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Built with a $50,000 grant from industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Tampa Free Public Library opened its doors in April 27, 1917, becoming the City of Tampa's first public library. This venture was the result of a sustained commu…
Great Blue Heron
This is the largest member of the heron family. Its long legs allow it to wade in deeper water than the other herons. The great blue's powerful neck whips its sharp beak at its prey with great speed. Its favorite meal is fish,…
In the Tampa Bay area's subtropical climate, butterflies can thrive among many varieties of plants. In fact, most live their entire lives around plants like the ones in this garden, which was created as a butterfly habitat.
The plants attract an…
As manatees move about in the warm water, you may see various parts of their anatomy. These include:
If you hear a rushing noise like that of a snorkeler who's blowing water out of his tube, be sure to scan the water's surface for an odd…
Manatees can communicate with each other by making squeaks, chips and squeals.
Most manatee communications occur between a mother and her calf. Perhaps you will hear a mother manatee calling her calf if they become visually separated. Manatee a…
Mangroves are the basis of the estuary's food chain and are important nurseries for fish, crustaceans and shellfish. Seventy-five percent of the game fish and ninety percent of the commercial species in south Florida are dependent on mangrove ecos…
Clean brackish water, created by the mixing of clean fresh water and salt water, is important to the health of the estuary.
Stormwater runoff however, can create problems.
What is Stormwater Runoff?
It is excess rain that flows over land, do…
Manatee photo-identification is a research technique that uses the unique pattern of scars and mutilations on a manatee's trunk and tail fluke to identify an individual animal over time.
In Florida, the scars are primarily a result of encounter…
The monarch butterfly is native to North, Central, and northern South America. It has been accidentally introduced to numerous islands in the Pacific and Atlantic.
In the spring and summer, the monarch butterfly's habitat is op…
Commanded from here, 1838-1840
the United States Army
in the 2nd Seminole Indian War
Erected by the Hillsborough County Historical Commission 1966
Monument restored by Hart with the Streetcar Extension in 2010