wildturkeys.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0k4FHsAep1w/UQck7XjC9WI/AAAAAAAAGac/1CuKuvqb8Gc/s1600/wildturkeys.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pmnjyeH3MGA/UQclemNKXaI/AAAAAAAAGak/MM8d8-rRrTo/s1600/quail.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="160" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pmnjyeH3MGA/UQclemNKXaI/AAAAAAAAGak/MM8d8-rRrTo/s200/quail.jpg" width="200" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <br />Wild turkeys and Quail begin breeding in South Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LbhPcT7ExQc/UQcm3GZvG0I/AAAAAAAAGbQ/EA4obEqnnhE/s1600/ospreys-on-nest-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LbhPcT7ExQc/UQcm3GZvG0I/AAAAAAAAGbQ/EA4obEqnnhE/s1600/ospreys-on-nest-2.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />Ospreys will begin nesting in North Florida near the end of February.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZCaunQCllec/UQcnkRB2gxI/AAAAAAAAGbY/GNYGtUfrxd4/s1600/woodcock.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZCaunQCllec/UQcnkRB2gxI/AAAAAAAAGbY/GNYGtUfrxd4/s1600/woodcock.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />North Florida woodcocks begin courtship behavior.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You will hear their "peenting" in open fields near sunset.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SNU4-ath9XQ/UQcoAwBsbkI/AAAAAAAAGbk/Kcf9r4Jo8AQ/s1600/frigatebird.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SNU4-ath9XQ/UQcoAwBsbkI/AAAAAAAAGbk/Kcf9r4Jo8AQ/s1600/frigatebird.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />Frigatebirds are nesting in the mangroves of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-foC5qLUuQvM/UQcol-Mg2EI/AAAAAAAAGcM/bro5zCjdQhE/s1600/pileated+woodpeckers.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-foC5qLUuQvM/UQcol-Mg2EI/AAAAAAAAGcM/bro5zCjdQhE/s1600/pileated+woodpeckers.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Pileated Woodpeckers start their mating season.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You will hear them drumming on telephone poles, sides of buildings, fence posts and other objects as they announce their territory to other birds.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Little Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons, Wood Ducks, Mottled Ducks and Snail Kites are beginning their mating season.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CfG3CwjQp94/UQcrEP4wWSI/AAAAAAAAGcw/7IaNElIB-ig/s1600/littleblueheron.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CfG3CwjQp94/UQcrEP4wWSI/AAAAAAAAGcw/7IaNElIB-ig/s1600/littleblueheron.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Little Blue Heron<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0i0bctcClpo/UQcrt6Dog3I/AAAAAAAAGdY/BscZ1jNAD0w/s1600/tricolored+heron.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="232" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0i0bctcClpo/UQcrt6Dog3I/AAAAAAAAGdY/BscZ1jNAD0w/s320/tricolored+heron.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;Tri-colored Heron<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8HFoBLBP9T4/UQcse3njrRI/AAAAAAAAGdg/GsO9uYetvoI/s1600/wood+ducks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="216" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8HFoBLBP9T4/UQcse3njrRI/AAAAAAAAGdg/GsO9uYetvoI/s320/wood+ducks.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;Wood Duck<br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E2phhPxWgHw/UQcsoYDAbhI/AAAAAAAAGdo/6DaFf7Cuegw/s1600/mottled+ducks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="201" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E2phhPxWgHw/UQcsoYDAbhI/AAAAAAAAGdo/6DaFf7Cuegw/s320/mottled+ducks.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">Mottled Ducks </span><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fHMUtHmxcGI/UQcpIjsl4YI/AAAAAAAAGcU/A5ptnb6YIBk/s1600/purple+finch.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fHMUtHmxcGI/UQcpIjsl4YI/AAAAAAAAGcU/A5ptnb6YIBk/s1600/purple+finch.jpg" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br />Purple Finches <br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; and Pine Siskins<br /><br />begin their migration back to nesting sites up North.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-38yDu5EIeqM/UQcpwxoxNoI/AAAAAAAAGcc/UJPov3CrtXs/s1600/pine+siskin.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-38yDu5EIeqM/UQcpwxoxNoI/AAAAAAAAGcc/UJPov3CrtXs/s1600/pine+siskin.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l_5KNcHju8k/UQcqEc9WZII/AAAAAAAAGck/3TJIwCqi29A/s1600/swallowtailkites.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l_5KNcHju8k/UQcqEc9WZII/AAAAAAAAGck/3TJIwCqi29A/s1600/swallowtailkites.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Swallow-tailed kites will be seen again in Florida as they return from winter homes in South America</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Mammals</b></span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3eo_0Pk4s0I/UQctpeLLM9I/AAAAAAAAGeU/kkR98CC52ok/s1600/EasternMole.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3eo_0Pk4s0I/UQctpeLLM9I/AAAAAAAAGeU/kkR98CC52ok/s1600/EasternMole.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />Eastern Moles are breeding this month in tunnels under our lawns.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hGqEnQm6u_Q/UQct4IDd-II/AAAAAAAAGec/wANzlFd_FYs/s1600/SkunkStripedinFlorida.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="192" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hGqEnQm6u_Q/UQct4IDd-II/AAAAAAAAGec/wANzlFd_FYs/s320/SkunkStripedinFlorida.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Striped Skunks start their breeding season in February.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B8TuJuIXwLU/UQcu4HvmcxI/AAAAAAAAGes/Lwb1bXewnbI/s1600/pocketgopher2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B8TuJuIXwLU/UQcu4HvmcxI/AAAAAAAAGes/Lwb1bXewnbI/s1600/pocketgopher2.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Spring breeding season begins for Pocket Gophers.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp; </b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Fish</b></span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KDwRUTm07mQ/UQcvqxPbLUI/AAAAAAAAGe0/CdNDcrYVow0/s1600/crappie.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KDwRUTm07mQ/UQcvqxPbLUI/AAAAAAAAGe0/CdNDcrYVow0/s1600/crappie.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />Crappie are spawning in February.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1jgvsfAUYUw/UQcwgT5sJ6I/AAAAAAAAGe8/sde4JI90c4A/s1600/SpanishMackerel.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="127" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1jgvsfAUYUw/UQcwgT5sJ6I/AAAAAAAAGe8/sde4JI90c4A/s320/SpanishMackerel.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>Large schools of Spanish mackerel can be found in Florida Bay during February.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tjwpFa6wpPI/UQlJlLdRKkI/AAAAAAAAGg0/WDsdayF38Xk/s1600/bass-striped.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="140" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tjwpFa6wpPI/UQlJlLdRKkI/AAAAAAAAGg0/WDsdayF38Xk/s320/bass-striped.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Striped bass are spawning this month.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Reptiles</b></span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S5brpx9FDlc/UQlLULSWVOI/AAAAAAAAGg8/eubG6Pyzs9g/s1600/alligatorsnappingturtle.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S5brpx9FDlc/UQlLULSWVOI/AAAAAAAAGg8/eubG6Pyzs9g/s1600/alligatorsnappingturtle.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Alligator snapping turtles start mating this month.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They’ll nest throughout the spring.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WLTxoi4EN7Y/UQlLiXMY71I/AAAAAAAAGhE/AsTknceoTH0/s1600/gophertortoise.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WLTxoi4EN7Y/UQlLiXMY71I/AAAAAAAAGhE/AsTknceoTH0/s1600/gophertortoise.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Gopher tortoises will seldom be seen outside burrows during February.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Wildflowers</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l67GOFsvXU0/UQlMZuKFIVI/AAAAAAAAGhM/DHNF5xbqGK0/s1600/jessamine.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l67GOFsvXU0/UQlMZuKFIVI/AAAAAAAAGhM/DHNF5xbqGK0/s320/jessamine.jpg" width="275" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Look for yellow jessamine growing high into the treetops this month.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E4N4Qhekw98/UQlNZ9ZXT9I/AAAAAAAAGhU/ir5NJQ4A-QQ/s1600/trilliumgrowinginravines.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E4N4Qhekw98/UQlNZ9ZXT9I/AAAAAAAAGhU/ir5NJQ4A-QQ/s1600/trilliumgrowinginravines.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />Trilliums can be found blooming in shaded North Florida&nbsp; lowlands.&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--ErqaWvOOPM/UQlN2eotmpI/AAAAAAAAGhc/hrDbkdZjQig/s1600/dogtoothviolet.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--ErqaWvOOPM/UQlN2eotmpI/AAAAAAAAGhc/hrDbkdZjQig/s1600/dogtoothviolet.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />Dogtooth violets can be found blooming in the ravines of the Florida Panhandle.&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; 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text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HMvP7N3efls/UQWs_TFUs3I/AAAAAAAAGRw/hujy2jCG9-I/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkOpen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="488" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HMvP7N3efls/UQWs_TFUs3I/AAAAAAAAGRw/hujy2jCG9-I/s640/HillsboroughRiverStateParkOpen.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<i>Hillsborough River State Park was one of the first state parks ever built in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was developed with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and opened to the public in 1938.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Located just north of Tampa, the park offers visitors acres and acres of lush green surroundings to explore along the banks of the Hillsborough River.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>The Park consists of a variety of environmental habitats including pine flatwoods, floodplain swamp, hardwood hammock, cypress swamp, and grass pond.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The sheer variety of the land makes for some good wildlife viewing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Come on out for the day.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You’ll find Hillsborough River State Park is a great place to explore a little piece of Old Florida landscape.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>History of the Park Land</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6WDL6iF2_E0/UQWvM8OAYOI/AAAAAAAAGSY/6s_SxMct7Lo/s1600/HillsboroughRiver.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="299" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6WDL6iF2_E0/UQWvM8OAYOI/AAAAAAAAGSY/6s_SxMct7Lo/s400/HillsboroughRiver.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>18th Century – English Control of the Area</b></i></div><i><b> </b></i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Hillsborough River got its name during the period when the English controlled Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was named for Wills Hills, then Lord Earl of Hillsborough.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Hills served as British Colonial Secretary (the Secretary of State of the Colonies) from 1768 to 1772, as well as the prestigious President of the Board of Trade.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He was an extremely influential man at the Court of King George III. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hillsborough County, Florida, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, the town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Hillsborough Bay in Prince Edward Island, Canada and the village of Hillsborough, New Brunswick, Canada are all named in his honor.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_dnly5gVotQ/UQWxanU_uBI/AAAAAAAAGTw/t-MzAoRMyxM/s1600/Hills.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_dnly5gVotQ/UQWxanU_uBI/AAAAAAAAGTw/t-MzAoRMyxM/s320/Hills.jpg" width="280" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wills Hills, Lord Earl of Hillsborough</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">19th Century - American Settlers Arrive</b></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Americans migrated to Florida in large numbers once it became a U.S. Territory in 1822 and the influx of settlers created conflict with the Seminole Indians already residing here.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The U.S. government made the decision to move the Seminoles out of Florida, thus igniting the Second Seminole War. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1835, the US built Fort Alabama, located where Fort Foster now sits, to protect the bridge over the Hillsborough River.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The bridge was the river crossing for the road linking Fort King (now Ocala) to Fort Brooke (now Tampa). <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Fort Alabama was abandoned after only a few months and was later destroyed by fire. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In December 1836, Fort Foster was built under the direction of Lt. Col. William S. Foster, on the site of Fort Alabama. In 1837, the site was the location of a significant battle during the Seminole Wars when United States forces resisted a Seminole attack. The following year, disease among the men forced the US to abandoned the fort.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fort Foster was reactivated as needed from time to time in the years 1837, 1841-1842, and 1849 during periods when Seminole activity threatened the territory.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Fort Foster was eventually abandoned towards <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>the end of the Seminole Wars.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Federal troops blew the fort up as a Seminole war-party approached and they were greatly outnumbered.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QqAfEDremrg/UQWw8QI6M1I/AAAAAAAAGTM/3fvHO3xO1xc/s1600/fortfoster2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="147" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QqAfEDremrg/UQWw8QI6M1I/AAAAAAAAGTM/3fvHO3xO1xc/s400/fortfoster2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b>20th Century <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>- Park Development</b></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Nearly a century later, at a time when the country was reeling in the depths of the 1930’s Great Depression, the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were brought in to develop the Hillsborough River Park as a public recreational area.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-saVhZCgdAM4/UQWwBV25QlI/AAAAAAAAGSk/muIVLcmEXrQ/s1600/CCC+worker+at+Florida+State+Parks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-saVhZCgdAM4/UQWwBV25QlI/AAAAAAAAGSk/muIVLcmEXrQ/s400/CCC+worker+at+Florida+State+Parks.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">CCC worker helps to build Florida State Parks</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Many of the park's structures, as well as its signature suspension bridge, are considered to be examples of the CCC style of rustic architecture; a style that allows purpose to be in harmony with nature.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4J6C5YTZ0-w/UQXSnipntEI/AAAAAAAAGWQ/tpD58lULFzU/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkEntranceStationHistorical.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4J6C5YTZ0-w/UQXSnipntEI/AAAAAAAAGWQ/tpD58lULFzU/s400/HillsboroughRiverStateParkEntranceStationHistorical.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">On June 13, 1972, the actual site of Fort Foster was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Fort Foster was subsequently rebuilt per historical records on the 1836 site.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is the only authentically reconstructed fort from the period of the Second Seminole Indian Wars in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Hillsborough River State Park and Fort Foster Historic Site</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hillsborough River State Park is made up of two areas—the original State Park and Fort Foster.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>You can easily visit both in one visit, although you may want to stay more than one day!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L9Z-OQJ0Rzg/UQXPqG41fjI/AAAAAAAAGU4/cgbRlB82N7w/s1600/FortFosterSP.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L9Z-OQJ0Rzg/UQXPqG41fjI/AAAAAAAAGU4/cgbRlB82N7w/s320/FortFosterSP.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Fort Foster Historic Site at Hillsborough River State Park</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"> </span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">History lovers will enjoy touring historic Fort Foster.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Ranger led tours are available every Saturday at 2PM and 4PM and every Sunday at 11AM, weather permitting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The fee for a tour is $2.00 per person. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">A tram will take you from Parking Lot 4 (Concession area) to the Fort Foster site.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>After paying standard park admission to Hillsborough River State Park, there’s a tour fee of $2.00 per adult (13 and older) and $1.00 child 6 to 12.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The tour is approximately 1-1/2 hours long.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The site is primitive and set back from the parking lot.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You’ll have to do a little walking.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The fort was designed for the military in the 1830’s, not built to modern safety standards.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Expect it to be rustic.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You’ll encounter rough terrain and uneven floors.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>There are no restrooms available in this area.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">That said, the tour is very interesting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The tour of Fort Foster offers visitors a fascinating lesson in early Florida history, at least from the European perspective.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It’s well worth your time to take the tour.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Annual Events at Fort Foster</b></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fort Foster Historic Site hosts two annual events each year.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The fort celebrates the holidays with a Candlelight Evening Tour in December, and throws the Fort Foster Rendezvous every February.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LpsAx0Fft6M/UQXP4IXlawI/AAAAAAAAGVA/ki2aMzkWfiQ/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkFortFosterReenactment.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LpsAx0Fft6M/UQXP4IXlawI/AAAAAAAAGVA/ki2aMzkWfiQ/s400/HillsboroughRiverStateParkFortFosterReenactment.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i>The Fort Foster Rendezvous</i> </b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The annual Fort Foster Rendezvous will be held this year on Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th, 2013 from 10AM to 5PM at Hillsborough River State Park’s Fort Foster.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">During the 1700s and early 1800s, folks would gather at a rendezvous to purchase provisions, see a doctor, get that tool fixed or just visit with friends and eat, drink and be merry.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The rendezvous was a traveling store comprised of craftsmen, traders, tailors, storekeepers, and cooks, all selling goods from the back of a wagon.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>These people brought the supplies to forts, trappers, settlers and anyone else living out in the wilderness.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The atmosphere at the rendezvous was always festive, and moved towards raucous.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>This event will stay on the side of fair-like.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This Fort Foster Rendezvous is a living history reenactment featuring military, Seminole and civilian re-enactors, sutlers (store-keepers), traders, and craft demonstrations. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There will be live firing demonstrations from around the fort as a skirmish erupts between Seminoles and US military.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The military events will be reenacted after 1PM on both days.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Visitors will find food, music and an opportunity to purchase period merchandise.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The charge for this special event is a $5 donation per person to Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Children 5 and under are free.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Visiting Hillsborough River State Park</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The original portion of Hillsborough River State Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River. Recreational activities at the park revolve around the river.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You’ll find people at the park engaging in canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, photographing, and just relaxing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aY-D61Sw9d8/UQXQRijVeEI/AAAAAAAAGVI/pY7kkcatq6M/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkSuspensionBridgeDistance.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="244" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aY-D61Sw9d8/UQXQRijVeEI/AAAAAAAAGVI/pY7kkcatq6M/s320/HillsboroughRiverStateParkSuspensionBridgeDistance.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Hiking</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can start off with an easy hike on the Rapids Trail.