Red-headed woodpecker
Spotted in the Carlton Reserve
Photo by Jake Turner

Recently sighted in the Carlton Reserve

Photos by Richard Toledo

Sparring Bucks


Click on the picture for link to YouTube video 


captured on a trail camera in the Carlton Reserve, December 2019.


Many thanks to Donna Day, Ernie Winn, Martin Siesta for camera maintenance, data collection, & data entry


As well as Debbie Blanco for her interest and direction of this project

funded by Friends of the Carlton Reserve

Who's watching whom in the woods?

This sequence of trail camera pictures was captured

by Debbie Blanco in the Carlton Reserve



Guess who turned up for the first time (confirmed) in the history of the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve ? CLICK HERE



Young bobcats napping. Pretending to be tigers? (note trail name)


Photo by Debbie Blanco


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In the Carlton Reserve Today
Photo by Art Smith


Bald eagles develop a white head and tail when they reach breeding age at 4-5 years.




Encyclia Tampensis

(butterfly orchid)

in full bloom now in the Reserve

Photo by Art Smith





Savannah False Pimpernel

Lindernia grandiflora


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Barred Owl

Photo by Dave Cottrill

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Grasspink, Calopogon multiflorus

a terrestrial orchid that appeared within a few days after a prescribed burn in the Carlton Reserve.




Spring comes to Who-ville


Great Horned Owl Chicks in the Carlton Reserve


Photo by Art Smith

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Wonder who's watching when you're on that solitary walk?



Stan Teague photographed these secret sharers.


See other snapshots from the Reserve here.



A Catbird Reflects on 

Wildlife Viewing Wildlife In the Carlton Reserve

photo of by Dave Cottrill

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Thanksgiving 2017

in the Carlton

Photo by Stan Teague






Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Photo by Jean-Louis Dumaine

Slideshow below by Dave Cottrill, Black Kat Graphics

Sky Flower--Hydrolea corymbose,  photo by Ernie Winn
Sky Flower--Hydrolea corymbose, photo by Ernie Winn
Eulophia Alta, Wild Coco Orchid , photo by Donna Day
Eulophia Alta, Wild Coco Orchid , photo by Donna Day
Photo by Dave Cottrill
Photo by Dave Cottrill
Photo by Dave Cottrill
Photo by Dave Cottrill
Photo by Dave Cottrill
Photo by Dave Cottrill

Hummingbird clearwing, Hemaris thysbe,  

photo by Darryl Saffer:

Beauty after prescribed burn

Grass Pink: Calopogon pallidus

photo: Debbie Blanco

Bobcat Photos by Ed Hess 3/31/15

Freshly hatched baby alligators on South Power Line 

Photo by Sherm

Green Anole: shedding skin or latest haute couture?  

Photo by Jean-Louis Dumaine

"Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest coyote of them all?"

Caught on trail camera in December 2012.

Shall we call him Spot?

 This leucistic (partial albino) buck has been caught in our trail cameras several times over the past 6 years, each time with a more impressive set of antlers, visible in past photos.

Baby Black Racer

(non-venomous, beneficial, indigenous Florida snake)

Photo by Michael Robbins





Website & Info:


Park Naturalist

Meghan Harris Meyer



Link to searchable U.S. map resources with parks, trails, campgrounds, historical sites, marinas, etc.



Sarasota County

Field Guide

to Conservation Lands

(download 64pp. PDF)

Field Guide.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.8 MB



Friends of Carlton Reserve

is a chapter of  FOSCP   

not for profit corp.