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Calendar for -- May 2016

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  • Hernando ChapterMonthly Meeting and Public Program: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

    Hernando Chapter

    Monthly Meeting and Public Program: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill Retreat, Brooksville

    Effects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Hernando County Natural Communities 
    by Gene Kelly, Conservation Biologist

    – Gene will provide an overview of current information regarding climate change, including projections on how climate change impacts–particularly sea level rise–will affect Hernando County.

    About our Speaker: Gene Kelly, a Conservation Biologist, has long worked to conserve natural Florida.  Kelly's career includes 16 years as Environmental Lands Planner for SWFWD, indentifying lands to be protected through the Save Our Rivers, Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever land acquisition programs, and planning their management. Kelly as has also served as  Conservation Planner for the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  

    Gene is the current Policy and Legislation Chair for FNPS. Gene served for nearly 16 years as a member of the Hernando County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee.  Recently, Gene joined the ranks of the Al Gore-led Climate Reality Leadership Team.

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  • Citrus ChapterMember's Picnic

    Citrus Chapter

    Member's Picnic

    4:00 pm

    Church House Hammock Park

    Our Annual “May” member’s picnic at Church House Hammock park in Crystal River (across from the Crystal River Mall on Highway 19) will start at 4 PM with volunteering to clean the gardens.

    From 5-6:30 we will have a native plant walk with Steve Farsnwroth

    Potluck picnic at 6:30

    RSVP citrusNPS@gmail.com

    We will enjoy a look at the Gary Maidhof Memorial Butterfly Garden and the over 150 native plants planted in fall 2015 in honor of National Public Lands Day.

  • Cocoplum ChapterChapter Meeting - Linda Eastman and Leigh Goddeau on Red Mangroves

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Chapter Meeting - Linda Eastman and Leigh Goddeau on Red Mangroves

    6:30 pm

    Mangroves are hard working native plants. Learn about the community of organisms supported by a single Rhizophora mangle as explored by these two Florida Master Naturalists. Arrive at 6:30 for social conversation and plant exchange. Program begins at 7:00.

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  • Pinellas ChapterTour of Extension Grounds

    Pinellas Chapter

    Tour of Extension Grounds

    6:00 pm

    Pinellas County Extension, 12510 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL

    Join us for a tour of the Pinellas County Extension grounds, including the native garden and "Andy's Pond".

    Time: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

    Note that this meeting is at a different place and time than usual.

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  • Magnolia ChapterGholson Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Gholson Workday

    9:00 am

    Gholson Nature Park on Park Street, Chattahoochee

    9am-noon

    We will meet at the shelter in Gholson Nature Park, on Park Street, Chattahoochee.

    Snacks will be provided! 

    Please bring weeding tool, gloves, bug spray, and gear that will protect you from sun and tromping through the woods.

    Please dress in appropriate layers, protective shoes & hat.

    Children must be accompanied by responsible guardian/parent.

    For additional information call Diana Picklesimer @ 229-416-9629

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  • Beautyberry ChapterNature Fest

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Nature Fest

    12:00 am

    Lake Louisa State Park, US-27, south of Clermont

    Want to learn more about native plants, our chapter, or the work of the Florida Native Plant Society?  Then find our table at the Lake Louisa Nature Fest, by the main beach at Lake Louisa State Park.

  • Conradina ChapterCruickshank Sanctuary Florida Scrub Jay Hike

    Conradina Chapter

    Cruickshank Sanctuary Florida Scrub Jay Hike

    9:00 am

    360 Barnes Boulevard, Rockledge

    Part of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Celebration. Meet guides Vince Lamb and Patricia Tierney at the parking lot and venture into the Scrub Habitat that serves as home to the Florida Scrub Jay.
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  • SeaRocket ChapterPlant Propigation workshop

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Plant Propigation workshop

    10:00 am

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    Sea Rocket is planning a plant propigation workshop with Linda Gombert and Lois Harris. This is a hands on workshop.

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  • Conradina ChapterWhat is This Fungus Amongus?

    Conradina Chapter

    What is This Fungus Amongus?