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Rapids Trail follows along the shoreline of the Hillsborough River where you’ll find rock outcroppings amongst the beautiful trees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>You’ll also find benches along the Rapids Trail, allowing you to stop and enjoy the nature around you.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tQueWFutB8s/UQXQuC79JtI/AAAAAAAAGVQ/0Khvb3RLKCc/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkBoardwalk.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tQueWFutB8s/UQXQuC79JtI/AAAAAAAAGVQ/0Khvb3RLKCc/s320/HillsboroughRiverStateParkBoardwalk.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hikers have over 7 miles of nature trials available to them at the Park.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Besides the Rapids Trail, you can choose to walk a portion of the Florida Trail called the Baynard Trail or the Wetlands Restoration Trail. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The Wetlands Restoration area accommodates both bicyclists and hikers.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">If you plan to hike Hillsborough River State Park during the rainy season, you should note that 25% of the park is located in lowland areas and prone to seasonal flooding. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Call the park office for trail updates after periods of rain.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Fishing</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can fish the river shore in the park all year round.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Fish caught in the area are bass, bream and catfish.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>To fish in the park, you’ll need a current fresh water fishing license.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d2VBVHENp2I/UQXRBZEhzxI/AAAAAAAAGVY/Dvt6W2nd6Ak/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkSwimmingPool.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d2VBVHENp2I/UQXRBZEhzxI/AAAAAAAAGVY/Dvt6W2nd6Ak/s320/HillsboroughRiverStateParkSwimmingPool.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Swimming</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"> </span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The shoreline and river is for fishing only.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Swimming at Hillsborough River State Park is reserved to the park swimming pool.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The park has a huge half-acre ADA accessible swimming pool.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Fees to swim are $4.00 per day per person for people ages 6 and up.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Children ages 5 and under are free.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The pool is open 9AM to 5PM.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Park states that it is open throughout the year, weather permitting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Expect it to be closed at times during the winter.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The pool is currently scheduled to re-open in February.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Don’t expect lifeguards on duty after the Labor Day weekend.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Beach chairs and umbrellas may be rented at the poolside restaurant concession for use on the pool deck.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w1j7I-cgD1A/UQXRS0xMbdI/AAAAAAAAGVg/bPoz35JuxOM/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkCanoeClass1River.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="327" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w1j7I-cgD1A/UQXRS0xMbdI/AAAAAAAAGVg/bPoz35JuxOM/s400/HillsboroughRiverStateParkCanoeClass1River.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Canoes and Kayaks</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Hillsborough River is considered an easy Class I paddle.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>There is a set of Class II rapids in the Park portion of the river.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>A canoe/kayak launch is available for visitors to use so you can bring your own vessel.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Access the launch via Parking Lot 4. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2H0CZGuxEak/UQXRoJmHkwI/AAAAAAAAGVw/eJSKvRB8bsE/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkClass2Rapids.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="292" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2H0CZGuxEak/UQXRoJmHkwI/AAAAAAAAGVw/eJSKvRB8bsE/s400/HillsboroughRiverStateParkClass2Rapids.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There is canoe and kayak rental at the park.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Canoe two hours minimum rental is $25.00 per canoe, three hours is $35.00, four hours if $40.00.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>All day canoe rental is $50.00. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Kayaks rent for $15.00 an hour.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-anbE8H4GWfI/UQXRdA0oA2I/AAAAAAAAGVo/kJBJFJ65VLg/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkKayaking.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-anbE8H4GWfI/UQXRdA0oA2I/AAAAAAAAGVo/kJBJFJ65VLg/s400/HillsboroughRiverStateParkKayaking.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Cycling</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"> </span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Cyclists can choose between the 1.6 mile Wetlands Restoration Nature Trail Ride or the 2.2 mile Park Loop.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And, of course, you may bike through the campgrounds.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Keep in mind that children under 16 are required by law to wear helmets.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You can rent a bike at the park for $10 an hour, $20 for a half-day, or $25 for a full day.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The park offers 4-wheel Surrey bikes for rent.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Surreys are bikes that resemble early automobiles “with the fringe on top.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Surrey bikes are great for sightseers who wish to leisurely peddle around the park.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Two person surreys rent for $20 an hour;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>four person surreys rent for $30 an hour.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--6y41QGCRIE/UQXR04BTtTI/AAAAAAAAGV4/XgbK1nfVg7w/s1600/geocaching.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--6y41QGCRIE/UQXR04BTtTI/AAAAAAAAGV4/XgbK1nfVg7w/s200/geocaching.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Geo-Seeking</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hillsborough River Sate Park is a stop on the Florida State Parks Civilian Conservation Corps Geotrail.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You can find more information at www.Geocaching.com. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The 9 parks that were built by the CCC and Works Progress Administration in the 1930s have teamed up for a geocache hunt.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Search for all 9 caches.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Your final stop will be at CCC Museum at Highlands Hammock State Park where you’ll receive a commemorative geo-coin. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">GC codes: </div><div class="MsoNormal">GC38Y93 Fort Clinch State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC3BG4G Florida Caverns State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC3D02X Highlands Hammock State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC3BG4A Hillsborough River State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC3ABB5 Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC3BG4N Myakka River State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC3ABBC O Leno State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC38Y8V Ravine Gardens State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC3BG4E Torreya State Park</div><div class="MsoNormal">GC38Y9F Florida State Parks </div><div class="MsoNormal">FINAL CCC Cache located in Highlands Hammock State Park.</div><div class="MsoNormal">.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Interpretive Center &nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Interpretive Center is located in the original 1930s Ranger Station at the Hillsborough River State Park.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It’s accessible from Parking Lot 1.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Center has over 100 artifacts that were found at the Fort Foster Historic Site on display, and tries to offer a balanced understanding of both sides of the Seminole War conflicts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The displays are open every day from 8AM to 5PM.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qd2HYMQDl7g/UQXSEnGo5hI/AAAAAAAAGWA/Xt5FnOJK1BM/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkCampsites.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qd2HYMQDl7g/UQXSEnGo5hI/AAAAAAAAGWA/Xt5FnOJK1BM/s400/HillsboroughRiverStateParkCampsites.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Camping, Full Facility</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hillsborough River offers RV and tent camping with electric on most of the campsites in this 112 site campground. Each site is equipped with water, a fire ring and picnic table. Each loop has restrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities. The campground has a dump station for camper’s use.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Basic merchandise is available at the park's Outpost.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Pets are welcome, but must be confined, leashed (up to six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control at all times.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Campers will find picnic areas, pavilions, and playgrounds for the kids.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Maximum RV length = 50 ft.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d0OLUjgP9Ck/UQXVE4HjGVI/AAAAAAAAGXQ/wJeIZ8jJo5s/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkSuspensionBridgeLookingAhead.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d0OLUjgP9Ck/UQXVE4HjGVI/AAAAAAAAGXQ/wJeIZ8jJo5s/s400/HillsboroughRiverStateParkSuspensionBridgeLookingAhead.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Primitive Camping </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hillsborough State Park has a primitive camp located across the river which is accessible only by foot trail.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>Backpackers must check in and out at the ranger station. At least one person 18 years of age or older must accompany the party. Campers need to haul in all necessities, including 1-gallon of water per person, and pack out all garbage. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The site contains one fire ring. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Call the park at (813) 987-6771 to make reservations.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Group or Youth Camping</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"> </span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The youth camping area accommodates up to 60 people at one time. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Fees for youth: (up to 18 years of age) are $1 per person per night and adults are $5 per person per night. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Four of the camping areas are set in piney flatwoods.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>These sites offer campers shade as well as beauty. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">All four sites are shaded and have water, picnic tables, grills, a fire ring and restrooms with cold showers. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Organizations must be under the sponsorship of a recognized entity.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Adult supervision is required. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>No pets allowed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>These are primitive sites.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>There is no electricity. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Reservations are required.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They can be made up to 60 days in advance. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>. Call the park at (813) 987-6771 to make reservations. A $22.40 deposit is required for all reservations and will be applied to the final balance.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Adult groups may use this camp when it is not being used by a youth group. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Campfire Circles</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Saturday evening campfire circles are held every Saturday night during the year.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The campfire program varies from Saturday to Saturday and is led by the park staff.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The time of the Campfire Circle varies, so you’ll want to contact the Ranger Station to find out when the program starts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They’ll also be able to tell you the topic of the evening’s scheduled program.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Come join the circle--it's a lot of fun!&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y5fOL7lyQLg/UQXS09SLmHI/AAAAAAAAGWY/NfWqJXW5MTk/s1600/campfire.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y5fOL7lyQLg/UQXS09SLmHI/AAAAAAAAGWY/NfWqJXW5MTk/s400/campfire.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Tram Tours for Campers</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"> </span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">One Hour tram tours are offered on Friday evenings at 6PM and 7:30PM.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>A Ranger will pick you up at your campsite, you’ll tour, and it will return to the campground.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Look for the tram and wave!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Tours are weather permitting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Due to limited seating on the tram, the park cannot assure that all visitors will be able to participate in the park tour.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Hillsborough River State Park is located 9 miles north of Tampa and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills on US Highway 301. From I-75, Southbound from Ocala take the SR 54. Exit #279 east to Hwy 301, travel South for 6 miles, and the park will be on your right-hand side. From I-75, Northbound from Tampa take the Fowler Ave. Exit #265 east to Hwy 301, travel North for 9 miles, and the park will be on your left-hand side. From I-4, West bound take Exit 10 go north on CR 579 to US 301, follow the signs and go North 7 miles the park will be on your left-hand side. From I-4, East bound take Exit 7 (be careful of the merges) and go North on US 301 for 14 miles, the park will be on your left-hand side.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Restaurant</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Spirit of the Woods Pool-Side Café and Gift Shop is located adjacent to the swimming pool.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You’ll be able to find food, beverages, supplies and souvenirs at the concession here.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The concession also provides high-quality custom umbrellas and pool lounge chairs for rent. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Rental prices for both are $5.00 an hour or $20.00 a day.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Free Wi-FI</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The park offers free Wi-Fi service to visitors.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You can access this service if you are within a 150 foot range of the pool side café located at Parking Lot 4, weather and signal permitting.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Rent a Pavilion or the Recreation Hall</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Hillsborough State Park Recreation Hall offers covered pavilions and picnic tables.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You can find the Recreation Hall near Parking Lot 3.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cT9sM567x6A/UQXU5LSM6sI/AAAAAAAAGXI/LG7cerjhikw/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkPavilion.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cT9sM567x6A/UQXU5LSM6sI/AAAAAAAAGXI/LG7cerjhikw/s320/HillsboroughRiverStateParkPavilion.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Having a large event?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You can rent one of seven open-air pavilions throughout the park.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>These are perfect for picnics.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>$50 or $80. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Recreation Hall, an air-conditioned facility with a capacity for 100 people, is also available for rent. Call the park at (813) 987-6771 for more information.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_UHhNLyEbsw/UQXVw3Z1qMI/AAAAAAAAGXg/5F2fDGpwJck/s1600/HillsboroughRiverStateParkEntranceSign.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="299" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_UHhNLyEbsw/UQXVw3Z1qMI/AAAAAAAAGXg/5F2fDGpwJck/s400/HillsboroughRiverStateParkEntranceSign.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp;How to Get There</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>&nbsp;Hillsborough River State Park</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b> </b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>15402 U.S. 301 North</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b> </b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>Thonotosassa, Florida 33592</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b> </b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b>(813) 987-6771</b></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Hillsborough River State Park is located 9 miles north of Tampa and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills on US Highway 301. </b></span></div><span style="font-size: small;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>From I-75, Southbound from Ocala: </b>Take the SR 54. Exit 279 east to Hwy 301, travel South for 6 miles, and the Park will be on your right-hand side. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>From I-75, Northbound from Tampa: </b>Take the Fowler Ave. Exit #265 east to Hwy 301, travel North for 9 miles, and the park will be on your left-hand side. From I-4, West bound take Exit 10 go north on CR 579 to US 301, follow the signs and go North 7 miles the park will be on your left-hand side. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>From I-4, East bound: </b>T<b></b>ake Exit 7 (be careful of the merges) and go North on US 301 for 14 miles, the park will be on your left-hand side.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; -&nbsp; What to Do in Florida Right Now</a></b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><span style="font-size: xx-small;">and</span>&nbsp; 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float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JtINooCUZoo/UQHubuxEYJI/AAAAAAAAF_g/_4XN2Hy1WZk/s400/LueGimGongAmericanHaircut.jpg" width="250" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #f6b26b;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><i><span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Lue Gim Gong</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></b></span></span><br /><span style="color: #f6b26b;"><b><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</i></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #f6b26b;"><b><i>"The Citrus Wizard"</i></b></span><br /><br /><span style="color: #f6b26b;"><b><i>"Florida’s Luther Burbank"</i></b></span></div><b><i> </i></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Lue Gim Gong was a pioneering Florida horticulturist.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>His efforts in <a href="http://floridajuice.com/florida-citrus">Florida Citrus</a> cultivation produced better, sweeter, and more freeze-resistant varieties well suited for the Florida environment.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><i>This unsophisticated, but knowledgeable man sailed to the US as a young Chinese immigrant, became an American citizen, and gained respect from the citrus industry while living and working in <a href="http://www.deland.org/pages/index">DeLand, Florida</a>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>He would go on to earn industry awards for his skill in the field of citrus cultivation, becoming recognized as “The Citrus Wizard.”</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Lue Gim Gong’s freeze-resistant oranges and grapefruits became a central Florida staple.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Trees he personally budded still exist today in areas around DeLand.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Coming to America</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue Gim Gong was born in the small town of Lung On near Canton, China.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Historians place his birth somewhere between 1856 and 1860.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Lue family were farmers who grew citrus and vegetables and some believe Lue Gim Gong learned the art of horticulture while growing up with his family in China.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue Gim Gong was around 12 years of age when an uncle returning home from America visited the family with tales of life in California.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Young Lue Gim Gong got the travel bug and pleaded with his parents to let him return with his uncle and work in the United States.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />They eventually agreed and provided Lue Gim Gong a bolt of silk to sell in San Francisco’s Chinatown when he arrived, to finance his new life in the States. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The C. T. Sampson Manufacturing Company&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Cc09wcUMFi4/UQIOB6fg6sI/AAAAAAAAGAE/cS6RHKjOmWY/s1600/CalvinSampson.