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Have fun, but watch out for nesting birds


Have fun, but watch out for nesting birds

Enjoy the beaches on Memorial Day weekend, but keep an eye out for birds nesting just above the high-tide mark, wildlife officials ask. With the loss of undisturbed beach habitat, many species — including the least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and snowy plover — are struggling to survive. The eggs and the chicks are hard to see though many colonies will be posted with signs, twine and posts. Avoid flushing the birds from their nests, which exposes the eggs to the sun and predators. Keep dogs off posted islands and leashed where dogs are allowed. Some beaches where the birds are nesting: Belleair Beach, Sand Key, Indian Shores and Clearwater Beach. Most years, some also nest on Caladesi Island and the islands off Honeymoon Island. Call (727) 562-4897.

Memorial Day activities:

• Curlew Hills Memory Gardens' Memorial Day service is at 9:30 a.m. Monday at 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor with guest speakers retired Army Col. Roland J. Tiso and retired Air Force Col. Jerry F. Custin. Call (727) 789-2000.

• Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive E in Oldsmar. Event starts at 10 a.m. Monday.

• U.S.S. Cole Post 67 Amvets' event starts at 2:45 p.m. Monday at 512 S Lincoln Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 631-0067.

• The Eyes Wide Open exhibit, featuring 171 pairs of combat boots representing Florida service members who have lost their lives, will be at Largo Central Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.


Uncover mystery of hurricanes

Hurricanes are frightening for adults, even more so for children. So the Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E., is offering "Hurricanes for kids" at 11 a.m. Saturday. With experiments and simple language, the programs aims to help children better understand and come to terms with hurricanes. Call (813) 749-1178.

Expo offers seniors health checks

Seniors, Oldsmar is celebrating National Senior Health and Fitness Day with an expo from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N. The event, sponsored by Care Plus Health Plans and other local vendors, includes exercise demonstrations, massages, health checks, raffles, live entertainment and more. The event is free for seniors. Call (813) 749-1195.

Water ski team presents free show

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show team will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday on Tower Lake, behind the Oldsmar Flea Market. Shows are free; grandstand seating is available. From Tampa Road, go north on Race Track Road, left on Douglas Road and left at the ski team sign. Call (813) 265-9685.

Have fun, but watch out for nesting birds 05/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:31pm]
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