    6:00 pm

    Melbourne Library, 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne, FL

    Dr. Jay Barnhart first became interested in wild mushrooms more than 50 years ago while he was making house calls as a general practitioner in rural Maryland. The focus of his presentation will be to show the field characteristics used to differentiate among the fungus species that he has encountered and identified in and around Brevard County. Jay is a member of the North American Mycological Association, whose members are referred to as Mycophiles, aka Fungus Lovers. Jay personally prefers the appellation of Avid Amateur Mycologist, rather than Fungus Expert.
    He has received certification in two of the Florida Master Naturalist Programs and has been giving guided tours at the Enchanted Forest, Sebastian Inlet State Park, the Barrier Island Preserve, and numerous sites for many years during the Birding and Wildlife Festivals.
    Dr. Barnhart is retired from his second career as Dade County Medical Examiner (Miami CSI), and his favorite activities are fishing, playing the piano, and giving interpretive presentations showcasing Florida’s natural treasures.

    Come early at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments.

  • Sumter ChapterMaster Naturalist program

    Sumter Chapter

    Master Naturalist program

    6:00 pm

    2427 CR 522 Sumterville

    Jim Davis from the UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension, Florida Master Naturalist Instructor

    Join us for our monthly meeting, refreshments and raffle items.

    for more information call 352-568-8277

  • Pawpaw ChapterMay Meeting - pre-conference

    Pawpaw Chapter

    May Meeting - pre-conference

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona

    The May Pawpaw Chapter meeting will be a pre-conference meeting, with last minute information, planning and stuffing of the bags.  We will run a slide show of pawpaw field trips while we stuff bags.

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona      7:00 pm

    The Pawpaw Chapter meets the Second Monday of each month at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd (enter from St. James St.), South Daytona.

    Click here for meeting location info and map.
    http://pawpaw.fnpschapters.org/index.php?id=meeting

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  • Naples ChapterPresentation: Dr. William Sanders

    Naples Chapter

    Presentation: Dr. William Sanders

    6:30 am

    Naples Botanical Garden

    PRESENTATION: “Water currents and spore dispersal in the common leaf-dwelling lichen Calopadia” Presenter - Dr. William Sanders—Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at FGCU B.S. Biology, Cornell University, Ph.D. Botany, University of California, Berkeley For more information call (239) 597-7222 or e-mail BJRoche1@comcast.net

  • Magnolia ChapterWolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workday

    8:00 am

    Corner of U.S. Hwy 84 and Wolf Creek Rd., Grady Co., GA

    Join an enthusiastic volunteer crew in caring for Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, where there are tens of millions of trout lilies and thousands of trillium.  Members of our chapter facilitated its permanent conservation in 2009 and continue to coordinate and support its care.  During workdays, we remove invasive plants throughout the property by hand-pulling, digging, weed-wrenching, and cutting and herbiciding the stems. Afterwards, if you wish, you can stay for (bring-your-own) lunch and a leisurely walk, investigating that month's changes.

    For maps, directions, and more information go to www.wolfcreektroutlilypreserve.com

  • Mangrove ChapterProgram

    Mangrove Chapter

    Program

    6:00 pm

    Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL

    Annual Election of Officers, Potluck, and Silent Auction.  Please bring your own place setting and utensils, and anything you would like to contribute to the auction.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterMay Chapter Program, 7pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    May Chapter Program, 7pm

    7:00 pm

    Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship 4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville

    Topic: Carnivorous Plants of Alachua County
    Speaker: Larry Schwandes

    There are five kinds of carnivorous plants in the State of Florida. Four of them are in Alachua County. A brief history of carnivorous plants and who discovered them will be presented, plus tips for growing them.

     

  • NatureCoast ChapterOrchids in Our Backyard - Florida's Wild Orchids

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Orchids in Our Backyard - Florida's Wild Orchids

    7:00 pm

    Land O' Lakes Community Center

    Speaker:         Prem Subrahmanyam

    Program:        Orchids in Our Backyard - Florida's Wild Orchids 

    This program will introduce the audience to orchids growing wild within our great state of Florida, which is home to over half the species of orchids found within the United States.  This presentation will cover species both common and rare within the state, along with scientific information, anecdotes, and beautiful photographs of these appealing and interesting flowers.