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Cc09wcUMFi4/UQIOB6fg6sI/AAAAAAAAGAE/cS6RHKjOmWY/s320/CalvinSampson.jpg" width="249" /></a></div>Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, a young Vermont farmer named Calvin T. Sampson was beginning to make a fortune selling footwear.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Sampson got his start in the shoe business in 1850 helping his cousin sell a wagonload of shoes purchased at a bankruptcy sale.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />Going door to door in <a href="http://www.northadams-ma.gov/">North Adams, Massachusetts</a>, Calvin Sampson was so successful selling shoes that the cousin offered him a full-time job.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Calvin refused the offer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He already had made plans to sell shoes on his own.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Sampson went home and sold his Vermont farm.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He took his money and invested in his own shoe store on Main Street in North Adams, Massachusetts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>As his new enterprise prospered, Sampson branched out and began manufacturing his own brand of shoes in the rooms right above his store.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This shoe manufacturing venture took off and soon Sampson needed more room.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>First he moved to a larger facility down on Eagle Street in North Adams.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Then, in 1868, he built a state-of-the-art factory specifically suited to his business in North Adams, Massachusetts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He called the enterprise the “C.T. Sampson Manufacturing Company.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This new state-of-the-art factory reduced labor costs drastically.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>New machines meant less need for skilled labor.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>There were job losses.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Work conditions worsened. Sampson’s labor force became unhappy.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">When the factory’s union workforce voiced its concerns, Sampson refused to deal with their complaints. The workplace became contentious.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Factory workers called a general strike.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Calvin Sampson Gets Angry</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The factory strike made Sampson vengeful.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He set out to not only to break the strike, but to break the worker’s union.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>His methods drew national attention as both labor and management carefully watched to see what would happen next.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Calvin Sampson had a plan.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He called in his factory superintendent, George W. Chase, handed him a ticket.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Chase was going to California with specific recruiting instructions from Sampson.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And on June 13, 1870, George Chase returned to the North Adams factory with a group of 75 strike breakers in tow.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Both sides of the factory labor dispute met the train at the town’s Union Depot.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Both sides were armed and ready for violence.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But, surprisingly, nothing happened.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">These strike breakers were so alien in their appearance that the union members could only gawk.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The 75 workers were so young, they wore traditional Chinese clothing, and wore their hair in long pony-tails as was the Chinese custom.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s_yCIkD06OU/UQIOubJrinI/AAAAAAAAGAM/Zy6vbynx5HY/s1600/ChineseWorkersatSampsonPlant.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="231" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s_yCIkD06OU/UQIOubJrinI/AAAAAAAAGAM/Zy6vbynx5HY/s400/ChineseWorkersatSampsonPlant.jpg" width="400" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">No one in Massachusetts had ever seen young men like these before.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The 75 Chinese “coolies” (the term at the time) were the first ever to travel east of the Mississippi River for work.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>It was quite a sight to see.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Industrialists of the time had put a lot of effort into finding a hardworking yet compliant work force.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Farm boys were recruited off farms in the US and out of the countries of Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Italy and Hungary.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But Sampson’s experiment with Chinese workers was a first for the industrialized East Coast and businessmen everywhere were waiting to see how Sampson’s Chinese experiment would work.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Sampson had a factory outbuilding that was set aside as a dormitory for the men.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The young Chinese trained on the job.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They proved so adept and willing to work that Sampson would later hire 75 more Chinese immigrants.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In the eyes of Calvin Sampson--and of the nation--the Chinese experiment was a resounding success.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Both the strike and the union were broken.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4AYqJ3aP38M/UQIQO2InhgI/AAAAAAAAGA4/HbzwL19Vm4E/s1600/ChineseWorkersoutsideSampsonPlant.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4AYqJ3aP38M/UQIQO2InhgI/AAAAAAAAGA4/HbzwL19Vm4E/s400/ChineseWorkersoutsideSampsonPlant.jpg" width="400" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Sampson’s union breaking set in motion a national trend.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Instead of having to deal with an unhappy labor force, the mill owner would now bring in outside labor.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Sampson’s Chinese Experiment also influenced American labor, who in 1870, were the first to worry that the Chinese were coming to the US to steal American jobs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The North Adams Chinese strike breaker experiment was the first of two incidents which led directly to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1890, legislation which put a halt on immigration from China for many, many decades.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Why is Calvin Sampson in Lue Gim Gong’s Story?</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1xVgRyZVABs/UQIQp1EwzpI/AAAAAAAAGBA/2tC_KrsaFMA/s1600/luegimgongseatedyoung.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1xVgRyZVABs/UQIQp1EwzpI/AAAAAAAAGBA/2tC_KrsaFMA/s640/luegimgongseatedyoung.jpg" width="376" /></a></div><br />Lue Gim Gong was one of the young Chinese men recruited in San Francisco by C.T. Sampson Manufacturing’s factory superintendent, George Chase.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br />At the time Lue Gim Gong was recruited, he had been working as a day laborer. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br />Available work was hit and miss.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He took the job because he was looking for steady work that would pay fair wages.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Sources list his age at this time as between 12 and 14 years old.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Only 1 of the 75 Chinese laborers heading to the East Coast to work for C.T. Sampson spoke English.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />None of the group knew where North Adams, Massachusetts was on a map or how far it was from San Francisco.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><br /><br />Accepting this shoe factory job would be a life-changing move for the entire group of Chinese immigrants, but especially for Lue Gim Gong.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Life in North Adams</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o1nc5wlzSaE/UQJvhpS9iCI/AAAAAAAAGBk/pCR5mGgU6IA/s1600/LueGimGongBurlingtonsStore.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="504" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o1nc5wlzSaE/UQJvhpS9iCI/AAAAAAAAGBk/pCR5mGgU6IA/s640/LueGimGongBurlingtonsStore.gif" width="640" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">North Adams embraced the Chinese workers. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>They couldn’t help it—the men were likeable. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>First, the men were very young.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Very few were even in their twenties.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Second, the cultural values of the Chinese showed the men to be quiet, humble, polite, soft spoken and hardworking.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>North Adams respected that.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But the Chinese were also Buddhists, which translated to the Northeasterners as “heathen”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Volunteers lined up to teach the boys English and Christianity, and there were so many volunteers that each laborer had his own mentor.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZXYfviklfEc/UQJv3Ake11I/AAAAAAAAGBw/Lwmha8Crbww/s1600/LueGimGongFannie.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZXYfviklfEc/UQJv3Ake11I/AAAAAAAAGBw/Lwmha8Crbww/s1600/LueGimGongFannie.jpg" /></a></div>Lue Gim Gong’s teacher was a 40 year old Baptist woman named Fannie Burlingame.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She met Lue in a Sunday School class.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fannie was a daughter of Salmon Burlingame, a wealthy North Adams farmer and businessman.&nbsp; Fannie was a private teacher who tutored students preparing for college.<br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>As Fannie got to know her small student, she recognized Lue Gim Gong's skill with plants and invited Lue to live with the Burlingame family as their gardener, working in the family's greenhouses, orchards and gardens.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">This was the work that Lue Gim Gong loved best in life.&nbsp; He would remain loyal to the Burlingames throughout his life.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fannie converted Lue to Christianity, and helped him become a United States citizen by 1877.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Contracts with Sampson are Fulfilled&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />By 1880 the Chinese worker’s contracts were finished and most left North Adams to return to San Francisco.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Several Chinese workers, however, stayed in Massachusetts and Lue was one of them.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dn9Yn8cRblg/UQIPKMcdznI/AAAAAAAAGAU/wZh2yJOjLjk/s1600/ChineseWorkersContract.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dn9Yn8cRblg/UQIPKMcdznI/AAAAAAAAGAU/wZh2yJOjLjk/s400/ChineseWorkersContract.jpg" width="400" /></a></span></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white;">Copy of a Portion of the Sampson Contract with the Chinese Workers</span></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue contracted consumption (tuberculosis), a disease that killed many of the Chinese workers, but he was nursed back to health by Fannie.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The sickness prompted Lue to return to San Francisco in 1884, and then back home to China shortly thereafter.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Once in China with his family, Lue Gim Gong faced a major culture clash.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>His Buddhist parents insisted on following Chinese traditions and arranged for his marriage.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Christian Lue would have none of it, and the night before his wedding, he ran away.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This brought great dishonor to his family and his parents subsequently disowned him. Lue Gim Gong left China and never returned.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The Florida Years&nbsp; </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue telegraphed Fannie Burlingame from San Francisco asking to return to her home in North Adams.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Fanny and her family had purchased property for a winter home in DeLand, Florida during his absence and she invited Lue to come work with her family in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Reunited with Lue Gim Gong, Fannie adopted him as her son.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He referred to her as “Mother Fannie.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>While officially Fannie’s adopted son, Lue never lived in the manner of the family in their home.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He was loved by the family, but customs of the day required that with the difference in race, he be treated more like the valued family gardener.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dgQFfzE-Kcg/UQJwacXYEVI/AAAAAAAAGB4/Sr92mcbxQyg/s1600/Lue+Gim+Gong+and+Burlingames+in+FL.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="256" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dgQFfzE-Kcg/UQJwacXYEVI/AAAAAAAAGB4/Sr92mcbxQyg/s400/Lue+Gim+Gong+and+Burlingames+in+FL.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Burlingames in Florida - Lu Gim Gong on Right</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">From 1886 forward, Lue and Burlingame’s brother-in-law William Dumville planted citrus trees in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue knew breeding techniques from China, and developed others on his own. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Through manipulation of the pollination process, Lue Gim Gong developed an apple which ripened a month earlier than other varieties.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He also came up with a tomato plant that grew in clusters. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In Florida, Lue cross-pollinated citrus by watching the bees at work in the groves. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>By 1888, Lue had developed orange stock with friendlier Florida qualities.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By 1892, his horticultural efforts with grapefruit brought about a more cold-tolerant grapefruit variety that was slower to drop, a grapefruit which grew singularly on a branch rather than in clumps, and a more fragrant variety of grapefruit.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Life Gets Hard </b></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">1894 and 1895 were gruesome years for grove owners.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Florida suffered some of the worst freezes in its history during December 1894 and February 1895. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>95% of all Florida citrus groves were lost, including the Lue/Dumville groves. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Dumville died.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>His wife, Fannie’s sister, returned to North Adams and never returned to Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Fannie Burlingame, herself a single woman and now well into her 60's, would spend the following years traveling back and forth between Massachusetts and Florida. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PIrM1D7CbFM/UQJxms1-1OI/AAAAAAAAGCE/C6ZxSh59yiI/s1600/LueGimGongwinter+in+florida.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="288" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PIrM1D7CbFM/UQJxms1-1OI/AAAAAAAAGCE/C6ZxSh59yiI/s320/LueGimGongwinter+in+florida.gif" width="320" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue Gim Gong, who was used to being cared for by Fannie, was left to work in Florida alone. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Lue was lonely during those years after Dumville's death. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>His companions were his pet rooster named March and his two horses Baby and Fannie, and it was the rooster who followed him everywhere.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>One day, when on his own, Lue fell and broke his hip.&nbsp; He walked with a crutch forever after.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-66cEhE15oA0/UQJyiMBPftI/AAAAAAAAGCM/6DTGT3vzKNI/s1600/Lue+Gim+Gong+and+March+the+Rooster.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-66cEhE15oA0/UQJyiMBPftI/AAAAAAAAGCM/6DTGT3vzKNI/s320/Lue+Gim+Gong+and+March+the+Rooster.JPG" width="174" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lue Gim Gong &amp; Rooster "March"</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>But Lue worked hard building up the Burlingame farm.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He used the time for experimenting and developing their groves.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />He also lived his faith.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He built an outdoor chapel and invited all who visited to pray with him.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The world knew him as a good man; a simple man; a man of his word.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He was generous with his time, his knowledge, and the fruits of his labors.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Lue Gim Gong was highly regarded by his neighbors.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1903, Fannie Burlingame died leaving no will.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Fannie’s sisters saw to it that Lue was legally granted the Burlingame property in DeLand and $10,000 from her estate.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The Lue Gim Gong Orange&nbsp; </b></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue Gim Gong would earn a living off the orange grove, so when a late frost destroyed the entire Florida orange crop again in the Spring of 1904, Lue set out to breed a frost-resistant orange to save his livelihood and those of his neighbors.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1909, Lue Gim Gong unveiled the orange that would make him "Florida's Luther Burbank" and “The Citrus Wizard.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Lue managed to breed a new “Lue Gim Gong orange” which ripened in the heat of the summer instead of during the Florida winter.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By changing the growing cycle of the orange, he could avoid the damaging spring frosts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This breed of orange became the foundation of today’s modern orange for all of Florida Citrus Growers. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Lue Gim Gong orange should have made him wealthy, but it didn’t.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This trusting man lived by a moral code and saw the world through it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He was fair-minded to a fault, never recognizing that others were not always the same. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Lue had a favorite proverb he quoted throughout his life, "no one should live in this world for himself alone, but to do good for those who come.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E8xXqJ9amG8/UQJzSsIZtGI/AAAAAAAAGCU/BZObZTuXMfA/s1600/Lue+Gim+Gong+Shipping+Label.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="368" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E8xXqJ9amG8/UQJzSsIZtGI/AAAAAAAAGCU/BZObZTuXMfA/s640/Lue+Gim+Gong+Shipping+Label.JPG" width="640" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue Gim Gong signed a business contract to market his orange through a plant nursery.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The company agreed to pay him a percentage of every Lue Gim Gong orange tree that they sold.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, they sold almost no trees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The loophole they found?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They sold seedlings.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue nearly lost his property to bankruptcy.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Friends, neighbors, and fellow orange growers came to his aid, raising funds to pay off back taxes and keep him on his land, hoping against hope that he wouldn’t be duped again.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1911, Lue Gim Gong won the prestigious Wilder Silver Medal by the American Pomological Society for his outstanding contributions to horticulture.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It was the first time the medal had ever been awarded for a citrus fruit.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Lue made history.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Ransom Olds and Oldsmar</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1913, millionaire Ransom E. Olds came to Lue Gim Gong for assistance.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Ransom Olds is known as the inventor of the Oldsmobile.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FQhn1EmUo5o/UQJ0orVIhaI/AAAAAAAAGCg/FmTINrY6no0/s1600/RansomOlds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FQhn1EmUo5o/UQJ0orVIhaI/AAAAAAAAGCg/FmTINrY6no0/s1600/RansomOlds.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ransom Olds</td></tr></tbody></table>Olds had just purchased more than 37,000 acres of land in Pinellas County, on the north tip of Tampa Bay.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He had big plans for developing the agricultural area into a new town called Oldsmar.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Ransom Olds asked Lue to come to Oldsmar (originally called R. E. Olds-on-the-Bay) to help bring to fruition some of the horticultural projects Olds had in mind.