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W I L D L I F E

M A G A Z I N E JANUARY 2018

Rivers | Swamps | Prairies Beautiful and less traveled wildlife locations

Chinsegut

Wildlife Day February 24

Nature Photography Hikes

Visiting FWC Lead and Cooperative Locations


CONTENTS 06 ANDREWS WMA 3ooo acres of nature caressing the Suwannee River

14 HALF MOON WMA 24 miles of history

22 LITTLE GATOR CREEK Excellent example of Conservation

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CREATED BY Alice Mary Herden owner of Green-Fly Media created R • A• W | Real Amazing Wildlife Photography Series where photographers of all levels can join together to explore areas in Hernando County and beyond. Creating R • A• W | Real Amazing Wildlife Magazine lets those see how beautiful these areas are and to learn about the variety of plants and animals species they will experience during these hikes. It is not only the about photography it’s also about getting to know the people that maintain these areas as well. We hope this magazine gives others the inspiration and motivation to explore the outdoors photographically and to learn about nature, wildlife and their habitats. Join us in our next R • A• W | Real Amazing Wildlife Photography Series!

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lice Mary Herden

Editor | Magazine Layout and Design | Photographer

Owner of Green-Fly Media

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Rivers | Swamps | Prairies Rivers, Swamps, and Prairies To prepare for the upcoming Chinsegut Wildlife Day Photography Exhibit we set out to visit as many FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) locations to capture wildlife in their natural habitat and what an adventure this has become.

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Andrews Wildlife Management Area Chiefland

Andrews Wildlife Management Area is just one of Florida’s largest remaining hardwood hammock forests existing out of the 20,000 to 25,000 acres that once prevailed along the lower Suwannee, which connected xeric and mesic vegetative communities. Xeric hammocks are communities with sandy soils consisting of a variety of oak trees as well as saw palmetto shrubs. Mesic hammocks communities have moist soil due to the dense layer and humid conditions due to the closed canopy of oaks. These types of hammock communities provide white-tailed deer, red foxes, gray foxes, otters and other mammals a flourishing environment. With over 3ooo acres between Fanning Springs and Chiefland, Andrews WMA borders the Suwannee River and it’s a beautiful place to for nature photography. More information about Andrew WMA visit: myfwc.com/viewing/ recreation/wmas/lead/Andrews/ Photography by Alice Mary Herden

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Abandon campgrounds Photography by Alice Mary Herden R• A • W | REAL AMAZING WILDLIFE


Suwannee River to Forest Photography by Linda Stock Morehouse

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R • A • W Real Amazing Wildlife Magazine is an Online publication and brought to you by GreenFly Media LLC and Volunteer Contributors Articles • Alice Mary Herden | Green-Fly Media Guest Writers • Jim King • Joe Murphy Photographers • Alice Mary Herden | Green-Fly Media • Betty Ann Kolar • Tammy Walters Fox • Linda Stock Morehouse Social Media •Tammy Walters Fox Researchers: • Alice Mary Herden • Betty Ann Kolar •Tammy Walters Fox • Linda Stock Morehouse Magazine Layout and Design by Alice Mary Herden | Green-Fly Media ------------------------------No material or content can be reproduced without the written permission of the writer and/or photographer. ------------------------------Interested in contributing? Contact: Alice@Green-FlyMedia.com Interested in your business being featured in our next issue? Contact Alice@Green-FlyMedia.com Cover Photo: Suwannee River | Andrews WMA | photo by Alice Mary Herden Back Cover: Spider web | Little Gator Creek | photo by Alice Mary Herden

•Giving Back • For each R • A• W | Nature Photography Hike, Green-Fly Media will give back to that location or an organization requested by the Director/ Administrator overseeing that location. Questions or Comments: Email: alice@green-flymedia.com Order this issue: http://www.magcloud.com/user/ greenflymedia

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HALF MOON

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA


Half Moon WMA Inverness

The history of Half Moon began with less than 1600 Carolina settlers residing in Sumter County in 1860, according to the county census. The remains of a homestead still reminisce within this area called McKinney Flatwoods. This one story homestead was home to John McKinney from 1916 to 1945. For almost thirty years McKinney raised cattle, hog and grew corn and peanuts. He was forced to sell his land after the heartbreaking effects of screw worm and World War II. During this time logging companies were cutting trees and using steam engines to transport the logs to Lacoochee sawmill. Some trails located within Half Moon follow the railroad grade. Half Moon WMA has a variety of natural communities that include over 3,000 acres of wetlands, over 2,500 acres of combined mesic hammock and flatwoods. Having over 9,500 acres filled with an array wildlife and a variety of plant species you will definitely have to put this site on your list to visit. More information about Half Moon WMA Visit: http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/ wmas/lead/half-moon/ Photography by Alice Mary Herden

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Half Moon has many ponds which provides many sources for wildlife and plant species.

Half Moon WMA Photography by Betty Ann Kolar

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Half Moon Boardwalk

Half Moon WMA Photography by Linda Stock Morehouse

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Little Gator Creek WMA Lakeland

556 acres combined of pine flatwoods and swamp basin, Little Gator Creek not only has a history of Native American mining for chert but a great example of conservation and protection of wood storks and other wading bird species. What is so unique about this location is how water management is regulated to ensure the sustainable water levels during the wood storks reproductive cycle. This water level is managed by a well and an electric pump. If there is not enough rainfall, the pump will increase the water level. Wood Storks are among the imperiled species and listed as a federally threatened species. (“Imperiled Species” refers to plant and animal species that are designated as endangered, threatened, or a species of special concern by FWC, or that are designated as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.) Little Gator Creek is closed to the public February 1 through August 31. More information about Little Gator Creek visit: http://myfwc.com/viewing/ recreation/wmas/lead/little-gator-creek/ Photography by Alice Mary Herden

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Chinsegut

Wildlife Day

Featuring: Wildlife Photography Exhibit | February 24 | Chinsegut Conservation Center

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This photography showcase is being held in honor of two days set aside to appreciate the importance of and raise awareness for wildlife conservation.

World Wildlife Day & National Wildlife Day Nature Photographers, this is an opportunity for you to showcase your photography of native Florida wildlife. For more details and registration for the Photography Exhibit please visit: http://www.green-flymedia.com/photography-events To help those nature photographers venture out to FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) Wildlife Management Areas or Wildlife Environmental Areas, meet-ups are being scheduled throughout the months of January and February. The first meet-up will be an all-day photography adventure, hiking R• A • W | REAL AMAZING WILDLIFE

three locations: Chinsegut Nature Tract, Big Pine Tract and Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area on January 12. For more information and to register for this event: https://www. eventbrite.com/e/nature-photography-hikes-chinsegut-wildlifeand-environmental-areas-registration-41006252806

Chinsegut Wildlife Day | February 24 Wildlife Photography Exhibit Show the world how beautiful nature and wildlife is by letting those see your vision through the lens.


CONTRIBUTORS

Tammy Walters Fox

Linda Stock Morehouse

Photography & Social Media

Betty Ann Kolar

Photography & Research

Photography & Research

Joe Murphy

Jim King

Writer

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NATURE STARTS AS ONE STRAND... SOON IT ALL CONNECTS TOGETHER

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