Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
Port Bougainville and Carysfort Restoration
Leaders: Janice Duquesnel, Keys biologist & submerged resources biologist, District 5, Florida State Parks
Start Time at Site: 9:00 AM
End Time at Site: 1:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Cost: $7 + $2.50 per person
Start at the entrance to Port Bougainville to learn about the proposed development of this site, the the environmental challenges of preventing the development, and the long term restoration of this section of the park. Then we will walk the nature trail identifying Keys' flora and fauna. Afterwards we will drive to the former Carysfort Yacht Club where we will see additional flora and fauna, discuss coastal restoration of this site, and look at a few outplanting sites of semaphore cactus (Opuntia corallicola), a long term conservation project. This field trip falls within the survey window of the federally endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly.
Both field trip sites are on level ground, but the Carysfort site is not paved.
Fee: $7 + $2.50 park fee (honor box).
What to Bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen. Wear long sleeves, long pants and close-toed shoes, and mosquito repellent or mosquito netting.
Directions to gathering point at County Road 905 & Loquat Dr., Key Largo, FL 33037* (on Rd. 905 about 500 feet BEYOND Loquat Dr.; park near tiled arch gate):
Lunch options south in Key Largo, north on the mainland, or bring a picnic.
*Note: Click link (gathering point address above) for real-time directions from your location using Google Maps. If you would like to view directions from the Miccosukee Resort, enter the starting point as 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194. By allowing more time than you think is required, you can make your ride there more relaxing.
GPS Location Latitude: 25.17617 Longitude: -80.36968