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Calendar for -- February 2017

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  • Naples ChapterBirds, Bees & Butterflies - Landscaping with Native Plants for our Flying Friends

    Naples Chapter

    Birds, Bees & Butterflies - Landscaping with Native Plants for our Flying Friends

    6:00 pm

    Port Royal Club, North Terrace, 2900 Gordon Drive, Naples 34102

    Presenter: Chad Washburn (Deputy Director, Naples Botanical Garden) and a Naples Chapter Board Director will share his knowhow related to landscaping with native plants at home with an emphasis on helping our Flying Friends.  He has many years of experience in the field and is a much sought after speaker on the subject.

    Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and drinks will be served.

    Recommended voluntary donation $50 per person requested. 

    It would be very helpful if the donations were made in advance - either by check payable to Naples Native Plants sent to our Past President Jean Roche, 2110 Arielle DR APT 105 Naples FL 34109 or by going to our Facebook Page, Naples Native Plants and use the “Donate” or “event” button. Business causal dress required. No blue jeans.

    RSVP by Jan. 25th: Call Jean Roche at 330-730-1516 or email naplesnativeplants@gmail or Facebook “event” button.  

  • Pinellas ChapterInto the Heart of the Fakahatchee Strand

    Pinellas Chapter

    Into the Heart of the Fakahatchee Strand

    7:00 pm

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater

    In 1975, naturalist Roger Hammer made a solo trek up the 20-mile-long central slough in the 85,000-acre Fakahatchee Strand in Collier County, sleeping in a jungle hammock suspended above the swamp water. Today this swamp is known as the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. During his excursion, Roger saw the critically endangered Everglades mink, plenty of venomous cottonmouth moccasins, and documented 30 species of native orchids before emerging on Alligator Alley 5 days later. This talk will showcase the native orchids found in this remarkable swamp.

    The February meeting will be at 7 p.m., February 1st at Moccasin Lake Nature Park.There will be refreshments and a silent auction of native plants.

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  • SeaRocket ChapterGroundHog Day

    SeaRocket Chapter

    GroundHog Day

    6:30 am

    Punxsutawney, PA

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  • SweetBay ChapterPresentation: Learn All About Snakes in the Garden

    SweetBay Chapter

    Presentation: Learn All About Snakes in the Garden

    5:30 pm

    Science and Discovery Center, Panama City

    Learn All About Snakes in the Local Area

    ...and snakes that you may see in your garden

    Presention by Kira Burdeshaw, Herpetologist at the SDC

    and Sam Day, who may bring snakes along

    A short meeting and plant auction will follow 

     

  • Magnolia ChapterJames Cooper - Florida Soils - What's Under Your Backyard?

    Magnolia Chapter

    James Cooper - Florida Soils - What's Under Your Backyard?

    7:00 pm

    1024 King Bldg., 319 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL

    James Cooper, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will talk about Florida Soils - What's Under Your Backyard? Soil. We tromp on it. Dig it. Fertilize it. Dispose of nasty stuff in it. Expect plants to grow in it. What we don’t do is think about soil much because it’s hidden. James Cooper will open our eyes to this amazing substance under our feet. Soil is a renewable natural resource. There are few things in life that are not directly or indirectly influenced by our soils. Florida is very diverse with over 400 soil series recognized. To better appreciate Florida’s soil we will be looking at soils outside of Florida before going around the state with an emphasis on what’s going on in the Leon-Wakulla County backyard. Everglades, marl, leaching, drainage, Spodosols, rhizosphere, Cody scarp, sea level, glaciation, fire, biopedoturbation, HIV, parent material, soil horizons, biocycling, permeability, fertility, productivity, soil texture, Florida’s Wetland Delineation Rule, erosion, carrying capacity are some of the terms and concepts you will be exposed to in this 45-minute presentation. And with a better understanding of soil science you will be a more complete environmental scientist, a better gardener, a more conscious steward of the land and maybe your spiritual connection to this planet will be revealed.

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  • Dade ChapterEverglades Work Day

    Dade Chapter

    Everglades Work Day

    12:00 am

    ENP Visitor Center

  • SweetBay ChapterWinter Bay Day

    SweetBay Chapter

    Winter Bay Day

    8:00 am

    St. Joe Bay Buffer Preserve

    • All Times Eastern
    • These Events Free:
    • Backwoods Tram Tours Running every 1.5 hours from 8-2
    • One Birding Tour 8-11
    • Reptile Exhibit
    • Aquatic Preserve Touch Tank
    • Silent Auction
    • Crossroad Bluegrass Band-Music for Saints and Sinners 
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    • Enjoy the Low County Shrimp Boil for $10
    • For more information:http://www.stjosephbaypreserves.org

  • Heartland ChapterUSF Herbarium Tour

    Heartland Chapter

    USF Herbarium Tour

    8:30 am

    Herbarium at University of South Florida

    Dr. Alan Franck, Ph.D., Curator, will facilitate a tour of the Herbarium.  The USF Herbarium / Institute for Systematic Botany has extensive collections of plant specimens from all over Florida.  Also, over 100,000 specimens have been digitized.  We will meet at Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, at 8:30 and travel to USF in Tampa for the tour. 