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Lue couldn’t say “no”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>He left for Pinellas County and helped the automaker establish peppers, tomatoes, corn, gladioli and grapes on his farms. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">For Lue Gim Gong’s work in Oldsmar and for his outstanding achievements in horticulture, Ransom Olds personally named a street in his honor.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Gim Gong Road was an Oldsmar landmark until 1994, when the City Council succumbed to pressure from a developer and renamed the road Commerce Boulevard.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Ten years later, the mayor of Oldsmar led an effort to revert the street to its original name but lawyers found that original developer’s contract wouldn’t allow for the change.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The mayor successfully found another street to rename for Lue however, and you can find it in Oldsmar today.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Legacy of Lue Gim Gong</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OTkPEf1GV6k/UQJ1dzMzcjI/AAAAAAAAGCo/w3CxO_-T5SY/s1600/Lue+Gim+Gong+and+Fanny.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="263" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OTkPEf1GV6k/UQJ1dzMzcjI/AAAAAAAAGCo/w3CxO_-T5SY/s320/Lue+Gim+Gong+and+Fanny.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>Lue Gim Gong died July 3, 1925 in DeLand. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Upon his death, friends found a chest full of uncashed checks in his home.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />He had never cashed them because he didn’t know what they were, but he valued and saved them since they had been “gifts”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Friends now understood why Lue suffered a lifetime shortage of money.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lue Gim Gong is buried in the southwest corner of the Oakdale Cemetery. His grave was unmarked until 1930 when a New York historian came looking and set a bronze tablet on the grave. The present headstone was only put in place in 1999 when the community raised money for the marker. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Lue Gim Gong is still honored in DeLand.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>A statuary bust of Lue is in the gazebo in the DeLand House garden <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>He is the subject of mural in DeLand ,where he is shown with his rooster. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J8mj3pq-QVY/UQJ3Pqse8nI/AAAAAAAAGC8/lgLd-uayW5Q/s1600/Lue+Gim+GongMural.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="278" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J8mj3pq-QVY/UQJ3Pqse8nI/AAAAAAAAGC8/lgLd-uayW5Q/s400/Lue+Gim+GongMural.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uZa3uRQg12c/UQJ2pjb4yqI/AAAAAAAAGC0/nISy7-oniMg/s1600/LuGimGongMonument2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uZa3uRQg12c/UQJ2pjb4yqI/AAAAAAAAGC0/nISy7-oniMg/s1600/LuGimGongMonument2.jpg" /></a></div>A portion of the Lue/Burlingame property is now owned by the <a href="http://www.delandhouse.com/">West Volusia (County) Historical Society</a>, and the group erected a monument in his name.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />Their plaque reads:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">“Lue Gim Gong, "The Citrus Wizard."<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></i></b><br /><br /><b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Often called the "Luther Burbank of Citrus," Lue Gim Gong was an early pioneer in developing many varieties of grapefruit and oranges that won him many honors.&nbsp;</i></b><br /><br /><b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Some of the citrus grown today can trace their characteristics back to his experimentation and horticultural skills.”</i></b><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BAsAsEgHt3M/UQJ4ShN7VcI/AAAAAAAAGDI/MDWK78lLhJE/s1600/Lue+Gim+Gong+and+his+horse.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BAsAsEgHt3M/UQJ4ShN7VcI/AAAAAAAAGDI/MDWK78lLhJE/s320/Lue+Gim+Gong+and+his+horse.JPG" width="236" /></a></div>Lue Gim Gong worked not only with citrus but propagated roses for Florida, as well as other types of fruits, vegetables and flowers.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He also claimed to have found a cure for skin cancer through his work.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Lue Gim Gong orange variety is still grown in Florida to this day and is considered to be the orange that built the modern Florida Orange Industry.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />Today it’s known under the general name “the Valencia orange.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>And Calvin Sampson?</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OviqTvZXVG8/UQJ48snquvI/AAAAAAAAGDQ/z5WOpNSXX_I/s1600/SampsonHallatStetsonUniversity.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OviqTvZXVG8/UQJ48snquvI/AAAAAAAAGDQ/z5WOpNSXX_I/s320/SampsonHallatStetsonUniversity.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sampson Hall at Stetson University</td></tr></tbody></table>The Burlingames weren’t the only North Adams people to purchase property in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />Calvin Sampson also wintered in DeLand, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Sampson became a big benefactor to the area.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Calvin Sampson died in North Adams in 1893.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>At the time of his death.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>Sampson’s estate gave more than a half a million dollars to his favorite charities.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Calvin Sampson was an early donor to <a href="http://www.stetson.edu/home/">Stetson University</a> in DeLand.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The University named its Sampson Hall in his honor.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xbt-StC6ADQ/UQJ54AHQpVI/AAAAAAAAGDY/vfgwCH-BdVM/s1600/Valencia+Orange.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="377" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xbt-StC6ADQ/UQJ54AHQpVI/AAAAAAAAGDY/vfgwCH-BdVM/s400/Valencia+Orange.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Valencia Orange<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; -&nbsp; What to Do in Florida Right Now</a></b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><span style="font-size: xx-small;">and</span>&nbsp; </b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.city-to-country.com/">City to Country - A Rural Florida Adventure</a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">@Sa<span style="font-size: xx-small;">nne Collins 2013</span></span></div><br /><br /><br /></td></tr></tbody></table></div>Sanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-72274829438720839302013-01-23T06:30:00.001-08:002013-01-23T06:30:21.907-08:00AGRItunity 2013 - West Central Florida Regional Farm Conference<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4DGTiOrtyrE/UP_nAeqp5BI/AAAAAAAAF7Q/1E9uLVTmXO8/s1600/AgricultureFlorida2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="182" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4DGTiOrtyrE/UP_nAeqp5BI/AAAAAAAAF7Q/1E9uLVTmXO8/s400/AgricultureFlorida2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Ever wonder how your food was made?&nbsp; Are you interested in learning about anything related to farming or agriculture in Florida?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></i><br /><br /><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">If the answer is "yes," then here's your opportunity!&nbsp;&nbsp; Take a workshop this weekend at AGRItunity 2013. &nbsp;</span></i><br /><br /><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">Hear practitioners speak on&nbsp;subjects ranging from Permaculture to Pollinators, from Poultry Egg Production to Pomegranates at this weekend's highly regarded West Central Regional Farm Conference.</span></i><br /><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i><br /><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></i><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i><br /><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></i><span style="font-size: large;"><b>AGRItunity 2013&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a1uh6brYJCo/UP_nNg41z9I/AAAAAAAAF7Y/fU_odPfts2w/s1600/AgricultureFlorida3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="394" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a1uh6brYJCo/UP_nNg41z9I/AAAAAAAAF7Y/fU_odPfts2w/s400/AgricultureFlorida3.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal">Each year, the UF/IFAS Extension Offices of the West Central Florida counties of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco and Sumter present a regional farm conference and trade show aimed at farmers, ranchers, producers, end-users, and anyone else interested in&nbsp;agriculture.<br /><br />It's called AGRItunity, and this annual agricultural conference is second to none.&nbsp; Whether you have big acreage or you’re a small hobbyist, you’ll find something interesting to learn.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />The AGRItunity 2013 Conference will be held on Friday, January 25<sup>th</sup> and Saturday, January 26th.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">Expect farm tours, hands-on demonstrations, seminars and expert agricultural folks ready to answer a question whether technical or beginner basic. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The AGRItunity 2013 West Central Florida Regional Farm Conference is held at the West Central Florida Agricultural Education Center located on the Sumter County Fairgrounds in Bushnell, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>You may register at the door, although preregistration for Friday tours is recommended.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vf_4ZSSIxto/UP_pdM9QhJI/AAAAAAAAF8I/ovqGY0T2DZQ/s1600/Chicken.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vf_4ZSSIxto/UP_pdM9QhJI/AAAAAAAAF8I/ovqGY0T2DZQ/s1600/Chicken.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Friday’s Events</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />Events on Friday are considered pre-conference events.&nbsp; Registration is required and attendance is limited. <br /><br />Join the group for a tour of 5 Lake and Sumter County farms.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />The tour will be visiting a ranch/feed operation, a sod farm, an equestrian business, a goat dairy and an intensive fruit and vegetable small farm.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br />The event starts at 8AM and will go until approximately 5PM.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The cost is $35.00.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Transportation and is lunch included.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4SQNXx6JlVo/UP_iXtQGxXI/AAAAAAAAF6A/RiTJ-FzI-ps/s1600/agritunitytours.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4SQNXx6JlVo/UP_iXtQGxXI/AAAAAAAAF6A/RiTJ-FzI-ps/s320/agritunitytours.jpg" width="320" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">An Aquaponics Workshop will be held Friday afternoon.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>University and County Extension personnel will cover recirculating systems, their set-up and maintenance; plant species and their marketing potential; hydroponic plant systems and common plants and market; and aquaponic systems.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rofYSZEG_6A/UP_inJTlqPI/AAAAAAAAF6I/n7kdHjScdn8/s1600/AGRItunitytours3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rofYSZEG_6A/UP_inJTlqPI/AAAAAAAAF6I/n7kdHjScdn8/s320/AGRItunitytours3.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>At 3:30, the group will go for a field visit to Green Acre Aquaponics.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Aquaponics Workshop runs from 1PM to 6PM and the cost is $30.00.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /></div><div 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A local veterinarian will describe the issues and solutions to keep your animals healthy.</div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Poultry Egg Production</b> - Egg production 101 from Orange County Livestock Agent Dennis Mudge. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Dennis brings us tips developed from working with backyard poultry producers in urban and suburban areas.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Mushrooms In A Bag </b>- Growing mushrooms in a plastic bag filled with straw is the latest inexpensive method for mushroom production. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This will be a hands-on workshop!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Farmscaping to Attract Native Pollinators</b> - Ways to increase beneficials and native pollinators on your farm.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Pomegranate Production </b>- History and basics of producing 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class="MsoNormal"><b>Alternative Soil Management </b>- Managing soil through nutrient balancing techniques, cover crops, alternative tillage and more.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Keynote Speaker&nbsp; </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y58h4cF26vc/UP8BEXunhZI/AAAAAAAAF4w/_OfpZESqZ_Q/s1600/SheriSalatin.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y58h4cF26vc/UP8BEXunhZI/AAAAAAAAF4w/_OfpZESqZ_Q/s1600/SheriSalatin.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Sheri Salatin of Polyface Farms will be the keynote speaker.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Her talk is entitled <b>“Be the Middleman: Catch and Keep Those Elusive Profits.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; 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The buying clubs are nurtured under her direct oversight and she is the go-to person for all questions about marketing to metropolitan areas.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Through real life experiences, Sheri has honed her skills and shares some of the best ways to approach and sell to some of the top chefs in the world.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Polyface services more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, egg-mobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products through relationship marketing.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Today Sheri spends her days juggling marketing, website maintenance, blogging, motherhood, and farming.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At thirty-three, Sheri is married to husband Daniel and has two sons Travis and Andrew and one daughter Lauryn.</div>&nbsp; <br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>How to Register and Attend&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MOAUxYxHvoA/UP_h8BLkkDI/AAAAAAAAF54/yv716b2QRyQ/s1600/AGRItunitylogo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MOAUxYxHvoA/UP_h8BLkkDI/AAAAAAAAF54/yv716b2QRyQ/s1600/AGRItunitylogo.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;The cost to attend Saturday’s AGRItunity 2013 Conference is $15.00 when registered in advance or $20.00 if you pay at the door.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">AGRItunity 2013 offers you the opportunity for fantastic interactive learning experience.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Anyone interested in anything related to agriculture or farming should attend!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 25 and 26, 2013</b></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Sumter County Fairgrounds</b></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b>West Central Florida Agricultural Educational Center</b></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b>7620 SR 471</b></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Bushnell, Florida</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>For more information go to:<a href="http://sumter.ifas.ufl.edu/Sustainable-Living/AGRItunityRegistration.shtml">&nbsp; AGRItunity 2013 Registration</a></b></div><b> </b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; -&nbsp; What to Do in Florida Right Now</a></b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><span style="font-size: xx-small;">and</span>&nbsp; </b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.city-to-country.com/">City to Country - A Rural Florida Adventure</a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">@Sa<span style="font-size: xx-small;">nne Collins 2013</span></span></div><br />Sanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-43398455832659751922013-01-21T06:11:00.000-08:002013-01-21T06:11:46.786-08:00Travel Florida: The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-20BMeMwtf8s/UP0rxvT6PFI/AAAAAAAAF24/_Ra68x2z3Eo/s1600/greatblueheron-photobyblmiers.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="277" 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table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>The 16<sup>th</sup> Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival comes to life this week in Titusville, Florida, giving birders and nature lovers from Florida and across the world a chance to see native and migrating birds up close.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The festival, which runs Wednesday, January 23<sup>rd</sup> <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>through Monday, January 28<sup>th</sup> has outings to both&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>conservation lands and the less pristine man-made wildlife watching spots in Brevard County.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Festival participants can visit beautiful Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the first area ever granted national wildlife refuge status.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Groups will tour state and county lands along the St. Johns River and Indian River Lagoon for opportunities to watch or photograph Florida wildlife.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_BNJMIhxHqc/UP0pzE6MoSI/AAAAAAAAF2Y/ZaUI2s4GNxA/s1600/birds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" height="191" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_BNJMIhxHqc/UP0pzE6MoSI/AAAAAAAAF2Y/ZaUI2s4GNxA/s320/birds.jpg" title="Seabirds" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">The event will also stop to view birds and animals at more unusual festival venues.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This year tour groups can visit the Brevard County landfill near Cocoa where they’ll watch scavengers picking among rotting garbage.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Another tour stop will be the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera, where wastewater from the adjacent Brevard County sewage-treatment plant is diverted to form wetlands that host a variety of Florida wildlife species.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Birders attending the Space Coast Birding Festival always look forward to trying to catch a glimpse of a threatened Florida scrub jay or a shy limpkin.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This year there’s a great deal of enthusiasm in the wildlife community around a bird called a razorbill.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z9N1JokWSQg/UP0sbkXv1_I/AAAAAAAAF3A/zANOop4p2Js/s1600/razorbill.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z9N1JokWSQg/UP0sbkXv1_I/AAAAAAAAF3A/zANOop4p2Js/s1600/razorbill.jpg" title="Razorbills are being seen off the Florida coast this year" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Razorbills are penguin-like birds that have suddenly migrated further south than we’ve seen before.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This winter, for the first time, razorbills are being reported and photographed along the Florida coast.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>While in the past they’ve been occasionally seen in the Carolinas, razorbills don’t normally migrate farther than New Jersey, so nature lovers are out looking to see this unusual bird in the Florida environment. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The change in the weather forecast for the upcoming week is expected to add to the birder’s wildlife experience.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Cooler weather often lures more migrating fowl into the open as festival organizer Nita Harris explains, “I think that the weather change at the end of this week will get them invigorated.” </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival convenes at Broward Community College in Titusville on Wednesday with nearly 5,000 attendees expected.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>There will be tours, classroom presentations, evening keynote speakers, photography sessions, an art show, a Saturday night barbecue and a Sunday brunch.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kqXhWS4_Eoo/UP0s7u3c8BI/AAAAAAAAF3I/JEIbyNlUy5U/s1600/SpaceCoastBirdingandWildlifeFestival2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" height="227" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kqXhWS4_Eoo/UP0s7u3c8BI/AAAAAAAAF3I/JEIbyNlUy5U/s400/SpaceCoastBirdingandWildlifeFestival2.jpg" title="Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Among the many talented speakers at the event will be James Currie, the passionate creator of the reality TV adventure series "NIKON'S BIRDING ADVENTURES." <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Currie will introduce his new television show on National Geographic entitled "Aerial Assassins" to the audience.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The show highlights birds like the Harris's Hawks which are fiercely brutal birds that track prey in packs. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In addition to speakers and lecturers, there will be more than 80 exhibitors at this year’s festival including booths from local businesses, optics dealers, environmental organizations, arts and crafts and other vendors.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Organizers haven’t left out the locals in the event either.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>For the first time this year the festival partnered with Brevard County Parks and Recreation and organized outreach events throughout the county to raise awareness of the outdoor activities available every day to those in the community.