This year's Spring Ecofest and Arbor Day Celebration is April 20 in McGough Nature Park. The family-friendly event includes children's activities, tree give-a-ways, environmental exhibits and more.
Mc Gough Nature Park
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Police say the man tried to steal a Jeep on Walsingham Road in Largo and when approach by police fled from the scene. A witness to the crime tackled the suspect.
A naked man was arrested after allegedly trying to steal at Jeep near George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo. According to the arrest affidavit, 42-year-old Jason Skinner, of Indian Rocks Beach, was seen by witnesses walking naked through the park around 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 16. A witness, according to the police report, then followed Skinner as he was walking eastbound in the 14000 block of Walsingham Road. There, the witness saw Skinner get into and attempt to steal the 2004 Jeep. The affidavit said before Largo Police officers approached Skinner, they saw him walking from the Jeep carrying only a black umbrella that he had just stolen from the vehicle. Police then ordered Skinner, of 7161 1st St. Unit A, Indian Rocks Beach, to stop …
Monday, October 15, 2012
George McGough Nature Park is now home to three owls, a hawk, snakes and turtles.
Well known for its turtles, the George McGough Nature Park now has another bird of prey. The red-shouldered hawk came to the park in mid-Septmber. Like many of the other birds at the center, the new hawk will be part of the center's education programs. Someone brought the injured hawk to Dr. Joel Murphy's veterinary clinic in Palm Harbor this summer. The tip of the hawk's right wing was shattered and the veterinarian was unable to pin it, so he amputated the wing below the elbow, Audubon Bird of Prey specialist Barbara Walker said in an email. The hawk can fly but does not gain much altitude. It "never would be able to hunt or maneuver the way a fully flighted would," Walker wrote. The hawk has lived in Largo since around Sept. 10. …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
McGough Nature Park's newest feathered friend came to Largo after being hit by a car in Tampa.
Would you like to help name the new great horned owl at the George McGough Nature Park? The new owl made its home in Largo several months ago after an injury prevented it from living on its own in nature. The great horned owl joins the center's barred owl Matilda. Visitors offered hundreds of name suggestions at the park and online. The list of names was narrowed down to five and now the decision may be yours. Vote on the owl's new name:
Monday, June 25, 2012
Tree crews and neighbors cleaned up downed trees, power lines and a billboard.
Late Sunday afternoon a tornado apparently went through George McGough Nature Park from Walsingham Road to Bonner Park along the intercoastal. The "tornado" came along with Tropical Storm Debby. Largo Parks Superintendent Greg Brown said from what they had heard as of early Monday morning, McGough and Bonner were the worse hit of Largo's parks. He said the damage appeared to be from a tornado. McGough Park is open including its summer camp program. Bonner Park remains closed. The city continues to clean up about two dozen downed trees in Largo Central Park and an additional 24 trees in assorted locations, Brown said. The storm kicked down power lines, trees and even a billboard on Walsingham Road. Neighbors were assessing the damage Monday…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The George McGough Nature Park's newest resident still needs a name.
Would you like to help name the new great horned owl at the George McGough Nature Park? Submit name suggestions online through June 22. The list of names will be narrowed down to the top five. Those names will be posted on Largo's Recreation, Parks and Arts Facebook page, so the community can select the final name. The new owl made its home in Largo a few months ago after an injury prevented it from living on its own in nature. The great horned owl joins the center's barred owl Matilda.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Run with the turtles on April 14th and help Largo's Nature Parks.
Named after the large number of aquatic turtles that reside in the McGough Nature Park pond, the Turtle Trot 5K is back on Saturday morning, April 14. The run will begin at 8am with on-site registration beginning at 6:45am. The 5k run is a measured 3.1-mile flat course that will take participants through McGough and Bonner Park's well-kept trails and boardwalks, and on quiet neighborhood streets nearby. The race will start and finish at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St N, Largo. 5k awards will be given to the overall male and female runners. The top three finishers in each age group will also receive awards. Each participant will be given a ticket to be entered into a prize drawing for a chance to win many great items. Additional …