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Monday, February 02, 2009

There’s more to Florida than just big attractions and beaches

Published Feb. 1, 2009 - The Sentinel, a division of Lee Enterprises
Spewing millions of gallons of fresh 72-degree water into the Homosassa River, the spring provides warm water that supports a few state park pet manatees and about fifty live there in winter waiting for warmer gulf temperatures to scatter up and down the coast.

Homosassa Springs State Park is a wildlife park providing rehabilitating facilities for injured birds of prey and water birds. Those birds that can be rehabilitated are returned to the wild, while those that can’t remain at the facility — bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, kestrels, barn owls and great horned owls reside in the park permanently because of injuries.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would like to propose that the Floridan Aquifer be declared a National Monument.

I noticed that Pres. Bush found a way to declare the Mariana Trench a National Monument, and the Trench is an invisible, geological feature.

The Floridan is also invisible (until it emerges in the springs of Florida and our tap water!), and it is a geological feature.

By giving the aquifer recognition as a single hydro-geological system, and giving that system a form of federal governance or managment or oversight, we might get better results with protection than is presently the case.

What do you think of that?