  • Ixia ChapterTLC Saturday

    Ixia Chapter

    TLC Saturday

    8:30 am

    Native Park, 3312 Park Street, Jacksonville FL

    Please note this changed, 1st Saturday date, for February's TLC day! 

    Bags of quality leaves (no camphor or golden raintree) are needed through March. Oak leaves are preferred.

    2017 marks the 6th anniversary of Ixia's adoption of Native Park. Helping at Native Park is a great way to learn about native plants that grow well in our area, get to know other members, and support the pollinators that depend on these plants to survive.

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

    Please join us for TLC Saturday at Native Park on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 8:30-11:30 or so.

    The remaining 2017 schedule for your calendar is:

    March 11

    April 8

    May  13

    June 10

    July 8

    August 12

    September 9

    October 14

    November 11

    December - no TLC day

     

     

     

     

     

  • Magnolia ChapterField Trip - Soil Profiles on Both Sides of the Cody Scarp

    Magnolia Chapter

    Field Trip - Soil Profiles on Both Sides of the Cody Scarp

    9:00 am

    Aucilla WMA then Unity Eastside Church

    James Cooper will lead the field trip. Attendees will learn field techniques for describing soil. Field trip participants should meet at the Wacissa Springs public boat ramp by 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 4th. The boat ramp is south of the town of Wacissa off of state road 59. Our first site is about 2 miles away in the Aucilla Wildife Management area. Our second and final site will be at the Unity Eastside Church on Buck Lake road. The field trip should be over by noon. For those who stay for lunch, grilled hot dogs and picnic fare will be provided by the host or participants can bring their own lunch. A tour of the 24 acre church grounds and labyrinth walk are available after lunch.

  • Pawpaw ChapterChapter Field Trip - Explore Tiger Bay South

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Chapter Field Trip - Explore Tiger Bay South

    11:00 am

    Tiger Bay State Forest

    FEB 4 (SAT) PAWPAW CHAPTER LATE MORNING FIELD TRIP:

    EXPLORE SOUTH SIDE OF TIGER BAY STATE FOREST WITH KATHY CRAWFORD

    9:30 AM (OPTIONAL) Group breakfast at Cracker Barrel (2325 West ISB)  
    11:00 AM  Meet to carpool at MacDonald’s, 2994 W. ISB (Tomoka Farms Rd and ISB)   

    TRIP DESCRIPTION:

    Easy part:
    Kathy will lead us to a new, unmarked access to Tiger Bay’s south side about 3 miles west of I-95.  There you will find a hidden historic treasure: a  one-mile segment of the 100 year old Pershing Highway running parallel to, but south of the current Hwy 92.  This one-vehicle wide “Old Brick DeLand Road“ provides easy-walking and up-close viewing of aquatic trees and shrubs found on either side of the road.  You can expect to find Dahoon Holly, Pop Ash, Black Gum, Loblolly Bay, White Bay, Cypress, Wax Myrtle, Fetter Bushes, Bidens alba, Bidens mitis.

    Rough part:
    Conditions permitting, Kathy will lead us off the brick road and further south on a winding, narrow hunters or game trail through a periodically flooded open terrain (former pine plantation) and out to an old cypress dome. Along the way you can look for carnivorous plants, white violets and any brave early blooming wet pine flatwoods flora waiting to be discovered.  

    NOTE: in the event of flooding, Kathy will have us commute to other Tiger Bay sites on the North side of  92.

    BRING: Water, Snacks, Insect Repellent, hiking stick (unpaved trail walking), and wear clothes to match the weather and boots or shoes which can get wet or muddy.

    CONTACTS:
    Kathy Crawford for more trip details:  kcrawford46@yahoo.com   phone: (386) 256-5924
    Sonya Guidry for Breakfast reservation & Carpool coordination:  guidry.sonya@gmail.com  (386) 690-1797

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  • Hernando ChapterPublic Program: Hernando County Comprehensive Plan Update: 2040

    Hernando Chapter

    Public Program: Hernando County Comprehensive Plan Update: 2040

    6:30 pm

    Chinsegut Hill Retreat

    By 2040, current estimates increase Hernando County’s population by 41%. The County Comprehensive Plan—adopted in 1990—is meant to guide land use and development to accommodate projected population growth.

