Back Country by Robert Adams – Winter 2019

A common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) crawls in the sand to lay her eggs, making a rare appearance on land. Snapping turtles can grow up to 35 pounds in the wild with reports of some being as large as 85 pounds. This one, about the size of a small dog, weighs about 12 pounds. Snapping turtles have powerful jaws, sharp claws, a long tail and long extendable neck used for catching prey. Their only enemies are man and alligators. They are important aquatic scavengers, but they are also active hunters, feeding on frogs, fish, insects, snakes, birds and small mammals.

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Back Country by Robert Adams – Spring 2019

While the sun rises, a freshwater diving bird known as a grebe swims and feeds on insect larvae, tadpoles and small fish. This one is making wild tropical sounds like from a jungle movie. Unlike ducks, they do not have webbed feet — just wide toes. Also unlike ducks, these small shy birds do not gather in flocks and can dive to depths up to 20 feet. Ducks are dabblers and grebes are divers. If they sense danger they will quickly dive and reappear in a safer place. They can be found from Canada to Argentina.

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Back Country by Robert Adams – Summer 2019
Summer 2019

Back Country by Robert Adams – Summer 2019

Late in the afternoon, sandhill cranes land in the shallow water of a sand pond to roost for the night. Later, ducks, ibises, wood storks and herrings will join them. The middle bird is a young crane almost ready to leave his parents. They have been in the fields all day hunting for insects, seeds, small mammals and small snakes. They are busy preening their feathers; most birds do this twice a day. The water protects them from predators at night.

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Lin Reading, a 20-year survivor of breast cancer and melanoma, co-founded a cancer support organization in Indian River County called Friends After Diagnosis that, among other things, offers survivors an introduction to the sport of crew rowing to help women with cancer regain their strength.

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For Nicole Mader, going to her job hardly seems like work. It’s almost a mini-vacation. As a volunteer field biologist with the Dolphin Ecology Project, she studies and monitors Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the southern part of the Indian River Lagoon down to Jupiter Inlet. Aboard the Julie Mae with her dog, Salty, nearby, she carefully photographs and gathers data of those playful marine mammals who can tell us more about the health of our local waters.


Past Issues

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Riomar’s humble beginnings
Dr. Sawyer’s main residence, which he owned along with two more cottages on Riomar Drive, was purchased in 1919. RIOMAR COUNTRY CLUB ARCHIVES

Riomar’s humble beginnings

The year was 1918 and three Midwesterners, Dr. J.P. Sawyer, Dr. W.H. Humiston, and businessman E.E. Strong, were looking for a winter retreat far away from Ohio’s icy-cold winters. Scouring Florida’s east coast for the perfect place to golf, swim and fish, they came across Vero Beach and agreed they had found their little piece of paradise.

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Magnificent Renewal

Just like the early settlers, when Walter and Dale McGee first stumbled upon the little town of Vero Beach, it was love at first sight. “We were coming back from the Keys on our way back to Baltimore and the car broke down on A1A near Riomar,” says Dale, referring to the barrier island’s oldest neighborhood. Charmed by the character homes, mature oaks and proximity to the beach, she turned to her husband and announced, “OK, I’ll move here.”

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