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Calendar for -- February 2016

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  • Hernando ChapterGeneral Meeting and Public Program

    Hernando Chapter

    General Meeting and Public Program

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill Retreat - Brookville

    Preserving Wild Florida in Hernando County
     
    Join us to watch the new documentary film "The Forgotten Coast, Return to Wild Florida" by the Florida Wildlife Corridor. This film follows Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, Joseph Guthrie, and Carlton Ward Jr. on their second expedition hiking, biking, paddling through Florida to highlight missing links needed to connect conservation lands in the Corridor.
     
    Some of these connections are in Hernando County – Join us to identify where Wild Florida persists in our county, key features and ownership of these ecosystems, and the types of wildlife–and plants–they support. Together we will explore what we can do to protect existing wildlife corridors for future generations of flora and fauna.
     
    The Forgotten Coast, Return to Wild Florida, was produced by Grizzly Creek Films and distributed by WUSF in support of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Free and open to the public. Formal program starts at 7:00 pm at Chinsegut Hill Retreat.
     

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  • PaynesPrairie ChapterChapter Planning Meeting, 5:30pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    Chapter Planning Meeting, 5:30pm

    5:30 pm

    Fifield Hall, 2550 Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611

  • Cocoplum ChapterChapter Meeting-Cheryl Peterson on Soil Microbes and Florida Lupines

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Chapter Meeting-Cheryl Peterson on Soil Microbes and Florida Lupines

    6:30 pm

    Environmental Studies Center, 2900 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

    Plants access nutrients in soil with assistance from tiny microbes. Cheryl Peterson, Conservation Program Manager, Rare Plant Conservation Program, Bok Tower Gardens will discuss research on endanged florida lupines and explain their dependance on specialized soil microorganisms.

    Arrive at 6:30 for social conversation and plant raffle. Program begins at 7:00

     

  • Citrus ChapterFlorida's Edible Wild Plants ( Monthly Meeting )

    Citrus Chapter

    Florida's Edible Wild Plants ( Monthly Meeting )

    7:00 pm

    Crystal River Preserve State Park Visitor’s Center located at 3266 N. Sailboat Ave., Crystal River, FL

    Peggy Lantz, author of the new book “Florida’s Edible Wild Plants” will be coming over from the east coast for a program on Florida’s Edible Wild Plants. In addition to our monthly meetings which start at 7 PM, we will have our resident landscaper and Master Gardener, Barbara McCormick, present “Barbara’s Bits” starting at 6:15 PM and running until 6:45 PM. Barbara will share information on planting and maintaining native plants and a lot more.

  • Tarflower ChapterMonthly meeting: TBD

    Tarflower Chapter

    Monthly meeting: TBD

    7:00 pm

    Harry P Leu Gardens

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  • Pinellas ChapterThe Heat Is On: Climate Change & Pinellas County

    Pinellas Chapter

    The Heat Is On: Climate Change & Pinellas County

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park

    Climate change's impacts are global, but its specific effects vary from region to region, from community to community, and from land use to land use. How will rising temperatures affect our urban, semi-tropical peninsula? A representative from the St. Pete Sustainability Council will explore this question, as well as adaptation strategies that may make sense for our community.

    The program will be preceded by announcements, a silent auction of native plants, a break for refreshments. Come and bring a friend. Everyone is welcome! 

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  • SweetBay ChapterPresentation: Beekeeping

    SweetBay Chapter

    Presentation: Beekeeping

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

    Learn about beekeeping from local beekeeper Charles Hay.  Taste and purchase locally produced honey.

  • Magnolia ChapterOld-growth Grasslands of the Red Hills Region - Kevin Robertson

    Magnolia Chapter

    Old-growth Grasslands of the Red Hills Region - Kevin Robertson

    7:00 pm

    Room 1024 in the King Life Sciences Building on the FSU Campus

    Researchers have recently suggested the term "old-growth grasslands" to describe the native, fire-dependent plant communities of the world, including native longleaf and shortleaf pine-grasslands of northern Florida and southern Georgia. Many of the plants in such communities are both adapted for frequent fire and susceptible to soil disturbance, because of their heavy dependence on below-ground resources stored in the roots which allow them resprout repeatedly. Kevin Robertson will present some of the results from Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy’s Fire Ecology Program which sup-port this concept and show examples of plant species typical of these "old-growth grasslands".

