Great Living with the Birds of Sarasota’s Celery Fields


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 27th, 2014 – The sub-tropical climate of Sarasota, one of few in the U.S., is invariably among the reasons why many would want to settle in this Southwest Florida locale. And being spared from freezing winter weather isn’t only the motivation in a search for Sarasota homes for sale. Florida’s warm environment has likewise created a slew of wildlife habitats wherein many leisure activities are being woven around, thus further boosting the quality of life in the local communities.

Celery Fields, located just off Palmer Blvd. east of Interstate 75, is one of these outdoor activity hubs that are cheek by jowl with many residential neighborhoods.Thanks largely to local governmentsupport and private initiatives by groups like the Sarasota Audubon Society (SAS), this park has emerged in recent years as one of the local prime spots for bird-watching.Notably, it is hosting the second Celery Fields Bird Naturalist Program from November this year up to April 30, 2014.

Park’s dual purpose: recreation and public safety

Celery Fields

In its first run, the program drew more than 2,500 visitors some of which came not only from out of state but also from overseas. From just the park’s boardwalk alone, over 100 different species of birds were identified during the 2012-2013 season. Under this program, SAS fields Bird Naturalists every day to guide visiting bird watchers not only on the avian species in the park but also on its endemic plant life. For youngsters up to age 18, a “Birdathon” competition on bird counting was likewise held this November. An “Engineer’s Walk” is set too for January next year to provide visitors a better appreciation of the water system at the 400-acre Celery Fields.

Besides recreation, this park owned by Sarasota County also provides public safety, with most of its acreage serving as a water collection and flood mitigation zone.  Historically a sawgrass marsh, Celery Fields has been undergoing restoration and development in recent years. A hundred acres of this zone’s wetlands have already been restored. Over 20,000 trees and aquatic flora have been planted, and one of the two planned boardwalks has been installed. More are on the drawing boards, including a nature center, trails for bikers and hikers, and facilities for fishing and kayaking, in addition to wildlife viewing.

Nearby residential communities

Palmer Glen is one of the residential communities almost adjacent to Celery Fields. There are only a limited number of available properties in this deed-restricted, gated community comprised of single family homes. What could possibly attract prospective buyers browsing the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale is a new listing in this neighborhood at an asking price in the low $400s. Built in 2002, this residence has a floor plan of nearly 2,900 square feet and features four bedrooms and three baths and a half.

Nearby, there are also a few listings at another deed-restricted, single family subdivision, Meadow Walk.

The current choices here are for just three residences priced from around the mid-$200s to the low $300s, featuring floor areas in the1,900–2,900-square-foot range. Among the amenities in this community and its immediate neighborhood are placid lake views and nature preserves plus, of course, waking up to the morning calls of local birds.