Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Outdoors

Florida Wildlife Corridor to begin expedition in Tampa

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wildlife corridor expedition

The Florida Wildlife Corridor, a non-profit devoted to creating wildlife corridors to ensure the long-term survival of Florida's wildlife, kicks off its 900-mile journey at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Members of the expedition will hike, bike and paddle across Florida on a 70-day long journey this month. Wildlife corridors provide habitat for 42 federally listed endangered species and 176 state listed endangered species including the whooping crane, Florida panther, West Indian manatee, green turtle, leatherback turtle, hawksbill turtle and gulf sturgeon. Contact Krystin Olinski at (813) 205-5572 or [email protected] for details. To learn more about the previous expeditions go to floridawildlifecorridor.org.

Fishing class

Charter boat captain Dave Zalewski is hosting a five-week recreational fishing course at the Madeira Beach City Marina, 503 150th Ave, starting Wednesday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Zalewski, operator of the charter boat Lucky Too III, has fished locally since 1962. Subjects to be covered include knot systems; care, selection and use of tackle; electronics; bottom fishing; live bait and hardware trolling; artificial reefs and fish cleaning. Course fee is $50. For information or to make reservations call (727) 397-8815 or e-mail [email protected]

Fish hatcheries

It has been a banner year for Florida's freshwater fish hatcheries. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, more than 3.5 million fish were stocked this year in the state's rivers and lakes. The state's largest hatchery is in Richloam, at the Florida Bass Conservation Center. It produces largemouth bass, black crappie, channel and white catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish. The facility, in Sumter County, has an observation area with informative displays that are open to the public. For directions and to learn when and where game fish are stocked, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select "Stocking Locations/Info."

Solunar chart

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Compiled by Terry Tomalin. Send your news and notes to [email protected] or call (727) 893-8808.

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