    The Comprehensive Plan was evaluated in 2011 with input from many Native Plant Society members. Since that time, county planning staff have been working to overhaul the entire plan; the draft updated document can be found at: http://www.hernandocounty.us/plan/2040.asp.  

    Pat McNeese, Hernando County Planning Department, will give a summary of the efforts to adjust the County’s Comprehensive Plan to a 2040 planning horizon. Of particular interest those interested in conservation of our natural resources is the section on “Ecological Linkages” and discussion on retention of “current future land use patterns.” Pat will provide guidance on how citizens can most effectively review and comment on the Plan update.  

    The Hernando Chapter meets the 1st Monday of the month at Chinsegut Hill Retreat north of Brooksville Florida. Programs are free and open to the public. Join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments, the formal program starts at 7:00 pm.

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  • Cocoplum ChapterMonthly Meeting: Mike Yustin on Restoring the Loxahatchee Watershed

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Monthly Meeting: Mike Yustin on Restoring the Loxahatchee Watershed

    6:45 pm

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

    Doors open at 6:30 for social time and plant exchange.

     

  • Tarflower Chapter'Florida's Native Pollinators- Ecology & Identification' presented by Dr. Joshua Campbell

    Tarflower Chapter

    'Florida's Native Pollinators- Ecology & Identification' presented by Dr. Joshua Campbell

    7:00 pm

    Leu Gardens

    Joshua Campbell is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. His research focuses on “Operation Pollinator,” which examines small wildflower plots and how they impact native bee and other insect abundance and richness. In a separate project, he is also focusing on a new pesticide (Sivanto) and its potential impacts on honey bees and other insects. Come join us in learning more about pollinators and the work that Joshua and his peers are doing to help mend the complex, interconnected relationships between native plants and the pollinators that rely on them.Copy this to my calendar

  • Citrus ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Citrus Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Crystal Oaks Civic Center

    CNPS members share “Best Gardening Tips”.

    Come early and join us for "Barbara's Bits" at 6:15 to 6:45, refreshments at 6:45 to 7 PM. The meeting starts promptly at 7 PM.

     

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  • Coontie ChapterPlants and Other Wilds of the Big Cypress with Steve Woodmansee

    Coontie Chapter

    Plants and Other Wilds of the Big Cypress with Steve Woodmansee

    7:00 pm

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

    We live just an hour's drive from one of the greatest natural areas in North America, unique for its peninsular subtropical flora and fauna and former seabed substrate. What may at first look like an expanse of grasses, swamps with tree clumps, and stunning sunsets, begins to slowly reveal its extraordinary diversity and beauty as we spend time in the Everglades. Birds, insects, wildlife, and about 800 native plant species live in Big Cypress Preserve. Unless you have spent years wandering in the Preserve, you miss a lot and understand only a little. Steve Woodmansee is our guide this evening to Big Cypress, the largest and closest preserve of the Everglades. He has a lifetime of field experience in South Florida and knows most, if not all, of its native plant species. He co-authored with Keith Bradley and George Gann the 2002 book of plant inventories of the ten southern counties of Florida, Rare Plants of South Florida. Since then he has written nearly 50 other scientific publications. He served as President of the Florida Native Plant Society, 2011-2014. Treat yourself to a deeper look at Big Cypress and rediscover the beauty and wonder to be found there.

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  • Ixia ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Ixia Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Willowbranch Branch Library, 2875 Park St., Jacksonville FL

    Our February Ixia general meeting will feature a presentation by Lisa Hassell, Environmental Specialist and Regulatory Inspector, on “New and Emerging Pests in Florida and Pest Risk Pathways”. Members and guests are encouraged to attend and become more aware of how we can make a difference in safe guarding our threatened environment against these non-native intruders. 

    Lisa plans to speak on new and emerging non-native pests that can wreak havoc on Florida's Agricultural systems as well as the states ecosystems, native habitats, and species.  Florida is an important transportation and shipping hub and serves as the entry point for almost three fourths of the plants imported into the United States.

    "Our aptly named "Sunshine State" provides an environmental climate in which most species can not only exist but thrive.  Exotic new species are a fast growing threat that cause more of a crisis here than anywhere else in the Country.  Learn the various ways these pests are introduced into Florida and how your everyday activities could be attributing to their spread."

     

    Member and guests will be able to view actual insects on display, Early Detection traps used to catch them and discover the Rapid Response protection efforts made by the Department of Agriculture.  

     

    Lisa brings a lifetime of agricultural and horticultural experience and holds an agricultural BS degree from UF/IFAS.  Hassell investigates various agricultural items for potential pests and inspects with the idea that “On any day, you can walk in and find anything.” Often admonished for being “too dedicated” Lisa is on a mission to help others develop responsiveness to foreign and invasive species.