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6CSkd2luF6U/UP0tSgqKMvI/AAAAAAAAF3Q/Qu7ZSAwCeQg/s1600/SpaceCoastBirdingandWildlifeFestival.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" height="185" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6CSkd2luF6U/UP0tSgqKMvI/AAAAAAAAF3Q/Qu7ZSAwCeQg/s400/SpaceCoastBirdingandWildlifeFestival.jpg" title="Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival tours" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is an important asset to the community of Titusville.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The festival brings in more than $1 million dollars in economic activity to the regional economy which was heavily hit when the government Space Program privatized.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And despite the tough economic times, the Space Coast Birding Festival has continued to grow due to its national popularity and its international draw.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The result is that The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is a blessing to area businesses.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The average festival-goer spends $350.00 locally during the 6-day event, and the scope and status of the festival draws guests in from all over the world.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1OD7rRT0d8M/UP0u8Dgjv0I/AAAAAAAAF30/_BYOxejv_gk/s1600/SpaceCoastBirdinglogo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1OD7rRT0d8M/UP0u8Dgjv0I/AAAAAAAAF30/_BYOxejv_gk/s1600/SpaceCoastBirdinglogo.jpg" title="Space Coast Briding and Wildlife Festival" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">You can learn more at:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/"> The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival website</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; -&nbsp; What to Do in Florida Right Now</a></b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><span style="font-size: xx-small;">and</span>&nbsp; </b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.city-to-country.com/">City to Country - A Rural Florida Adventure</a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">@Sa<span style="font-size: xx-small;">nne Collins 2013</span></span></div><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></div>Sanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-87634606575922272692013-01-18T06:36:00.000-08:002013-01-18T16:24:03.575-08:00Famous Floridian Friday: Entertainer Wayne Brady of Orlando<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--sGUU1m6LU4/UPbs9oqDSMI/AAAAAAAAFsw/qpKWC7YTMRw/s1600/WayneBradycover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 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mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Wayne Brady is an American actor, singer, writer, comedian and television personality who grew up in Orlando, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The 40-year old Brady has a long list of work ranging from improvisational comedy to Broadway shows.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">While currently working as the host of the daytime show Let's Make a Deal, he has found a full life in writing, acting and recording music on the side.</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">Early life</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Wayne Alphonso Brady was born in Columbus, Georgia on June 2, 1972 the son of teenaged West Indian parents Wayne Brady Sr. and Lindamarie Newton.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Brady’s father was an Army serviceman posted overseas and his mother was not able to raise him.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>From the time he was an infant, Wayne was raised by Valerie Peterson, his paternal grandmother and a native of the Virgin Islands, in Orlando, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Wayne refers to his grandmother as "Mom".<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Brady explains his grandmother this way.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>“She actually kept me fixed in one place in Orlando, and I'm forever grateful for that. I don't talk about my mother because I really don't know her well, so it's nothing that I go into. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>She's alive and fine, but in the press I refer to my grandmother as my mother. Nothing bad, I just don't really know her. My grandmother IS my mother, she's everything to me.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-28i6DY3Fy-I/UPbzBYTMN4I/AAAAAAAAFtQ/TxxLqToEH_w/s1600/WayneBradyGrandmotherMom.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-28i6DY3Fy-I/UPbzBYTMN4I/AAAAAAAAFtQ/TxxLqToEH_w/s320/WayneBradyGrandmotherMom.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wayne Brady and Valerie Peterson</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Brady had a pronounced stutter and was introverted in public.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>“I was teased horribly as a child and beaten up a lot. I had a horrible stutter; I got my butt kicked by bigger kids in school for breakfast, lunch and tea,” Wayne explains.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But at home, Brady was intelligent and creative. He could read by age 3.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At 6, he was creating plays, commercials, songs and interviews for others’ entertainment.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Young Brady loved watching performers Danny Kaye, Sid Caesar and Gene Kelly on tv.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Wayne was an intelligent student.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He got good grades all through school.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Attending Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Brady joined ROTC.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He found the organization brought discipline and self-confidence into his life.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Throughout his childhood, Wayne was determined to follow a career in the military.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4pi0fLDh_9c/UPb0dv9W1SI/AAAAAAAAFuA/imyXYwleqGg/s1600/WayneBradyasateenager.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4pi0fLDh_9c/UPb0dv9W1SI/AAAAAAAAFuA/imyXYwleqGg/s1600/WayneBradyasateenager.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">However, Brady’s plans were about to forever change.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>After joining his high school theatre club, Brady discovered he had a gift for performing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Not only did he love the stage, the audience loved him.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He was born to entertain.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">By 16, Wayne could already be found acting in Community Theater productions around Orlando.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He would go on to perform in such classic plays as <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>"A Chorus Line", "Fences", "A Raisin in the Sun", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "I'm Not Rappaport".<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">After graduating in 1989 from Dr. Phillips High School he moved south to study drama at the University of Miami.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He made a deal with his grandmother.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If he could not earn a living as an actor within six months, he would go into the military.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But Brady was already finding work on a national scale.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In 1988 he had appeared in “The Heat of the Night” for CBS.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In 1991, he was on NBC’s “I’ll Fly Away”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Wayne found work in the entertainment field at Disney World when he was hired as a cast member at the theme park dressing up and portraying “Tigger”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_AlrMTUOeR4/UPb0Xk1be5I/AAAAAAAAFt4/NmyrlOEVJ6Y/s1600/WayneBradyasTigger.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="253" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_AlrMTUOeR4/UPb0Xk1be5I/AAAAAAAAFt4/NmyrlOEVJ6Y/s320/WayneBradyasTigger.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Brady was accepted as a member of the SAK Comedy Lab, an Orlando improv-troupe where Wayne began honing his improvisational skills. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>SAK would award his good work by awarding Brady the honor of their “Rookie of the Year.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Wayne found that he needed to relocate to where serious work could be found.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>So in 1993, he traveled to Las Vegas and signed on to dance, sing and act in a Las Vegas musical revue. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>It was in Las Vegas that he discovered he had a talent for mimicking musical genres and performing impressions of rock 'n' roll greats like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eSBTqJJq71E/UPb76ZpAtqI/AAAAAAAAFvo/UjdA4D09Y4I/s1600/WayneBradySingandDance.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eSBTqJJq71E/UPb76ZpAtqI/AAAAAAAAFvo/UjdA4D09Y4I/s320/WayneBradySingandDance.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Brady hit the road with the Las Vegas review for a couple of years, but when it folded in 1996, he headed to Los Angeles to see if he could make it working in theater and television.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Career</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1998, Brady got a break when he was hired as an improvisational theater performer during the last season of the original British version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Drew Carey picked up the rights to the American version and hired Brady for this version too.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>In 2003, Brady won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series for his work on the show.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://3.gvt0.com/vi/bV3J4lbq5_8/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/bV3J4lbq5_8&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/bV3J4lbq5_8&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />Brady got his first VH-1 music gig in 1998, hosting the series, "Vinyl Justice" (1998).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In 2001, ABC asked him to host a variety show called “The Wayne Brady Show,” and then a daytime talk show of the same name in 2002.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The daytime show lasted two seasons and won four Daytime Emmy Awards, two of which went to Brady for Outstanding Talk Show Host.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GLw80DBzPx8/UPb9ZouJcoI/AAAAAAAAFwI/Qbf9oUEpZeA/s1600/WayneBradyyoung.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GLw80DBzPx8/UPb9ZouJcoI/AAAAAAAAFwI/Qbf9oUEpZeA/s1600/WayneBradyyoung.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 2004, Brady joined the revival of Chicago on Broadway where he played the role of lawyer Billy Flynn. He appeared in the final episode of the 2004 season of Reno 911! <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Brady guest starred on “Stargate SG-1,” the Sci Fi Channel's hit series, as the first-prime of the Goa'uld System Lord, Ares. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Brady appeared on “The Dave Chappelle Show,” where the duo performed a skit poking fun at Brady’s famously squeaky clean personality.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Brady’s writing and musical talent was called into play when he was asked to write and sing the theme song for Disney's animated series “The Weekenders”.<br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d1tzDBqHO9Q/UPb5kCC-G6I/AAAAAAAAFug/pkivGPLwePA/s1600/WayneBradyDisney.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="247" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d1tzDBqHO9Q/UPb5kCC-G6I/AAAAAAAAFug/pkivGPLwePA/s400/WayneBradyDisney.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 2005, he sang and recorded Jim Brickman's original Disney song "Beautiful" (a cover of All-4-One's 2002 hit "Beautiful As You") and its Christmas version.<br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C62IICwVKTM/UPb593VhP_I/AAAAAAAAFuw/ZvjILjEkQqw/s1600/WayneBradyandMuppets.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C62IICwVKTM/UPb593VhP_I/AAAAAAAAFuw/ZvjILjEkQqw/s320/WayneBradyandMuppets.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 2006, Brady hosted the talk show “That's What I'm Talking About,” for TV-Land.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The show discussed the role of African-Americans in the entertainment industry.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He also hosted “Celebrity Duets” for Fox.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Since 2006, Brady’s been making guest appearances on the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” playing<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Neil Patrick Harris's brother James.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UoJNuYePTIY/UPb5zl5L6MI/AAAAAAAAFuo/WundLQoToMk/s1600/WayneBradyonHowIMetYourMother.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="287" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UoJNuYePTIY/UPb5zl5L6MI/AAAAAAAAFuo/WundLQoToMk/s320/WayneBradyonHowIMetYourMother.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">He guest starred on NBC’s “30 Rock” playing Steven Black, Liz Lemon’s date for The Source Awards. He starred on “Everybody Hates Chris” as Julius Rock’s gifted younger brother Louis.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Brady can be found today on the 2012 ABC improvisational comedy series “Trust Us with Your Life”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IUyqYVnQNKQ/UPb6J2T_UwI/AAAAAAAAFu4/7BTY0iOR7v4/s1600/WayneBradyHostingMissAmerica.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="210" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IUyqYVnQNKQ/UPb6J2T_UwI/AAAAAAAAFu4/7BTY0iOR7v4/s320/WayneBradyHostingMissAmerica.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Wayne Brady’s hosted “WWE Raw,” the “Miss America Pageant” and the “NAACP Image Awards”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He sung James Brown on “Dancing With The Stars”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Work has taken him to CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CW Television, VH-1, MTV, BBC and Canadian television, as well as Broadway and Las Vegas.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Music</b></span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6uTcaE_B9ME/UPb6Zts5LbI/AAAAAAAAFvA/JFHCAT1PNjs/s1600/WayneBradyattheMic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6uTcaE_B9ME/UPb6Zts5LbI/AAAAAAAAFvA/JFHCAT1PNjs/s1600/WayneBradyattheMic.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Brady released “Long Time Coming,” his debut album back in 2008.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>His remake of the Sam Cooke song "A Change is Gonna Come" off his album earned Brady a Grammy nomination in the category Best Traditional R&amp;B Vocal Performance. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w4AsEMG-HuY/UPb6mqiVB1I/AAAAAAAAFvI/y8PUWKk8O_0/s1600/WayneBradyLongTimeComing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w4AsEMG-HuY/UPb6mqiVB1I/AAAAAAAAFvI/y8PUWKk8O_0/s320/WayneBradyLongTimeComing.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">He released the album “Radio Wayne” in 2011 on the Walt Disney Label.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Wayne Brady released the following singles:</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: .5in;">&nbsp;&nbsp; "F.W.B." (2009) – Wayne Brady</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>"Ordinary" (2008) – Wayne Brady</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>"Beautiful" (2005) – Wayne Brady, songwriter Jim Brickman on piano</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>"Don't Stop" (2005) – Jamie Jones featuring Wayne Brady and William Carthright</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>"Unsung Heroes" (2004) – Wayne Brady</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>"The Weekenders" Theme Song (2000) – Wayne Brady </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp; </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Let’s Make a Deal</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H2cB2_m0pak/UPb68utItII/AAAAAAAAFvQ/rRCAEbjrA94/s1600/WayneBradyLetsMakeADeal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="236" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H2cB2_m0pak/UPb68utItII/AAAAAAAAFvQ/rRCAEbjrA94/s320/WayneBradyLetsMakeADeal.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">Brady began hosting the daytime game show “Let's Make a Deal” for CBS in October 2009.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Now in its 4<sup>th</sup>season, he continues to host the show successfully today.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y2zMXqekvUM/UPb7HajcbYI/AAAAAAAAFvY/zKLhOkHMN6s/s1600/WayneBradyLetsMakeADeal2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y2zMXqekvUM/UPb7HajcbYI/AAAAAAAAFvY/zKLhOkHMN6s/s320/WayneBradyLetsMakeADeal2.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Of his daytime gig, Brady explains “to be honest, I have no desire to turn into the king of game shows. I consider myself an actor foremost, and a writer and singer, and I still tour and do Broadway shows.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a4O9V4M1yKE/UPb7Uv_dcMI/AAAAAAAAFvg/-_D_ivbBJ_Y/s1600/WayneBradyonLetsMakeaDeal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a4O9V4M1yKE/UPb7Uv_dcMI/AAAAAAAAFvg/-_D_ivbBJ_Y/s1600/WayneBradyonLetsMakeaDeal.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Personal Life</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Wayne Brady lives in Los Angeles, California and is the divorced father of one child.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-La2UWmh7xzA/UPb-PIs6t5I/AAAAAAAAFwU/n__WjrkFq1c/s1600/WayneBradyinLA.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-La2UWmh7xzA/UPb-PIs6t5I/AAAAAAAAFwU/n__WjrkFq1c/s1600/WayneBradyinLA.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">His first marriage was to Diana Lasso when he was 21 years old.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The marriage lasted 2 years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NtMhFLbAUP4/UPb8PUZTDgI/AAAAAAAAFvw/IvosdGoqA9Q/s1600/WayneBradyintheKitchen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NtMhFLbAUP4/UPb8PUZTDgI/AAAAAAAAFvw/IvosdGoqA9Q/s320/WayneBradyintheKitchen.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1999, Brady remarried.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He and wife Mandie Taketa were married 7 years before divorcing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They have a daughter, Maile Masako Brady, born February 3, 2003. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a 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gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The northern right whale is Florida's biggest endangered sea mammal.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Scientists estimate that only 509 right whales are currently in existence worldwide.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Ship traffic in the North Atlantic kills a lot of right whales, and low birth rates in the species means that a period of recovery will take a long time.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Right whales can grow to be 70 tons and 55 feet long.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They are sighted off Florida each winter from December through March.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>About 75 whale sightings a year are seen off the Atlantic coast between Jacksonville and Cape Canaveral.&nbsp;</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2y7MQ16MQvA/UPR412c1W4I/AAAAAAAAFYE/2moxN3IG-Ic/s1600/Rightwhales.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" height="172" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2y7MQ16MQvA/UPR412c1W4I/AAAAAAAAFYE/2moxN3IG-Ic/s400/Rightwhales.jpg" title="Northern Right Whales" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<span style="font-size: large;"><b>The Northern Right Whale</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The right whale spends its summer off the shores of New England and Nova Scotia. The Marineland Right Whale Project in Flagler Beach, Florida estimates that 100 to 150 whales start the journey each November to Florida waters each year.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The group is made up of a few adult males, a larger number of adult females and young juvenile whales.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The pod migrates south to an area off Florida’s northeastern coastline.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Right whales were nearly hunted to extinction in the 19<sup>th</sup>century.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Whalers hunted right whales for their whale oil which was used in oil lamps which lit homes of the period.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Right whales had several useful characteristics which made them fairly easy game.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>First, they swim at a very slow pace, rarely traveling more than 5-miles per hour.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This makes them easy to follow.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Second, right whales have a high blubber content which made them float once they were dead.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This helped in their harvesting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Third, they swim fairly close to shores and harbors.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The whales live near the shorelines by humans.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>By 1900, there were only a few dozen right whales left in the world.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1949, the right whale was protected and it became illegal to hunt the right whale.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In the 21<sup>st</sup> century, there’s been an organized effort to try and save the species, but this hasn’t been easy.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">When in the North Atlantic, right whales are known to feed on large schools of zooplankton.