You may know a glowing mother or know someone who knows a glowing mother who just had her baby or is going to have her baby soon.
In the USA, most of our babies are born July through September (data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
Most of those mothers are happy to stick very close to their newborns. They don’t need babysitters or even visitors. Even if you went to visit the new mom, I doubt very much you would take her baby out for a walk by yourself, much less a fast trot.
Light winds have provided for some picture perfect offshore conditions. Nearshore reefs have been loaded with life. Mackerel, snapper and flounder along with many others can be chummed up and caught on light tackle.
The key to a successful trip to any of the many reefs in our area is to bring plenty of fresh bait. Pilchards are in abundance all along the beach swash channel, saving a couple of hundred fresh dead pilchards on ice will help with chumming up the bottom species, while tossing out handfuls of live baits will fire up the mackerel.
TIERRA VERDE - Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteer boats to participate in the Great Bay Scallop Search on Saturday, Aug. 26.
The event is a resource-monitoring program where community volunteers snorkel to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bay. The event has been conducted annually since 1993 with the goal to monitor and document the health and status of the local bay scallop population. Tampa Bay Watch aims to have 40 volunteer boaters with more than 180 participants search selected sites for the elusive bay scallops. Volunteers with shallow draft boats are needed for the event. Visit tampabaywatch.org for more information.
TARPON SPRINGS - A 5-mile segment of the Pinellas Trail Coast-to-Coast Connector officially opened July 20 in Tarpon Springs.
The segment extends the county’s Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail by connecting it to future trails in Pasco County as part of Florida’s Coast-to-Coast Connector Trail. The connector trail will consist of a 250-mile network of trails starting in Pinellas County, allowing bicyclists to cross the state to the Atlantic Ocean in Brevard County.
CLEARWATER - The Pinellas County Commission proclaimed July as National Park and Recreation Month.
The county offers a wide variety of recreational activities that attract millions of residents and visitors each year. The Parks and Conservation Resources department maintains more than 20,000 acres of parks and preserves consisting of picnic shelters, camping areas, playgrounds, boat ramps, beaches and trails.
“Even though Pinellas County is a densely developed community, we are committed to providing green space and preserving natural habitat,” said Commission Chair Janet Long in a media release. “With support from the Penny for Pinellas, the county has added more than 2,000 acres for new parks and preserves, established three regional parks and built the Pinellas Trail, which continues to expand.”
The Bromeliad Guild of Tampa Bay and the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies are hoping to raise more than $100,000 in donations for research to stop the weevil that is destroying the native Florida bromeliads.
Monies will be raised from the bromeliads sold through the rare plant auction set for Saturday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Clarion Hotel, 2710 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.
Tom Wolfe, chairman of the Bromeliad Extravaganza, is proud that as a group of bromeliad societies through the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies have already raised and donated over $97,000 for research to prevent the bromeliads’ destruction.
Spanish mackerel fishing is only getting better with each passing week. Hard-bottom areas within a mile of shore are holding good numbers of fish; try Sand Key, Blind’s Pass and Redington, they should all be holding Spanish mackerel as well as the occasional cobia. Also, the artificial reefs from 3 to 10 miles out are also good places to target. On a recent snapper trip to one of the near-shore reefs we had the snapper and the mackerel chummed up behind the boat. Although only a few baits made it past the mackerel to the snapper, it was still good fishing.
MADEIRA BEACH - The Madeira Beach Recreation Department is now accepting 3-year-olds into the 2017 fall soccer program.
Registration for the soccer program is now open at MadBeachFun.com. Children will play in the following age groups: 4U, for ages 3 and 4 years; 6U, for ages 5 and 6; 9U, for ages 7, 8 and 9; and 12U, for ages 10-12.
The season will consist of eight regular season games and a single elimination playoff at the end of the season.
BY JEFF ROSENFIELD, Tampa Bay Newspapers correspondent
OLDSMAR - Oldsmar is quickly becoming associated with world-class athletic events and venues, including its Olympic-level BMX Supercross track and Tampa Bay’s only zipline adventure park.
Officials have now added another attraction to the mix with the opening of Oldsmar’s Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park.
The championship level course features a gold level design to challenge professional players as well as white and red “tees” for beginner and intermediate players. The morning of Saturday, June 24, city officials, volunteers and disc golf fans turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony, where Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis praised the new 8,600-foot, 18-hole par-59 course.
Summer fishing can often mean hot stagnant conditions that can make you plenty uncomfortable.
However, when the wind goes still this can be prime time to hunt down backwater tarpon. Tarpon incorporate oxygen from the surface with oxygen in the water, allowing them to live in areas that would be unappealing to other game fish.
Tampa bay holds plenty of tarpon this time of year. Finding them requires slick, calm conditions, as the tarpon will surface more actively when the water is smooth. Target deep areas around all the bridges, river mouths, creek mouths, deep holes around the ports and any bird activity that you come across.
Chinch bugs may be the best known lawn pest in St. Augustine grass, but there are diseases that are pests too. Humid, sticky, muggy and wet - welcome to the dog days of summer in Florida. High temperatures and lots of rain and moisture are the perfect combination for diseases to thrive.
How you manage your lawn makes a difference in its health. Make sure you are watering your lawn properly. Only water when you see signs of wilt in the morning (leaf blade folded in half, bluish-gray color, foot prints that remain for several minutes). Apply ½- to ¾-inch of water when these symptoms are seen and the soil is dry. It is important to water in the early morning to reduce the incidence of disease. The longer the leaf blades stay wet the more likely they are to become infected. If we are getting rain every few days then there is probably no need to apply more water.
Mow frequently enough to remove only one-third of the leaf blade. Most types of St. Augustine grass are mowed at a height of 3.5 to 4 inches. Dwarf varieties (Seville, Delmar, Captiva) are mowed at 2.5 inches.
LARGO - Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole will host Family Fun Fishing Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, 8 to 11 a.m., at Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo.
The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast is enjoying its 13th year of providing the perfect opportunity for families to reconnect at the Family Fun Fishing Day. The event will give kids and their parents the opportunity to communicate, relax and enjoy a fun activity.
Admission is free. Fishing poles and bait will be provided, so even the most inexperienced anglers can try their hand. Experienced anglers are welcomed to bring their own pole and get right to fishing. Prizes will be awarded to anglers age 14 and younger for the first catch, largest fish, multiple catches and more.
Under appropriately baby blue skies in the middle of this month of brides, a cluster of dolphins surfaced in the shallows of a mangrove isle. A clumsy little figure burst out among them.
Tiny and shiny, though not as iridescent as a newly-hatched snake, we glimpsed a newborn baby dolphin. Surprise! PeeWee had a brand new baby!
New mom PeeWee is 9 years old this year. Therefore, having her first baby at this age puts her right on schedule for first-time mothers among our local bottlenose dolphins. At less than 2 weeks old, her baby is shedding its dark newborn skin and still squirts out of the water is if breathing surfaces were reflexes. It is hard to get a good look at! So far, PeeWee is being a model mom.