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Updated: 02/15/2018 08:30:01AM

Magical Myakka

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By Abbie Banks

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Margaret Dunson leads an annual trip for Venice Area Birding Association to Myakka River State Park. This is a very popular birding trip, and one of my personal favorites. The area is quite diverse with 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks and pinelands. The park was developed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is one of Florida’s oldest. There is no telling what birds or critters one could see.

We always stop at St. Margaret’s Church, and rarely are we disappointed in this quick little side trip. When we pulled in, I immediately went off to find the ever-present loggerhead shrike. It did not disappoint me — there it was, sitting on a fence post waiting for me to take its picture. I thanked it and then went to join the group to see what else was flitting around.

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