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Zooplankton is not available in sufficient quantities off the shore of Florida, and scientists believe right whales eat from spring to fall, but not during their months spent in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">While the right whales can live to 50 or 60 years old, they are very slow to reproduce. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Adult females don’t have their first calve until around 10 years of age.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When stressed, it can take a breeding female 5 to 6 years before bearing a second calf, although with healthier populations adult females have calved in shorter intervals—say every 3 to 4 years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">At birth, right whale calves can’t hold their breath for long periods, so mama and baby spend most of their time on the surface of the sea.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At 2,000 pounds and approximately 15-feet in length, Floridian beach-goers can sometimes spot the young calves from the shore.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It’s a matter of being at the right place at the right time and watching the horizon.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H3cHsXZ2nr4/UPR5lMmBlgI/AAAAAAAAFYM/BUZdcnVaLNA/s1600/rightwhale4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" height="290" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H3cHsXZ2nr4/UPR5lMmBlgI/AAAAAAAAFYM/BUZdcnVaLNA/s320/rightwhale4.jpg" title="Northern Right Whale" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Spotting a Right Whale in Florida</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp; </b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nqhqd0Vj89k/UPR7gt_FMlI/AAAAAAAAFZI/Ki1Mdb76YWU/s1600/rightwhalesightings.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" height="299" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nqhqd0Vj89k/UPR7gt_FMlI/AAAAAAAAFZI/Ki1Mdb76YWU/s400/rightwhalesightings.jpg" title="Right Whale Sighting" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp; </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">You won’t find boats full of whale- watching tourists looking for right whales.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>With so few individual whales, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack—just too hard to predict where the whales can be found.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But if on the shore, keep a pair of binoculars handy and scan the ocean—especially when looking from a higher vantage point.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Right whales often travel with pods of dolphins. If you glimpse either dolphins or a group of seabirds, check closely for the whales.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Right whales will have a V-shaped spout, white patches of raised, roughened skin (called callosities) on top of their heads, and black tails on both sides of their bodies.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They will not have dorsal fins.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">While right whales move slowly in the water, they are still active mammals.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It’s possible to see right whales breach the surface waters, lob-tail and tail-slap when whale-watching.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bZvZI3AtXmE/UPR6aizGwdI/AAAAAAAAFY0/xXjA1hrfaHk/s1600/rightwhale4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Rural Florida Living" border="0" height="290" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bZvZI3AtXmE/UPR6aizGwdI/AAAAAAAAFY0/xXjA1hrfaHk/s320/rightwhale4.jpg" title="Right Whale" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">You'll not want to confuse a northern right whale with a humpback whale.&nbsp; Humpback whales also traverse Florida waters each year, but it moves on further south.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The humpback winters in the waters off the Dominican Republic.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But you'll see humpback whales come through earlier in the fall and later in the spring than right whales.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The time of year will come into play in your whale-watching.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Historically, February has always been the best month for whale sightings, but you can spot them from the beach anytime from December to March. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>In 2012, a right whale was spotted for the first time in Florida waters during the month of November just prior to the change of the calendar page.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There are 4 fishing piers that make good whale-watching spots: The St. Augustine pier, the Flagler Beach pier, the Sunglow pier in Daytona Beach Shores and the Main Street pier in Daytona Beach.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Any of the Atlantic beaches between Jacksonville and Cape Canaveral are good sites.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c60kIFHzcaw/UPR6FUxxCpI/AAAAAAAAFYs/KNN61Eew-Vo/s1600/FlaglerBeachFishingPier.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Flagler Beach, Florida" border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c60kIFHzcaw/UPR6FUxxCpI/AAAAAAAAFYs/KNN61Eew-Vo/s400/FlaglerBeachFishingPier.jpg" title="Flagler Beach Pier in Florida" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Flagler Beach Pier in Florida</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The Marineland Right Whale Project</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp; </b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b> </b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3Mw4xGeCE80/UPR7Ud1QryI/AAAAAAAAFZA/hN8Wz5012sg/s1600/rightwhalewatchers.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Right Whale Whale-watchers " border="0" height="299" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3Mw4xGeCE80/UPR7Ud1QryI/AAAAAAAAFZA/hN8Wz5012sg/s400/rightwhalewatchers.jpg" title="Marineland Right Whale Project Volunteers" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.aswh.org/whale/main.html">The Marineland Right Whale Project</a> coordinates teams of volunteers and puts them together with scientists in their right whale conservation efforts. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>More than 200 people participate in the project.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is not associated with the Marineland Oceanarium.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Teams of Right Whale Project volunteers are given specific lookout points and monitor their areas 24/7 during the season. Several area communities also organize whale-watching teams.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The group hands out right whale sighting information to residents, beach-goers <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>and area visitors, which encourages people to phone the Right Whale Hotline – 1-888-97-WHALE – if they spot a whale. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When a whale is sighted, an experienced response team quickly assembles and will document the whales’ movement and behavior.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Teams track the whales with photo equipment and GPS for as long as the whales are visible.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VNyPoBtnkwg/UPR7xYIsA_I/AAAAAAAAFZk/ID4CZpR86Ao/s1600/rightwhaleplane.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Marineland Right Whale Project" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VNyPoBtnkwg/UPR7xYIsA_I/AAAAAAAAFZk/ID4CZpR86Ao/s1600/rightwhaleplane.jpg" title="AirCam Wildlife Survey Plane" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">AirCam Wildlife Survey Aircraft</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Since 2002, a slow-flight, twin-engine aircraft has been used to help track the whales.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The aircraft, called AirCam, was developed originally for the National Geographic Society in surveying wildlife.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The Marineland Right Whale Project uses it for doing aerial surveys and sighting-response.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Beverly Beach, Florida author Frank Gromling was Marineland Right Whale Project’s first volunteer when the project first started in 2001.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Back then, scientists estimated that there were only 325 right whales left to save in the sea.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qopoRwMzKnE/UPR7_hpAP-I/AAAAAAAAFZs/1JCqfgmVFu4/s1600/rightwhalefrankgromling.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Frank's Whales" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qopoRwMzKnE/UPR7_hpAP-I/AAAAAAAAFZs/1JCqfgmVFu4/s1600/rightwhalefrankgromling.jpg" title="Frank Gromling" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Florida Author Frank Gromling</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Over the years, Gromling has become a recognized expert on the right whale and is often asked to lecture on Florida’s largest endangered mammal.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He’s written a book documenting his time working to save the right whale called “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Franks-Whales-Frank-Gromling/dp/0971764115"> Frank's Whales" </a>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Scientists and conservationists alike recommend Gromling’s book as good reading.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You may want to check it out.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>If you spot a whale in Florida, call the whale hotline:&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>1-888-97-WHALE</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Watch Right Whales off the Coast of Florida</b></div><b></b><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><a href="http://www.myfwc.com/">FWC</a> Research YouTube Video - Released December 2012</b></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://3.gvt0.com/vi/0l8V1Tl7D7M/0.jpg" 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href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; -&nbsp; What to Do in Florida Right Now</a></b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><span style="font-size: xx-small;">and</span>&nbsp; </b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.city-to-country.com/">City to Country - A Rural Florida Adventure</a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /></div></div><br /><span style="font-size: xx-small;">@Sa<span style="font-size: xx-small;">nne Collins 2013</span></span><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Sanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-64919370311506217782013-01-11T07:13:00.000-08:002013-01-18T16:26:45.211-08:00Famous Floridian Friday: Frances Langford <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hzpsqOEniaA/UO4X-fc3eyI/AAAAAAAAFP0/ql3Kyv5BFf8/s1600/Frances+Langford+cover+Rural+Florida+Living.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hzpsqOEniaA/UO4X-fc3eyI/AAAAAAAAFP0/ql3Kyv5BFf8/s400/Frances+Langford+cover+Rural+Florida+Living.jpg" width="311" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: small;"><i>Big Band Era Super Star and Lakeland, Florida Native </i></span></b></div><span style="font-size: small;"><i> </i></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> 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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Frances Langford of Lakeland, Florida, was an internationally renowned singer, actress and entertainer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Langford began her career during the "Golden Age of Radio” but she went on to act on Broadway, star in Hollywood films and later on television.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">She toured the world in war and peace with Bob Hope and the entertainers of the USO, and in doing so, entertained thousands of US troops.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">In 2002, the State of Florida inducted Frances Langford into Florida’s State Women’s Hall of Fame, citing her many accomplishments and her great gifts to the people of Florida.</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Frances Langford will forever be associated with Florida through her family heritage, her Florida enterprises, and her involvement with and generosity to Florida interests. </i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Frances Langford - A Florida Girl</b></span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b> </b></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal">It was April 4, 1913 in Lakeland, Florida the day <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Julia Frances Newbern Langford</i> came into the world, and no one in this small Central Florida town had yet to realize that a star was born.<br /><br />Her parents chose to call their daughter Frances.&nbsp; She was the second of two children born to Vasco Cleveland Langford and wife, Anna Rhea Newbern.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">Frances had an older brother, James Vasco Langford, who was born in January 1912. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Langford family lived southeast of Lakeland, in the tiny community of Mulberry, Florida where her father worked as a carpenter and a mine foreman.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Located along what is now State Road 60, the town of Mulberry was dominated by phosphate mines and the fertilizer industry.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kJrtOav1XrE/UO4hehP2blI/AAAAAAAAFRA/6vMaIFLXn5M/s1600/Frances+Langford+in+Lakeland.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kJrtOav1XrE/UO4hehP2blI/AAAAAAAAFRA/6vMaIFLXn5M/s320/Frances+Langford+in+Lakeland.jpg" width="238" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Frances attended grammar school in Mulberry and but traveled to the larger town of Lakeland to attend Lakeland High School and later Southern College. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">As a young girl, Langford trained as an opera singer. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>But unexpectedly, an emergency tonsillectomy changed her life.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>After the operation Frances’ range went from soprano to contralto and never recovered, thus ending her hopes for an operatic career as a soprano.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C5VN-IeK9UY/UO4cxv7zm3I/AAAAAAAAFQM/FlC0u1bDG_8/s1600/Frances+Langford+young.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C5VN-IeK9UY/UO4cxv7zm3I/AAAAAAAAFQM/FlC0u1bDG_8/s1600/Frances+Langford+young.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But her love for music continued and Langford adapted her style to fit her vocal range.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Francis found her voice again in the contemporary music of the day—Big Band music—and while still a young girl she entertained Floridians at dances and social events.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Her first big break came in 1930, when at age 17, cigar manufacturing mogul Eli Witt heard Langford sing at an American Legion event.&nbsp; Witt had a local radio show out of Tampa, and he knew talent when he saw it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Eli Witt hired Frances on the spot.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She was asked to Tampa to sing on his show. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-miuWf0-rYJY/UO4ePqPb68I/AAAAAAAAFQc/eOYfI-DFtN0/s1600/frances-langford-cbs-radio.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-miuWf0-rYJY/UO4ePqPb68I/AAAAAAAAFQc/eOYfI-DFtN0/s320/frances-langford-cbs-radio.jpg" width="250" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal">As fate would have it, band leader Rudy Vallee heard Frances sing on the Witt radio show.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Vallee invited Langford to guest on his radio show.&nbsp; Frances soon made her first national broadcast during Rudy Vallee's show, while performing from New Orleans. Through Vallee’s show, she won a following and some modest acclaim.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>NBC in New York took an interest in Langford and soon came calling with a contract.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The exposure from the various radio shows brought Langford opportunites.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>In 1931, Francis was given a part on the Broadway stage in the musical "Here Goes the Bride.”&nbsp; This was her first foray into acting.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B2NAKU0tgco/UO4kFQy7eZI/AAAAAAAAFSA/P5kJP3Mp4sU/s1600/Frances+Langford+Hollywood-Hotel-fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B2NAKU0tgco/UO4kFQy7eZI/AAAAAAAAFSA/P5kJP3Mp4sU/s320/Frances+Langford+Hollywood-Hotel-fixed.jpg" width="295" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Dick Powell's Hollywoo<span style="font-size: xx-small;">d Hotel - Francis Langford on right</span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">After Broadway, Langford moved west to Hollywood.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She earned her way by appearing on the Louella Parsons' radio show, "Hollywood Hotel,” while working to break into movies.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Rudy Vallee made her a regular on his radio show.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Dick Powell then hired Langford away to perform on his radio show.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Frances worked for Powell from 1935 to 1938.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In 1946 she joined the Don Ameche radio show where she gained celebrity portraying “Blanche,” his insufferable wife, on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOYlj2eM4KU">"The Bickersons"</a> until 1951.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ToU85disc8g/UO4glMlWC8I/AAAAAAAAFQ4/gh-hxFDyA20/s1600/Frances+Langford+Dick+Powell+and+Olivia+DeHaviland.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ToU85disc8g/UO4glMlWC8I/AAAAAAAAFQ4/gh-hxFDyA20/s1600/Frances+Langford+Dick+Powell+and+Olivia+DeHaviland.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Olivia DeHaviland, Dick Powell and Frances Langford </span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Frances made her Hollywood movie debut in 1935 in the film “Every Night at Eight”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is the film that featured what would become her signature song, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYkgpF6rvV0">"I'm in the Mood for Love."&nbsp;</a> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xlvvrud9uB0/UO4iKSzLe2I/AAAAAAAAFRc/jT46o9p_xck/s1600/Frances+Langford+-+Im+in+the+Mood+for+Love.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xlvvrud9uB0/UO4iKSzLe2I/AAAAAAAAFRc/jT46o9p_xck/s320/Frances+Langford+-+Im+in+the+Mood+for+Love.jpg" width="253" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Later in the same year Langford appeared in the film Broadway Melody of 1936.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She had two hits from this film,<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZjo_K1dxXc">"You Are My Lucky Star" </a>and as you can view by clicking the next link, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZuV7wAUXb4">"Broadway Rhythm"</a>, where she sang and danced her way through the star-studded finale.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1936 she did the film “Born to Dance”. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Langford had success in a series of Westerns such as "Deputy Marshal", where she co-starred with her first husband, matinee idol Jon Hall.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zZCkp4l6f9g/UO4j5sgskxI/AAAAAAAAFR4/KctEzn3W7lI/s1600/Frances+Langford+Deputy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="256" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zZCkp4l6f9g/UO4j5sgskxI/AAAAAAAAFR4/KctEzn3W7lI/s320/Frances+Langford+Deputy.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1940, Frances was cast in the film version of the Broadway Musical, “Too Many Girls”, and co-starred with Hollywood legends Lucille Ball, Eddie Barcken, Richard Carlson and Ann Miller. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sPiwO8rNz7E/UO4krHP6T2I/AAAAAAAAFSI/J8X6wtj_4WE/s1600/frances+langford+two+many+girls.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sPiwO8rNz7E/UO4krHP6T2I/AAAAAAAAFSI/J8X6wtj_4WE/s1600/frances+langford+two+many+girls.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">She joined James Cagney in filming Yankee Doodle Dandy in 1942 and was part of the ensemble who sang the now classic song, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0K551W0fzk">"Over There."</a> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wrjVD_jE6CM/UO4leNwU9vI/AAAAAAAAFSQ/HiYZulD8N5M/s1600/Frances+Langford+Yankee+Doodle+Dandy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wrjVD_jE6CM/UO4leNwU9vI/AAAAAAAAFSQ/HiYZulD8N5M/s200/Frances+Langford+Yankee+Doodle+Dandy.jpg" width="196" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">A Big Band star of the day herself, there were films where she was hired to just to portray herself such as in “Broadway Melody”, and “The Glenn Miller Story” where she famously sang <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF1JnbISh9Y">"Chatanooga Choo-Choo."</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9F-QsFns418/UO4mKw9aNdI/AAAAAAAAFSg/mPGwBjDQOl4/s1600/Frances+Langford+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9F-QsFns418/UO4mKw9aNdI/AAAAAAAAFSg/mPGwBjDQOl4/s1600/Frances+Langford+2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In January 1939, Frances was signed to the Texaco Star Theater.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>During the same time, Langford became one of the first recording artists to sign on with what was a new label in the record business--<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decca_Records">Decca Records.</a>&nbsp; <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>Other artists followed her move, and Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, the Andrews Sisters, and Judy Garland soon joined the <a href="http://www.deccarecords.com/">Decca </a>label.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RcxkvXaJgz4/UO4l1J1wd5I/AAAAAAAAFSY/cIeSGYLOZT8/s1600/Frances+Langford+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RcxkvXaJgz4/UO4l1J1wd5I/AAAAAAAAFSY/cIeSGYLOZT8/s1600/Frances+Langford+1.