Outdoors

Take a Hike: Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Resurrection Fern. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Take a Hike: Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

Hernando Audubon Society offers free field trips to different areas here in Hernando County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has some amazing properties that are open to the public for the whole family to enjoy and explore.

Hernando County’s Treasure Hunt

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Geocaching, adventure at Weekiwachee Preserve

Do you like hiking, treasure hunting and spending time outdoors with family and friends? Well this is something you can add to your weekend adventure list.

A few weeks back on a hike in the Weekiwachee Preserve, my husband and I found this a green container hidden within a tree trunk. This was very interesting and we had no idea what it was. So upon further investigation, we found out that it was actually a global positioning (GPS) device for geocaching.

Wild by Design: Attracting Wildlife

Lily Browning is the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator.

Prunus umbellata is a plum species native to the southeastern US.  The tree can reach 20 feet and fruits from August through October. photo credit: Southern Weed Science Society bugwood.org

Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle #5 is “Attract Wildlife.” There are many ways to make small changes in your landscape so you can make the birds, bees, butterflies and many other critters feel at home. Below is a list which will bring your yard to life:

Incorporate Native Plants – Once upon a time, native plants and animals coexisted in what is now your property. Restore some of that balance by bringing in more natives. Wildlife can’t always adapt to differing food and shelter options.

Centralia Today

This area was once the float pond, where logs were floated to the sawmill.

Today, it's hard to tell that Centralia was once a community of about 1800 people. The trees which were cleared at the time to make way for a mill, town, housing and rail have taken a strong hold once again. There are relics from the past like brick used in the furnaces, glass and burnt wood/charcoal fragments.

More impressively, the ramp where the logs were rolled up into the mill from the float pond remains as well as the base of the double band saw itself.

Bicycling Brothers Experience Year on the Road

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PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY MATT AND ANDREW SUFFICOOL AND ALICE MARY HERDEN

When Matt and Andrew Sufficool decided to spend the past year bicycling from one end of the Americas to the other, it definitely raised a few eyebrows.

Andrew Sufficool explained that many younger people under 50 questioned them asking in Andrew's words," ''What do you mean, you guys have to work.' We're like, 'Yeah, we saved our money for a couple years, that's how we can afford to do it,' " Andrew said that they just couldn't comprehend that you don't have to work all the time.

Bear Sighting at Tillis Hill

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by Hernando Sun Staff and Sid Taylor, Division of Forestry

Sid Taylor, Division of Forestry at Tillis Hill had her first bear sighting (in her twenty years here) 1/2 mile S of Tillis Hill on Dec. 28. She suspects it was a young male looking for territory from the Chassahowitzka area. She found the tracks the next morning. She hopes he stays...but admits he will have to find a female and bring her back here. She has only confirmed one other track here in her career and no confirmed sightings. Taylor was on the Chassahowitzka Working Bear Group for her first 8 or 10 years. There were less than twenty bears at height of the count.

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 2:36pm

Planting & Growing from Slips

Sweet potato grown from slips generally need at least 4 months of frost-free growing. I grow and sell Georgia Jets which is an early variety need about 90-120 days from transplanted slips until the full size tubers can be harvested. Most gardeners start with slips purchased from a local garden center or reputable mail order source. I will have slips available starting in April. Sweet potatoes grow vigorously in warm areas and quickly shade out weeds as the season progresses.

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