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All Eyes photo gallery: Celebrating Earth Day at Moccasin Lake Park

Times staff photographer Douglas R. Clifford recently spent some time at Moccasin Lake Park in Clearwater, taking photographs to accompany a story by correspondent Terri Bryce Reeves about their upcoming Earth Day celebration on April 23.

You'll find details about the event below these photos from Doug.

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Louis Petersen, volunteer with the Clearwater Audubon Society, visits with Emmie, a screech owl, while taking vital statistics on the small and agile owl on Thursday (4/14/16) where it resides at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater. The city-funded park is packed with nature programs, including the Moccasin Lake Earth Day Festival on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This all-day festival is free and will showcase various groups from the Clearwater Audubon Society to the Clearwater Turtle and Tortoise Club, and is co-sponsored by The Edible Garden. There will be presentations throughout the day on topics such as the importance of bees, growing your own healthy food, using native plants in your landscape to attract butterflies and wildlife, solar energy and more.

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Nessie Johnson, of Clearwater, left, and Cathy DeFelice, of Dunedin, spot turtles while visiting Moccasin Lake on Thursday (4/14/16) at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater.

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A male peacock works to attract a female peacock, at right, on Thursday (4/14/16) at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater.

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A windmill, once used for irrigation, remains on the property Thursday (4/14/16) at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater.

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Nessie Johnson, of Clearwater, inspects a garden box on Thursday (4/14/16) which she planted at Moccasin Lake at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater. Johnson, who owns an urban landscape design business, The Edible Garden, volunteers at the park to help educate people on how to grow and maintain sustainable and edible vegetation.

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A gopher tortoise emerges from a bush to feed on vegetation on Thursday (4/14/16) at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater.

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Solar panels are used to heat the hot water system at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater. The park was the first park in Pinellas County to use solar power, installing a system 30 years ago, according to volunteers.

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A caterpillar climbs an oak tree at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater on Thursday 4/14/16. The creature will likely be one of the inhabitants of the park's butterfly garden once it goes through its metamorphosis.

From Terri Bryce Reeves' story:

When it comes to the planet, Mother Nature knows best. Learn what she's trying to tell us at the Moccasin Lake Earth Day Festival slated for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The free festival is sponsored by the city of Clearwater and the Edible Garden, an urban permaculture design firm and edible perennial nursery. The eco-event features trail walks and talks, exhibitions by environmental groups, and vendors offering natural products, foods and artistic demonstrations using reclaimed and natural materials.

The family-friendly event also includes children's arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt. The Clearwater Audubon Society, Pinellas Native Plant Society, Florida Herb Society, Hukyu Bonsai Society, Clearwater Turtle and Tortoise Club, and the Suncoast Herpetological Society are among the exhibitors. It's the perfect time to discover this little-known environmental and educational gem, a 51-acre preserve tucked in the middle of Clearwater, accessible by Drew Street or State Road 590, just east of U.S. 19.

From the City of Clearwater:

If you would like more information about the Moccasin Lake Park Earth Day Festival please contact Nessie or Cathy from The Edible Garden at 727-378-2435 and like us on Facebook at Moccasin Lake Earth Day Festival.

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