    Speaker Bio: 

    Florida native orchid expert, Prem Subrahmanyam became interested in orchids at a young age and soon located native orchid species growing in wild areas near his boyhood home in Tallahassee, Florida. This launched a journey of discovery of Florida's amazing native orchids. He has spent some thirty years tracking down species both common and rare within the wilds of Florida, including the rare and elusive Ghost Orchid. He can often be found hiking out into the wild with his camera, his wife and a few of their fifteen children in tow as photographer's assistants.

    His personal goal is to educate the public concerning our native species and advocate for their preservation before they are driven to extinction by the people of Florida. 

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  • NatureCoast ChapterUp Close and Personal with Florida Native Butterflies

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Up Close and Personal with Florida Native Butterflies

    10:00 am

    MOSI BioWorks Butterfly Garden

    Up Close and Personal with Florida Native Butterflies

    MOSI BioWorks Butterfly Garden

    4801 E. Fowler Ave (across from USF campus)

    Wednesday, May 11th

    10 AM

    You won’t want to miss this special field trip to MOSI Outside.  MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in Tampa. We will browse through the outside butterfly garden, the Savage Garden and then go inside for the Butterfly Encounter. Then we will continue our outside adventure by visiting the Historic Tree Grove where you will see a tree that grew from a seed that went to the moon and back as well and other trees with their roots in history. And finally a walk in the 25 acre woods behind MOSI. Kristen, the only staff person with BioWorks, will lead our tour.

    There is no entrance fee to Outside Mosi, but there is a $5.00 parking fee per car. I suggest that we meet at Texas Longhorn at SR56 and I75 to carpool at 9:30AM. Bring lunch or you can purchase lunch at the “Everything’s Fresh Market”. It features fresh salads and panini wraps seasoned with fresh herbs from MOSI's own herb garden. In addition, it has a frozen yogurt station with an extensive toppings bar.

    Please email field trip leader, Gail Parsons, if you plan on attending.  Gailpar1@verizon.net Cellphone 813-928-1412

  • Coontie ChapterSurvival Strategies of Native Plants

    Coontie Chapter

    Survival Strategies of Native Plants

    7:00 pm

    Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312

    A lot is going on in the wilds of South Florida where the native species live. Complex interactions are active among the plant and animal species there. Plants must also respond to the ever-changing physical environment of sun, climate, and soil within a world of microbial chemistry that sustains and threatens. These external and internal processes of life and death are the subject of George Roger's talk for the Broward Chapter this Wednesday. Dr. Roger's is wonderfully knowledgeable about the workings of native plants. He has been studying, teaching, and looking beneath the surface for decades. Dr. George K. Rogers is Professor and Horticulture Chair at Palm Beach State College. He has written South Florida landscaping books that emphasize native species. He has the best online learning courses we know of. He has a great blog, and a great mix of wonder and humor. Come to the Secret Woods to hear him this Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

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  • LongleafPine ChapterMay Chapter Meeting

    LongleafPine Chapter

    May Chapter Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Lucia Tryon Branch Library

    The May meeting of the Longleaf Pine FNPS chapter will be held at 6pm Thursday, May 12 at the Lucia Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave. Pensacola, Florida.

  • Ixia ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Willowbranch Branch Library, 2875 Park St., Jacksonville FL

    A healthy tree canopy is critical to a healthy city. Come join us to hear John November, Executive Director/Legal Counsel for the Public Trust speak on the City of Jacksonville’s stewardship of the Tree Mitigation Fund. 

     

    In 2000 the City of Jacksonville listened to the will of the people and passed a Charter Amendment designed to protect our tree canopy through the collection of permit fees and fines for those who sought to cut down our trees.  Over the last decade and a half the people of Jacksonville have trusted that the City has been good stewards of the fund that was created from this collection of fees and fines, but is this trust misplaced?

     

    The primary focus of the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida is the zealous protection of the City of Jacksonville's Preservation Project and other federal and state protected lands and waters. Commonly known as the "Public Trust," it pursues legal means, including litigation if necessary, to protect and preserve the public lands and waters.  Additionally, the Public Trust supports the education of political leaders and government officials.

     

    John November was born and raised in Atlantic Beach, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida Magna Cum Laude and then received his Juris Doctorate from University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. In addition to starting his role as Executive Director for the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida in June 2016, John is the President of November Law. 

     

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  • Ixia ChapterTLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    Native Park, 3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

    2016 marks the 6th anniversary of Ixia’s adoption of Native Park. Please join us for TLC Saturday at Native Park on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 8:30-11:30 (you are welcome to come for all or part of the morning).