     

    Lisa Hassell has served as an Environmental Specialist and Regulatory Inspector with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry for six and a half years protecting Florida’s native and commercially grown plants from harmful pests and diseases.  Additionally, she’s an Authorized Certification Official for the USDA, Plant Protection and Quarantine facilitating international exports of agricultural products.  Lisa was honored with the FDACS 2015 Citation of Special Recognition for dedication to public outreach initiatives, working trade shows, making presentations, and providing advanced training to industry groups, Extension, and the public, the FDACS 2014 Sustained excellence award given by co-workers and administrators, and recipient of five Florida State Record Awards for establishing the first state record of a new insect or disease with one establishing a first U.S. Continental Record. 

     

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  • Council ChapterAnnual Retreat - Board and Council of Chapters

    Council Chapter

    Annual Retreat - Board and Council of Chapters

    12:00 am

    Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

    See FNPS Events notice for details:  http://www.fnps.org/events/event/2536 

  • FNPS ChapterAnnual Retreat - Board and Council of Chapters

    FNPS Chapter

    Annual Retreat - Board and Council of Chapters

    4:00 pm

    Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

    The FNPS annual retreat will be held all day Saturday, February 11th and Sunday morning February 12th. Check in will be 4:00 pm on Friday, February 10th - sign-in/check in at Cabin #115 (check out on Sunday by 11:00 am) and there will be informal get togethers on Friday evening. 

    We will need to bring our own food and a full kitchen will be avaible next to our meeting room (Recreation Hall - see map below) and in each of the cabins.

    There are also a number of restaurants located about 7 miles from the park in the town of Keystone Heights.  Options include BBQ, Subway, Mexican, Chinese, American, and an Irish Pub.

    Click here for final Schedule

    There are also numerous camping options available if you prefer to camp.  You will need to register on your own for a campsite  (check in time for campsites is 3:00 pm, check out is 1:00 pm):

    There are three full-facility campground loops, Sandhill, Turkey Oak, and Lakeview. The park's 73 campsites accommodate tents, trailers, and motorized campers. Each site includes a picnic table, fire-ring and grill, and potable water. 20 and 30 amp electrical service is available at all campsites except for sites 57 and 60-67 in the Lakeview campground loop. Each campground has its own bathhouse facility with hot showers. The Lakeview bathhouse is fully accessible and sites 58 and 59 are the closest, with paved sidewalks leading from the sites directly to the bathhouse. Well-behaved domestic pets are welcome in the campgrounds but are not allowed inside the bathhouses. Visit the parks pet policy page for more information. A coin-operated washer and dryer is available at the Sandhill and Lakeview bathhouses.

    Each site may have up to two vehicles, two tents, and 8 people. A site with a recreational vehicle may have up to one tent.

    Reservations for RV and Campsites: http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/gold-head-branch-sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=FL&parkId=281032

    Or call (800) 326-3521 or TDD (888) 433-0287. 

    Web page for Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park:  https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Mike-Roess 

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  • Cocoplum ChapterField Trip - Mike Yustin at Kitching Creek Flow Way

    Cocoplum Chapter

    Field Trip - Mike Yustin at Kitching Creek Flow Way

    9:00 am

    Kitching Creek Flow Way, Hobe Sound

  • SweetBay ChapterAir Potato Round-Up

    SweetBay Chapter

    Air Potato Round-Up

    9:00 am

    Audubon Nature Preserve

    Help fight invasive species by participating in Bay County Conservancy's Air Potato Roundup on Saturday, Feburary 11.  No special experience is necessary to participate.  

    Air potato vines smother native plants and threaten the biodiversity of our natural areas.  Volunteers will be asked to collect the "potatoes" that grow on the vine and drop to the ground in winter.  Unless removed, each potato will sprount a new vine capabe of growing several inches a day.

    Volunteers will need to wear gloves, long pants, and comforatable shoes (rubber boots are recommended) and be prepared to get dirty.  Water, trash bags and bug spray will be provided.  Extra buckets to collect potatoes are always appreciated.

    Prizes will be awarded for the two largest potatoes found!

    When: Saturday, Feb 11 from 9 am to 12 pm.

    Where: Section of Audubon Nature Preserve located behind the Panama City Orthopedics offices located at 408 West 19th Street (near the round-a-bout at State Ave and 19th St)

  • SweetBay ChapterPark Wagon Tour

    SweetBay Chapter

    Park Wagon Tour

    10:00 am

    Panama City Beach Conservation Park

    Sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature from a covered wagon.  $2.00 per person

    For more information call 233-5045

  • Ixia ChapterField Trip: Florida Agricultural Museum

    Ixia Chapter

    Field Trip: Florida Agricultural Museum

    10:00 am

    7900 Old Kings Rd. N., Palm Coast, FL

    Ixia members and the public are invited to join a guided tour of the Florida Agricultural Museum. All those planning to attend need to contact Walter Bryant, Field Trip Coordinator, in advance. Members please see information below for carpooling and picnic options.