    Kevin Robertson received his BS in Botany from Louisiana State University where he conducted fire ecology research in pinelands of Everglades National Park, southern Georgia, and Louisiana. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Biology at the University of Illinois where he studied the effects of river migration on floodplain forests along rivers of the southeastern U.S. He is currently the Fire Ecology Program Director at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. There he studies the plant community ecology of southeastern U.S. pine ecosystems, the natural history of the Gulf Coastal Plain, remote sensing of fire, effects of fire regime on plant communities, soils, and fire behavior, and prescribed fire effects on air quality. He also provides extension and education regarding the use of prescribed burning in fire-dependent ecosystems of the southeastern U.S.

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  • SweetBay ChapterWinter Bay Day

    SweetBay Chapter

    Winter Bay Day

    8:00 am

    St. Joesph Bay State Buffer Preserve

    Enjoy a trip through the backwoods trails of the preserve to see native and endangered plants and learn more about prescribed burning.  Explore the shore and see shorebirds at the cape.

    For more information, see www.stjosephbaypreserves.org

  • Cocoplum ChapterField Trip-Hallstrom Farmstead

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Field Trip-Hallstrom Farmstead

    9:00 am

    Join Cheryl Peterson at Hallstrom Farmstead in Vero Beach.  Details on time and location available at 2/2 chapter meeting.

  • 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

  • Coontie ChapterAnne Kolb Plant Sale

    Coontie Chapter

    Anne Kolb Plant Sale

    9:00 am

    751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, FL 33019

    The Anne Kolb Nature Center is having a yearly Plant Sale on Saturday 2/6/16. The hours are from 9am-12pm.  The sale focuses on native annuals and perennials.

     

  • Tarflower ChapterLake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza

    Tarflower Chapter

    Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza

    9:00 am

    Magnolia Park, Apopka

    Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza

    Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. at Magnolia Park, Apopka (MAP)

    What is Birdapalooza? A celebration of the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home on the north shore of Lake Apopka, Florida’s fourth-largest lake. Quickly and quietly, the Lake Apopka North Shore has developed a reputation among birding enthusiasts nationwide as a great place to spot rare and spectacular birds, including raptors (bald eagles, peregrine falcons, swallow-tailed kites and northern harrier hawks), wading birds (great blue herons, green herons, snowy egrets and purple gallinules), and waterfowl (anhingas, ring-necked ducks and mottled ducks).

    Join your friends, neighbors, and birding enthusiasts as we celebrate Birdapalooza and the habitat that supports hundreds of bird species! Activities include free birding/nature tours led by veteran guides; nature photography hikes; live entertainment; vendors and exhibitors specializing in outdoor recreation, birding gear and old Florida crafts and products; food trucks and other refreshments.

    And don't miss OAS Birdapalooza Friday on February 5!

  • Beautyberry ChapterBeneficial Insects For Your Garden

    Beautyberry Chapter

    Beneficial Insects For Your Garden

    10:00 am

    Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Rd, Clermont

    Are the bugs in your garden bugging you? Did you ever stop to think that maybe the real problem is not enough bugs? Yes, Mother Nature uses 'good bugs' to control the ones you don't want! But most pesticides kill them all, both good & bad. Learn about the good ones and what you can do to attract them to your yard when popular speaker & nurseryman Taryn Evans talks about Beneficial Insects for Your Garden, 10 am, Saturday February 6th at Cooper Memorial Library, Clermont, 2525 Oakley-Seaver Drive, just off Hancock Rd about ½ mi N. of SR-50. You may even go home with a free native plant -- if you win one of our door prizes. Sponsored by the Lake Beautyberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, this informative program is free and open to the public. Older children welcome to listen and learn. Any questions? call Jon 407-448-6195, or Jim 407-952-1026 or email Fieldtrip@embarqmail.com.

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  • Conradina ChapterManaging Sea Level Rise in Florida

    Conradina Chapter

    Managing Sea Level Rise in Florida

    6:00 pm

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

    Dr. Parkinson will begin the presentation by describing the effects of sea level rise along the coast of Florida under conditions of rising temperature. Next, Dr. Parkinson will discuss how best to manage this risk using regional associations of local government. Finally, he will describe what adaptation actions (i.e., protect and defend, managed withdrawal) are required to successfully mitigate sea level rise.