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>World War II</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In the years leading up to US involvement in World War II, Langford was a regular singer on Bob Hope's "Pepsodent Show." <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In 1941, <a href="http://www.bobhope.com/">Bob Hope</a> put together his <a href="http://www.uso.org/Entertainment/Profiles/Bob-Hope.aspx">his first military entertainment program </a>at March Field in Riverside, California.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Frances Langford was part of that first show.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was the positive response to this first show that put Hope on the road broadcasting from training bases around the country, and Langford joined him at each stop. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uiATuUjciiM/UO4ogTaGyiI/AAAAAAAAFS8/14bwdWOBhhQ/s1600/Frances+Langford+with+Bob+Hope.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uiATuUjciiM/UO4ogTaGyiI/AAAAAAAAFS8/14bwdWOBhhQ/s1600/Frances+Langford+with+Bob+Hope.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">These early military shows led Bob Hope to organize his now famous <a href="http://www.uso.org/">USO&nbsp;</a> tours through Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Langford continued her association with Bob Hope and entertained thousands of troops in the process.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">During a USO tour in the Pacific theater Frances once accepted a ride in a P-38 fighter plane. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>During the flight, however, a Japanese ship was spotted and the ride turned serious.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The pilot turned his aircraft towards the vessel and began strafing the ship.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Once his duty was done, the pilot continued the air tour with Frances before returning to base with the entertainer safely in tow.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y2IKNuRSUOE/UO4o3ZnR1AI/AAAAAAAAFTE/cMTMemxoPUQ/s1600/Frances+Langford+with+Bob+Hope+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y2IKNuRSUOE/UO4o3ZnR1AI/AAAAAAAAFTE/cMTMemxoPUQ/s1600/Frances+Langford+with+Bob+Hope+2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">When Bob Hope looked back on those WWII USO tours, he liked to tell how Frances Langford got the biggest laugh he heard over the years. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The entourage was performing a USO show in the South Pacific and Frances Langford took the stage to sing before a large crowd of G.I.s. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Taking the mike, Frances drew upon her signature song purring out the first line of “I'm in the Mood for Love," to which a young soldier stood up and shouted, "Well, you've come to the right place, honey!"<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The crowd went wild.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zqRTST0dAxQ/UO4pUHcIQ2I/AAAAAAAAFTU/rnu1NY-MHbs/s1600/frances+langford+uso.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zqRTST0dAxQ/UO4pUHcIQ2I/AAAAAAAAFTU/rnu1NY-MHbs/s1600/frances+langford+uso.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Frances Langford’s association with Bob Hope’s USO continued for more than 40 years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She last joined him in a USO tour in 1989 when they entertained troops in the Persian Gulf.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Newspaper Columnist</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Francis Langford did more than entertain troops during her USO Tours.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Asked by the Hearst Newspapers to write a weekly column, she chronicled her work with the troops during WWII in a column called "Purple Heart Diary." <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>She wrote of visits to military hospitals where she would entertain the wounded, she would relay problems the men still faced, and she used her platform to garner public support for issues affecting the troops.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VDbm0GjxMcM/UO4pFSrnAgI/AAAAAAAAFTM/z55ipPLXnCA/s1600/Frances+Langford+visiting+hospital.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="324" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VDbm0GjxMcM/UO4pFSrnAgI/AAAAAAAAFTM/z55ipPLXnCA/s400/Frances+Langford+visiting+hospital.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Television</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N8LCTqJZ5aA/UO4rQ_uKR8I/AAAAAAAAFTw/Sj2179SxD60/s1600/Frances+Langford+Bickersons+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N8LCTqJZ5aA/UO4rQ_uKR8I/AAAAAAAAFTw/Sj2179SxD60/s1600/Frances+Langford+Bickersons+2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Langford transitioned into television during the late 1940’s.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She did guest spots on the Perry Como and Jackie Gleason Shows in the 1950’s.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She hosted several shows that carried her name, including one with Don Ameche where they spun-off their successful radio show “<a href="http://www.bickersons.com/">"The Bickersons"</a> into a television series.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She hosted Frances Langford Presents in 1959 and "The Frances Langford Show" in 1960.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GR71Mjqdnqo/UO4rlrWIa0I/AAAAAAAAFT4/yYtjRmdY6gI/s1600/Frances+Langford+The+Bickersons.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GR71Mjqdnqo/UO4rlrWIa0I/AAAAAAAAFT4/yYtjRmdY6gI/s1600/Frances+Langford+The+Bickersons.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pQH-l362zAo/UO4yNtFB-EI/AAAAAAAAFV4/K7U4oXCf6yc/s1600/Frances+Langford+Stars.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="244" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pQH-l362zAo/UO4yNtFB-EI/AAAAAAAAFV4/K7U4oXCf6yc/s320/Frances+Langford+Stars.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Frances Langford is one of&nbsp; only three people to be awarded more than one star on the <a href="http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/">Hollywood Walk of Fame</a>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Frances has two Stars on the boulevard.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She has one star for her work in Radio located at 1525 Vine Street, and one for Motion Pictures which can be found at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Personal Life&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C2jaZhtdvEA/UO4r3f_fs1I/AAAAAAAAFUA/0amAEBU_wZE/s1600/Frances+Langford+and+Jon+Hall.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C2jaZhtdvEA/UO4r3f_fs1I/AAAAAAAAFUA/0amAEBU_wZE/s1600/Frances+Langford+and+Jon+Hall.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Frances married matinee idol, actor <a href="http://mariamontez.org/hall2.html">Jon Hall</a>&nbsp; in Prescott, Arizona on June 4, 1938. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Jon Hall was the part-Tahitian nephew of <a href="http://www.jamesnormanhallhome.pf/jnhpage4.html">James Norman Hall</a>, who co-authored the book "Mutiny on the Bounty".<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g8VN4Fmv4wE/UO7F3j3Xk6I/AAAAAAAAFWU/YJu-SJBFBcA/s1600/Jon+Hall+and+Dorothy+Lamour.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g8VN4Fmv4wE/UO7F3j3Xk6I/AAAAAAAAFWU/YJu-SJBFBcA/s320/Jon+Hall+and+Dorothy+Lamour.jpg" width="252" /></a></div><br /><br />Jon Hall made his film debut was in John Ford's The Hurricane, based on another book co-authored by his uncle. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4mxHQIXiyp8/UO7GAON1s-I/AAAAAAAAFWc/YVHdlNcjE0A/s1600/Jon+Hall+The+Hurricane+poster.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4mxHQIXiyp8/UO7GAON1s-I/AAAAAAAAFWc/YVHdlNcjE0A/s320/Jon+Hall+The+Hurricane+poster.jpg" width="238" /></a></div><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The couple worked in Hollywood but made Florida their home, purchasing a large parcel of land in <a href="http://www.jensenbeach.com/">Jensen Beach</a>, on Florida’s East Coast.&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CsLRei0uFD4/UO4sEAfiZlI/AAAAAAAAFUI/2o5MJRIXkBY/s1600/Frances+Langford+and+Jon+Hall+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CsLRei0uFD4/UO4sEAfiZlI/AAAAAAAAFUI/2o5MJRIXkBY/s1600/Frances+Langford+and+Jon+Hall+2.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1948, Langford and Hall donated 20 acres of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jensen_Beach,_Florida">Jensen Beach, Florida</a> estate to Martin County.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span><br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uYF7O16tWfo/UO7JxyhE4EI/AAAAAAAAFXA/sUlCXlyZZfs/s1600/MapofJensenBeach.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="272" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uYF7O16tWfo/UO7JxyhE4EI/AAAAAAAAFXA/sUlCXlyZZfs/s320/MapofJensenBeach.png" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Map Courtesy of <a href="http://www.city-data.com/">www.City-data.com</a></span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><br />The land was to be used to develop a County Park, and named Langford-Hall Park.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; This was l</span>ater changed to simply <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Langford-Park/130317850358489">Langford Park</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Langford Park is located at 2369 NE Dixie Highway.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You’ll find it just south of the Stuart, Florida Welcome Arch.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gASS16ZArPk/UO7GkeH-pTI/AAAAAAAAFWk/pXIh8agnVNU/s1600/Frances+Langford+and+Jon+Hall+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gASS16ZArPk/UO7GkeH-pTI/AAAAAAAAFWk/pXIh8agnVNU/s320/Frances+Langford+and+Jon+Hall+3.jpg" width="253" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal">By the mid-50’s, Langford was spending most of her time in Jensen Beach enjoying boating and sport-fishing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At the same time, Frances would still venture out now and then for short gigs around the country entertaining in nightclubs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N8litgpFjkk/UO4seWoreVI/AAAAAAAAFUQ/z3UtEIa65S0/s1600/Frances+Langford+Fishing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="230" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N8litgpFjkk/UO4seWoreVI/AAAAAAAAFUQ/z3UtEIa65S0/s320/Frances+Langford+Fishing.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">It was while working in a club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that she met <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Evinrude">Ralph Evinrude,</a> of the Evinrude Outboard Marine Corporation. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Ralph was the son and heir of Ole Evinrude, founder of <a href="http://www.evinrude.com/en-US">Evinrude, </a>the first mass marketed outboard motor for boats. Following Ole’s death in 1934, Ralph took the reins as president of the firm.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At the age of 27, he was managing the company’s production of war equipment during the years of WWII.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Hl0STWxwLow/UO4vHbWl_CI/AAAAAAAAFU8/gS8rTzdfwy4/s1600/Frances+Langford+and+Ralph+Evinrude.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Hl0STWxwLow/UO4vHbWl_CI/AAAAAAAAFU8/gS8rTzdfwy4/s400/Frances+Langford+and+Ralph+Evinrude.jpg" width="323" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The spark between the two was immediate, and by August 27<sup>th</sup>, 1955, Frances was divorced from Jon Hall.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>On October 5, 1955, Langford married Ralph Evinrude on the deck of his 118-foot yacht, <a href="http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/burger-yacht/2941-burgers-118-chanticleer.html">"Chanticleer, </a>in Port Washington, NY. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This yacht was to become their second home.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-l_yMfzmiYV8/UO4st_PUsEI/AAAAAAAAFUY/bIsb_LQA-VQ/s1600/Frances+Langford+Chanticleer.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="192" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-l_yMfzmiYV8/UO4st_PUsEI/AAAAAAAAFUY/bIsb_LQA-VQ/s320/Frances+Langford+Chanticleer.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Langford and Evinrude built their lives around her 57-acre estate in Jensen Beach.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The two developed a Polynesian-themed resort, restaurant and lounge with a 26-slip marina on the banks of the <a href="http://floridaswater.com/itsyourlagoon/">Indian River.&nbsp;</a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lqBIupYxP8/UO4vSLU0eHI/AAAAAAAAFVE/NcWJUf78gPE/s1600/Frances+Langford+Outrigger.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="262" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lqBIupYxP8/UO4vSLU0eHI/AAAAAAAAFVE/NcWJUf78gPE/s400/Frances+Langford+Outrigger.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The venture was named “The Frances Langford Outrigger Resort.” <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Langford performed at the Outrigger Resort frequently.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l06EgxHl2t8/UO4viwBvyDI/AAAAAAAAFVM/2WDmVxNZ2d0/s1600/Frances+Langford+Outrigger+Restaurant.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="205" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l06EgxHl2t8/UO4viwBvyDI/AAAAAAAAFVM/2WDmVxNZ2d0/s400/Frances+Langford+Outrigger+Restaurant.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The couple’s business was quite successful over the years, bringing in both locals and celebrities to the resort.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GId7SQqZdSQ/UO4s-tiaDtI/AAAAAAAAFUg/0HJNlcMjows/s1600/Frances+Langford+middle+age.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GId7SQqZdSQ/UO4s-tiaDtI/AAAAAAAAFUg/0HJNlcMjows/s320/Frances+Langford+middle+age.jpg" width="256" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 1986, <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-05-22/news/8602060666_1_outboard-marine-frances-langford-recreational-boating">Ralph Evinrude died</a>. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The couple had been married over 30 years.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br />Frances Langford remarried for a third time quite late in life.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3F2B5uxXg_8/UO7O0nABvEI/AAAAAAAAFXc/aeT-RmWKjns/s1600/Frances+Langford+Harold+Stuart.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3F2B5uxXg_8/UO7O0nABvEI/AAAAAAAAFXc/aeT-RmWKjns/s320/Frances+Langford+Harold+Stuart.jpg" width="233" /></a></div><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>In 1994, Harold C. Stuart, the former Assistant Secretary for Civil Affairs of the USAF from 1949 to 1951 under President Harry S. Truman, became Langford’s third husband.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><br />Bob Hope attended the wedding ceremony in Jensen Beach.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Frances was 81 at the time of her third marriage.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iCQWS-cFan4/UO4w45begPI/AAAAAAAAFVo/jlmoE2JgBgA/s1600/Frances+Langford+as+an+older+woman.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iCQWS-cFan4/UO4w45begPI/AAAAAAAAFVo/jlmoE2JgBgA/s320/Frances+Langford+as+an+older+woman.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Langford and Stuart lived at Langford’s Jensen Beach estate in the winters.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In summer they would take "The Chanticleer” and sail to Georgian Island in Canada.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When they returned as the weather changed, the yacht could be found moored at Langford’s Outrigger Resort. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In 2002, the State of Florida chose to honor Frances Langford by inducting her into Florida’s State Women’s Hall of Fame, citing her many accomplishments and her great gifts to the people of Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Frances suffered from health problems during the last years of her life.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Congestive heart failure was the disease she couldn’t beat.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>On July 11, 2005, Frances Langford died at her home in Jensen Beach, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She was 92.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Per Langford’s request, her ashes were strewn off the coast of Jensen Beach, near her estate.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Frances Langford had no children.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Harold Stuart survived Langford by two years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He was 94 at the time of <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=070626_1_A13_STUAR24745">his death</a> in 2007.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Frances Langford's Gifts to Florida </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">With Langford’s death, her estate honored her wishes and made a bequest to <a href="http://www.martinhealth.org/">Martin Memorial Hospital</a> in Stuart, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The hospital was asked to develop a new heart center for the community with the funds.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>On December 8<sup>th</sup>, 2006, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6DTdpYxzPI">The Frances Langford Heart Center</a>opened.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Today it serves as the premier heart center on Florida’s Treasure Coast.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sZpWRoHdy28/UO4xXOVPaII/AAAAAAAAFVw/lX6ulUg_ZlY/s1600/Frances+Langford+Center.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sZpWRoHdy28/UO4xXOVPaII/AAAAAAAAFVw/lX6ulUg_ZlY/s400/Frances+Langford+Center.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Frances Langford left many gifts to the Florida community she loved.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She was a benefactor to many Florida organizations such as the <a href="http://myfloridahistory.org/">Martin County Chapter of the Florida Historical Society.&nbsp;</a><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">She was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the <a href="http://www.floridaocean.org/p/58/visit">Florida Oceanographic Society </a>on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The organization provides education and research of the ocean, reefs and environment of Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Langford left many of her personal artifacts to this organization including her collection of mounted tuna, marlin and other fish which can be seen hanging on the Visitor Center’s walls.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Langford paid for improvements in the county park with her name.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She purchased fireworks for Stuart’s 4<sup>th</sup> of July Celebrations.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She even decorated her yacht “Chanticleer” with Christmas lights and led the Holiday Boat Parade year after year.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">For all her accomplishments and celebrity, Frances Langford may be best remembered by her Florida friends and neighbors for the good work she did for her community and for this state.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br 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Collins</span></span><br /><br /></div>Sanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-50708419229338557202013-01-05T05:54:00.001-08:002013-01-30T08:53:28.449-08:00Florida Outdoors: What You Can See in January<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LEUbKbr053M/UOXR0EH30HI/AAAAAAAAE3U/g1loVZA4X7w/s1600/A-walk-in-the-Woods.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LEUbKbr053M/UOXR0EH30HI/AAAAAAAAE3U/g1loVZA4X7w/s400/A-walk-in-the-Woods.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><i><span style="font-size: small;">Florida in January&nbsp;</span> </i><br /><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> 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What does winter mean in The Sunshine State?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Florida is at its coldest during the months of January and February, and in these months it sees the greatest divergences in temperatures ranging from North to South. </i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>January evenings in Tallahassee will average near 39 degrees F.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Snow has been seen in the Tallahassee area some years--but never after January 10th.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Still, during this same time, Key West rarely experiences nights below 65 degrees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Days warm in North Florida to a comfortable 65 degrees on average.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Moderate temperatures make this area a Northerner’s paradise. </i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Temperatures in South Florida can easily be 12 degrees higher than North Florida thanks to predominant easterly winds coming off the Gulf Stream which tend to modify cooler air flows.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>South Florida January days average a warm 77 degrees.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Rain comes to Florida now and then ahead of passing cold fronts, but clear skies will prevail for the next few months giving Florida beautifully bright azure heavens and dependable clear weather.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>January is the perfect month for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and winter kayaking.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We find it comfortable to be outdoors.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Florida beaches, less crowded in January in many places, welcome Floridians to stroll, fish, and collect shells. </i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Marshes, filled with migrating ducks, geese and birds, offer birdwatchers and photographers options to view Florida in a new light.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Sportsmen love January for fishing, boating and camping.