    Cost

    $9 admission charge. This includes a guided tour.

     

    Time

    Meet at the entrance to the Museum at 10 am.   

     

    Carpooling

    If you are an Ixia member and you’d like to carpool, meet at the Avenues Mall at 9 a.m.  It's 41 minutes from there to the Museum.  Park on the south end of the mall parking lot and meet at the Belk entrance that faces south (towards the Buca de Beppo Restaurant).  Be sure to pack a lunch if you’re carpooling!

     

    Lunch

    Pack a picnic lunch and bring it with you; after the tour, we plan on having lunch at the Princess Place Preserve which is next door to the Museum.

     

    If you’re going

    This trip is open to both members and non-members.  If you plan to attend, please contact Walter Bryant, so he give the Museum an idea of the group size. Email walter.bryant@comcast.net or call cell at 904-704-6218.  Be sure to let him know if you will be carpooling, so that everyone can be accounted for.

     

    About the Museum and Tour

    The Pawpaw Chapter of FNPS recently took a trip to the Agricultural Museum and here’s what they said about the tour:

     

    “We were really lucky to have the Museum's knowledgeable historian, archeologist and woman of FL pioneer stock (Director of Development) as our guide!) She also arranged for our tractor-drawn wagon to bring us up to the base of the land bridge over I-95, so we could inspect their wildlife overpass also used by equestrians and hikers.    The $9 fee was well worth it!   We recommend that folks then drive 3 miles over to nearby Princess Place to have a picnic lunch on the historic lodge's front porch overlooking the Matanzas River.” 

     

    Florida Agricultural Museum         

     http://www.floridaagmuseum.org/index.html

    The museum’s collection includes historic buildings that were relocated to the museum site to interpret Florida’s agricultural past. The Florida Agricultural Museum is also active in the conservation of heritage livestock, including Florida’s heritage Cracker cattle and horses. The Florida Agricultural Museum provides a fun and educational experience for all ages to learn about the history and role of agriculture as one of the Florida’s leading industries.

     

    Guided tour   http://www.floridaagmuseum.org/guidedtour.html

    Hour and half to two hours.  Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

    You will tour through five restored buildings – a 1930s, Depression-Era citrus business and a 5,000 square foot dairy barn. Then hop on our tractor-pulled wagon to travel through the woods to an 1890s pioneer homestead. Enjoy hands-on farm activities and meet the farm animals. Our journey continues to Florida’s Black Cowboys Museum, then onto a turn of the century dry goods store. You’ll see tools, saddles, canned goods, bolts of cloth, bales of cotton and a glimpse into everyday life from long ago.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Council ChapterCouncil of Chapters meeting

    Council Chapter

    Council of Chapters meeting

    4:00 pm

    Recreation Hall - Gold Head Branch State Park

    Council of Chapters meeting

    In Recreation Hall at Gold Head Branch State Park

    4:00 pm until 5:00 pm

    Click here for more details

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  • Conradina ChapterHistory of South Beaches in Brevard County

    Conradina Chapter

    History of South Beaches in Brevard County

    6:00 pm

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

    Our February speaker, Barbara Arthur, is a well-known local historian and is also a world champion fisherwoman. She holds eight International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world records, including one for a mammoth 12-pound, 2-ounce sea trout. Long before air-conditioning, paved roads to the inlet, and mosquito control, Barbara and her family lived the pioneer life here in South Brevard. We welcome Barbara to give us a bit of insight into her family’s history and early life in the south beaches area.

    5:30 P.M. refreshments, 6:00 P.M. meeting.

  • Sumter ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Sumter Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    6:00 pm

    Sumterville Community Building

    Jason Smith, Associate Professor of Forest Pathology, at UF,will speak on Under Utilized Native Cultivars.

    Please join us for our monthly meeting for refreshments and raffle items. For more information, call 352-568-8277.

  • Pawpaw ChapterChapter Meeting - Program FL Wildflower Foundation

    Pawpaw Chapter

    Chapter Meeting - Program FL Wildflower Foundation

    7:00 pm

    Piggotte Center, South Daytona

    Florida Wildflower Foundation speaker, Stacey Matrazzo

         Are you landscaping with Florida's native wildflowers? More people are discovering the pleasure that comes from growing native wildflowers – from their simple beauty to enjoying the butterflies, birds and other wildlife they draw. Many of our state’s native plants adapt well to home or commercial landscapes and create wildlife corridors and habitat gardens with “real Florida” style. By using wildflowers in your landscape, you'll help to support Florida's pollinators, conserve water through reduced irrigation, protect water and air quality, and supply wildlife habitat. The Florida Wildflower Foundation's Wildflowers, Naturally! landscape recognition program celebrates landscapes throughout the state that have areas dedicated to the native wildflowers, flowering shrubs and trees that sustain wildlife and pollinators. Learn about the program and be inspired by images of landscapes that have already qualified.