    Dr. Randall Parkinson is a coastal geologist who has been active in the science of sea level rise and coastal zone management for three decades. He was the lead investigator on an EPA-funded project designed to quantify the vulnerability of the City of Satellite Beach to future sea level rise. This project is now recognized as the first of its kind in the state of Florida. Dr. Parkinson has lived in Melbourne, Florida, since 1987, and a member of Brevard County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Selection and Management Committee for 24 years. As an environmental consultant, he continues to promote the resilience of natural lands in an ever-expanding urban landscape.

    Come early for refreshments at 5:30.

  • Sumter ChapterFlorida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Glades 2 Gulf

    Sumter Chapter

    Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Glades 2 Gulf

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Community Building

    A member of the Flordia Wildlife Corridor Organization will be our speaker at our February meeting

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

    For more, please call 352-568-8277.

  • Pawpaw ChapterFeb. meeting program - Eradicating Brazialian Pepper

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Feb. meeting program - Eradicating Brazialian Pepper

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Comm. Center, South Daytona

    February’s speaker is Becki O'Keefe, Volunteer Coordinator for Volusia County Environmental Management. She will talk about the eradication of Brazilian Peppers.

    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.

    Doors open 6:30 pm, Program at 7pm, followed by the business meeting.

    Click here for meeting location info and map.

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  • Magnolia ChapterWolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workday

    Magnolia Chapter

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workday

    9:00 am

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

    Check on the progress of the trout lily and trillium plants' emergence and help prepare and maintain the trails and signage for the annual bloom.  Afterwards, if you wish, you can stay for (bring-your-own) lunch and a leisurely walk.

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

  • Coontie ChapterAttracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida

    Coontie Chapter

    Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida

    6:30 pm

    3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie, FL

    Roger Hammer speakers on "Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida" hosted by our friends at the Broward County Butterfly Chapter, Tree Tops Park, Oak Ridge Hall.

  • Sparkleberry ChapterChapter Meeting - Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL 32008

    Sparkleberry Chapter

    Chapter Meeting - Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford, FL 32008

    6:30 pm

    "Yard Weeds & Other Fun Natives", by Lauren McFarland

    Come join us for a fun program showcasing an interesting assortment of plants many folks like to call "weeds" that we native plant enthusiasts know as highly beneficial and beautiful Florida natives.  Our Sparkleberry President, Lauren McFarland, has put this together to point out a variety of our local native plants that you may have growing happily in your own yards - drawing in the birds and butterflies we all love to see!   

     

  • Mangrove ChapterProgram

    Mangrove Chapter

    Program

    7:00 pm

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

    "Preserving Native Plants Through Photography and Conservation," by Jim Knoy

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterFebruary Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    February Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    7:00 pm

    Unitarian Universalist Church at 4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32605

  • NatureCoast ChapterFlorida’s Native Milkweeds in the Wild and in your Garden

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Florida’s Native Milkweeds in the Wild and in your Garden

    7:00 pm

    Land O' Lakes Community Center

    The state of Florida has 21 Native Species of Milkweeds, many of which are suited for the yard and garden environment. We will explore the milkweeds in Florida in their natural states and the species that do well in the garden or landscape. Milkweeds can be in sunny and dry to wet and shady environments so there is one or more right for your yard. Also , there will be discussion on the use of native milkweed vs. nonnative and biodiversity and local ecotypes of seeds.

     

    Speaker Bio: 

    Chris Parisi owns Restless Natives Nursery in Tarpon Springs, Florida and raises several local ecotype native milkweeds to sell as plants and for seed resources. He hopes to increase the scale of his operation to supply seeds from several species especially those in Central Florida.  Chris has been working with milkweeds since 2008 and with the Xerces Society, Cornell University and FANN on milkweed projects throughout the years.

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  • Coontie ChapterBroward - 100 Years of Change

    Coontie Chapter

    Broward - 100 Years of Change

    7:00 pm

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

    Diana Guidry will present: Broward’s natural landscape has changed over the past 100 years.  What are the challenges for the next 100 and why is it important to know the flow?

    Diana Guidry has worked tirelessly towards supporting wildlife and the environment for over 20 years, with Broward County’s NatureScape Broward program, the Extension Education Division, and Flamingo Gardens Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Sanctuary.  

