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Hibiscus Plant Sale and Show

Hibiscus Plant Sale and Show

Pinellas Park, Florida-- Improve your garden at the Hibiscus Plant Sale and Show.

This free event will take place at the Pinellas Park Auditorium on Sunday, May 26th.

The sale will begin at 10 AM, with a special show of plants from 1-4 PM.

Learn how local enthusiasts successfully grow tropical hibiscus here in the area.

This event will give lessons on where to plant, proper pruning techniques, control methods, insect and disease identification and more.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium lends helping hand to sea turtle

Clearwater Marine Aquarium lends helping hand to sea turtle

Clearwater, Florida -- On Valentine’s Day, 2012, an employee of St. Augustine Ecotours happened upon a juvenile Green Sea Turtle which was taken to the Marine Science Center in Volusia County. After being struck by a boat which left blue paint on her severely damaged carapace and cracked plastron, this little girl affectionately became known as “Labatt.”

Restrictions for reclaimed water implemented

Restrictions for reclaimed water implemented

Pinellas County, Florida -- The season reclaimed water restrictions for Pinellas County reclaimed water customers will begin on Monday, April 1.

These reductions help avoid reclaimed water shortages during Florida’s traditional dry seasons which is April to June and October to November.

From April 1 to June 30, irrigation with reclaimed water supplied by Pinellas County is limited to three days per week, based on the resident's home address. The mandatory seasonal restrictions state:

CMA speaker series explores sea turtle nesting

CMA speaker series explores sea turtle nesting

Clearwater Beach, Florida - Sea turtle nesting is the theme of the latest program in the educational "Making Waves" series at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Research Biologist Kelly Martin of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach will be the keynote presenter. She will talk about current studies of leatherneck sea turtle nesting, tagging and tracking programs in Palm Beach County.

Walle the Otter newest resident at Clearwater aquarium

Walle the Otter newest resident at Clearwater aquarium

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- An otter raised on a boat as a pup and unable to return to the wild now will live out his years at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Walle, a North American River Otter, will join two other otters, Cooper and Oscar, under the care of the aquarium's training team, CMA said last week.

His caretaker raised him on a boat from the time he was a pup, CMA said, but when he became a juvenile is was obvious he needed more intense care and could not resume life as a normal otter.

Sandpearl to host Clearwater Marine Aquarium benefit

Sandpearl to host Clearwater Marine Aquarium benefit

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- The Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach will host a fundraiser next month for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

"Winter on the Beach" includes dinner stations, a live band, dancing and an auction of jewels, artistic pieces and a private yacht charter.

The formal attire event will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 8.

Visit new red-shouldered hawk 'Shay' at local park

Visit new red-shouldered hawk 'Shay' at local park

Largo, Florida ­-- The George C. McGough Nature Park has named their new female red-shouldered hawk Shay.

Shay was found with a shattered bone in the tip of her right wing. She was brought to a veterinary office in Tarpon Springs where staff had to amputate a section of her wing.

Due to Shay's injury, she is no longer suited to live in the wild and has found a permanent home at McGough Nature Center. Shay's enclosure and feeding is sponsored by the Clearwater Audubon Society and she receives free medical care from the veterinary staff at Busch Gardens.