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Tickseed in Bloom

Signs of spring are showing throughout the park. The prairie iris have been showing their flamboyant purple bloom around the edges of marshes. Bright yellow tickseed is blooming throughout the park.  Big flats marsh is awash in bright yellow and dotted with purple and white wildflowers.  The marsh is a pallate of color and is spectacular this time of year and an array of wildlife is abundant in its radiance.

The park will be conducting prescribed burns as conditions allow. Be advised that sections of the park may be closed to the public for safety reasons. Prescribed burns are used by land managers to benefit the landscape. Florida's ecosystems have evolved with the occurrence of fire as part of the natural cycle and allows plants to bloom while providing for an open and bountiful habitat for the diversity of animals that make the park their home.

Conditions are dry this time of year so be cautious when venturing out in the back country. Dry areas of “sugar sand” can be difficult to hike or bike through. As the weather warms, be sure to carry plenty of water on you hiking or biking outing.