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Become a calendar county!

Become a calendar county!

Do you have spectacular pictures of your county's natural landscapes that you feel are calendar worthy? If so, you may want to submit them to the Florida Association of Counties for their 2014 calendar! 

According to the FAC, all interested parties are encouraged to send in scenic shots of their county's "Beautiful Roads & Trails" for consideration:

Avoid human-bear conflicts

Avoid human-bear conflicts

Hernando County, Florida -- Recently, a bear was sighted near Alderwood Street in the Spring Hill area of Hernando County, where a known bear population exists along the coast.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office want residents to know what to do if they see a bear and how to avoid creating problems with one.

DinoQuest this Weekend

DinoQuest this Weekend

Tampa, Florida-- The Plateosaurus is eating the plants, the Brayonyx is trouncing through the streams and the Tyrannosaurus Rex scaring everyone in sight.  

DinoQuest 2 is coming to the Lowry Park Zoo on Friday, March 1 as 22 life sized animatronic dinosaurs move into the zoo.

The prehistoric reptiles move, blink and ever roar.

Dino Quest adventurers will even be able to practice paleontology at the "I Dig It" fossil site.

Protect people and pets from wild animals

Protect people and pets from wild animals

Hillsborough County, Florida - With reports coming in of human-wildlife interactions in urban neighborhoods, Commissioners have called for a public awareness initiative to help the public know what to do.

Valentine's Day Date Night at the Zoo

Valentine's Day Date Night at the Zoo

Tampa, Florida -- If you need something special to do on Valentine's Day and don't want to spend your time in a crowded restaurant, you can spend the night at the Lowry Park Zoo.

Starting Feb. 14, the Zoo is holding their Wild at Heart Valentine event.

Wild at Heart is a unique date night for adults only, where couples will be able to experience the Zoo after dark.

Manatee released after 2 years of rehab

Manatee released after 2 years of rehab

Tampa, Florida -- Two and a half years ago, manatee 'Laroc' barely tipped the scales at 70 pounds when she was discovered abandoned, weak and dehydrated in the Caloosahatchee River near Cape Coral.

No one knows what happened to the newborn calf's mother, but it was clear she would not survive much longer on her own.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission brought the young calf to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, home of the world's only non-profit manatee hospital, where the little one got her second chance at life.

Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

Make plans to celebrate the rush of migrating wings north along the Atlantic Flyway over inland Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando counties during the inaugural Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.

Formerly known as the Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival, the weekend of March 22-24 will feature a variety of programs, activities and tours at several preserves in the tri-county area, including Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites Crews Lake Park, Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park on the Pithlachascotee River, Fort Cooper State Park and the Withlacoochee State Forest.