Environment, Trails, Forests, Wetlands, Birds – and oh yes, the Universe
February 12, 2018

Because of my passion for nature, responsible use of our world, and birding, we spent some time at Brooker Creek Preserve near Tarpon Springs FL

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Entrance to the Environmental Education Center. The boardwalks make it easy to get around through the main areas of the Preserve.

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One display shows how to have a Florida friendly garden, making the land around your house a friendly place for native plants and birds.

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The preserve consists of 8,700 acres, primarily forested wetlands and pine flatwoods, but with other habitats as well.

Back to the Education Center, they show this quote by naturalist John Muir: “Tug on anything at all and you will find it connected to everything else in the universe.” As I later researched this statement, I learned from the Sierra Club that it is a misquote. The actual quote¬†was this quaint wording: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

Regardless of the misquote in the Education Center, you will find a world of beauty and wonder at Brooker Creek Preserve. Along a waterway we saw an anhinga sunning, with its wings spread wide; why I failed to take a photo of that amazing creature is a mystery to me. We also saw a bald eagle nest on the tower of a power line. We saw both parents and two chicks. The nest was far enough away that I didn’t even try a photo of the birds.