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Nature notes

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001

MUSHROOM MEETING: The Citrus County Master Gardeners will present a program on growing shitake mushrooms at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Citrus County Auditorium, U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Rob Morrow, owner of Wind Dancer Acres Shitake mushroom farm in Hernando County, will present the program. Call Linda Moran at 344-4496.

IT'S BAT TIME: Local bat expert Sandy Kelley of Inverness will be the featured speaker at the Citrus County Audubon Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lecanto Senior Citizen Center on County Road 491 S. Kelley is a longtime member of the Nature World Wildlife Rescue Program. Her affection for bats started after she rescued a bat and nursed it back to health.

SHOREBIRDS TRIP: The Citrus County Audubon Society will take a field trip to Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs on Wednesday. The purpose is to search for wintering shorebirds and migrant land birds. The main park road leads to an artificial island and a beach. From U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs, go west on County Road 582 (Tarpon Avenue) for one mile and turn left at Alt. U.S. 19, and then right on Meres Boulevard, then right on Florida Avenue. Go one mile to Sunset Drive, turn left and find the park entrance. Club meets at 9 a.m. at the park and will have lunch at shelter No. 7.

FERTILIZER FOR SALE: The Citrus County Master Gardener Association is having a fertilizer sale and offering free seedling trees from 9 a.m. until noon Saturdayat the Citrus County Extension Office, next to the auditorium at the fairgrounds on U.S. 41 S, Inverness. The fertilizer is 16-4-8 formula, which is less damaging to the environment and suitable for general landscape use. Cost is $11 for a 50-pound bag. Tree seedlings include a selection of swamp chestnut oak, red bud, dogwood, chickasaw plum and sand pine.

SAFE BOATING: Safe boating classes will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 and 10 at the Crystal River Power Squadron, 845 NE Third Ave., Crystal River. Charge for materials is $22. Call Barbara Kane at 726-2476 or Jim Barker at 795-1026.

TURKEY HUNTING: Citrus County Parks and Recreation will be hosting a workshop on hunting wild turkeys from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Homosassa Lions Club on Homosassa Trail. Topics include life cycle, identification, calling techniques and current hunting regulations regarding wild turkeys. Instructor Jerry Lamm is an avid turkey hunter and conservationist. Class is limited to 30 attendees and registration is required. Cost is $15. Call 795-2202.

RUN AND FUN WALK: The fifth annual Run and Fun Walk takes place Saturday at Chinsegut Nature Center, located about 7 miles north of Brooksville. Late registration begins at 7:30 a.m. A 5-K run starts at 8:30 and a 1-mile fun walk starts five minutes later. Entry fees are $10 for the 5K and $6 for the walk. Make checks payable to Wildlife Foundations of Florida, and mail to Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, FL, 34601. Call (352) 754-6722.

BUTTONWOOD BONSAI CLUB: The club meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Friday of every month from September through June at First Presbyterian Church, 1501 U.S. 19 S, Crystal River. The club also holds a non-formatted meeting at Hobson's Herbs 131 NE Crystal St., Crystal River, at 9:30 a.m. the last Saturday of every month.

ASK A MASTER: A master gardener will be available to answer plant questions from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W Crystal St., Crystal River. The program is held in the community room, and there is no charge. Call 795-3716.

POWER SQUADRON: The Crystal River Power Squadron meets the second Tuesday of every month except July and August. For information on boating safety classes, call Jim Barker at 795-1026; for membership, call Barbara Kane at 726-2476.

LANDSCAPING SERIES: The Citrus Memorial Hospital SHARE Club offers a monthly landscaping series on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the hospital auditorium on Grace Street and Osceola Avenue, Inverness. Program is free, but registration is required. Call 344-6900.

GARDEN CLUB OF CRYSTAL RIVER: Meets at 1 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club, Crystal River. Call June Mantey 795-0909.

RAILS TO TRAILS: General membership meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Lakes Region Library, Inverness. To get on the agenda, call Janice McCann at 637-3744.

SHOOTING CLUB: The Citrus County Shooting Club meets from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Kane's Ace Hardware shooting range on U.S. 19 in Homosassa. Call Don Hills, 746-0851, or Don Cook, 527-1598.

PLANT CLINIC: The Lakes Region Library on Druid Street, Inverness, has plant clinics from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Master gardeners from the Citrus County Extension Office are on hand to answer questions about plants and gardening.

- Nature Notes is published every Tuesday in the Citrus Times. To submit an article, e-mail it to, fax it to 860-7320 or mail it to 301 W Main St., Inverness, FL 34450.

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