Community

Congressional action  reintroduced to end abuse of exotic cats

By SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

“What is often not understood is that the rampant breeding for cub petting that results in so many untracked captive animals in the U.S. is contributing to possible extinction of tigers and other big cats in the wild. The State Department has confirmed that domestic private ownership of big cats in the U.S. is problematic as they work with other nations to oppose tiger farming and trafficking”

— Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue 

Brooksville Ranch hosts Nationwide Mule Clinic

Ty Evans and his family have always been around mules and donkeys at their Utah ranch. An opportunity arose, for Evans to offer lessons to riders and their mules on how to positively partner with each other. He developed a Mulemanship training clinic. Today, Evans travels throughout the country building connections between riders and their mule.  He visited Brooksville last month, conducting a three-day clinic at Spotted Dance Ranch.

“Triumph and Tragedy,” theme of this year’s history fair

by SARAH NACHIN
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

On Saturday, February 23, members of the community, students and teachers gathered at Weeki Wachee High School for the annual History Fair.  History teachers Damien Clark from Weeki Wachee High School, Suzanne Miranda from Springstead High School and Michael Cooper from Winding Waters K-8 School spearheaded the event. The theme of this year’s fair was “Triumph and Tragedy.” 

PHP: filling the shelves, feeding the hungry

by SARAH NACHIN
Hernando Sun Reporter

Although Evan Sommerfeld has been with People Helping People (PHP) for only six months, he has an expansive vision for the non-profit organization. Sommerfeld took over as Executive Director after the first of this year - the only paid employee among a large group of volunteers.

The PHP Help Center is located at 1396 Kass Circle in Spring Hill. 

From Rescue to Recovery

A female bald eagle was struck by a car while foraging on road kill in Brooksville on Jan. 24, 2019.  This story is not only about her path to recovery, but a look at those who help save, treat and rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

 

After the eagle was hit, she was brought to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary in Odessa, FL.

Springin' for Pollinators

Lilly Browning of Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator at Hernando County Utilities Department held a class about attracting wildlife at Chinsegut Conservation Center. The focus was teaching residents to learn how to create a wildlife haven and with Spring is just around the corner, now’s the time to begin organizing and planning.

There are many reasons why residents should create a pollinator’s garden, and as more areas are developed, natural environs for wildlife are declining.