3 Miles From My Job

There is sport to finding nature, to finding wildlife. There certainly is adventure and escape combing vast areas of wilderness. Can there be wildlife sought and adventure had during an one hour lunch break from work? Maybe one could even throw in a diversionary block of time on the way, or returning from work. Now I should point out, I do not work at a marvelous nature center that is next door to a State Park. No, Boynton Beach, Florida is not that. So, with the one hour, and maybe that same amount tacked on to my commute, what if I challenged myself to find all the research grade observations within a 3 mile radius from my job. I spend a great deal of time at work and driving back and forth hundreds of times a year. Is there more I could bring to my daily routine that could remind me that nature is trying to revive in a crippled place? To also shine a light on the beauty of that nature hiding in the shadows of a seemingly dismal urban alley. I would normally want to get the hell out of Dodge, and on the weekends get all my outdoor nature fix far from urban development, the crowds, the homeless, the noise, the litter, and the ugliness of human's squeeze on nature. Well, animals don't fit with human activities, animals get run over, some get boxed by development, some get toxic spraying along water banks, some still fly in and fly out, some small ones are able to exist in pockets of vegetation. A little oasis could be a park where a spider can spin its web. A park where shady tall trees create lower temperatures and insects are plentiful. A park that invites birds to visit and as well me to visit. Okay then, 3 miles from a warehouse building, where are the parks I can visit while my coworkers hit up some sandwich shop? I will share this with a few soles I spend my days with and maybe they might like the collection of things I went out of my way to find. Plenty of times I come back to work sweaty and put my tie back on, with burrs stuck to my slacks.

(55) Species,
My Research Grade Observations (59), as of 03.21.20: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=146614&quality_grade=research&subview=grid&user_id=arthur-windsor&verifiable=any

Parks I Have Observations:
__1. Barrier Free Park
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2. Barwick Park
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3. Bethesda Service Center
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4. Caloosa Park
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5. Lake Ida Park
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_6. Seacrest Scrub Natural Area

Parks I Have Not Yet Visited:
__1. Anchor Park
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2. Bexley Trail Community Park
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3. Cornell Park
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4. Eagle Park
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5. Forest Hills Park
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6. Gulfstream Park
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7. Jaycee Park
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8. Lakeview Park
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___9. Veteran's Park

...............……Observations / Species / as of
Amphibians...………..….00...…..00...…..as of 03.21.20
Birds...………………..……..15...…...15...…..03.21.20
Butterflies...………...…….03...…..03...…..03.21.20
Damselflies...…...…...…..01...…..01...…..03.21.20
Dragonflies...…………......03...…..03...…..03.21.20
Fish...………………..……….01...…..01...…..03.21.20
Flowers...………...………...01...…..01...…..03.21.20
Insects...………………...….15...…..15...…..03.21.20
Mammals...………..……..00...…..00...…..03.21.20
Moths...…………..………...03...…..03...…..03.21.20
Reptiles...…………….…….07...…..05...…..03.21.20
Spiders...………….………..02...…..02...…..03.21.20
Trees...……………..………..00...…..00...…..03.21.20

Posted by arthur-windsor arthur-windsor, March 21, 2020 05:52

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Cool! Not sure how close you are to it, but High Ridge Scrub in Boynton is a nice little park I stop at when I'm in the area. I've found Atala butterflies there.

Posted by ajvanh-arch over 2 years ago (Flag)

High Ridge scrub is 2.6 miles outside the 3 mile radius from my job. There are several other good locations outside my 3 mile circle and as much as I would like to extend the radius out further to pick up those nice neighboring spots, I cannot because this little project is limited by time and distance.

Posted by arthur-windsor over 2 years ago (Flag)

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