     

    As the NatureScape Broward Outreach Coordinator, Diana organizes programs, trainings, and community projects that support sustainable landscapes and wildlife habitat. As a National Wildlife Federation Host, she has graduated 20 classes of Habitat Stewards and serves as the team leader for Broward County’s Community Wildlife Habitat.  

     

    She plays a major organizational role in the county’s annual Water Matters Day, overseeing the tree and plant giveaway, where 38,500 native trees and plants have been given out to residents over the past twelve years.  Diana is also responsible for the annual NatureScape Emerald Awards program, which recognizes outstanding landscapes and environmental achievements

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  • Ixia ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Willowbranch Branch Library, 2875 Park St., Jacksonville FL

    Please join us to hear Jessica Spencer, Co-Chair of the First Coast Invasive Working Group, speak on several priority invasive species in our area and actions members can take to reduce their negative impact on our environment.

    Early Detection / Rapid Response (EDRR) Species for Northeast Florida:

    The First Coast Invasive Working Group (FCIWG) is the local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) for the 5 county area including Baker, Nassau, Duval, St. Johns and Clay Counties.  Recent collaboration with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) has resulted in an updated Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) list of priority invasive species for the FCIWG.  This talk will highlight two EDRR species that have recently come to our attention along the beaches, Kalanchoe daigremontiana (chandelier plant or mother of millions) and Vitex rotundifolia (beach vitex) and a third, Lygodium microphyllum (Old World climbing fern) that continues to creep north from dense populations in south Florida.  Kalanchoe is a potential candidate for listing on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s (FLEPPC) invasive plant list.  The First Coast Invasive Working Group is currently collecting information on locations of this plant to support the listing process, so emphasis will be made on identification and reporting instructions.  Beach vitex is already listed on the FLEPPC invasive plant list due to its aggressive behavior in coastal North and South Carolina, as well as limited areas along the Florida Panhandle.  A population was recently discovered on the beaches of St. Johns County.  Again, the focus will be on identification and reporting instructions so that we can rapidly respond to any new populations before it spreads along the coast.  The talk will also feature recent discoveries of Old World climbing fern in Putnam and St. Johns Counties.  As we educate more people on how to identify these plants and report their locations, we hope to boost our odds of detecting these plants before they have a chance to get established and have negative impacts on our environment.

    Jessica Spencer

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Invasive Species Management Branch

    Co-Chair of First Coast Invasive Working Group

    Jessica.e.spencer@usace.army.mil 

    Office: 904-232-1696. Cell: 904-318-9110.

    Jessica Spencer received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Human & Natural Ecology from Emory University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Ecological Restoration at the University of Florida.  Her previous work experience has included working as an intern mapping invasive species in the desert southwest and in the Bahamas.  She spent five years working with Lake Mead National Recreation Area doing invasive plant surveys, rare plant surveys and other land management activities.  She worked to organize and implement a "Weed Sentry" invasive species mapping and control program for all of the federal land management agencies (US Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service) in the Las Vegas area.  She has also worked for the US Geological Survey and Sequoia National Park doing vegetation surveys and research.  She currently works for the Invasive Species Management Branch of the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  She is also the Co-Chair of the First Coast Invasive Working Group and a member of the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.  

     

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  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip Led by Kevin Robertson

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip Led by Kevin Robertson

    8:00 am

    Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive Tallahassee, FL

    At 8:30am, we will caravan (in as few cars as possible) up to Pebble Hill Plantation which we will access via Springwood Plantation.  We will enter the Springwood gate at the intersection of highway 319 and Springwood Road. Because this is private property, we have to enter a gate, and there is not much parking, we will need to meet at Tall Timbers on time. (If you are running behind, please contact Kara Driscoll: 239-249-2340).

    At Pebble Hill, Kevin will show us a long-term experiment called the Pebble Hill Fire Plots. The Fire Ecology Program at Tall Timbers is burning different units of longleaf pine-wiregrass at 2, 3, and 5 year fire return intervals and measuring plant response and fire behavior. They also have a project where they are looking at the effects of disking on native groundcover. Kevin will also discuss the management of these quail hunting properties, including fire and timber management, their history, and other topics.  Walking will be easy and short.  There are no bathrooms at Pebble Hill.

