Free Hunter Safety Class on 10/4 and 10/5
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Hendry County and on Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Palm Beach County.
Participants must successfully complete the online portion of the course prior to attending and bring the final Web report to the FWC course on Oct. 4. The form does not have to be notarized.
Students will learn about several topics, including hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics/responsibility before taking the final test. The course also includes live-firing instruction on a shooting range.
The Hendry County class will be held at the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range, 700 Witt Road, La Belle. The Palm Beach County class will be held at the Everglades Youth Camp, J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, West Palm Beach.
Participants can sign up at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s South Region Office at 561-625-5122. Links to the online portion of the course and a statewide schedule of hunter safety classes are available at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety.
Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years of age to all classes. To participate in live-fire exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised).
Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Oct. 4
The second annual Exotic Pet Amnesty Day for Palm Beach County will be Oct. 4 at the former Garden Club building in Dreher Park, behind the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and next to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (address: 4800 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach). The public is invited to surrender any exotic animals they have been keeping as pets – no penalties and no questions asked.
Surrendered animals will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. These animals will be checked by a veterinarian and made available for adoption by experienced individuals who are capable of caring for them. Animals that will be accepted for surrender include reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Domestic animals will not be accepted.
Exotic Pet Amnesty Day is hosted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA) and the Zoo, and is sanctioned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The event is free and open to the public. Live animals will be on display, and experts from the FWC, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society will be on hand for conversations and questions about exotic pets.
The surrendered animals will be made available for adoption after 2 p.m. Exotic pet adopters must be experienced and must have already applied and been approved by the FWC. Would-be adopters must bring their acceptance letters with them. Adopter applications can be found at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives. Becoming an adopter is free.
For additional information about this event, call the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681). Exotic pet owners who cannot attend this event can call this number for assistance in finding a new home for their animal.
High-resolution images from the first Palm Beach County Pet Amnesty Day, courtesy Kelly Miller, are available at www.dropbox.com/sh/reua9eaqcuytggb/AABUpkletwSq-3ws_IFaf3PDa?dl=0.
For more information about adopting exotic pets, visit MyFWC.com/Nonnatives and click on “Exotic Pet Amnesty Program.”
For more information about the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.
FWC to hold public workshops for input on managing bears in south central Florida
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold three public workshops in October to discuss management of black bears in south central Florida and how people can get involved in working with the FWC on local bear issues.
Under the FWC’s Florida Black Bear Management Plan, approved in 2012, seven Bear Management Units (BMUs) will be established throughout the state.
The BMU approach will allow the FWC to manage bears based on the characteristics of bears, people and habitat in different parts of Florida. The first steps are being taken to create the South Central BMU to manage the bear subpopulation on the Lake Wales Ridge and surrounding areas.
Workshops will offer the public a chance to provide input on local bear issues and allow interested people to sign up to be active members of the South Central Bear Stakeholder Group. The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
- Sebring – Tuesday, Oct. 7, Highlands County IFAS Extension Auditorium, 4509 George Blvd.
- Lakeland – Wednesday, Oct. 8, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road.
- Punta Gorda – Thursday, Oct. 9, Charlotte Harbor Event Center, 75 Taylor St.
“The workshops will give the FWC a better understanding of the local perspective on bear management in south central Florida,” said Dave Telesco, FWC Bear Management Program coordinator. “Participants at the workshops will have the opportunity to interact more directly with FWC staff than during typical meetings. We will be listening more than talking.”
The South Central BMU includes Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties.
Five BMUs already have been initiated: West Panhandle, Central, East Panhandle, South and North. Immediately following the completion of the South Central BMU workshops, the FWC will start the final BMU in the Big Bend.
Go to MyFWC.com/Bear and look for “Which BMU are you?” to find out more about black bears in your area.
“A guide to living in bear country” is also available at MyFWC.com/Bear by clicking on “Brochures and Other Materials,” and you can find more on bears and the bear management plan at MyFWC.com/Bear.
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 9-27-14
Blood Drives for September:
- Habitat for Humanity is currently looking for someone to write grants for them. They are also looking for anyone who would like to donate furniture, household items, building supplies, etc. They have moved to the building 2 blocks west of W&W Lumber. For more information, stop by or call 863-634-1686.
- 4-H is starting back for the Klever K Nines. They’re looking forward to seeing lots of new and familiar faces this year. They have lot of new and exciting things coming up. If your child would like to join please contact Natalie Travers at 772 -919-5893. For those of you in the club last year the awards banquet is coming up fast, please get with me and the extension office to get your tickets.
- K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
- A meeting of the “Stroke Support Group” will be held at the Heritage Assisted Living Facility on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm. This is a good chance to talk to others about their experience. Light refreshments will be available, for more information phone the Heritage at 863-763-1700 or 863-634-8412.
- The Okeechobee Adventist Christian School is having their annual Apple Fundraiser. If you love fresh-picked, direct from the orchard apples, then these Michigan apples are for you! Please call Linda @ 863-610-0165 for details.
- The Gathering hosts “Joy in the Mourning” a grief support group and bibile study for anyone who has lost a loved one. The event is every Tuesday at 2pm at the Gathering located at 1735 SW 24th Ave. For more info call Gale @ 863-623-8504.
- Dine with the Doctor, Sepsis is Serious! Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria on Tuesday, September 30th Dinner: 4:30 p.m. ($5) Lecture: 5:00 p.m. (free) to RSVP: 763-9228
- The Indiantown Lions Club will be holding a community flea market in Post Part (behind library) in Indiantown, Florida on 11 October from 0700 to noon. Dealers welcome. Lions Proceeds going back into the community. Space rental$15.00. Diabetes screening available. Everyone who has anything to sell, now is the time and the place. Call Richard at 812 459 4788
Sport Related Events
- Papa Johns is presenting their weekly fundraiser every Thursday when you order from Papa John’s they’ll donate 10% of your total order to the Okeechobee High School Brahman Band. Valid for carry out or delivery, you can also order online by using the PROMO CODE OCSD2014. Be sure to mention that you are a supporter of the Okeechobee High School Brahman Band when you are placing an order.
- Paddock Farms is “driving on” ! Learn how to drive your horse, racing, obstacles and more! Paddock Farms will be available every weekend after to teach you about how to drive your horse. Must be 18 years of age or older, all horses brought to the Paddock Farms must have a negative coggins test and you will be asked to sign a waiver. Not sure if your horse could race? You will have the option to have your horse evaluated. Don’t have a horse? No problem, they’ll provide them for you. No experience is necessary. No horse? No harness? No problem! Call Nancy at 863-634-1440 or 863-634-1438 for more information.
- OHS Boys Soccer Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, October 11th, 2 Man Teams, $25 Per Player, at the Yearling Middle School Gymnasium at 9am. Call Lonnie Sears for details 863-634-1334
Agri-Civic Center Events
If you’re a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event please send all of your information to 210 WN Park St. Suite 102, email it in at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!