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Nature notes

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 13, 2001

AUDUBON FIELD TRIP: The Citrus County Audubon Society will take a field trip to Rainbow Springs State Park on Wednesday. The state park is 3 miles north of Dunnellon on the east side of U.S. 41. Admission is $1. Society members should meet at 8:30 a.m. on the veranda in front of the park's visitor center for a tour led by a park ranger. The park has a spectacular display of azaleas. Other features include a phosphate pit, a mastodon tooth found in the river and birds. Stay for a picnic lunch, a swim in the crystal clear spring water or rent a canoe or kayak. Field trips are open to non-Audubon members.

AUDUBON SPEAKER: John White, wildlife biologist involved with protecting bald eagles in Florida, will be the featured speaker at the Citrus County Audubon Society meeting on Monday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Lecanto Senior Citizen Center on County Road 491, seven-tenths of a mile south of SR 44. White's slide program will include aerial photographs of his nesting surveys. His experiences include more than l2 years of work to help the bald eagle recover in Florida. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call Ron Miller, 628-6066.

WATER BOARD: Citrus 20/20 Inc. Save Our Waters Week Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the Southwest Florida Water Management District Liaison Office, Suite 226, Lecanto Government Building. Topic will be selecting activities for the sixth annual Save Our Waters Week to be held Sept. 15-22. All interested organizations and people are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate on the committee. For information, call Curt Ebitz at 382-3847.

MUCK REMOVAL PERMITS: The county's Division of Aquatic Services will help homeowners obtain a Corps of Engineers permit for muck removal. Residents interested in muck removal should begin by obtaining an aquatic plant control permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 6355 U.S. 41 S, Floral City, directly across from the golf driving range. Call 726-8622. From there, take the plant control permit along with names and address of adjoining property owners of the muck site, photo of the project area and an estimate of the depth of muck to be removed to the county Aquatic Services, 1300 S Lecanto Highway (County Road 491 S), Lecanto. County staff will use this information to prepare a muck removal permit application that will be mailed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Call Aquatic Services 527-7620 for an appointment.

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 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: 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 or 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 Lakes Region Library, Inverness. To get on the agenda, call Janice McCann at 637-3744. Rails to Trails is a support group for the Rails to Trails State Park.

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: 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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