Feel Good Friday: Audubon Bird Walk At Celery Fields


SARASOTA COUNTY – In this edition of Feel Good Friday, SNN’s Grant Boxleitner spent time at the Celery Fields in Sarasota County.

The Sarasota Audubon Society is hosting a free bird walk for the public from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Celery Fields. Walkers are asked to meet at the Audubon Nature Center at 999 Center Road.

The boardwalks along the celery fields provide some of the best bird watching on the Suncoast, with dozens of species finding food and habitat along the scenic land.

Sue Guarasci, an Audubon Society volunteer, talks about some of the birds at the Celery Fields.

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Grant Boxleitner
Grant Boxleitner is the SNN evening news anchor. He joined the SNN news team in October 2009 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Boxleitner covered the British tourist murders, a story that made international headlines. He was a member of the SNN reporting team that won a Telly Award for the 10th anniversary 9/11 special about the Suncoast’s connections to the terrorist attacks. He also covered 2012 visits to Sarasota by Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden. Boxleitner was named co-anchor of the SNN Morning Edition in March 2014. He anchored SNN's live 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary coverage and anchored coverage of live speeches from the candidates throughout the campaign. In March 2016, he was named SNN evening news anchor. He hosts the weekly SNN feature segment, "Feel Good Friday." You hear his voice at Ed Smith Stadium as the public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles spring training games. Boxleitner has been a journalist in Southwest Florida since 1997. He joined WBBH-TV NBC-2 in Fort Myers as a reporter in September 2006, fulfilling a longtime career goal of breaking into television news after beginning his career in newspapers. Boxleitner grew up in Marengo, Ill., and is a U.S. Army veteran, completing a combat mission during Desert Storm. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in journalism and political science from Northern Illinois University. During his time in Florida, he completed a master’s degree in media and journalism studies at USF-St. Petersburg. When he’s not on the air, you may find him working out at the YMCA, eating in a Suncoast restaurant or spending time with family and friends.


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