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Fort Cooper State Park January Occasions

Fort Cooper State Park January 2024 Occasions

Bat Chat

Friday, January 19, 2024, from 5:00pm—6:00pm

Resulting from standard demand, the Mates of Fort Cooper will once more function a particular program with remark of Florida’s bats on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Outdated Floral Metropolis Highway in Inverness. Due to a Boy Scout Eagle undertaking, Fort Cooper has an enormous bat home that now has hundreds of inhabitants.

The presentation might be given by Shari Blissett-Clark, president, Florida Bat Conservancy www.floridabats.org and board member of Bat Belfrys Inc., devoted to conserving Florida’s bats!

Guests will begin the night in Fort Cooper’s Rec Corridor with a social at 4:50 p.m. adopted by a 5:00 p.m. presentation by Ms. Blissett-Clark. Be part of the Florida Bat Conservancy for a colourful introduction to the bats that fly by way of Florida’s yards and neighborhoods each night time. Study fascinating bat-facts and uncover the environmental and financial worth of those vital mammals.

Lastly, we are going to focus on easy steps anybody can take to encourage bat exercise of their yard. Stay Florida bats will accompany this system. Following her presentation and any questions and solutions, attendees will take a brief hike to Fort Cooper State Park’s Bat Home to witness the swarm of bats exiting their home at sunset. It’s suggested that walkers put on sneakers or close-toed sneakers. It’s really a exceptional sight!

Florida’s bats are the first predators of night-flying bugs, consuming tens of millions of bugs every night time. Even a small colony of simply 100 bats can eat as much as 200,000 bugs in a single night time or 65 million insect pests annually! It’s estimated that there are over 5,000 bats residing in Fort Cooper’s Bat Home. Pesticide-free, cost-free insect management!

Seating within the Rec Corridor may be very restricted. Please reserve by calling the park workplace at ( 352) 726-0315.

There’s a $3 per automobile state park entrance payment. The presentation is free.

Bat Viewing

Friday, January 19, 2024, 5:45pm — 6:45pm

Come be a part of us for a Bat Viewing at Fort Cooper State Park. To your security, put on close-toed sneakers for the
quick stroll to our HUGE bat home, with an estimated 5,000 resident bats! We are going to meet on the Pavilion at
5:45pm. At sunset, we are going to watch because the bats depart their home for his or her nightly flight & meal. Advised
objects to convey are water, bug spray, flashlight and a digicam.

Park entrance payment is $3 per car or an Annual Go Minors should be accompanied by an grownup. This occasion is topic to cancellation as a consequence of climate.

Birding on Thursday

Birdwatching is among the hottest pastimes for males, ladies and youngsters. It’s cheap, wholesome and totally fascinating. The primary time one sees a pileated woodpecker will be breathtaking – its measurement, form and good pink head – a real Woody Woodpecker!

The flash of a bluebird leaves one looking for its touchdown spot for a more in-depth have a look at its vibrant blue
physique and rusty chest.

Birding on Thursday at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Outdated Floral Metropolis Highway in Inverness, finds teams of keen birders assembling at 9:00 a.m. or earlier to glimpse the Park’s feathered guests. This chicken stroll begins Thursday, January 4, 2024.

Led by Gail King, identifications of chicken species and their calls can typically be fairly straightforward or supply a problem, leaving one to web page by way of a birding e book. Birders usually convey a pocket book to document their sightings or add to their Life Record. The park environment are outdated Florida at its best and the trek alongside the paths are easy-going and never tough.

Carry a pair of binoculars (further binoculars can be found), some closed-toed sneakers and a little bit of endurance, as spring birds will be elusive.
Entrance to the park is $3 per car (as much as 8 folks) or a Florida State Park Annual Go, payable on the Honor Field positioned on the Ranger Station or again gate. Precise money solely, please.

For additional data, name 352-726-0315.

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