The Lemon Bay Conservancy was founded in 1971. According to the Conservancy's website this non-profit organization is dedicated to:
"...forever protect and preserve the natural features of
Lemon Bay and its surrounding waters and uplands."
This organization seeks to fulfill its vision not only by acquiring property to buffer vulnerable areas, but also by providing programs that provides the community with access to environmental education. The group also plays an advocacy role concerning various land and water conservation policies, practices and programs.
The Lemon Bay Conservancy tries to fulfill its vision by acquiring parklands and providing funds to develop parks. Some of their projects have included Lemon Bay Park, Cedar Point Park and Blind Pass Park. One of the group's projects was the purchase of waterfront property at Cedar Point Park to provide habitat for Florida wildlife. For a listing of their projects on land holdings please contact the Conservancy at the telephone number listed below or by visiting their website.
But this group does far more than simply raise money. They are strong advocates of protecting the environment in and around the Lemon Bay area. Some of their activities include monitoring wildlife and their habitats. Some of these projects include monitoring water quality in Lemon Bay, and checking on manatee habitats and shark nurseries.
When we tell friends and family about the great wild lands in the
Englewood area, we are often surprised by the number of people who
not believe us when we tell them about the oak trees, the coniferous
tree stands and wide ranging number of bird species in the area.
Their preconceived notion is that the only trees in Florida are palm trees. And, when we told them about the owl that visited the pine tree in my father-in-law's front yard every night many of them scoffed. Because they were sure that only birds like pelicans and egrets lived in Florida. Because of this lack of knowledge of the diversity of Floridas Eco-system, the work of groups like the Lemon Bay Conservancy is very important.
Visit their website at: