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CIRCLE B BAR RANCH RESERVE


Let's get out there and explore! Come with us to Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve where we can observe what a nearly pristine Cypress Swamp looks like. Park at the parking lot next to the picnic tables as you enter the reserve. http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/circlebbarreserve.html


Sitting along Lake Hancock between Lakeland and Auburndale we will find Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve.  Formerly a cattle ranch, the reserve encompasses more than 1,200 acres being successfully restored to its original wetlands habitats feeding the Peace River basin. An extensive network of trails with an outer circuit of nearly 6 miles is atop the levees through the vibrant wetlands, where you’ll see osprey dive for tilapia, anhinga swallow their catches whole, and alligators slipping off the banks.

 


Location: Lakeland
Length: 3.5 miles (up to 6 miles possible)
Lat-Long:[masked],[masked]
Type: loops
Fees / Permits: none
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Bug factor: moderate to annoying
Restroom: At the Nature Discovery Center, plus portable toilets for when the center is closed on Mondays.

Open 5 AM – 8:30 PM. Dogs are not permitted, with good reason – gator bait!  Numerous benches are available along the trails.

Come prepared for a day in the wilderness. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes, bring bug spray, water, sandwiches and a small snack. This meetup will be a little longer than our usual meetups. Prepare to stay at least 3 hours maybe 4.

Join us for this special nature walk!

Brenda[masked]

This event is being cross posted with the Friends Around the Bay Meetup group. If you are looking to have a lot of fun, this is a great group to join. You can find more information about the group by clicking this link:  http://www.meetup.com/bayfriends/ 

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  • FRANK L.

    What a great time!!!

    February 9, 2014

  • Brenda L.

    Great place to view wildlife! Fun place for kids to enjoy activities inside the Discovery Nature Center. Had a really great time!

    February 9, 2014

  • Brenda L.

    Great meetup! Loved it! Definitely will go back. Great time with great friends! Lots of wildlife to shoot!

    1 · February 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Def had some good laughs

      1 · February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great and the lighting was perfect.

    February 8, 2014

  • Brenda L.

    if you are running late an we are not at the front gate, drive straight back to the nature center

    February 8, 2014

  • FRANK L.

    It's 5:50 AM and we will be leaving in 20 minutes. They are calling for rain around 11- noon and we should be finished before that. see you there!

    February 8, 2014

  • Brenda L.

    We are still going. Hope to see you there!

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone recommend me a GOOD camera shop in the area...

    February 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is a place called zavra color I was told of but yet to go near 275 and 1st in stpete

      February 7, 2014

    • Dennis V. H.

      February 7, 2014

  • Brenda L.

    Here's The Latest: As of 9 pm Friday, we are still planning to attend this meetup tomorrow morning. WTSP Channel 10 weather forecasts sun and clouds until around 11am in Lakeland. We

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry have to back out. Not feeling well plus unexpected problem at home. Have fun guys

    February 7, 2014

  • trish h.

    Since the weather looks rather iffy for Saturday, I may make a decision whether or not attend at 6:00 am. If I'm not attending, I'll call Frank or Brenda just before 8:00 so the group won't be waiting.

    February 7, 2014

  • Tom C.

    Sorry to miss this one, but this weekend is the annual ham radio convention.

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, but still under the weather and need to cancel. Hope to see you all soon again.

    February 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in car pooling? I'm near Tampa airport.

    February 3, 2014

    • Pat

      Hey Lisa, I tried calling but the number wouldn't go through. Sending you an email to coordinate.

      February 5, 2014

    • Pat

      or you can call me at (727)[masked]

      February 5, 2014

  • Marissa M.

    I'm coming from work. So, not sure if I can make it.

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wondering if rubber boots should be worn?
    You guys like to get up early, it will be hard but Ill try my best. I work till 11pm friday night.

    January 31, 2014

    • FRANK L.

      I was there only once but wore sneakers...

      January 31, 2014

6 went

  • Brenda L.
    Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Pat
    2016 Supporting Member
  • Wesley W.
    2016 Supporting Member
  • FRANK L.
    Co-Founder, Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member

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