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Our nature preserve - Then and Now
2006-2011

 

This webpage was created to visually and graphically illustrate the profound
negative changes to our nature preserve over the past few years, and to share
"The Beauty That Was" with our Pelican Preserve neighbors who moved here after 2006,
and had the misfortune of missing these treasured scenes.

The residents of Pelican Preserve are NOT IN CONTROL of our 39 acre nature preserve, we must depend upon The Gateway Services CDD
and the SWFMD (Southwest Florida Water Management District) for the management and maintenance of our treasured nature preserve.

THAT WAS THEN: The following photographs of the nature preserve were taken in 2005 and 2006 by the Crooked Garden curator.
Notice the balance of flora to fauna, and how
the native Florida Alligator Flag (Thalia genicula),
shares the preserve with the
wading birds that are using the open areas to feed:

 

 

 

  

    

 

 


THIS IS NOW: The following photographs of the nature preserve were taken on September 9, 2009 by the Crooked Garden curator.
Notice that these are the same areas of the preserve as pictured in the above photos. Notice the balance of flora to fauna is now gone,
and so are the wading birds! T
he native Florida Alligator Flag (Thalia genicula) has consumed the wetland areas of the preserve,
and there is no longer any open water area for the magnificent migrating
wading birds to feed:
   

        
This shameful situation can be reversed. We can make a difference...

                                             "One man with courage makes a majority"
                                                                                      - Andrew Jackson

 

 

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