         Stacey Matrazzo has worked for the Florida Wildflower Foundation since 2008 and joined them full time as their program manager in 2015. She is an environmental educator with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and a masters of Liberal Studies, both from Rollins College where she is also an adjunct professor. She is a certified Florida Master Naturalist and an active member of the Florida Native Plant Society as the editor of the Sabal minor newsletter. Stacey is a native Floridian who spends much of her free time kayaking, hiking, birding and photographing Florida’s amazing natural environments.

    Plant of the Month: Redbud - Cercis canadensis

     

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  • Citrus ChapterVolunteer Opportunity

    Citrus Chapter

    Volunteer Opportunity

    9:00 am

    Crystal River Preserve State Park Visitor's Center

    From 9-11 at the Crystal River Preserve State Park Visitor's Center, 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. Wear appropriate gardening clothes, gloves, tools, bug spray and water to drink.

  • Mangrove ChapterMonthly Meeting

    Mangrove Chapter

    Monthly Meeting

    7:00 pm

    Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood

    "A Walk......"  by Denny Girard and Al Squires.  This is another edition of the "Denny and Al Show." 

  • NatureCoast ChapterFlorida Scrub-Jays: Nowhere Else in the World

    NatureCoast Chapter

    Florida Scrub-Jays: Nowhere Else in the World

    7:00 pm

    Land O Lakes Community, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Land O' Lakes, FL 34639

    February Cahpter Meeting

    Florida Scrub-Jays: Nowhere Else in the World

    Speaker: Marianne Korosy

    How is Florida’s only endemic bird species faring across the state? Learn about these scrub-adapted, charismatic birds and how you can get involved in monitoring and protecting Florida Scrub-Jays and helping restore their unique habitat.

    Speaker Bio: Marianne Korosy began working for Audubon Florida in 2009. Her work is focused on shorebird and seabird conservation in addition to coordinating the statewide Jay Watch program. Marianne has a master’s degree in geology from FSU and a PhD in conservation biology from the University of Central Florida.

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  • Suncoast ChapterFebruary Meeting: Perico Preserve, A Story of Transformation

    Suncoast Chapter

    February Meeting: Perico Preserve, A Story of Transformation

    7:00 pm

    Hillsborough County Extension Office, Seffner, FL

    The restoration of Perico Preserve, a 176-acre property in Manatee County, is a story of transformation. The land has undergone significant changes from its original acquired state of farmland to the beautiful mix of habitats we see today. Featured at this site are the coastal wetlands expected in this area as well as carefully planned scrub hills and upland areas that were part of the historic coast.  
     
    Damon Moore, Environmental Program Manager for Manatee County, will talk about the county’s restoration project that won them a Landscape Award Of Excellence for Restoration from FNPS in 2016. He will describe how they removed non-native plants and restored a rich diversity of native species to wetland and upland habitats at the preserve.
     
    Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be light refreshments, and a native plant auction following the presentation.
     
    On the Saturday following the presentation, February 18, our fieldtrip will be to Manatee County for a guided walk in Perico Preserve. 

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  • TheVillages Chapter

    TheVillages Chapter

    12:00 am

    Lake Griffin State Park

    Lake Griffin State Park by Ranger Jan will take us on a tour of the park. The Villages Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has recentlly volunteered to manage the entrance to the park utilizing native plants. The current plants were donated by Marc Godts of Green Isle Nursery.

    We will leave Big Cypress Recreation Center parking lot by 8:30am and form carpools. We will be in the park from 9-11am. This will be a Level 1 hike which means anyone that can walk thirty minutes will be able to attend. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You should bring your binoculars, water, sunscreen, a small snack, your camera and insect repellent.

    We can have lunch together if you like. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME AT 714-661-7868 OR EMAIL ME AT butterflylady601@gmail.com

    Get Google directions to Big Cypress Recreation Center

    The park is home to a mammoth, centuries-old oak tree as well as many other plant and animal species, including some that are threatened and endangered. In fact, this centuries-old tree, located in the southeastern corner of the park is the 2nd largest Live Oak tree in the State of Florida and is estimated to be 300 – 500 years old. This magnificent tree has been a local landmark for decades, is a must-see while visiting the park, and can be found nearby at the end of our nature trail.