    At noon, we will head back to Tall Timbers for lunch. Everyone is welcome to walk around the grounds if they wish.  Tall Timbers Archivist Juanita Widdon is planning to give us a tour of the historic Beadel House at Tall Timbers overlooking Lake Iamonia.   

    Please remember to dress accordingly for hiking. Boots, long pants, sunscreen are recommended. Bring lunch if you wish to eat at Tall Timbers.

    Please RSVP to Kara Driscoll if you wish to attend: k.dreamflow@gmail.com

     

  • 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:

     

    February 13

    March 12

    April 9

    May 14

    June 11

    July 9 

    August 13

    September 10

    October 8

    November 12

    December-no TLC day

     

    For more information contact sallysteinauer@bellsouth.net

  • Coontie ChapterExploring Yamato Scrub with Jimmy Lange

    Coontie Chapter

    Exploring Yamato Scrub with Jimmy Lange

    9:00 am

    601 Clint Moore Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33487

    One of the most diverse local scrub communities, Yamato Scrub is a great place to see some of the less often seen native plants with a man who is more likely to spot them, Jimmy Lange. Jimmy is a very experienced locak botanist employed at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, but raised in Broward. We are delighted to walk with him and learn from his skill and experience.

  • FNPS Chapter2016 FNPS Retreat - Moved to March 11-13

    FNPS Chapter

    2016 FNPS Retreat - Moved to March 11-13

    9:30 am

    See March 11-13 Below

    PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION AND DATE FOR THE 2015 ANNUAL RETREAT CHANGED TO MARCH 11-13  Please see the calendar below for March 11-13

  • Conradina ChapterMerrit Island Pioneer Day

    Conradina Chapter

    Merrit Island Pioneer Day

    10:00 am

    Many members of the Conradina Chapter will be attending this annual celebration of the history of Merrit Island.  Click here for more information

  • Pinellas ChapterField Trip: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    Pinellas Chapter

    Field Trip: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    3:00 pm

    Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg

    Guided Nature Walk in this peaceful oasis located on the shores of Lake Maggiore in St Petersburg. Enjoy the trails and boardwalks that wind thru many unique ecosystems, home to over 60 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 50 species of butterflies and over 165 species of birds.

    There is a regularly-scheduled tram tour at 1 p.m. Come early if you would like to take it.

    Limit of 14 participants. To RSVP, email pinellasfnps@gmail.org.

    Entrance fee to the park is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children.

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  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa Chapter - February General Meeting

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa Chapter - February General Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Florida’s Last Old Trees

    Pine savannas consisting of scattered longleaf and South Florida slash pines that were hundreds of years old, once covered Florida. Dr. Jean Huffman who has studied these old trees will talk about what they reveal about our original Florida landscapes and will share how to protect what remains.  

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  • NatureCoast ChapterFebruary Field Trip

    NatureCoast Chapter

    February Field Trip

    10:00 am

    Cypress Creek Preserve, Meet in parking lot of Freedom High School

    This preserve is a 2500 acre site between I275 and 175 with it's northern boundary just south of  Pasco County line where the two Interstates split. This preserve is composed of 5 separate parcels that were purchased by Hillsborough County with ELAPP funds (comparable to Pasco's ELAMP funds). We will be exploring the largest parcel.  The auricled spleenwort (a state endangered plant) has been documented on this site as well as deer, turkey, gopher tortoise and other creatures.

     

    Bring lunch. Lunch will be at new pavilion on site. Please let trip organizer, Gail Parsons, if you plan to join us at gailpar1@verizon.net.  813-920-2730.

  • Coccoloba ChapterMike Barry -- Climate Reality in Southwest Florida

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Mike Barry -- Climate Reality in Southwest Florida

    7:00 pm

    Wa-Ke Hatchee Rec Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908

    http://naplesherald.com/2015/07/19/local-environmentalist-says-sea-level-on-the-rise-in-southwest-florida/

    Our meetings are moving to the THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH and also to Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreational Center ...

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  • Suncoast ChapterChapter Meeting: Janet Dougherty, EPC

    Suncoast Chapter

    Chapter Meeting: Janet Dougherty, EPC

    12:00 am

    Hillsborough County Extension 5339 County Road 579 Seffner 33583

    When appointed the third executive director of the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Agency (EPC) in May of 2015, Janet Dougherty stated that her number one mandate is to protect natural resources in Hillsborough County, and vowed to make the board proud for selecting her.