    Volunteering at Native Park is a great way to learn about native plants that grow in our area, meet other Ixia members, get some exercise, and help the pollinators that depend on these plants to survive.

     

     

    Native Park was established in 1923 by the Avondale Garden Circle for plant life study and was adopted by our Ixia Chapter in January, 2010 under the City’s Friends of the Park program.  This designation gives our chapter a role in the planning, development, and care-taking of Native Park.

     

    Remaining 2016 TLC schedule:

    June 11

    July 9 

    August 13

    September 10

    October 8

    November 12

    December-no TLC day

     

    For more information contact sallysteinauer@bellsouth.net

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    TBD

    Leader: Gail Fishman and Scott Davis

    Location: TBD

  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa Chapter - Annual Garden Tour

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa Chapter - Annual Garden Tour

    9:00 am

    Sarasota and Manatee Counties

    We’ll visit several gardens that feature native plants —each unique in its own way—to get design and planting ideas for our own efforts. Details to be announced.

  • Conradina ChapterMaritime Hammock Sanctuary Hike

    Conradina Chapter

    Maritime Hammock Sanctuary Hike

    9:00 am

    Hike is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Led by John Boltz, Conradina Chapter. The hike is approximately two miles in length. This property of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program is approximately 150 acres and has habitats ranging from the ocean to the lagoon and includes coastal strand, maritime hammock, hydric hammock, and mangrove forest.

    Meet at the north trailhead located 300 feet north of the entrance to Mark’s Landing on the west side of A1A. The physical address is 6200 S. Highway A1A (there is no indication of street number). Take U.S. 192 east to Highway A1A and go south 10.1 miles.

    Wear hiking or tennis shoes, consider repellent and sunscreen, and bring water as it may be warm in places outside the shade of the hammock.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterMay Chapter Field Trip, 9:00-11:30am

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    May Chapter Field Trip, 9:00-11:30am

    9:00 am

    Little Orange Creek Preserve

    Location: Little Orange Creek Preserve
    Trip leader: Ivor Kincaide

    Much of the 2,900-acre Little Orange Creek Preserve (LOCP) is basin swamp with cypress, tupelo, and red maple trees. The uplands were historically sandhill and flatwoods, but were converted to planted pine many years ago. The varied habitats support a wonderful diversity of animals and plants.

    Meet at the ACT Prairie Creek Lodge at 9:00 AM then carpool to Hawthorne. For directions to the lodge, please visit: http://alachuaconservationtrust.org/index.php?/alachua_v2/Prairie_Creek_Lodge.

    This field trip will begin at the Prairie Creek Lodge, southeast of Gainesville at 9 am and will include a multi-stop visit to different locations at the Little Orange Creek Preserve in Hawthorne, 11 miles east of the lodge on State Road 20. The entire trip will take no more than 2½ hours with everyone returning to the lodge by 11:30 am.

  • Coontie ChapterSelf-guided Landscape Tour and Sundowner

    Coontie Chapter

    Self-guided Landscape Tour and Sundowner

    9:30 am

    RSVP as below

    We provide a short self-guided tour map of public landscaping ending at the home of one of our members at about 4:30 pm for a South Florida Sundowner. While there, we will relax, look the yard, and identify the native landscape plants. Check the Coontie Calendar for updates and RSVP to the email or phone above no later than Friday, May 13. Join us as we promote sustainable landscaping and enjoy a delightful evening together.

    RSVP for destination location: Richard@Brownscombe.net or 954-661-6289

  • Pinellas ChapterPinellas FNPS Garden Party!

    Pinellas Chapter

    Pinellas FNPS Garden Party!

    10:00 am

    Katy Roberts' House

    ...A fun-filled time enjoying the plants we love!

    • Location: 166 – 11th Avenue North, Safety Harbor, FL
    • Time: 10 am to 3 pm, Rain or Shine
    • Hats encouraged, but not required.
    • Optional Scavenger / Treasure Hunt
    • Snacks and Drinks Provided
    • Donations requested, optional

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  • Ixia ChapterMembers Only Field Trip

    Ixia Chapter

    Members Only Field Trip

    10:00 am

    Beluthahatchee Park

    Beluthahatchee Park is a four acre park in St. Johns County, FL. It is located within the 70 acre tract of land purchased by Stetson Kennedy in 1948 after the 18 acre Beluthahatchee Lake was created by impounding Mill Creek in 1945. History was made at Beluthahatchee during the latter half of the 20th century, by both Kennedy and his frequent house guest, America’s legendary folk balladeer Woody Guthrie (“This Land is Your Land,” etc.).

