Chinsegut Conservation Center is located not far from Brooksville and covers 408 of the 850 acres comprising Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The area is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Chinsegut was owned in the early 1900s by Col. Raymond Robins, whose colorful career included gold mining in Alaska and serving as an economic advisor to five presidents. Robins named his land “Chinsegut,” an Alaskan Inuit Indian word for the “spirit of lost things.” Robins used a looser translation: “The place where things of true value that have been lost may be found again.” His donation of this land is the reason we can enjoy it today.
“Chinsegut WEA is home to many wildlife species, and wildlife viewing is possible throughout the year. White-tailed deer are abundant and frequently wander near the building. Turkeys move in and out of the oaks and pines, sometimes roosting in the cypresses next to May’s Prairie. Because May’s Prairie occasionally becomes dry, the frequent lack of fish makes it a mecca for thousands of amphibians, including pig and bull frogs, dwarf sirens and tiger salamanders, who produce young uninterrupted by hungry fish. The gopher frog, a species of special concern in Florida, calls his courting, snore-like call from the confines of the prairie after heavy fall and winter rains.”
There is much to do out at Chinsegut. Trails are dotted with geo-caches and more wildlife than you can imagine. This is a wonderful place for birding as well as getting in some exercise and you will find elevation changes on these trails. There are more trails just down the road at the Big Pine Tract. The nature center overlooks a bird and butterfly garden and you can sit in comfort and view all the visitor to the garden. They even supply the binoculars! You will find their calendar full of activities for all ages and they have opportunities for volunteers as well.
I encourage you to take a guided hike with us to visit the property and trails or to visit on your own. For more information please visit their website at: http://myfwc.com/chinsegut
To book a guided hike visit us at: http://www.notaclueadventures.com
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