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Outdoors news and notes: Florida officials seek help with fox squirrel survey

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Log Fox squirrel sightings for FWC survey

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is teaming with the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation to conduct a Florida fox squirrel survey. The FWC is asking those who spot fox squirrels to record the sighting at: Fox squirrels often have distinctive, masked faces with a black head and white nose and ears, but there are wide variations in coloration, from tan to gray or black. The Sherman's fox squirrel is found in the pine forests of central and northeast Florida. The Big Cypress fox squirrel is a state-threatened species in southwest Florida. The Southeastern fox squirrel lives in the Panhandle. All of Florida's fox squirrels are protected from hunting. The survey runs through at least January 2012.


Kids' art contest puts eye on bay

Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring Tampa Bay, is holding a holiday art contest for kids in kindergarten to eighth grade. The theme is "Holidays in the Tampa Bay Habitat," with art focusing on the bay's estuaries, shorelines, watershed and creatures that live in those places. The best artwork will be featured in Tampa Bay Watch's annual Christmas card. Art should be on letter-size paper, one side only. It will be judged by a panel of Tampa Bay Watch staff and community partners. For information, go to

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

9/30 8:30 2:20 9:05 2:50

10/1 9:35 3:25 10:10 3:55

10/2 10:40 4:30 11:15 5:00

10/3 11:45 5:35 0 6:00

10/4 12:15 6:30 12:40 6:55

10/5 1:10 7:20 1:30 7:45

10/6 2:00 8:05 2:15 8:25

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news and notes: Florida officials seek help with fox squirrel survey 09/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:44pm]
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