The "Wild" Life at Myakka

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The "Wild" Life at Myakka

guest post by Nancy Dobias

When I went to Myakka River State Park the other day, I was interested in seeing how the trails along the Myakka River fared after having experienced the high winds of Hurricane Irma.  The beginning sections of the trails looked in great shape.

But further along, there was debris littering the paths.  At one point I encountered a downed tree overhanging the path as well as a few wet areas that could be easily circumnavigated.

The denizens of the Myakka were out in full force, some with welcoming "smiles." 

And the Vulture Brigade continued its fastidious clean-up of the park.  Upper management was even on scene to scrutinize its efforts.

Even though the park is not back to 100% yet, it didn't stop families from enjoying a picnic along the river or individuals from enjoying a game of Peck and Seek.

A few yearlings had ventured out of the deep woods to graze among the trees lining the Myakka Lake.

While a baby-sitter was hired to provide aerial surveillance to ensure their safety.

It's good the yearlings had someone above to warn them of potential problems.  I'm always amazed at how well the birds take on this responsibility.  When I was wondering along one of the trails earlier, I stumbled upon an alligator enjoying a moment's respite out of the river.  The limpkins were gracious enough to screech out my potential "threat" and forewarn their slumbering friend.

Yes, the park is once more returning to normalcy.  Even those who pitch a tent or tow their homes along with them will find many wonderful adventures awaiting.

If you look closely, you may even see a choir practicing its own rendition of a "partridge" in a pear tree.

Too bad they didn't have some festive garland to help with that image.