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In Search of the Gopher Tortoise Hike

St. Lucie County's Guided Nature Programs

Thursday, February 8th, 2018;  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

George LeStrange Preserve: In Search of the Gopher Tortoise Hike

The Landlord of the Uplands, the Eastern Gopher Tortoise, grazes away in the late afternoons to avoid the heat of the day at noon. Along our journey we’ll explore the evidence of tortoise movement throughout the preserve. We’ll look for scat, tracks, and signs of burrow maintenance. This hike affords visitors an opportunity to learn about vegetation favored by this beloved terrestrial reptile, what makes for a good burrow location, and what makes these tortoises the “hosts with the most.”

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