Sunday, January 25, 2015

On the Trail...

This armadillo was searching for food along the fence line outside Camp Bayou. He was so focused on food that he didn't notice me just 6 feet away- that is until I just couldn't hold the squat anymore and I had to stand up. It was too quick and the armadillo scurried off into the woods inside the fence.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter e-newsletter now available

Although it is nearly 3 weeks late, the winter 2014 issue of the Camp Bayou Buzzzz! is finally complete and available on our website. We use a cloud site for all our e-newsletters, as well as trail maps, brochures, volunteer applications and other often accessed items.

Fallen tree removed from trail this Fall
You can access the Winter issue directly by clicking here or check out all the sharable items in our Box.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

On the Trail 2015

This week the star of the trail is 'Innocence', Houstonia procumbens .


Every winter Innocence appears on the trails. It likes the lack of competition, for light as well as space. The microhabitat provides just enough moisture and plenty of sun but not too much heat. The four-petaled flowers usually dot the trail here and there and it has always been a surprise, almost a reward, to spot a clump.

This year they are almost everywhere you look! Along the Tortoise Trail in the uplands as well as the Wetland Walk. I felt like I was playing hopscotch while trying to avoid stepping on them. Walking the trails makes me feel rejuvenated, bringing out the child in me (although admittedly, that isn't hard to do :o)

A short video shows how far it has spread: http://youtu.be/fB2PVWMfa_c 

Nature Notes Note: 
This blog has been sadly neglected for some time now. Every January, I make a resolution to make a post, at least weekly, and at some point it gets lost during the year. At the risk of being labeled insane (doing the same thing but expecting a different result), I will try once again to at least post a picture each week.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Last call: Teacher Workshop- Schoolyard WILD and Ecosystems, Saturday, Dec 13, 2014

Schoolyard Wildlife - Hillsborough County
Schoolyard Wildlife - Hillsborough County
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12/13/2014
When: 12/13/2014
9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
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Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
4202 24th Street South East
Ruskin, Florida  33570
United States
Presenter: Dolly Cummings
Contact: Dolly Cummings
campbayou@gmail.com
Phone: (813) 641-8545
Details
Schoolyard Wildlife Activities & Ecology teach adult educators of K-12 students how to turn school grounds into an effective outdoors classroom. Workshops provide educators with high quality, Florida-specific natural history and ecology lessons, and natural science explorations. The Activity Guide contains 35 field-tested activities with blackline masters focusing on wildlife education and ecology on school grounds. This six-hour workshop targets educators in grades K-6. Participants receive the Handbook to Schoolyard Plants & Animals and the Schoolyard Wildlife Activity Guide.
To learn more about the workshop visit:  http://myfwc.com/education/educators/schoolyard-wildlife/ 
This workshop will be held on Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Dolly Cummings
"Sharing Nature in Our Community"
Homepage: www.campbayou.org

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