Water, Wings and Wild Things Naturefest 2012  The family packed up our water bottles and headed out to the annual water, Wings, and Wild Things Naturefest at Circle B this past Saturday. The event focuses on natural resources and the outdoors so why would the Chicks family be there!

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Chris and Ashley are a part of the Florida Southern biology team studying the biota at Circle B in Lakeland, FL

We ran into some amazing creatures and some great exhibits. We were lucky enough to catch Chris and Ashley from Florida Southern College’s biology department. Their exhibit showed traps they created to perform a biological survey of reptiles and amphibians on the property.

If you want to see some of the catches they have had, check out their blog at http://circlebsurvey.weebly.com/.

Also got to dig for fossils at the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute’s sand pile. Charlie Cook was there to tell our daughter Allison what she had found. We all took the chance to dig in the wet cool sand and enjoy watching the kids find their dinosaur bones.

Most impressive was the number of animal displays. You name it – it was there. We saw a live panther, petted a skunk’s rump, peeked at various live owls that are in rehabilitation, and enjoyed numerous exhibits about native and non-native creatures.

This was the second year in a row we missed out on the tree climbing club’s activity. Harnessing kids and adults alike, they allowed participants to rope climb into the canopy.

All in all we had a great day. We hope you will join us next year!

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