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Watch for Wildlife
Alligator mating season is at its peak. Amorous alligators can be especially aggressive and territorial, and since there are plenty of bodies of water throughout our park system, we urge our visitors to be extra-cautious.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
, mating season for alligators occurs in May and June. Females start building nests of soil, vegetation, and other debris to deposit an average 32 to 46 eggs in late June or early July. The nests typically stand two to three feet high and seven to 10 feet in circumference. Incubation requires approximately 63 to 68 days, and hatching occurs from mid-August through early September. The following safety tips are recommended for our guests at our parks:
1. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid the water's edge.
2. Acknowledge that alligators, snakes, and other wild animals live in our parks.
3. Do not approach, feed, or taunt alligators, snakes, or other wildlife.
4. Pets, in parks where permitted, must be on a leash no longer than six feet.
5. No swimming or wading except in designated areas.
6. Use common sense while in our parks.
Six Ways to Keep Critters Cool This Summer
We’re in the dog days of summer, so don’t forget about your pets needs during this sweltering season. Here are some tips to ensure your pooch has an enjoyable summer, just like you.
1. Reduce Independence Day anxiety for animals by leaving them at home while you enjoy the fireworks.
2. Minimize heat stress. Don’t leave pets in the car unattended as temperatures begin to soar. An outdoor temperature of 85 degrees can translate to an interior temperature of 120 degrees in just 30 minutes.
3. Provide plenty of water and shade.
4. Take your pets on walks during the early morning or after sundown to not affect their heat-sensitive paw pads.
5. Keep dogs on a six-foot leash if visiting our parks.
6. Take your pooch to the Barkham at Markham
dog park, which has three-acres of leash-free play space, shelters, and dog fountains. There is a fee.
Parks Foundation of Broward County
The Parks Foundation of Broward County is a 501(c) (3) organization founded in 2014 in support of Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. The foundation welcomes individual memberships and corporate partnerships at all levels to help promote our parks and programs, preserve our natural areas, and provide more green space for our community. Donations are accepted atBrowardParksFoundation.org.