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Keeping it Fresh….

That’s right – the Chicks with Ticks likes to be fresh and new. Spring is the perfect time to talk about all things new so we thought you might like to know some of the things we are going to be doing this season.

It wasn't all bad - rescued this Greater Siren from a dried up isolated pond...it was still alive and I was so excited

It wasn’t all bad – rescued this Greater Siren from a dried up isolated pond…it was still alive and I was so excited

  • We will begin shooting a series of short spots for the Polk County Board of Tourism. These spots will focus on Ecotourism and Agritourism in Polk county and the opportunities for outdoor adventures. We are so excited to be a part of the effort to bring more people outdoors to share in our agricultural and ranching history as well and explore our beautiful natural resources.
  • We will be working with some special friends at the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost on some special trips. That’s right – you can take a trip down the river with us and learn to see it the way we do! Plus have a whole lot of fun.
  • We will be looking for opportunities to work with young people on sharing our adventures so that they too can grow their love of Florida outdoors and understand more. If they love it – they will protect it! Also looking for funding to begin an EcoCamp.
  • We will be looking for land owners that are interested in allowing Agritours of their lands. We want to show folks that our ranchers and farmers are a huge part of Florida history. New laws and regulations will help us help them keep Florida waters clean. We want this to be a positive jac+kristen+logorelationship for all involved. How better than to help everyone understand how we all look at the landscape and maybe we will ALL learn to walk in each other’s shoes.
  • Don’t forget we are always looking for crazy adventures to share with you all. You wouldn’t believe all the amazing things we see and the wonders we experience. Don’t be afraid to do it yourself! Get out the and GO ANYWHERE….find you own adventure and share it with us.headstand

Wild Things at Circle B

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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