     

    This a Members Only field trip, due to limited parking and our special access to visit the home and grounds.

     

    We will meet @ 10:00 at the Wild Birds Unlimited store located at 450 State Rd. 13. We will then carpool to the site. (The WBU store will be open at noon for those wishing to make a stop.) 

     

    Please consult the website for further directions and history on the remarkable life of Stetson Kennedy and the site he set aside in perpetuity as a widelife refuge. 

    http://bartramscenichighway.com/experiences/recreational/parks/beluthahatchee-park/

     

     

     

     

  • Beautyberry ChapterSaving the Monarch Butterflies

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Saving the Monarch Butterflies

    2:00 pm

    Trout Lake Nature Center, on SR-44A, 1/3 mi East of SR-19

    Did you know?  Those big beautiful butterflies need our help.  A number of threats are emerging.  Hear Scott Davis, dynamic speaker, Ranger at St Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Monarch expert tell us about the Monarchs, what we can do to help, and the latest finidings of research on their lives & problems.

    Scott's presentation will start ar 2:30, but you can come at 2 for refreshemnts, conversation and native plants.

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  • FNPS ChapterFNPS Annual Conference

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS Annual Conference

    8:00 am

    Daytona Beach Resort

    2016 FNPS Annual Conference at Daytona Beach

    May 19-21, 2016.  Daytona Beach Resort.  Sponsored by the Paw Paw Chapter.

     

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterFNPS State Conference, 5/19-5/22

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    FNPS State Conference, 5/19-5/22

    8:00 am

    Daytona Beach Resort, Daytona Beach, FL

    Don't forget the 36th annual Florida Native Plant Society State Conference, hosted by the Pawpaw Chapter! Details are here.

  • Council ChapterCouncil Meeting In-person

    Council Chapter

    Council Meeting In-person

    4:30 pm

    FNPS Conference at Daytona Beach Resort

    Daytona Beach Resort

    Council Meeting Thursday 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

    2016 FNPS Annual Conference at Daytona Beach 

    May 19-21, 2016.  Daytona Beach Resort.  Sponsored by the Paw Paw Chapter.

  • FNPSFNPS Board of Directors Meeting

    FNPS

    FNPS Board of Directors Meeting

    5:30 pm

    Daytona Beach Resort

    FNPS Conference at Daytona Beach Resort

    Daytona Beach Resort

    Board of Directors Meeting Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

    2016 FNPS Annual Conference at Daytona Beach 

    May 19-21, 2016.  Daytona Beach Resort.  Sponsored by the Paw Paw Chapter.

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  • FNPS ChapterFNPS Annual Members Meeting

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS Annual Members Meeting

    8:00 am

    Daytona Beach Resort

    2016 Annual Membership Meeting at Daytona Beach

    May 21, 2016.  Daytona Beach Resort.  Sponsored by the Paw Paw Chapter.

    Th2 FNPS Annual Members Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 21 at the Conference. The Members meeting will start at 8:00 am in Ballroom A. Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center. All members and gusts are invited.

    The Draft agenda is posted on the Forum on Feb 19, 2016

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  • SeaRocket ChapterMonthly Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    Tom Shupe of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) on Bears and Coyotes

    Tom began work in Florida in 1988 as Wildlife Biologist for Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission on Rock Springs Run Wildlife Management Area.  Currently Tom works with the renamed Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission working as District Biologist for east central Florida. Tom is responsible for the staff and activities on 13 Wildlife Management Areas and various wildlife related issues on private lands throughout his district. Currently, black bear and coyote issues are the major concerns Tom is working with.

     

  • Suncoast ChapterChapter Meeting: Open Mic Night

    Suncoast Chapter

    Chapter Meeting: Open Mic Night

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583

    NOTE: THIS MEETING IS ONE WEEK LATER THAN USUAL DUE TO A CONFLICT WITH THE FNPS CONFERENCE
     

    NOTE: THIS MEETING IS ONE WEEK LATER THAN USUAL DUE TO A CONFLICT WITH THE FNPS CONFERENCE

    This is your time to brag about your native garden, talk about native plant related topics, and ask garden questions of our highly knowledgeable members. Each participant will have 10 minutes to give a Power Point or to just talk.

