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Message From the President (Julie Harrington)

Autumn has sprung at Wakulla Springs State Park! Activities have ramped up these last few months and almost resumed back to a touch of normality again!


In April, we concluded the monthly virtual series “Florida Talks Program,” based on a grant awarded by the Florida Humanities Council. Our stellar and informative speakers were: Lu Vickers “Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids”, Julie Hauserman “The Man who Swam Inside the Planet”, and Peggy Macdonald “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment”. The virtual series was recorded and is available on our website if you weren’t able to attend (or would like to watch again). Based on positive member feedback to our speaker series to date, we’re planning to reapply for this grant again for the speakers’ series to continue this upcoming Spring 2022.

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We had a month when we were not allowed int the closed park, but the park rangers kept measuring for us. Wakulla Spring got very clear, glass bottom boat clear, due the Pandemic, not that it was over, but the environment seems to get clear and clean during the Pandemic...

There is a visibility problem now, due to flow reversal at Spring Creek and turbulence in the caves between Wakulla and Spring Creek, we are getting another salt water episode at Wakulla Spring.

If the rain holds off, it will be clear again soon.

Seán E. McGlynn, Ph.D.
Address: 568 Beverly Court, Tallahassee, Fl. 32301
Email: mcglynnlabs@gmail.com,
Cell: (850) 570-1476 (text or voice)
Web Site: www.mcglynnlabs.com

2019 was a good year for apple snails on the upper Wakulla River

2019 was the best year since 2011 for apple snail egg clusters. Here’s an updated chart of apple snail egg cluster counts through 2019. I only total the counts for the three months that have been consistently counted since 2006.
See the Wakulla Springs Alliance website for Dana Bryan’s assessment of the relationships between apple snails and limpkins at Wakulla Springs.


This report analyzes long-term trends in the abundance of 24 species surveyed by park staff and volunteers from 1992 through 2018. It also analyses trends for three shorter time periods defined by significant perturbations to the upper Wakulla River ecosystem: (1) invasion of the exotic hydrilla spurred by excess nitrogen in the spring (1992-2000), (2) the hydrilla management period (2000-2012) when mechanical harvesting and herbicides were used to combat the invasive exotic plant, and (3) the post-hydrilla management period (2012-2018) following the cessation of herbicide treatment in 2013. READ MORE...

Hard work and dedication has its rewards.

Last Thursday the Northwest Florida Water Management District presented the Wakulla Springs Alliance (a citizens organization) with its Springs Champion Award for their on going efforts in protecting Florida springs and especially for their work at Wakulla Spring. WSA Board members Sean McGlynn and Cal Jamison were there to receive the award. Congratulations to Wakulla Springs Alliance!

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