    The park encompasses 620 acres and provides visitor access to Lake Griffin through the Dead River Marsh. At 9,400 acres, Lake Griffin is the 8th largest lake in the State of Florida and is one of nine lakes in the Harris Chain of Lakes. Anglers will find plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, and catfish. Visitors can observe the park's wildlife while picnicking or strolling along the half-mile nature trail. Our serene campground beckons travelers to spend the night or an entire vacation here.

  • Coccoloba ChapterWETPLAN Neighborhood Ponds Management Class

    Coccoloba Chapter

    WETPLAN Neighborhood Ponds Management Class

    1:00 pm

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

    Walk ins are welcome or click here to register: 

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wetplan-neighborhood-ponds-management-class-feb-16-2017-tickets-31060406512

  • PineLily Chapter2017 Chapter Meeting/Plant Identification

    PineLily Chapter

    2017 Chapter Meeting/Plant Identification

    6:30 pm

    First United Methodist Church 101 W Dakin Ave Church chapel. Easy access. NE corner of the church block at W. Sproule Ave. and Mitchell street.

    Members and others interested in the Pine Lily Chapter or Osceola County, please take our survey by February 13th.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HFSQ7GK

    We're BACK!  This is the first meeting of the 2017 calendar year.

    • 2017 Program Planning Discussion
    • Suggestions for Chapter officers
    • Identification for 10 popular native plants (bring samples you want identified)
    • Dates of future Native Plant related meetings (bring your calendar!)
    • Help wanted for the native plant display at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Show....this will be your chance to sign up.

    Church chapel.  Easy access.  NE corner of the church block at W. Sproule Ave.  and Mitchell street.

    We are still meeting at the Church just in a different area.  Actual address follows for gps input.

    First United Methodist Church
    101 W Dakin Ave,
    Kissimmee, FL 34741

    To sign up for our mailing list, send an email to PineLilyFNPS@aol.com and request to be added.




     

  • SweetBay ChapterThe Fascinating Life of St. Andrew Bay

    SweetBay Chapter

    The Fascinating Life of St. Andrew Bay

    6:30 pm

    St. Andrews State Park

    Presented by Steve Theberge

    What Lies Beneath?

    Weird, huge, tiny, delicious, poisonous, squiggly, puffy, sleek, beautiful, and sometimes downright ugly, a huge array of interesting creatures live beneath the surface of our magnificent St. Andrews Bay 

    You do not have to be a Friends member to attend. The park gate will be open from 6:00 until 6:30 PM. There will be no entrance fee for attendees. After enter- ing the gate, continue straight until you come to a three-way stop intersection. The campground store is across the intersection to your left. The Friends build- ing is behind the store. 

     

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  • SweetBay ChapterField Trip: Florida Caverns State Park

    SweetBay Chapter

    Field Trip: Florida Caverns State Park

    7:30 am

    Mariana, FL

    Join us for our field trip to the Florida Caverns to see the columbine in bloom!

    We will meet at the mall under the theater sign by Starbuck's at 7:30 and leave no later than 7:45.  We will caravan to Mariana from there.

    Folks that live further north can meet us at the Visitor's Station for a hike beginning at 9:00 am.  The park is located at 3345 Caverns Road, Mariana, FL.

    Ranger Billy Bailey will lead us on a hike that won't be long but will be rocky, so wear hiking clothes and shoes.  Bring insect repellant if you need it.

    Bring a picnic lunch and drinks so we can picnic under the trees at the park.

  • Magnolia ChapterWorkday to Remove Invasive/Exotic Plants

    Magnolia Chapter

    Workday to Remove Invasive/Exotic Plants

    9:00 am

    Angus Gholson Nature Park, Chattahoochee

    We will meet at the shelter at Angus Gholson Nature Park, on Park Street in Chattahoochee, starting at 9:00am through 12:00pm Snacks provided! Wear outdoor or gardening clothes (long pants), appropriate shoes for terrain, hat, bugspray, etc. Bring a friend! Call Diana for additional information: 229-416-9629

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  • Suncoast ChapterFieldtrip: Perico Preserve

    Suncoast Chapter

    Fieldtrip: Perico Preserve

    12:00 am

    Perico Preserve, 1700 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209

    In February, SNPS will be treated to a guided walk in one of Mantee County's newest preserves. Perico Preserve’s 176 acres offers a high diversity of wildlife and plant species. Nearly 1.5 miles of winding trails take visitors through forested hammock, uplands scrub, and both fresh and saltwater marshes. Along the way, visitors will find benches, overlooks, bridges, and even swings to allow for relaxing opportunities to connect with nature. 
     
    The County’s first site to offer a bird blind, the Preserve provides a unique opportunity for visitors to get close to wildlife without a negative impact on the animal’s behavior.SNPS members will be taken on a guided walk of the preserve to see results of the restoration first hand, and learn about the on-going projects to protect the animals and plants of this critical habitat. 
     