    The EPC was created in 1967 by special act of the Florida Legislature to control and regulate activities, which are or may reasonably be expected to cause pollution or contamination of air, water, soil and property, or cause excessive and unnecessary noise. Ms. Dougherty is charged with promoting their mission of protecting the natural resources, environment, and quality of life in Hillsborough County.

    Come to this meeting to discuss with Ms Doughtery's the environmental issues facing our county and state and how the EPC plans to address those issues.This is your opportunity to ask the tough questions. 

    Our meetings include light refreshments and a native plant auction after the speaker. Please  join us

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  • SweetBay Chapter2016 Annual Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Meeting

    SweetBay Chapter

    2016 Annual Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Meeting

    9:00 am

    Washington County Extension Office, Chipley

    “Do you want more roadside wildflowers?”

    If so, we invite you to attend a free meeting, open  to all who are interested in the conservation of our roadside wildflowers in the Florida Panhandle area.

    When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (central time) Thursday, February 18th

     Where: Washington County Extension Office, 1424 W. Jackson Avenue #A, Chipley, FL.  (for directions, go to Washington.ifas.ufl.edu/contact_us.shtml) 

    You may bring your lunch or pay a small fee to have a catered lunch. 

    You may register online at https://flawildflowers.wufoo.com/forms/r1c127a312qba3r/ or you may also contact Eleanor Dietrich at 850-509-7278 (please leave a message if needed).

  • Magnolia Chapter2016 Annual Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Meeting

    Magnolia Chapter

    2016 Annual Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Meeting

    9:00 am

    Washington County Extension Office, 1424 W. Jackson Avenue #A, Chipley, FL

    “Do you want more roadside wildflowers?” If so, we invite you to attend a free meeting, open to all who are interested in the conservation of our roadside wildflowers in the Florida Panhandle area.

    When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (central time) Thursday, February 18th

    Where: Washington County Extension Office, 1424 W. Jackson Avenue #A, Chipley, FL.  (for directions, go to Washington.ifas.ufl.edu/contact_us.shtml)

    You may bring your lunch or pay a small fee to have a catered lunch.

    Agenda topics include:

    - An overview of roadside wildflower policy, procedures, and practices in FDOT including the central office and  District 3 (from Jefferson to Escambia counties)

    - How to work with County Commissions and FDOT to get state and county wildflower areas in your county

    - The importance of pollinators and Monarch butterflies

    - Services available from county extension service office

    - How to connect with state parks

    - How to work with rural electric companies

    - Reports on wildflower program activities in each county

    There will be an opportunity for questions and discussions throughout the meeting.

    Please let us know if you plan to attend this meeting so we can plan to have sufficient seating and materials. You may register online at https://flawildflowers.wufoo.com/forms/r1c127a312qba3r/ or you may also contact Eleanor Dietrich at 850-509-7278 (please leave a message if needed).

    We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

  • Coccoloba ChapterDIRTy Science with Professor Hanlon and Friends

    Coccoloba Chapter

    DIRTy Science with Professor Hanlon and Friends

    1:00 pm

    Bonita Springs City Hall, 9101 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs, FL 34135

  • PineLily ChapterButterflies of Florida and their native plants with Buck and Linda Cooper

    PineLily Chapter

    Butterflies of Florida and their native plants with Buck and Linda Cooper

    6:30 pm

    First United Methodist Church, Kissimmee

    Buck and Linda Cooper will present Butterflies of Florida and their native plants

    First United Methodist Church
    101 W. Dakin Av,
    Administration Building 2nd Floor
    Kissimmee FL 34741

  • FNPS ChapterFNPS Board of Directors Meeting

    FNPS Chapter

    FNPS Board of Directors Meeting

    7:00 pm

    GoToMeeting Online

    FNPS Board members Meeting. See the Forum for GoToMeeting Information.

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  • Suncoast ChapterFieldtrip

    Suncoast Chapter

    Fieldtrip

    12:00 am

    TBD

    Check back for details. 

  • Conradina Chapter16th Annual Orlando Wetlands Festival 9AM - 3PM

    Conradina Chapter

    16th Annual Orlando Wetlands Festival 9AM - 3PM

    9:00 am

    Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas FL

    Members of the Conradina Chapter will be attending/volunteering at the 16th Annual Orlando Wetlands Festival.  This is a free festival and last year approximately 3500 people attended.

