Carlton Reserve is on ABC7 WWSB
Discovering the Suncoast
with Mike Modrick
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The Carlton segment is about 9 minutes into the broadcast and covers the law enforcement search, Hurricane damage, flooding, the Memorial Day 2021 wildfire and Fire Fest 2023
Photo by Jim Bencivenga
after 2021 Memorial Day wildfire
Recent Trail Camera images from before Hurricane Ian
Mesic hammock (central Carton Reserve)
Pine flatwoods (north Carlton Reserve)
Turkey Flock filmed by Harvey Thomas, Feb 2023--turn sound up
PROGRAMS ARE BACK AT THE CARLTON RESERVE!!! SEE BELOW or click on: CALENDAR, BIRDING, BIKING pages for more information!!!
NOTE: NEW DATES, time change and registration contact ADDED!!!
NATURE HIKE - BEGINNING BIRDING/PHOTOGRAPHY:
This event is sponsored by Sarasota County.
Join Sarasota County volunteer, Jim Bencivenga, for a short quiet hike at the Carlton Reserve. We will travel slowly and quietly, stopping for photo-ops as we go, taking in what nature has to offer that day. While we enjoy the serenity of this wonderful wilderness, we'll teach you some of the basics of birding as well as give you some photography ideas.
We will cover up to 2 miles of natural trails. Participants must be able to hike, unassisted, over uneven/rough/potentially slippery and/or wet, muddy terrain.
Wear/bring long pants, long sleeves, backpack, hiking poles, insect repellant, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water, camera/smart phone, Binoculars (optional but highly recommended), hiking boots (or other suitable close-toed shoes with good traction, that may get wet/muddy).
Dates: Tuesdays, March 14,21,28, 2023
Time: 8:00 am.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours.
Number of participants: This hike is for up to 4 adult participants. You must be over 18 years old for this program! with your name(s) and best phone number to return your call. He will call/text you back to confirm the date and let you know where to meet.
Please register by contacting Jim at Jbencivenga948@gmail.com - email with your name(s) and best phone number to call/text. He will email/text you back to confirm your spot(s) and the date and let you know where to meet.
This is part of Carlton Reserve's "Take A Hike" program.
Cub Crawl 1/21/2023
Friends of the Carlton Summer of 2022 Update
A Day In the Life of a Slough
Carlton Reserve Monday, April 11, 2022
Spring in the Carlton Reserve
Swallow Tail Kites Return and Wildflowers Blooming Today
Photos by Art Smith
Despite closures due to COVID, wildfire, flooding, and a month-long manhunt, the Carlton Reserve's priceless serenity is a sanctuary, reminding us of nature's ability to renew itself and us.
Click on picture or here to view 4 minute video using trail cam captures.
Excellent video on Alligators
Sarasota County Play on FaceBook
filmed in the Carlton Reserve
Amazing half hour video
captured by Jacob Klasinski documents not only the dynamic Carlton Reserve environment as it transitions from drought to flood, but also its rich biodiversity of wildlife and habitats: coyotes, owls, bobcats, alligators, herons, egrets, hogs, deer, otter, vultures, raccoons--even crayfish and fish! Click on video
new trail camera video
alligator and other wildlife from the Carlton Reserve
by Jacob Klasinski
More great trail camera video
from the Carlton Reserve and Big Slough
by Jacob Klasinski
Click on photo
New trail camera video footage
from Jacob Klasinski
Carlton Reserve Wildlife:
coyotes, deer, turkey, bobcat, feral hogs, etc.
Click here or on photo
"You are here" map kiosks (12) have been installed in the Carlton Reserve to assist trail users along 100 miles of trails crisscross 38 sq. miles.
12 UV resistant signs were designed by Debbie Blanco (retired 10/30/20), funded by Friends of the Carlton, printed by H&H Signs, and installed today by Russ Johnson and Art Smith.
Trail Camera Video
Friends of the Carlton Reserve
Trail camera team: Donna Day, Ernie Winn, Martin Siesta funded by Friends of the Carlton Reserve
Click on picture or here for video
The lowly palmetto (serenoa repens) may be as much as 10,000 years old!
Click here to read Florida Native Plant Society "Palmettos" issue
See what's coming to a park near you soon. Preview of coming attractions:
Sarasota County Parks Master Plan (download)
T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, protects Sarasota County's water supply and habitat for wildlife. It does not permit pets. Pets are permitted elsewhere on leash in 71 parklands and off leash in 5 others. Click Here for list.
E.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain: Washington Post
So when the Washington Post asked Wilson what he thought about the mechanism by which these environments relax, rejuvenate and restore people. His answer was simple but pretty sweeping at the same time.
“Instinctively, without understanding what’s happening, they know that in certain wild environments, they have come home.”
Darryl Saffer video news:
The Evil Weevil part 3 now airing on the Education Channel, You Tube
Wildlife Photography: second in a web series on You Tube.
Notebook sketch of Oscar Scherer State Park: Florida Field Journal
"Not Long Ago," a FL Field Journal video is being screened Feb. 14, 2016 in Gainesville: Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival: schedule
Darryl Saffer has given voice to one of our own-- Grandmother Oak located in the Carlton Reserve
Darryl Saffer video essay on MRSP
Dr. Mary Jelks on Myakka River State Park
oral history project Slideshow
Photo by Darryl Saffer: Hummingbird Clearwing
You never know what's waiting for you in the forest. . .Check this out
Carlton Reserve featured in Harbor Style magazine: Seeking Serenity p. 78-88
(Excellent article overall but here are some corrections/clarifications)
Need a natural escape vacation? check out Florida's Coastal Dune Lakes
Teaching Cats To Dog Paddle? or Crossing the Caloosahatchee
We are a 501(C)3 community support organization whose mission is to support the parks and natural lands of Sarasota County, Florida.
With 24,565 acres on the state protected "wild and scenic" Myakka River, the Carlton Reserve has over 90 miles of trails and nearly 40 square miles for wilderness recreation:
The Carlton Reserve is wilderness habitat/environmentally sensitive land:
No pets No hunting
Ordinances, Resolutions and State Laws Protecting the Carlton
Economic Benefits of Wilderness: US Fish&Wildlife Service
$4.87 economic benefit for each tax dollar spent on wilderness Click here
75% from passive recreation: hiking, biking, picnicking Click here
Global Forest Change Map: zoom in to view Florida and Carlton
Threatened Native Bromeliad Found in Carlton Reserve Picture here
Guide and Maps of Invasive Species Click here.
VIDEOS, OTHER RESOURCES
Florida Field Journal: Crowley Museum and Nature Center: video
Florida Field Journal: Selby Gardens 1, by Darryl Saffer video
FL Field Journal: Fire and Flood, Myakka RSP by Darryl Saffer video
Recommended streaming video: Great Plains Episode 1 Episode 2
Monitor Poaching in Africa, Sri Lanka on iPhone:Instant Wild
Photo of the Month: Stewards of the Land, the Next Generation
Leucistic Buck caught on cameras in Carlton over 5 years: click here
Nature Conservancy Buys Critical Panther Corridor: Click here.
Florida Field Journal: Baby Birds, Save Our Seabirds,by Darryl Saffer:video
Florida Field Journal: Celery Fields-Jeanne Dubi: by Darryl Saffer:video
Gators Gather at Deep Hole: video
Cornell Ornithology Lab Project Preview: BIRDS OF PARADISE
World Heritage Sites 360˚ aerial views