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Weedon Island highlights wildlife in July
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ST. PETERSBURG - The wildlife in Pinellas County is extremely varied. Visitors of Weedon Island Preserve in July can learn how to create more sustainable habitats for the creatures that call this county home.

Florida has a diverse wildlife population, but rapid growth throughout Florida is destroying native wildlife habitat. On Saturday, July 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., participants can learn some basic changes to create a yard that will provide habitat for a variety of birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.

The Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center has a plethora of events to learn about nature and history throughout July. Most programs are free, however registration is required. Visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org for information.

Every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., visitors can learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages six and older.

Every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Wee-time at Weedon treats children to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. This program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. This activity is recommended for ages 3 to 5. Advance registration requested.

Aspiring and master gardeners alike can come and get solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care on Friday, July 11 and Friday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Friday, July 11, enthusiasts can assist in an annual checklist of Weedon Island’s bird population and learn the identifying marks and behaviors of the year-round feathered residents and seasonal visitors while enjoying a hike at Weedon Island Preserve from 8 to 10 a.m.

What is that bug? Does it bite? A Pinellas County extension specialist will provide an introduction to the wonderful world of bugs and butterflies found at Weedon Island Preserve. This program will be offered on Saturday, July 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

On Saturday, July 19, from 8 to 10 a.m., participants can grab a camera and hike the preserve in search of that perfect photo. After a brief classroom session, preserve volunteers highlight seasonal features of the preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve.

Connecting People and Place is an art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit of the area’s history, ecology and people at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. The center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. It is closed all Pinellas County holidays.

To learn more about Weedon Island Preserve and its upcoming programs and events, call 453-6500. To register for programs and events visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. Videos featuring Weedon Island Preserve can be viewed at www.youtube.com/pcctv1.
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