Science Chase Ends Up in Kissimmee Prairie
Deflated helium balloons sometimes end up in the prairie. Preserve staff have a chart on the office wall keeping track of how many balloons each person retrieves. It's a competition of sorts—to rid the Preserve of these potential hazards. But on Sunday, April 17th, Park Services Specialist, Chris Clauson, and three Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve board members and their spouses brought in an entry like no other: A weather balloon carrying a GPS tracker and GoPro camera launched by eighth-grade student, Chase Wiley, and his two friends, Parker and Austin.
Chase’s mom, Lisa, answered a call from the Preserve. Cheers could be heard in the background as she relayed the message that the balloon and contents had been recovered. The package was delivered the next day by Friend's board V.P., Christina Evans, and husband, Stan Czaplicki. As luck would have it, they live only three miles from Chase’s home!
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Florida Brown Snake
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
Prairie Loop Trail