In Season submissions
Attention, nonprofits, studios, galleries, museums, playhouses, historical sites, symphonies, community clubs and support groups:
The deadline for submission of your organization's events in the Hometown News' In Season section this year, which will cover October 2013 through March 2014, will be Saturday, Aug. 31.
Please send your calendar items and schedules as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please write "In Season" in the subject line of your email.
FWC asks public to report sightings of rare snakes
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists are asking the public to report sightings of three rare snake species: Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake and short-tailed snake. Citizens can help with research on these species by reporting sightings online.
All of these snake species have been petitioned for federal listing.
The three species are found in dry, upland habitats and spend most of their time underground. They are only occasionally seen moving along the surface or crossing a road.
For each report, the citizen is asked to provide the location where they saw the snake and the month and year the observation occurred. Researchers are also requesting citizens to submit photos of the snakes, when possible, to verify identification.
Reports can include live or dead animals.
Although these species are nonvenomous, citizens should avoid handling or disturbing them.
For more information about living with snakes and to submit sightings to the FWC, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation, select "How You Can Conserve," and choose "Snakes" under "Living with Wildlife."