Reserve visitors are sighting Swallow Tailed Kites in the Reserve, Spring, 2017


Joe Saladino got this shot near Myakka River State Park




"Carlton" is the name given to the swallow tailed kite tagged in the Reserve June 14. Local Audubon groups and the Friends of the Carlton and local Audubon groups donated $2000 to help track and these birds as they migrate 10,000 miles through Central America to the rainforests of Brazil.


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Photo by Will Randall

Birds of the Carlton Reserve Brochure


BBC Natural World - Birds of Paradise [HD]  
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The T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve was purchased in the 1982 for public water source and for conservation of open lands and passive recreation that is environmentally benign.

It is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and home to over 150 species of birds.

Go To Sarasota County Events Calendar to find guided birding activities or visit the Carlton anytime and explore fine birding opportunities in a wilderness environment that abuts the officially designated Wild and Scenic Myakka River.



Information & Website

 Park Naturalist:

Debbie Blanco


Next Meeting: 4:30

2nd Tues. resuming in the fall of 2017

Picnic Pavilion

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Sarasota County

Field Guide

to Conservation Lands

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 Sarasota County Natural Lands

Friends of the Carlton

is a chapter of  FOSCP   

not for profit corp.

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