For those of you who might have missed my article back in January, this is a reminder that this is the last monthly issue of Keeping Track. Last year the Board decided to offer the newsletter on a quarterly basis. Instead of coming monthly, the next issue will be sent to you in the summer. To tell you the truth, I personally welcome this change. This will allow us to focus more on quality as opposed to quantity when it comes to the content of Keeping Track. We will continue to share the Preserve’s calendar via email each month.
I am sad to announce that board member Marg Radens has tendered her resignation from the Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Board of Directors. She has been on the Board for quite a while now but has decided to move on. Thank you for your time and service, Marg. You will be missed!
Preserve Supervisor’s Message
by Barbara Stalbird
I would like to take a moment to introduce you to the newest members to our team. Breanne Haapala and Kinsley McEachern will be new faces you see at the front desk as you enter the preserve. Breanne has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and Kinsley has a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome!
In the coming weeks you will be able to rent canoes at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. An Eagle Scout has built canoe racks which will be stored at Lake Maggiore Island. Individuals and families will now be able to explore the lake at their own pace. Come out and see the Preserve from a new perspective.
Our Boyd Hill eaglets have been growing rapidly. They are both almost fully feathered and nearly as big as the adults. I suspect they are about 10 weeks old as their hatch date was probably just before January 10th. That’s the date that I first saw one of the adults going through feeding movements. I didn’t see the chicks until a week later and they were past the brooding stage with good coats of down. They should be ready to fledge in about two weeks. Hopefully their first flight will be toward Lakewood Estates on the east side of the nest. With I-275 on the west side followed by 34th Street, the potential for disaster increases. Keep good thoughts and fingers crossed.
WELCOME NEW LIFE MEMBERS
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
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