Hurricane Irma damage, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma damage, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma's Impact on Hammock Park

Hammock Park has been closed to the public for what we have been told is an indefinite period of time.  Not only are there obstructions on the trails, but there are weakened and  damaged trees near the trails that pose a threat to pedestrians. It is too dangerous to venture through the park at this time. 

The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony planned for September 30 has been post-poned.

The Fall 2017 Bird-Banding Event with Jim McGinity is also on hold. He is standing by depending on conditions.

All committee meetings are cancelled through the month of September and the community center is not available for reservation as the City concentrates on clearing our city streets. It is our hope that the Friends of the Hammock will be able to meet in October. We will post updates as they become available.


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.


Spring 2017 Bird-Banding Event Concludes 

Led by Jim McGinity, Bird Bander and Dunedin's Environmental Advocate recipient

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Environmental educator Jim McGinity has concluded his seasonal bird banding in Hammock Park. Read his blog to see the variety of migratory birds they recorded this spring.


Invasive Removal Day A Success!

What is Invasive Removal Day at Hammock Park? Take a look:


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

TAMPA BAY TIMES »

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 »


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The Friends of the Hammock is a non-profit group created in 1995 to help provide support for educational, beautification, management and charitable programs associated with the Park. We meet concurrently with the Hammock Advisory Committee which was formed in 1964 as a way for citizens to assist in reviewing conditions and in making recommendations to the City Commission. Since the Advisory Committee is comprised of 7 members, the FOTH was formed to provide an outlet to the many other people who want to be involved.

For a list of park facilities, please refer to the City's guide here. More information and history can be found in the Hammock Library.

2017 Friends of the Hammock Directors and Board Members

 

President: Sue Humphreys
Vice-President: Bob Davison
Treasurer: Pat Jennings
Secretary: Theresa Polgar

  Board Members: Bob Davison, Nancy Davison, Steve Fasnacht, Hegge Hillestad, Pam Hillstead, Sue Humphreys, Pat Jennings, Pen Jennings, Ray Murtaugh, James Polgar, Theresa Polgar, Angie Rollins, Pat Stoeckle, Margie Sullivan, Susan Wallace

Current City Commission for the City of Dunedin:

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  • Vice-Mayor Deborah Kynes Email       
  • ommissioner Maureen “Moe” Freaney Email   
  • Commissioner Heather Gracy Email                     
  • Commissioner John Tornga Email
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