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Updated: 11/09/2017 08:30:01AM

The birds of Urfer Family Park

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By Abbie Banks

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The highly anticipated day came for the mystery birding trip. Christine Dukes and Robert Kraft, both planners for the Venice Area Birding Association, were leading this trip. We were going to a new site for us — Sarasota’s Urfer Family Park.

I had never even heard of this site. Others said they had driven by it many times but did not realize what a hidden gem it was. The park, opened in 2009, was developed with funds from the Urfer family with assistance from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and through the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program. This is a beautiful place in a busy residential area — and it’s wonderful.

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