    We want to know about what you are doing to conserve, protect and restore native plants and native plant communities. Examples of acceptable presentations would include:

    • Did you attend the FNPS Conference? Tell us what you learned. 
    • Have you participated in  the FNPS land management program? Tell us about your experience.
    • Did you or your community put in a new native garden? Show us before and after pictures and tell us how you did it?
    • Are you having difficulty growing a particular native plant or picking plants for your yard?: "Ask The Membership" about plants you may had had difficulty growing in your yard.
    • Are you a photographer or illustrator of native plants?: Show us a few (3-5) of your favorite photos or illustrations and tell us why they are your favorites.

    Please NO politics or self-promotion. 

    Plan ahead and don't be shy. If you want to give us a heads-up on your topic, send an email to suncoastnps@gmail.com, but this is not a requirement to speak. Just show up with your presentation on a usb thumb drive and we will fit you in.

    Our meetings are held at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be Light Refreshments, and following the presentations we will have a plant auction. 

     

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  • TheVillages ChapterDefender of Florida’s Environment

    TheVillages Chapter

    Defender of Florida’s Environment

    1:30 pm

    Big Cypress Recreation Center

    Regular Monthly Meeting

    Day: May 27, 2016
    Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
    Location: Big Cypress Recreation Center, 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages, Florida. 32163

    Peggy McDonaldDefender of Florida’s EnvironmentPeggy McDonald is the author of "Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment".  This is the first full-length biography of the self-described “housewife from Micanopy,” who in reality struggled to balance career and family with her husband, Archie Carr, a pioneering conservation biologist. For 35 years, Carr tirelessly led a coalition of citizen activists in the continuing battle to protect and restore the Ocklawaha River. To this day, this little-known river in the heart of central Florida remains blocked by the remnants of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project that Carr and her fellow Florida Defenders of the Environment (FDE) activists stopped before its construction was completed. Marjorie Harris Carr is an intimate look at this remarkable woman who dedicated her life to conserving Florida’s wildlife and wild places. The book won Honorable Mention in Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award contest in Women's Studies.

    Get Google directions to Big Cypress Recreation Center

    We welcome guests to come and see what our local society chapter is doing. FNPS membership forms and dues are accepted at the meeting or you can join online at www.fnps.org

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  • LongleafPine ChapterField Trip to Tarkiln Bayou State Park

    LongleafPine Chapter

    Field Trip to Tarkiln Bayou State Park

    7:30 am

    Near Pensacola

    Meet 7:30 AM at parking lot in front of Big Lots in Warrington (400 N. Navy Blvd.) or go directly to park (located on west side of Bauer Road about 1.6 miles south of intersection with Hwy 98).  We will hike the Tarkiln Bayou Trail, which passes through pine flatwoods to the edge of an adjacent black needlerush marsh.  A pitcherplant bog is also observable from the western boardwalk section of the trail.  Expected native plant highlights include Asclepias pedicellata (yellow milkweed), Pterocaulon pycnostachyum (wingstem), Syngonanthus flavidulus (yellow bogbutton), Drosera capillaris (common sundew), Sarracenia leucophylla (whitetop pitcherplant), and Myrica inodora (odorless bayberry).  Easy hiking.  Finish by noon.  Entrance fee ($3.00) required.  Leader:  James R. Burkhalter.

  • Suncoast ChapterGuided Native Plant Walk

    Suncoast Chapter

    Guided Native Plant Walk

    9:30 am

    Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL

    Everyone is invited to come discover the beauty of native plants on a guided walk with a representative of the Suncoast Native Plant Society. One hour (plus) walks will start in the native plant garden at the Visitor’s Center, then on to the boardwalk to see what grows naturally in the hardwood swamp. Time allowing, we will continue the walk onto the nature trails to see what is in bloom there. Walks are scheduled for one hour, but you may have the option to continue on a longer walk with our guide. 
     
    Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. 
     
    Walks are FREE, but there is a $2 entrance fee per vehicle (up to 8 people) to get into the park. 

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