Nature

Kids: plant a garden for National Pollinator Week

Did you know having a garden is not only adding nature to your surroundings but can provide many insects and birds a substantial source of food?

June 17 through June 23 is National Pollinator Week, a great opportunity to learn about the many pollinating species and some fascinating facts.

So what is a pollinator?

A pollinator is simply an insect or other species that transfers pollen from one flowering plant to another.

Who are pollinators?

Hike at Lake Townsend Preserve

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 View of the Withlacoochee River from the pier at Lake Townsen Park

This preserve and park would not be here if not for the dedication of people from Hernando County. It's a part of the Lake Townsend history that James King knows well.

King is Hernando County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Specialist and explained why this is the people’s park.

This was part of Colonel Robbins property at one time, and when the US Government bought it they declared it surplus, that way the county was able to purchase the property. The preserve is a conservation bordered by Lake Lindsey Road, Lingle Road, Osage Street and Daly Road.

Wildlife Photography at Chinsegut

Hernando Sun Staff

Wildlife Exhibit_  Gina Philhower, Director of Chinsegut Conservation Center with Alice Mary Herden, member of the Hernando County Photographers. Photo by Bob Lewis

This weekend Chinsegut Conservation Center hosted a Wildlife Photography Exhibit showcasing photography from members of Hernando County Photographers. With an assortment of photos from flowers to birds, is just a glimpse of what you can see on the trails.

“This is a new event for the center, but it’s definitely something we hope to continue to offer on yearly basis. This gives the visitor something that we really never offered before as well as it also serves a fundraiser for us to support our educational programs,” said Gina Philhower, Director of Chinsegut Conservation Center.

Hernando County Preserves: Cypress Lake Preserve

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Cypress Lake- Cypress Lake Preserve in Ridge Manor. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando County Preserves: Cypress Lake Preserve

Jim King, Hernando County Conservation Lands Specialist, oversees more than 1000 acres of Hernando County environmentally sensitive lands. His main purpose is to continue to provide residents of Hernando County and other nature enthusiasts a beautiful place for hiking, biking, birding as well as maintaining a healthy ecosystem within the preserves

Take a Hike: Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Resurrection Fern. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Take a Hike: Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

Hernando Audubon Society offers free field trips to different areas here in Hernando County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has some amazing properties that are open to the public for the whole family to enjoy and explore.