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Outdoors news and notes: Florida panther shot, Everest climber talk, gulf regulations via phone app

Making news

Georgia hunter sentenced for killing Panther

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrested and sentenced a Georgia man for killing a Florida panther. David Adams, 60, was sentenced to two years probation and fined $2,000 for knowingly shooting the panther in Troup County, Ga. The Florida panther has been listed as endangered since 1967. It is a criminal violation to not only kill a Florida panther, but to harass, harm or pursue one in any matter. At its lowest count, the Florida panther was down to about 30 in the 1980s. That estimation is now at 100-160 adults.


Everest climber to share his tales

The Suncoast Sierra Club will present a program on climbing Mount Everest at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Moccasin Lake Park in Clearwater. British climber Ian Woodall has tackled the world's highest mountain three times. For information, call (727) 526-5065.

Speaker series starts with bay life

The first speaker in the Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Natural History Speaker Series is Christopher Nichol, whose talk is titled "Tampa Bay: Our Living Legacy." The discussion will center on the different types of plant and animal life found in the waters of Tampa Bay. The presentation is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Lake Maggiore Environmental Center. For information, call (727) 893-7326.


Gulf regs, closures via phone app

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council now has a smartphone app for Android users so anglers can keep up to date on regulations and closures for species managed by the council. To download the free app, visit the Android Market from your phone, search for "Gulf Council," and click on the council logo. For more information, go to

Things to do

Saturday: Great Bay Scallop Search, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at the Fort De Soto Park boat ramp. Information: (727) 867-8166 or Tampabay

Sept. 17-18: Bruce Watters Green Fleet Regatta hosted by St. Petersburg Sailing Center just off the Pier downtown. The regatta is for young and new sailors, ages 7 to 12 years old. Registration is at 9 a.m. Information: (727) 896-8101 or

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

8/26 3:35 9:45 3:55 10:10

8/27 4:25 10:35 4:45 11:00

8/28 5:15 11:25 5:35 11:50

8/29 6:05 0 6:25 12:15

8/30 6:55 12:40 7:20 1:10

8/31 8:00 1:45 8:25 2:10

9/1 8:50 2:40 9:25 3:10

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 panther shot, Everest climber talk, gulf regulations via phone app 08/25/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 3:30pm]
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