  • Tarflower ChapterOrlando Wetlands Festival

    Tarflower Chapter

    Orlando Wetlands Festival

    9:00 am

    Fort Christmas Historical Park

    Orlando Wetlands Festival

    Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. at Fort Christmas Historical Park, Christmas (MAP)

    The City of Orlando, Orange Audubon Society, Orange County Parks & Recreation Department and Atkins Global invite you to come out to the 16th Annual Orlando Wetlands Festival. Celebrate the City’s 1,650 acre wetland oasis with guided birdwatching excursions, guided photo hikes, hay rides, bus tours, wildlife shows and fun activities just for the kids. Enjoy live music and food which will be available for purchase. Admission is free and door prizes will be given out. The City’s Families, Parks and Recreation Department will be giving away free backyard trees in celebration of Arbor Day.

    For more information: call Orlando Wetlands Park 407-568-1706 or email orlandowetlandspark@cityoforlando.net.

    *Live animals will be on display, so please leave your pets at home.

  • Pawpaw ChapterPancake breakfast & Wild Persimmon Trail walk

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Pancake breakfast & Wild Persimmon Trail walk

    9:00 am

    DeLeon Springs State Park

    Title: DeLeon Springs State Park for Pancake breakfast & Wild Persimmon Trail walk 

     

    Description:  Enjoy a cook-you-own pancake breakfast at Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, followed by a 4.5 mile hike on DeLeon Spring’s Wild Persimmon Trail, which should actually be called "Wild Anise" trail due to the predominance of so much fragrant Illicium parviflorum growing along the hydric hammock trail.  Be warned, there are numerous roots and narrow, low foot-bridge spans to negotiate.  Also, use insect repellent before starting the hike...despite the cool weather, many hammocks have hungry ticks waiting for passers-by this time of year.  
     
    Breakfast Reservations required. (Llimit 20)  To reserve your breakfast
    please contact Peggy Yokubonus  pyokubonus@cfl.rr.com or (386) 316-4085
     
    All must be in park by 9:00 AM and ready to enter the Old Spanish Mill Restaurant doors by 9:15 AM 
     
    Trail walk - Meet 10:00 AM at DeLeon Springs Visitor’s center, north of the spring pool for walk on the Wild Persimmon Trail.  
     
    Note: The trail walk is Moderate to challanging due to uneven trail and length of walk.  
    Bring hiking stick, bug spray and drinking water.
     
    Expect to pay State Park Entry Fee: $6 per car. (Breakfast prices include 18% gratuity.)
     
    Reservations to Leader:  Peggy Yokubonus  (386) 316-4085  pyokubonus@cfl.rr.com
     
    Carpool Coordinator: Sonya Guidry (386) 690-1797  guidry.sonya@gmail.com
     
    Carpools: 
    North Volusia area:  Meet 8:00 AM at Chick-Fil-A, Publix shopping area E of I-95 
    South Volusia area:  meet 8:00 AM behind MacDonalds at NSB Walmart, west of I-95

  • Ixia ChapterMembers Only Field Trip

    Ixia Chapter

    Members Only Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Dutton Island Preserve, 793 Dutton Island Rd. West, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

    Trip Leader:  Jessica Spencer with Jake Ingram "in tow".

    This is a Members Only field trip due to the nature of the planned visit and the size of the trails. Dutton Island Preserve is Atlantic Beach’s largest park located at the end of Dutton Island Drive  Dutton Island is a passive park that consists of 9,000 feet of nature trails, a fishing and viewing pier, a canoe/kayak launch, picnic areas, pavilions, camping areas and parking. Three miles of hiking trails through pine flatwoods and live oak hammocks are available to botanize and learn about the good, the Bad and the Ugly of the plant world.  On this trip we will visit and focus upon all three with emphasis this time on the Bad....Namely, plants classified as Invasive Exotics by FLEPPC, the Florida Exotic Pest Plants Council.  FLEPPC is a non-profit, non-regulatory organization whose mission is to support the management of invasive exotic plants in Florida's natural areas by providing a forum for the exchange of scientific, educational and technical information.  

    It is important that we know what these plants look like and how they interrupt the natural ecosystems in our part of the world.  We may even have the opportunity to eradicate some invasives on this trip.....so bring your six-shooters.  

