Thanks to Everyone who Participated in Dine Out for the Hammock !

The Hammock Park Fundraiser was held Monday, October 8
at the awesome Casa Tina restaurant located downtown at 365 Main St.

A percentage of the Dining proceeds were donated towards the Friends of the Hammock, Inc.

If you weren’t able to attend, it’s not too late to donate!

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The second Friends of the Hammock ‘Dine Out at Casa Tina’s’ fundraiser was a smashing success. A fiesta of raffle prizes helped us raise over $600 for the Hammock. Our 50/50 raffle earned the winner $155 for a $1 entry. Other lucky winners got a power charger for cell phones and pads, a spectacular dog treat basket, a tailgate basket, a luxury facial, restaurant certificates, museum passes and a Hammock photo canvas among  the bounty.

We sold important native milkweed plants to help the endangered Monarch Butterfly and Hammock Park/Butterfly Garden t-shirts. The restaurant was very busy with a wonderful turnout of Hammock supporters and  City officials adding to the crowd. We were able to introduce the park to lots of potentially new ‘friends.’ Casa Tina will donate a portion of their profit for the evening to The Friends of the Hammock. OLE!!!


Invasive Removal Day A Success!

The invasive removal day in February filled more than a dumpster of invasive Boston Fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia). This invasive fern also known as tuberous sword fern is competing for space with Florida's native wild sword fern (Nephrolepis exaltata). After a brief training session on determining which is which, volunteers split into two groups and cleared areas of infestation on Sugarberry and Cline Trails. Thanks to all who care and show up and helped!


Fern Trail Renovation Help Needed

The restoration and boardwalk construction for Fern Trail is slated to begin in the Fall. Fern Trail passes through one of the Hammock's most ecologically sensitive areas, and to protect it, the trail is being upgraded. The trail is subject to flooding during our rainy season, and the boardwalk will protect both visitors and the sensitive plants along the trail.


Winter is Good for Bird Watching.

Not only is there wintering species to catch, but the lack of leaves on deciduous trees provides better viewing opportunities.

 Pileated Woodpecker ( Dryocopus pileatus)  in the park.  Photo: Don Solari

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) in the park. Photo: Don Solari

 Close up shows delicate toungue that catches lunch!  Photo: Don Solari

Close up shows delicate toungue that catches lunch! Photo: Don Solari


Hammock Park Land Purchase Awarded $250,000 grant from BP Settlement

The 8 (MOL) acres of ecologically sensitive "Scrubby Flatwoods" acquired last year, received an generous $250,000 grant from the Pinellas County Commission at its December 13th meeting. The commission voted unanimously to spend $7.1 million from a settlement of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (see story below "It's Unanimous" for background.) 


Hammock Bird Banding Project Summary – Fall 2016

By Jim McGinity, Master Bander

 Visitors releasing a bird after banding.

Visitors releasing a bird after banding.

This fall season was fairly calm with good weather, but yielded a few surprises. We caught a total of 89 birds of 24 different species including 12 recaptures. The big “winner” of the season was the Gray Catbird (28 birds caught) with the Northern Cardinal in second place (15 birds caught). 

The surprises included 2 new species to the station. These were a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and an Orange-crowned Warbler. The warbler was the last bird caught while we were closing up the nets on the last day! We enjoyed having a steady stream of visitors including a field trip group from the Florida Birding & Nature Festival (a total of 87). We are looking forward to a productive and busy Spring 2017 season. If you would like more detailed information about the fall 2016 banding season (with more photos), you can visit the project blog:  www.hammockbirdbanding.wordpress.com

I want to thank all my dedicated volunteers! I couldn't do this project without them. Also, thank you to the support of Clearwater Audubon Society for all their support.


It's Unanimous!

Dunedin Votes Unanimously to Annex and Preserve Environmentally Sensitive Land. As a Result, Hammock Park Grows to Nearly 100-Acres. 

The 8 (MOL) acres of land is an an ecological area designated as "Scrubby Flatwoods". The key characteristics are the presence of an open canopy of slash and sand pine, with a saw palmetto understory containing intermittent patches of bare, white sands. Small areas of blueberry (Vaccinium myrsinites), goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) as well as narrowleaf silk grass also persist in small openings. This community occurs on gentle sloping terrain supporting moderately drained soils. Though this habitat is relatively small in size, it represents a unique habitat relative to the predominance of other mesic/hydric habitats found in the park and provides the only suitable habitat for a small population of the State listed threatened gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), requiring proper management. 

News Archive on This Issue:  

Dunedin commissioners approve purchase of Catholic church land near Hammock Park

City leaders may have chance to save land near Hammock Park

Tortoises or townhomes? City, residents tangle over fate of church-owned land near Hammock Park

Nearly 100 Dunedin residents protest local church's plan to sell to developers


Stories that caught our eye

Dunedin to close on land near Hammock Park

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Plan to buy land near Dunedin's Hammock Park may get $250,000 in BP money

TAMPA BAY TIMES »

Taylor Morrison Drops Tides GC Development Plans

CLUB & RESORT BUSINESS »

Neighbors, environmentalists applaud deal to buy land near Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Tampa Bay Times »

Friends of the Hammock Winning the War on Air Potatoes

DUNEDIN BEACON »

People and Trees: An Intimate Connection

AMERICAN FORESTS »

This is Your Brain on Nature, January 2016

National Geographic »