Woodpeckers at Lake Somerset Park

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Woodpeckers can be seen in Lake Somerset Park along with a variety of other song birds such as blue jays, red-winged blackbirds, sparrows, and mocking birds.

These quick little birds are fun to watch and to photograph while visiting Lake Somerset Park.

For more information, visit the Audubon Society’s webpage on woodpeckers.

 

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Osprey Platform at Lake Somerset

osprey nest at Lake Somerset

Osprey Nest at Lake Somerset

A pole with an osprey platform was installed on April 14th, 2014 in Lake Somerset Park adjacent New Jersey Road. Osprey have attempted to build a nest on a nearby relay station. The platform has been installed in hopes that the osprey will select the platform as a suitable nesting site in the future.

It seems that an osprey has taken notice of the platform and maybe making Lake Somerset Park his home.

Osprey are beautiful birds with a distinctive black eyestripe. They are superb fishers and prefer nesting in high locations.

For more information on osprey and their nests, visit: Osprey page at FWC.

Rookery News Update

According to the City of Lakeland twitter account:

“Staff recommends regulatory signage to protect rookery islands in Lake Somerset. Waiting on approval from FWC.”

https://mobile.twitter.com/lakelandgov/status/411517450178400256

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday!

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Don’t forget: Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3

Rule: Daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November, with all time changes officially taking place at 2:00 A.M. local time.

Tips:

  • For convenience, turn all your clocks back one hour before going to bed for the night
  • Don’t forget the clocks in your car, stove, and microwave
  • For “smart” clocks check for software updates or troubleshooting issues with your devices’ manufacturers ahead of time change (smartphones, tablets, computers). If you usually rely on smart devices to wake you up, you may want to set a standard alarm Saturday night just in case there is a software bug.
  • Don’t miss clocks on your personal items, such as: watches, medical devices, exercise equipment, etc.

Woodlake Pond Landscaping

Woodlake Pond is in Woodlake Park at the intersection of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive. It is a stormwater pond managed by the Lakes and Stormwater Department of the City of Lakeland.

How was it landscaped?

It was landscaped with a variety of native plants that will help absorb excess nutrients from the water, keeping it a healthy and more natural environment. The plants will need about a year to become fully established. Some plants will be in bloom at different parts of the year. Certain native plants were selected to make the landscaping more beautiful.

What kinds of plants were selected?

What happened?

You may have noticed that the City of Lakeland cleaned out the pond on the corner of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive a few months ago. Then, grass was allowed to re-establish on the embankment. Finally, it was landscaped with a variety of native plants.

Why did the pond need work?

The environment in the pond had become a mono-culture: only one type of plant had taken over, preventing other plants from becoming established. The pond needed intervention to return to a diversified environment. The offending plant, Spatterdock (cow lily), was removed mechanically.

How can I help keep my neighborhood lakes and ponds landscaped and clean?

For more information, see brochure “Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood: Maintaining, Landscaping, and Improving Stormwater Ponds” and the Lakeland water flow map.

Download Brochure or Download Map
Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood

 

This brochure will tell you more about how to  landscape around ponds and lakes in your neighborhood. It suggests water plants that are easier to maintain and native. It also gives tips on preventing water pollution that can affect your neighborhood.

Lake Somerset Meeting Summary

Presentation by Lakes and Stormwater, C. Porterfield

Presentation by Lakes and Stormwater Department, C. Porterfield

Advisory signs have been posted at the Lake Somerset boat ramp and around the rookery. Additionally, educational signage will be installed near the parking area by the city. A safety issue was proposed that the lake has several blind corners on the water around the small islands.
Lake Somerset is an urban public access lake, managed by the city. Currently, there is not currently a supporting ordinance to regulate speed alone. The rookery has not been designated as a specially protected zone, but has many wild birds that nest there.
The city will follow up with the FWC to investigate the safety issue.
*Meeting notes were submitted by a Woodlake Garden Patio Homes Attendee.

Lake Somerset Park

Where: 3100 New Jersey Road and Glendale Street

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Facilities: boat ramp, shaded grassy area and sunny grassy area

Geocache: Traditional Cache

Website: http://www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec/LakeSomersetPark.aspx

Lake Somerset Park has pretty views of the lake. Though there are no sidewalks in the park, the boarder streets have sidewalks with clear views of the lake and is a popular spot for joggers.