    Directions:  Go east on Atlantic Blvd and take the Mayport Road fly-over exit and proceed north.  After just over a mile turn left on Dutton Island Rd. W. and take it to its end, about one mile.  You’re there!  Here’s what TripAdvisor has to say: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g29178-d5773274-Reviews-Dutton_Island_Preserve-Atlantic_Beach_Florida.html

     
    A list of those Invasive Exotics, i.e. the BAD children:  http://www.fleppc.org/list/2015FLEPPCLIST-LARGEFORMAT-FINAL.pdf 

    This is a great list to print out and keep handy as you’ll never know when you may need to “arm yourself.”

     

  • Magnolia ChapterSeek, Learn About & Destroy Invasive Plants in a COT Park

    Magnolia Chapter

    Seek, Learn About & Destroy Invasive Plants in a COT Park

    9:30 am

    Timberlane Ravine Park, 3450 Timberlane School Road, Tallahassee, FL

    Sat., Feb. 20th, 2016: 9:30-12:30: Seek, Learn About & Destroy Invasive Plants!  Timberlane Ravine Park, 3450 Timberlane School Road, Tallahassee, FL  You will take ~1.0 mile hike while learning from experts, via hands-on work, how to ID and remove Coral Ardisia & ID some rare plants in the park. A free lunch will be provided (anonymous donor). Bring water bottle, bug spray, and your favorite clipper and work gloves if you have them (extra gloves, clippers and other tools will be available). Contact (call or text): Eric Mason (850) 509-5647, eric.mason@talgov.org;  OR Karen Berkley (850) 570-5740, kjberkley@gmail.com

  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa Chapter - February Field Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa Chapter - February Field Trip

    9:30 am

    Big Pine Tract at Chinsegut, Hernando County

    With Chinsegut Conservation Center Director Gina Philhower, we’ll walk through one of the largest stands of giant old-growth longleaf pines in Florida. She will and point out flora and fauna unique to this parcel, which was preserved in the mid-1800’s. Expect to see early spring wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. 

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  • Citrus ChapterChinsegut Nature Center ( Field Trip )

    Citrus Chapter

    Chinsegut Nature Center ( Field Trip )

    10:00 am

    chinsegut nature and interpretive walk. We will carpool down to the Chinsegut Nature Center to walk some of their trails and get an interpretive walk led by their park biologist. This will be an easy short walk, and we will enjoy and learn about the habitats, native plants, birds, butterflies, and what ever else this lovely little property in Hernando has to offer. Please RSVP with Ben at 727-217-5971 or bfberauer@aol.com. (POC: Gena Spillhower) Meeting location on west side of the county for carpooling will be north side of the Walgreens parking lot at the corner of US Highway 19 and US Highway 98 in Homosassa at 9:15. For those on the east side of the county, meeting location for carpooling will be the back of the Big Lots parking lot on Highway 41 in Inverness at 9:15.

  • SeaRocket ChapterMonthly Meeting

    SeaRocket Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    Anne Cox, president of FNPS, will be speaking at the meeting to tell us the directions FNPS is traveling and how FNPS works to raise awareness of the importance of native plants in the Florida landscapes. Anne has several degrees in biology to her credit, and is a eco business owner which continually hones her knowledge of Florida native plants. As always, a feature of the Monthly Meeting, is the Plant swap. Bring in a native plant, and swap it with another. It's a great way to diversify your native landscape.
     

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  • SweetBay ChapterImportance of Dune Lakes Area Ecology

    SweetBay Chapter

    Importance of Dune Lakes Area Ecology

    10:00 am

    Grayton Beach

    Tri-County Horticulture Studies Program: “Importance of Dune Lakes Area Ecology.” Speaker: Laura Tiu, Sea Grant/Marine Science Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Venue: Grayton Beach, Dune Lakes (http://30a.com/coastal-dune-lakes/) (http://www.coastaldunelakes.org/home.html) Field Trip/Activity: An easy walking tour of the coastal dune lakes of Walton County. Learn about the “Jewels of 30A”, a rare ecosystem which exists in just a few places around the world. We will learn about the ecology of the dune lakes; terrestrial and aquatic plants, fish and wildlife, and the impact of urban growth around these rare ecosystems.

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