Sarasota County's 2023 Fire Fest
Saturday Jan. 28
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The first blue flag irises and other early spring wildflowers
A photo gallery
by Jean-Louis Dumaine
Recently sighted in the Carlton Reserve
Photos by Richard Toledo
CARLTON RESERVE OPEN
Since TUES. Jan 3, 2023, after 6 months closure
As debris is cleared from trails and water table recedes trails are being mowed.
Boldly Go and South of Border (on Lincer tract) have been cleared and mowed.
Orange, Yellow, Green and Red trails are cleared and hike-able.
Wellfield Road and South Powerline are open.
Thank you Staff, FEMA, SCORR and Friends of Carlton Reserve Volunteers.
Friends of the Carlton Summer of 2022 Update
Thank you for your continued support of the Friends of Carlton Reserve (FCR)!
For those who gave during the Giving Challenge, we apologize for the delay; we just received the results. 15 contributors added $1924.58 to our account! Since the first of the year, we have 6 new members and 7 new volunteers. Thank you all for your support and stewardship of this priceless resource.
Use of Donations
In the meantime, FCR has been able to provide financial support to the Carlton Reserve for multiple projects/programs, including:
1. Refurbish the visitors cabin bulletin board and 2 kiosks.
2. Ordering and laminating assorted educational posters,
3. Providing refrigerated drinking water for cabin visitors.
4. Purchasing paint and supplies for parking lot car-stops, gates, signs, safety borders around the picnic pavilion and restroom ramp.
5. Keeping supplied with state of the art technology, memory cards, and security boxes, the remote camera program to monitor wildlife.
6. Providing ongoing supplies for the Save Our Endangered Bromeliad program.
7. Purchasing “You Are Here” signs and posts for deployment at remote trail intersections.
Enabling Volunteer Tasks in 2022
All of these projects were facilitated by dedicated, hardworking volunteers.
The Carlton Reserve has come back to life after more than 2 years of park closures due to COVID, wildfire, seasonal flooding, law enforcement manhunt, and facilities repairs. Enabled by your financial support, despite setbacks—loss of storage sheds, tools and an all terrain vehicle— volunteers have been able to assist staff and recreational users of the Carlton Reserve in many ways:
1. Maintain three websites (FaceBook, YouTube and www.carltonreserve.org) for information on flora, fauna, trail conditions, map downloads, etc.
2. Help maintain trails and campground areas by trimming vegetation, cleaning or replacing markers and signs and repairing hog damage.
3. Greet and provide Reserve information to over 800 cabin visitors in the first few months of 2022.
4. Reporting and assisting law enforcement in locating diseased feral hogs.
5. Provide information to assist law enforcement in deterring illegal camping, poaching, littering, and other abuses of the wild and scenic Myakka river.
6. Monitor potable water supply and self-composting restroom and report malfunctions to staff.
7. Locate and GPS trail hazards and invasive plants for treatment or removal by staff.
8. Assist at FireFest with informational table, hay wagon narration, count of attendees, parking, set up and take down of exhibitors displays.
9. Greet and assist campers with information and maps.
10. Locate, direct and/or escort lost hikers back to parking.
11. Provide information to emergency personnel to assist injured visitor.
12. Map and report condition of benches and picnic tables so staff can replace, repair, retire, and/or pressure wash as needed.
13. Monitor cabin conditions so that staff can arrange for contract services: A/C duct replacement, bat exclusion devices, pest control, re-chinking, painting of window frames and wood preservation.
14. Report to staff gate, sign, and lock damage to deter unauthorized access.
15. Sweep, vacuum displays cases, clean glass surfaces in visitors cabin.
16. Maintain bromeliad cages and relocate vulnerable endangered plants.
17. Retrieve digital media, relocate, maintain camera traps and share selected photos of Carlton Reserve fauna with the public.
18. Document, archive, and share events, wildlife activity and wildflowers on social media (FaceBook and YouTube) and the Friends website.
Gallery of Recent Friends and Volunteer Projects above
Use arrows to expand
A Day In the Life of a Slough
Carlton Reserve Monday, April 11, 2022
Two of our long time officers, Jim Courtright, president, and Russ Johnson, secretary/treasurer
are stepping into retirement.
Here are two video tributes to their two decades of service to the Carlton Reserve and Friends of the Carlton:
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.
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
The lowly palmetto (serenoa repens) may be as much as 10,000 years old!
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.
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
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
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
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
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