I grew up in both Stuart and Sewall’s Point, not on, but close to the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon. My mother named our second home, “Shady Refuge,” because of the tremendous oak trees arching over the property. Many animals visited, and we welcomed them. Some even lived with our family for short periods of time. Early on, there was no Treasure Coast Wildlife Center like today, so we took animals that needed care to the vet or tried to help them ourselves. My mother was an expert at this. We were taught not to fear animals, even poisonous ones, but to respect them, and to learn from them. It was a great childhood; a great lesson for life.
The photos I am sharing today were taken at my parent’s home in Indialucie over many years.
I still live in Sewall’s Point today, 30 years later. Of course with continued development of the Treasure Coast, population growth, and continued degradation of our waterways, wildlife is not as plentiful. But it is still here! When I see an any animal, it is one of my greatest joys. Right now, a hawk is living in my and Ed’s yard. I always feel that having one of God’s wild creatures visiting me is a gift.
Thank you mom and dad for keeping this family wildlife album and know that siblings, Jenny, Todd, and I, are “passing it on….”
Treasure Coast Wildlife Center:(http://tcwild.org)
Florida Wildlife Commission: (http://myfwc.com)
12 thoughts on “A Lifetime of Loving Wildlife, “Shady Refuge,” St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon”
By now there should not even be the slightest doubt as to what has happened to ALL the fish and wild life all over the state of Florida. You would not believe the change my little buckets have made in our 2 mile wide lagoon. Immagine what would happen if WE had some real support
You are so brave to pick up that lubber!!!! I can tolerate most all
creatures, but that one sends me into orbit.
You are hysterical!
Great photos, Jacqui. Are there still bobcats and foxes on Sewall’s Point?
Yes. Foxes right now. Just a small family. Bobcats were here for 3 years from 2008 regularly but I think they exhausted their rabbit source.:)
Apparantly their is a bobcat population around sebastion inlet.There is no access to the lagoon (except by boat) in this area. I intend to bring things back to life so maby the bobcats can take an occasional duck or wadeing bird. Bobcats are in hard competition with house cats. They both kill the same prey.
I love bobcats. There used to be so many in TSP but they ate all the rabbits and moved on. I saw the photo of the bobcat catching a baby shark at sebastian inlet. They are smart and adaptive.
Jacqui, I live in Cedar Point just over the bridge from you and my neighbors here say they have seen both a bobcat and a fox recently on the property which I find remarkable and strange since we are so populated here and so much traffic here in Stuart ( no wild land anywhere near) but they insist they have seen both at dawn and at sunset.
Also when I was a child in California my father worked for the California Dept of Forestry and we lived all over the state in the middle of no where until I was 6 and then moved to the southern central valley. Anyway, my dad always brought home injured animals that he had found after fires that we nursed back to health and released back to nature when possible, deer , raccoons, hawk , like you we always seemed to have something in the yard . Later when we lived in the valley we would find desert tortoises that had been brought to the valley and then abandoned we brought them home , they were far from their home in the desert but since it didn’t get real cold where we lived they could survive in our yard so dad, made it so they couldn’t burrow out of our yard ( so they wouldn’t get run over in the road ) and they lived in our yard and they had an environment in our yard for well over 20 years , we would take them out of their very large environment that they had made burrows in and they would take ‘ walks’ in our big back yard while we would ‘ play’ they would munch on the grass and seemed to enjoy it and when we were done with our playing we would remember to put them back in their environment so they wouldn’t get out into the ‘world’ . I think dad finally took them to the Mojave and released them, they live to be very old and who knows how old they were when we found them . Years later while in graduate school I volunteered at the ‘ Wildlife Museum ‘ in Concord, 🙂 where animals who had been injured and could not be released back into the wild were used to educate the public about how we impact our environment. One of the best and favorite things I have done . 🙂
I just love this Pam! Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. We must pass what’s left on. 🙂 I really want to see the bobcats in Cedar Point. An old-timer of Stuart SWEARS she saw a panther just in that area in Cedar Point when it was being developed in Stuart’s early day.s
Thank you for reminding me if the Florida around me as I was a child. I miss it. I, too, should write a few pages of where I came from and share with my family and others. Again, thank you.
Thank you Brenda for your message. I hope you do and maybe you wont be able to stop writing! So many great memories. All the best. Jacqui