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    Natural Resources Committee – Wildlife at Maple Leaf

    Florida Wildlife

    The wildlife of Florida is rich and varied. Florida has a Wildlife Corridor that encompasses 15.8 million acres. Over 1.46 million acres within the Corridor support Florida’s Forever Program and approximately 600,000 acres support the US Fish & Wildlife Services Greater Everglades Program. The Corridor provides habitat for 42 federally listed endangered species, 24 threatened species and 15 candidate species. At the state level, there are an additional 176 species listed as endangered, 56 as threatened and 29 as species of special concern.

    Threatened and endangered species include Crested Caracara, Everglades Snail Kite, Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, Florida Scrub-Jay, Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, Whooping Crane, Wood Stork, Florida Panther, West Indian Manatee, American Crocodile, Green Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Gulf Sturgeon, Okaloosa Darter, Sand Skink, Eastern Indigo Snake, Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, Highland’s Tiger Beetle, Choctawatchee Beach Mouse, Piping Plover, Etonia Rosemary and the Okeechobee Gourd.

    There are 992 named rivers and streams crossing the Corridor that include 1150 miles of designated paddling trails. There are also 920 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail within the Corridor. The portion that comprises the Everglades covers 1.5 million acres of southern Florida. The Everglades include a vast diversity of flora and fauna in different freshwater sloughs, marl prairies, tropical hammocks, pineland, cypress, mangrove, coastal lowlands, marine, and estuarine eco-systems. One hundred and fifty thousand acres make up Everglades National Park, a component that protects an unparalleled landscape which provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species.

    Florida has the richest concentration of amphibians of any State in the USA. Many species are common and easy to see; otters, opossums, manatees, fox squirrels, raccoons, white-tailed deer, key deer and armadillos are among the more commonly seen mammals. Some interesting facts are:

    There are 45 species of snakes in Florida.

    Anole are so common in buildings in South Florida that they are called house lizards.

    More than 50 species of sharks can be found in the waters around Florida,

    Florida is a birders paradise with nearly 500 native species as well dozens of established exotics.

    Florida residents and visitors are typically familiar with the tourism profiled wildlife. Favorites being pelicans, flamingos, loggerhead turtles, dolphins, geckos, alligators, armadillos, manatees, panthers, sharks and tarpon.

     MAPLE LEAF WILDLIFE

    Property description

    Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club is located on 272 acres of land. Table 1 shows the current designations of this land.

    Table 1. Maple Leaf Land Designation (Acres)

     

    Turf

     

    Garden

     

    Natural Plant Community

     

    Pond/Lakes

     

    Streams/Rivers

     

    Pavement

     

    Lawns

     

     Buildings

     

    Total Property

    58 6 11 29 <1 27 85 178 272

    The landscape composition is 58 acres of turf grass primarily related to the golf course. Another 85 acres of grass coverage is homeowner lawns. There are 29 acres of watershed and 27 acres of pavement related to roads. MLG&CC green space and gardens cover 17 acres of which only 6 acres are considered viable wildlife habitat. The remaining 178 acres are developed with buildings.

    Wildlife observations

    The NRC site has a TOPIC SECTION on Birds. MLG&CC has a very active birding group. To date 93 different bird species have been observed here. Currently, MLG&CC is developing its own e-bird account.

    There have been numerous observations of mammals. Most common are opossums, fox, squirrels, raccoons, armadillos, rabbits, and bobcats.

    The park is home to many reptiles. Alligators are often seen, but are removed from the park for safety concerns if they become aggressive. We have two types of turtles, many tree frogs, snakes, moles, and cricket moles,

    The ponds provide excellent fishing for largemouth bass and numerous other fish types. Fishing is catch and release due to health concerns.

    Pictures

    NRC is always interested in any pictures you obtain of wildlife in the park. You can forward these to mcomba@comcast.net

    See our picture gallery below!

    Documents

    – to be added

    Reference Material

    Florida Wildlife-Reptiles-Insects-Birds-Flowers
    http://www.pbase.com/dydmd

    Florida Frogs-Toads-Salamanders
    http://www.pbase.com/dydmd/amphibians&page=all

    Florida Snakes
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_snakes_of_Florida

    Images of South Florida Frogs
    https://ca.images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0LEV2WydwlXIjkASVPrFAx.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=South+Florida+Frogs&fr=mcafee

    Frogs and Toads of Florida
    http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/wildlife_info/frogstoads/

    Florida Wild Life
    http://www.nsis.org/wildlife

    Wild Life – State of Florida
    http://www.stateofflorida.com/wildlife-in-florida.aspx

    Wild Florida
    http://www.wildflorida.com/florida_wildlife.php

    Our Gallery

    American Alligator 2010
    American Alligator 2010
    American Alligator 2010-1
    American Alligator 2010-1
    American Alligator-january 2016
    American Alligator-january 2016
    Alligator Leaving the Park
    Alligator Leaving the Park
    Bobcat 2006-1
    Bobcat 2006-1
    Bobcat-2006
    Bobcat-2006
    Bob Cat 2016
    Bob Cat 2016
    Bobcats 2010
    Bobcats 2010
    Caged Opossum 2007
    Caged Opossum 2007
    Cuban Treefrog 2011
    Cuban Treefrog 2011
    Eastern Cottontail 2010
    Eastern Cottontail 2010
    Marsh Rabit 2017
    Marsh Rabit 2017
    Eastern Grey Squirrel
    Eastern Grey Squirrel
    Florida Chicken Turtle 2010
    Florida Chicken Turtle 2010
    Florida Chicken Turtle-2017
    Florida Chicken Turtle-2017
    Florida Softshell Turtle 2011
    Florida Softshell Turtle 2011
    Softsheel turtle nesting- 2017
    Softsheel turtle nesting- 2017
    Marsh Rabbit 2011
    Marsh Rabbit 2011
    Opossum
    Opossum
    Southern Toad
    Southern Toad
    Squirrel Tree Frog
    Squirrel Tree Frog
    Yellow Rat Snake 2013
    Yellow Rat Snake 2013
    Eastern Corn Snake 2016
    Eastern Corn Snake 2016
    Southern Black Racer-2016
    Southern Black Racer-2016
    Largemouth bass April 2017
    Largemouth bass April 2017