north florida - wild florida - suwannee river valley

By: marsHen , 1:06 PM GMT on March 29, 2017

well, I guess I'll wind this up.
it's been a warm spring. the water temperatures did not get below 18C, 63F, as far as I know. I was reading an old fish-collecting survey from 1950 done around cedar key and that was the mean temp for that winter. but I've been working out on the water surveying the fish populations for 16 years and don't remember such a warm winter. I've seen ice on the river. I've suffered in 40F air temps, when the water was in the 40s and a NW wind ~ 10-15 knts. kept blowing the boat onshore when we were flaking the net into the boat standing in knee deep mud, and that was fairly normal for january-february several years ago.
I wanted to quit - I was whining, trying to keep the boat off the shore while some of the crew wrestled the 600 ft. seine into the net well. I was wishing for warmer weather and here it is.
on the farm, several winters ago, I lost 3 newborn lambs in freezing rain and temps in the 30s and now I just worry about the flies and the mosquitos that bother us these days.
my home island in south carolina gets flooded regularly on moon tides. that never happened when I was growing up there.
things have changed. islands have disappeared. ancient burials have been uncovered. folks have lost their homes and it's just the beginning.
I feel priviledged to be able to watch all these changes and not sweep them under the rug, but to try to understand the mechanics of just what's going on.
so, to quote bobby dylan - "I just said 'good luck...'"

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2. azgrandma
5:44 PM GMT on March 29, 2017
I will miss checking in on you periodically; hope you will consider continuing at
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1. calpoppy
1:12 PM GMT on March 29, 2017
I will miss your blogging about the river, your dogs the sheep and the donkeys!!! Take care! There is another site that a lot of us are going to The Ark run by robdahood.
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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.