The Friends of Hammock Park Gopher Tortoise Survey

The Friends of Hammock Park Gopher Tortoise Survey
October 15, 2019
6:30 pm
Dr. William E. Hale Senior Center – Sunshine Room 

330 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin 34698

The Friends of the Hammock grass roots organization has contracted with biologist George Heinrich of Heinrich Ecological Services in St. Petersburg to conduct an extensive survey that will determine the estimated population and provide information to be used to guide habitat management.

The study will be conducted between February 15-29, 2020. It will require 80 volunteers from the Dunedin community and help from Heinrich’s list of universities, conservation groups and Tampa Bay parks and preserves volunteers. Participants will receive 2 hours of in-service training and be asked to donate at least 6 hours of time in the Hammock. The field study will take about a week and the entire project about 88 hours to complete. Mr. Heinrich will conduct a presentation on gopher tortoise ecology, conservation, habitat management and the plans for the survey for the general public and potential volunteers at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 15.

At the end of the project a guided interpretive gopher tortoise hike in the Hammock is planned to explain the findings and demonstrate what can be done to protect them. With an accurate knowledge base, implementing proper management of the Hammock tortoise population will contribute to the conservation of this threatened Florida species.

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Dena Hurst