Two Pine Rocklands: Owaissa Bauer Addition and Navy Wells
Miami Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands and Endangered Species
Leaders: Jane Dozier, Miami-Dade County Parks Natural Areas Management and Gwen Burzycki, Environmentally Endangered Lands program
Start Time at Site: 9:00 AM
End Time at Site: 12:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
At our first stop, Camp Owaissa Bauer Addition, take care to park on the mowed grass, but away from the trees - many rare species are actually located in the mowed grass near the trees! This preserve was acquired by Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program in 1996, and is managed by EEL, in partnership with Miami-Dade Parks Department’s Natural Areas Management (NAM). It comprises 9.4 acres of environmentally-sensitive land, including globally-imperiled pine rockland. It boasts two federally listed species: the endangered Carter’s flax (Linum carteri var. carteri) and the threatened Blodgett’s wild mercury (Argythamnia blodgettii). Additionally, the preserve contains 19 state-listed plant species. The site is remarkably diverse, and serves as a component of a larger complex. Management has focused on removal of invasive vegetation, both non-native and native hardwoods. These efforts have achieved highly successful results by reversing successional progression to hardwood hammock, and restoring pine rockland habitat.
Then drive 20 minutes south to Navy Wells Pineland Preserve. Entrance to Navy Wells Pineland Preserve: SW 192 Avenue and SW 354 St, Homestead, FL 33034 and park on the grass swale. This 239-acre pine rockland was originally used as the wellfield for the Navy base in Key West and is still used as the drinking water supply wellfield for the Florida Keys. We will walk through a recently prescribe-burned area, and see pineland croton (Croton linearis), which is the larval host plant for the endangered Bartram’s hairstreak butterfly. This preserve is critical habitat for two endangered butterfly species. We expect to see a nice diversity of wildflowers and other plants that spring up after a burn, or just spring up in the spring.
What to bring: Water and sun protection; wear long pants and sleeves, sturdy closed shoes. Walking will include short distances off-trail, sometimes on rocky or uneven ground.
Directions to the gathering point at Owaissa Bauer Addition Preserve, SW 264th St & Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33031*: Turn right onto FL-997 S/Krome Ave (17 mi). New parking directions: Do not park along SW 177 Ave (Krome/FL997). Instead, turn east on 264 St and drive a very short distance to a gate on the south side of the street where a restoration crew member will direct you to park.
Afterward, you can continue to Everglades National Park or other South Miami-Dade points of interest.
*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: 25.52040 -80.47770