Mother Nature's ally: Hammock Bay naturalist proves that development doesn't have to be destructive

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 03:57 PM.

"They moved an entire softball field to avoid removing an oak tree," Wyatt said proudly.

As a nature lover, Wyatt said he would be more than happy to share ideas with like-minded developers on how to protect nature and its inhabitants while building.

By the Bay Clubhouse is about 45-acres of undeveloped land. Wyatt has been slowly clearing the land section by section to protect the bobwhite quail, an endangered species. Land in front of the clubhouse will be left alone since it is full of old, oak trees.

Yard work is just another part of the job, Wyatt said.

"My hands will fit around the wheel of a tractor or shovel as well as computer keyboard," he said. "I do whatever I can to make a long-term difference."

One of Wyatt's favorite parts of his job is interacting with the public. On the first Saturday of every month, he hosts a nature walk around Hammock Bay , where he introduces people of all ages to the diverse nature around them.

"The more you know about it, the more you understand how miraculous it is," he said.

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