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is the time of year that finds Florida hunters in the woods.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>January is also a wonderful 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Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="19" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="21" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="31" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="32" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="33" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Book Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="37" Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The January 2013 Night Sky</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp; </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Gry4FRAvWAU/UOXUZUFxtbI/AAAAAAAAE3s/CAIytIhpGz8/s1600/January2013nightskyfromScientificAmerican.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="268" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Gry4FRAvWAU/UOXUZUFxtbI/AAAAAAAAE3s/CAIytIhpGz8/s400/January2013nightskyfromScientificAmerican.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;"><b>Photo C<span style="font-size: xx-small;">redit: Scientific American</span></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br />Only Jupiter and Saturn will be easy to spot in the January night sky in 2013. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With the aid of a modest backyard telescope, you will be able to see Jupiter’s four major moons – Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, and Saturn’s rings.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But in early January Mars can be seen just after sunset in the southwest horizon at late dusk/nightfall, and Venus shortly before sunrise.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Mercury cannot be seen at all this month as it transitions from the morning to the evening sky in January 2013.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 2 </b>- Earth reaches perihelion, the closest point to the Sun in its yearly orbit, at 4:00 UT or midnight EST. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 3</b> - Orion the Hunter easy to spot in January night sky</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 4/5</b> - The Quadrantid meteors reach their peak in the wee hours of the morning and overnight with up to 40 meteors an hour possible. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The meteors will appear to come out of the constellation Bootes, which rises in the northeast late at night.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 5</b> – Last Quarter Moon. – It will be the latest sunrise for mid-northern latitudes. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 6</b> – Waning moon between Spica and Saturn before dawn. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 7</b> - Moon and Saturn light up Libra before dawn. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 8 </b>– That faint, fuzzy object near Sirius is a star cluster.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 9</b> – The Near-Earth asteroid Apophis will pass 8.7 million miles away from Earth. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>While this pass isn’t particularly close, it will help scientists make refinements in Apophis’s next pass, on Friday, April 13, 2029, which is currently expected to bring it within 25,000 miles, which is where Earth’s satellites orbit. Apophis's known path does not have it making contact with Earth. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>If it did, at 1050 feet wides, Apophis cause tsunamis if it hit water, or devastate an area the size of Texas if it were to hit land.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 10 </b>- Moon, Venus pair up together before sunrise. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Cassiopeia and Big Dipper on opposite sides of North Star.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>11</b> - New Moon. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>This phase occurs at 19:44 UTC or 3PM EST.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 12 </b>- Moon and Mars low in southwest after sunset. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 13 </b>- Moon and Mars in southwest sky again after sunset. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 15/16 </b>– You can see the river of stars called Eridanus.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The star Achernar marks the end of the “river”. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 17</b> - Orion’s Belt points to brightest star Sirius.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 18</b> – First Quarter Moon.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The moon and stars of Aries are pointing to the Phantom galaxy.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 20</b> - Waxing gibbous moon approaching Jupiter. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 21</b> - Close pairing of moon and Jupiter on night. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 24</b> - Bright waxing moon lights up Gemini the Twins. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 25 </b>- Moon below Castor and Pollux on evening of January 25.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 26</b> – Full Moon occurs at 4:38 UT or before midnight at 11:38PM EST.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 27</b> - Star Regulus follow moon across sky on night. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 28</b> – The Moon and Regulus rise together this evening. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 29 </b>– The Sun moves toward star Vega in journey around galaxy.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>January 30</b> – Jupiter is stationary in front of Taurus. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Birds</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-272FywVfiJI/UOXUvGToLeI/AAAAAAAAE30/fVjRvKkQPO4/s1600/CardinalMale.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="149" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-272FywVfiJI/UOXUvGToLeI/AAAAAAAAE30/fVjRvKkQPO4/s200/CardinalMale.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Listen for Male Cardinals to begin singing in mid-January as they mark their territories for mating.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tXC6huGa9LE/UOXU6qrw32I/AAAAAAAAE38/1Ea0u22XsW0/s1600/roseatespoonbill-rural-florida-living.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tXC6huGa9LE/UOXU6qrw32I/AAAAAAAAE38/1Ea0u22XsW0/s1600/roseatespoonbill-rural-florida-living.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Nesting season for Roseate Spoonbill is well underway.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M3DMtgda2k0/UOXV3ObW1tI/AAAAAAAAE4M/-bTCNNQzgf0/s1600/ospreys-on-nest-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M3DMtgda2k0/UOXV3ObW1tI/AAAAAAAAE4M/-bTCNNQzgf0/s1600/ospreys-on-nest-2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Ospreys<b> </b>are nesting in January.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-feYbttldk5k/UOXWSlFZGiI/AAAAAAAAE4U/SSlFCMH93d0/s1600/SandhillCraneNest2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-feYbttldk5k/UOXWSlFZGiI/AAAAAAAAE4U/SSlFCMH93d0/s1600/SandhillCraneNest2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Sandhill Cranes are tending their nests this month.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B8pN-vHyVWU/UOXWjGuW8JI/AAAAAAAAE4c/CAf3Zt74Qpg/s1600/hawkimages.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B8pN-vHyVWU/UOXWjGuW8JI/AAAAAAAAE4c/CAf3Zt74Qpg/s1600/hawkimages.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This is hawk mating season.&nbsp; Hawks will be nesting in January.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NsWyylPaoe8/UOXW6r3QCzI/AAAAAAAAE4o/Hsxdtnc-OK8/s1600/owls2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NsWyylPaoe8/UOXW6r3QCzI/AAAAAAAAE4o/Hsxdtnc-OK8/s1600/owls2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Owls are in their nesting season in Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7d_Et103rgg/UOXXM3J38BI/AAAAAAAAE48/rHF1SV9wqwc/s1600/hawk-redtailed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7d_Et103rgg/UOXXM3J38BI/AAAAAAAAE48/rHF1SV9wqwc/s1600/hawk-redtailed.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">January is a good time to see Red-tailed Hawks in trees and on fence lines along highways.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ab-gSd1ESTk/UOXXWiGmRMI/AAAAAAAAE5E/509pfScyyTQ/s1600/tree-swallow-cloud.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ab-gSd1ESTk/UOXXWiGmRMI/AAAAAAAAE5E/509pfScyyTQ/s1600/tree-swallow-cloud.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br />Tree swallows fly in large masses of “clouds” near sunset as they head toward roosts in marshlands.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xS1Z5Vgh450/UOXXmjINy_I/AAAAAAAAE5M/aqe5Yz-CcDI/s1600/Ducks-at-StMarks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xS1Z5Vgh450/UOXXmjINy_I/AAAAAAAAE5M/aqe5Yz-CcDI/s1600/Ducks-at-StMarks.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br />January is a great time to watching our “snow birds” such as ducks and geese that migrate to Florida for the winter.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iQdt2ctaC5M/UOXYEsvuN-I/AAAAAAAAE5c/mr5sx-H4-yU/s1600/eagletandeggs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iQdt2ctaC5M/UOXYEsvuN-I/AAAAAAAAE5c/mr5sx-H4-yU/s1600/eagletandeggs.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Eagles are actively raising and feeding their latest brood of eaglets.&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Mammals</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A0DHFtagufY/UOXYYyKKgrI/AAAAAAAAE5k/LL4pGIQFJdo/s1600/fox-gray.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A0DHFtagufY/UOXYYyKKgrI/AAAAAAAAE5k/LL4pGIQFJdo/s1600/fox-gray.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br />January begins breeding season in Florida for Gray Foxes<b>.</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hDntrP_dAtk/UOXYz6TaqHI/AAAAAAAAE5s/3iqg2DT50s4/s1600/bobcatsmomandbaby.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hDntrP_dAtk/UOXYz6TaqHI/AAAAAAAAE5s/3iqg2DT50s4/s1600/bobcatsmomandbaby.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Bobcats enter their breeding season in January.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_KOoMtHNhf0/UOXbDZQdE6I/AAAAAAAAE6E/WeTT6yQW4Hs/s1600/raccoon-in-florida.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_KOoMtHNhf0/UOXbDZQdE6I/AAAAAAAAE6E/WeTT6yQW4Hs/s1600/raccoon-in-florida.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Raccoons enter their breeding season in Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v6lT9iS8tmk/UOXbNDwAH8I/AAAAAAAAE6M/6HeXQoFMM_s/s1600/deerfloridabreedingseason.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v6lT9iS8tmk/UOXbNDwAH8I/AAAAAAAAE6M/6HeXQoFMM_s/s1600/deerfloridabreedingseason.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br />In North Florida, Deer reach the peak of their rutting season.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XMjRzUf3k4k/UOXbYtV_iAI/AAAAAAAAE6U/6Q5EC4RwGCg/s1600/blackbear.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XMjRzUf3k4k/UOXbYtV_iAI/AAAAAAAAE6U/6Q5EC4RwGCg/s1600/blackbear.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br />North Florida Black Bears become less active in January and some may hibernate in their dens when the weather is cold.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Fish</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RS7nqDvL59Q/UOXcHQbSiRI/AAAAAAAAE6g/gS2NlDjQ_hc/s1600/bass-striped.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="140" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RS7nqDvL59Q/UOXcHQbSiRI/AAAAAAAAE6g/gS2NlDjQ_hc/s320/bass-striped.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Striped Bass</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Striped Bass and Sunshine Bass move into open water in January to feed.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WI62l0VsgBM/UOXcPqhKMNI/AAAAAAAAE6o/hOjdpispIZk/s1600/bass-sunshine.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="153" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WI62l0VsgBM/UOXcPqhKMNI/AAAAAAAAE6o/hOjdpispIZk/s320/bass-sunshine.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sunshine Bass</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal">In Central Florida, Black Crappie feed more heavily.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bzacM_wd1JI/UOXcavOsqjI/AAAAAAAAE68/UVeD9ijqRx0/s1600/BlackCrappie.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bzacM_wd1JI/UOXcavOsqjI/AAAAAAAAE68/UVeD9ijqRx0/s1600/BlackCrappie.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Black Crappie</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Wildflowers</b></span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LNMxpg4QR7s/UOXctybM6qI/AAAAAAAAE7E/uw3U0_zLZLk/s1600/carolina-yellow-jessamine.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LNMxpg4QR7s/UOXctybM6qI/AAAAAAAAE7E/uw3U0_zLZLk/s1600/carolina-yellow-jessamine.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Carolina yellow jessamine is blooming in the woods of North and Central Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Wild Orchids</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UrL3WpDmKt4/UOXc7ISIFNI/AAAAAAAAE7M/5A0DeaRge6M/s1600/Wisters-coralroot.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UrL3WpDmKt4/UOXc7ISIFNI/AAAAAAAAE7M/5A0DeaRge6M/s320/Wisters-coralroot.jpg" width="244" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Large colonies of Wister's coralroot will begin to appear in the woods of North and Central Florida.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A5VUJ8y57gI/UOXdJe2XLAI/AAAAAAAAE7U/i2E51sNiyOE/s1600/dingyfloweredstarorchid.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A5VUJ8y57gI/UOXdJe2XLAI/AAAAAAAAE7U/i2E51sNiyOE/s1600/dingyfloweredstarorchid.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Deep in the swamps and wetlands of Southwest Florida, the dingy-flowered star orchid flowers in pop ash trees and pond apple trees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>For an extensive plant list, please see links below.</b></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.flwildflowers.com/gallery/">Link:&nbsp; Florida Wildflowers that are Blooming this Month</a></span> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><div><span style="color: blue;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.flbg.org/whatblooming/june_july_august.htm">Link:&nbsp;&nbsp; What Garden Plants are Blooming this Month from The Florida Botanical Gardens&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><br /></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.fnps.org/">Link:&nbsp;&nbsp; For More Information on Native Plants Visit: Florida Native Plant Society</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flnativeorchids.com/">Link - Florida Native Orchids</a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ygMtBzC6tMo/UOXfLhkoxPI/AAAAAAAAE7s/ipHs5plBu-U/s1600/recyclechristmastree1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="149" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ygMtBzC6tMo/UOXfLhkoxPI/AAAAAAAAE7s/ipHs5plBu-U/s200/recyclechristmastree1.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>*Reminder from the Folks at Florida Fish &amp; Wildlife:</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you purchased a live Christmas tree this year and are ready to dispose of it, put it to good use and start a brush pile near your bird feeder. Not only will it provide good year-round cover for birds, but it will also take up a lot less space in your county landfill.&nbsp; <b>&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><br /><b>Want to learn more? <a href="http://www.rural-florida-living.com/2012/12/recycle-your-christmas-tree.html">Click Here- Recycle Your Christmas Tree.</a></b></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; -&nbsp; What to Do in Florida Right Now</a></b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><span style="font-size: xx-small;">and</span>&nbsp; </b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b><a href="http://www.city-to-country.com/">City to Country - A Rural Florida Adventure</a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /></div></div></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Resources:&nbsp; UF/IFAS, Florida Fish &amp; Wildlife, Water Management Districts, Florida Native Plants Society, Florida Audubon, Sky and Telescope, NASA </span><br /><br /></div><br /></div></div>Sanne Collinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05754236346882488971noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4145024267732267174.post-71839187617058345612013-01-03T06:15:00.001-08:002013-01-21T04:17:56.728-08:00Ponce De Leon Landed Here - “Lawyers” to Argue Ponce de Leon’s True Landing Spot <div 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Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>500 years ago on March 27, 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon set foot on our peninsula and named it La Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But here we are, five centuries later, and historians are<b> </b>still arguing over the exact location of Ponce De Leon’s landing.</i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><i>Four different sites have information to prove that Ponce De Leon arrived in their area first—St. Augustine, Ponce Inlet, Melbourne Beach and Jupiter Inlet—and scholars still haven’t come to a clear decision on which location is the most likely spot.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></i><br /><br /><i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">Here's your chance to come up with an answer to this age-old question! </span></i></div><i> </i><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>“Ponce De Leon Landed Here!”</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Florida Historical Society, as part of the year-long campaign commemorating the 500th anniversary of &nbsp; <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>Ponce De Leon's arrival, is sponsoring two Mock Trials called “Ponce De Leon Landed Here!”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The trials feature actors posing as “lawyers” representing each claiming area who will argue the case for and against each of the four possible sites.&nbsp; The actors in the performance are Florida attorneys in real life.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There will be plenty of courtroom drama as the lawyers debate arguments, offer witnesses such as archeologists, and in the end leave the question in the hands of a jury made up of historians, politicians, and other dignitaries.&nbsp; The jury will be asked to come up with a verdict.&nbsp; Will they do so?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ud850uoHSS8/UOWJYPmUZSI/AAAAAAAAE2M/DIZbqMY58VI/s1600/PonceDeLeon.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ud850uoHSS8/UOWJYPmUZSI/AAAAAAAAE2M/DIZbqMY58VI/s1600/PonceDeLeon.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>See the Trial Yourself </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The first “trial” will be held on Saturday, January 5<sup>th</sup>in West Palm Beach, Florida.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The case will be heard beginning at 2PM at the historic 1916 Courthouse located at 300 North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach’s downtown area.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The second “trial” will be held on Saturday, January 12<sup>th</sup>in DeLand, Florida.&nbsp; The trial begins at 2PM, and will be held at the historic Volusia County Courthouse located at 120 W. Indiana Avenue in DeLand.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /></span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">The public is invited to be spectators in the gallery.&nbsp; The event is free of charge.</span><br /><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /></span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">For a complete list actors in this drama and more information on the program you can Click on:&nbsp;<a href="http://myfloridahistory.org/ponce-landed-here">Ponce Landed Here!</a> </span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q3WF2NjXIKM/UOWKNBtIIoI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/qv9wYPUxjMo/s1600/PonceDeLeonLandedHere.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q3WF2NjXIKM/UOWKNBtIIoI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/qv9wYPUxjMo/s640/PonceDeLeonLandedHere.jpg" width="492" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Watch the Trial Online </b></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Historical Society will be streaming both the West Palm Beach performance and the DeLand performance live.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>You may view the webcast at&nbsp;<a href="http://myfloridahistory.org/">http://myfloridahistory.org/</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </b></div><b></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Both the West Palm Beach “trial” and the DeLand “trial” will be video recorded and available as a resource for others to see across the state.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Contact the Florida Historical Society for information on how to obtain a copy.&nbsp; <br /><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KLtXtlcBvCI/UOWNIVNXFsI/AAAAAAAAE28/b7D5b3lZ6LA/s1600/PonceDeLeoncomingashoreinFlorida.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="299" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KLtXtlcBvCI/UOWNIVNXFsI/AAAAAAAAE28/b7D5b3lZ6LA/s400/PonceDeLeoncomingashoreinFlorida.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Learn More about Ponce De Leon</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>and his influence on Florida today</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: x-small;">at<span style="font-size: large;"> </span></span></b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b><a href="http://www.rural-florida-living.com/2012/04/ponce-de-leon-and-florida-livestock.html">Ponce De Leon and Florida Livestock</a></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: blue; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Join Rural Florida Living on&nbsp; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RuralFloridaLiving">FACEBOOK</a></b><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span> <br /><div><span style="font-size: small;"><b><a href="http://www.florida-just-for-fun.com/">Florida: Just For Fun!&nbsp; -&nbsp; What to Do in Florida Right Now</a></b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: small;"><b>and&nbsp; </b></span></