A Trip to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in Saint Petersburg Florida

Lydia and I took a trip to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve this last weekend. Despite it being “Winter” there was still plenty to see. The nature preserve can be found on the shores of Lake Maggiore just outside of downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida. It features a Bird-of-Prey aviary, 6 miles of hiking trails, overnight camping, hardwood hammocks, sand pine scrub, pine flat-woods, willow marsh, swamp woodlands, lake shore and it is a part of the  of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Look through our photos below and if you like them, subscribe and comment. Enjoy!

Injured B. lineatus.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Injured B. Lineatus. This bird is disabled and lives at the preserve full time.
A congregation of juvenile Alligator Mississippiensis
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – A congregation of juvenile Alligator Mississippiensis

This congregation of gators was seen enjoying a warm winter day by hanging out in the warm sunlight near their mother.

A view of downtown Saint Petersburg from foot bridge on lake Maggiore
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – A view of downtown Saint Petersburg from a foot bridge on Lake Maggiore

Above you will find downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida as seen from a wooden bridge over Lake Maggiore.

A male A. Anhinga drying his wings on lake Maggiore @ Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – A male A. Anhinga drying his wings on Lake Maggiore.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Pachydiplax longipennis.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Pachydiplax longipennis.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Perithemis tenera
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Perithemis tenera
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Ardea alba modesta
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Ardea alba modesta
Boyd Hill Nature preserve - Gallinula galeata.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Gallinula galeata.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Senna pendula
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Senna pendula
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Baccharis angustifolia
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Baccharis angustifolia

For the two ferns below we have not been able to find a name match. If you happen to know what these plants are called, please let us know in the comments.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Unidentified Wild Fern.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Unidentified Wild Fern.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Unidentified Wild Fern.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Unidentified Wild Fern.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Juvenile A. Mississippiensis.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Ardea alba modesta
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Ardea alba modesta
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Ficus Microcarpa
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve – Ficus Microcarpa

A Case Study in Real Life Voter Fraud and suppression – Pinellas County FL

A Case Study in Real Life Voter Fraud

Today, while I watched the deplorables walk away with another election in Florida I also struck up a conversation with a man standing next to me about voting. He told me he was denied a vote even though he has been an active voter and is registered correctly. I asked him and he showed me his State ID and his voters registration card with his polling location information printed on it.

The Story

His story is that an election official told him (at his polling location) that if he wanted to vote he needed to head to another location. The reasoning was that he was not registered at the location printed on his card. Unfortunately (or was it by design) he was not able to make it to the polling place before it closed. In this way, he was denied his right to vote. He told me that he has been registered since 2008 and indeed he had voted for Obama as his first act as a voter. He also had voted in the 2016 election using the address and polling place on his card. So it seemed odd to me that his polling location had changed. I offered to help him out and get him registered correctly. We proceeded to look up his registration on the State’s website and were greeted by some nasty surprises.

According to the state he was registered at the same address on his ID and his polling location is the same location listed on his voter ID card
According to the state he was registered at the same address on his ID and his polling location is the same location listed on his voter ID card

According to the state he was registered at the same address on his ID and his polling location is the same location listed on his voter ID card. We also looked him up on the Pinellas County supervisor of elections website.

The county supervisor of election website gave this message when we looked him up.

"Voter record was not found in Pinellas County or is protected from public disclosure. Contact the Supervisor of Elections office or do a statewide search"
Voter record was not found in Pinellas County or is protected from public disclosure. Contact the Supervisor of Elections office or do a statewide search

Of course, we looked him up there and he is listed as an active voter.

To report election fuckery, be sure to visit and then call the Election Protection Coalition.  Follow the steps below.

  1. Insist on a provisional Ballot.
  2. Visit Election Protection Coalition
  3. Call: 866-OUR-VOTE or Text “Our Vote” to 97779

Once the election is certified by the state (justly or not) it’s over. Your vote will not count. If you are reading this in 2020 and you are told to go somewhere else to vote and you are certain you are in the right place. Insist on speaking to a manager and filling out a provisional ballot

The Problem

There is no problem with people voting using a false identity. Undocumented immigrants are not voting. That is a smokescreen blown up the asses of deplorable to get their support for racist voter ID laws. The problem is suppression; the problem is mysterious problems with your registration or your minority neighborhood polling location closing. On my facebook post about this I was told that two black voters were told the same thing (the person this article is about is hispanic) and one other person said this:

"My address somehow was off by one digit (never changed) and I had to put in for an address change for my correct one. Then, they said my status was 'inactive' although I just voted in 2016. Something is glitching."
“My address somehow was off by one digit (never changed) and I had to put in for an address change for my correct one. Then, they said my status was ‘inactive’ although I just voted in 2016. Something is glitching.”

I found out earlier this week that my own vote in the 2010 election was not counted and I have no idea why. I only found out because I was mailed a voter report card by an NGO.

What can you do?

  • Register yearly and vote as early as possible. This is really only available to the privileged, but do it if you can.
  • Help your friends and loved ones register and vote early every single year.
  • Don’t vote deplorable.

Useful links

Progressive Candidate Guide for the 2018 Florida General Election – Tampa Bay

Yesterday I posted the Pinellas county guide and today I thought it would be a good idea to post the Hillsborough county guide. I reached out to the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida to get these guides. I was not paid for this, but if anyone knows George Soros, have him call me.

Useful links

Progressive Caucus Endorsed Candidate

Progressive Caucus Endorsed Candidates
2018 Florida General election.

Democratic Party Endorsed Candidates and Amendments

Democratic Party Endorsed Candidates

Florida 2018 Amendment voting guide.

2018 Florida General election.
2018 Florida General election.

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2018 General Election – Progressive Voter Guide

I had trouble pulling a readable copy of this guide from the Pinellas DPC Facebook  site so I am reposting it to this site and some others. A vote for these candidates is a vote for progressive Democrats in your area. Please share the this website and guide with all of your friends. If you can, ask your friends and neighbors if they need a ride to the polls. Make an afternoon of it!

Useful Links

Races

 

2018 progressive voters guide
2018 General Election. Progressive Democratic Candidate guide for Pinellas County Florida

Amendments

Ammendment guide Florida 2018
2018 General Election. Progressive Democratic Amendment guide for Pinellas County Florida.

Retention/Judges

  • Alan Lawson – NO
  • Anthony K. Black – YES
  • Darryl C. Casanueva – YES
  • Edward C. LaRose – NO
  • Susan H. Rothstein-Youakim – NO
  • 6th Circuit – Roxanne Fixen

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