    Note, there are no bathrooms at the Preserve. The nearest public bathrooms are located on the Palma Sola Bay Causeway, east of the preserve. GPS points of restroom: 27.496460,-82.656394. 
     
    Easy to moderate, not paved, may be sandy in spots. You can adjust the length of the hike to be shorter or longer. As always, come prepared with water, sunscreen,  insect repellent, comfortable shoes, and a hat. 

  • Conradina ChapterFlorida-Friendly Landscaping Seminar

    Conradina Chapter

    Florida-Friendly Landscaping Seminar

    9:00 am

    Satellite Beach High School - Auditorium 300 Scorpion Ct. Satellite Beach, FL

    Conradina Chapter will have a booth at the seminar.

  • Pinellas ChapterField Trip: Pinellas County's "Lost Preserve"

    Pinellas Chapter

    Field Trip: Pinellas County's "Lost Preserve"

    9:00 am

    John Chesnut Sr. County Park

    Visit Pinellas County's "lost preserve”— an undeveloped and little-known parcel of conservation land on the east side of Lake Tarpon. This is a lovely wetland with towering cypress trees that will be leafless this time of year. The understory is not dense and consists mostly of ferns and other herbaceous plants. Please bring shoes suitable for wading*, bug spray, drinking water, snacks, and dry clothes and/or seat protector for the drive home. You *will* get muddy! Randy Runnels, manager of Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves, will meet us at the site and give us an introduction to this hidden and mostly pristine property. His two associates will help us to navigate the site and will document the GPS coordinates of any plant species not previously documented on the site.

    Parking is limited, so meet at the boat ramp at John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 E Lake Rd S, Palm Harbor, FL 34685. We will car pool to the site from there.

    *Old tennis shoes, trail boots that can get wet, water shoes. These need to be shoes that will not pull off in sucking mud, because that's what we'll be walking through much of the time.

  • Naples ChapterFestival in the Woods

    Naples Chapter

    Festival in the Woods

    10:00 am

    Picayune Strand State Forest Sabal Palm Hiking Trail Trailhead

    The Florida Forest Service's Caloosahatchee Forestry Center invites you to join us for the annual Festival in the Woods at Picayune Strand State Forest. Admission is free and lunch is provided at no charge. Guest speakers include Sean Allen, Forester with the Florida Forest Service, Ross Scott and Brehan Furfey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Monica Folk, Wildlife Ecologist from Milliken Forestry Company. Guided hikes and bike tours will be available along with a variety of local exhibitors and ecological interest groups providing educational information and selling wares throughout the day. Activities for children include horse rides, bounce house and games. A "quiet tent" will also be available. 

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  • Coccoloba ChapterKoreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    Coccoloba Chapter

    Koreshan Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale

    8:00 am

    Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, FL 33928

  • Conradina ChapterWorkday at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

    Conradina Chapter

    Workday at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

    9:00 am

    1518 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, Palm Bay, FL

    Please come join us from 9:00 am to noon, to maintain this beautiful property in need of our help. As part of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) program and the East Florida section of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Turkey Creek Sanctuary is 130 acres of wonder, biodiversity, and natural resources. We need you!

    Work Duties: We will be removing downed trees and branches that are fuel to unplanned fires.

    What to Bring: Work gloves, sunscreen, and drinking water! Tools and lunch will be provided.

    How to Get Ready: Print and fill out the volunteer application at www.palmbayflorida.org/home/showdocument?id=1984 along with a copy of your driver’s license or other photo ID.

    The application and ID must be submitted prior to the workday. Please RSVP to Tracey Wright, TCS Park Ranger, at (321) 676-6690.

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  • Citrus ChapterField Trip

    Citrus Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Citrus tract, Withlacoochee SF

    Park Naturalist will lead us on an interpretive walk and help us identify the winter native plants and ecosystems in this portion of the forest. We will meet at 9 am a the Hiking Kiosk outside the Holder Mine campsite (FR 10 and FR 9). Park in the day use parking lot by the kiosk or the parking just adjacent to East. Plans are to shuttle in vehicles west to FR 13 and Fr 10 and walk the hiking trail back 2 miles to the cars. This should be a relatively easy trail hike, and we should be done before lunch time. RSVP with Ben by email (bfberauer@aol.com), or text or call 727-217-5971.

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterFebruary Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    February Chapter Meeting, 7pm

    7:00 pm

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

    Topic:Rare Plants on the Withlacoochee State Forest: Challenges and Management Activities
    Speaker: Colleen Werner, Biologist

    Withlacoochee State Forest is currently the third largest state forest in Florida and is divided into several distinct tracts of land. Using sound ecosystem management, the Florida Forest Service provides for multiple use of the forest resources. The forest is managed for timber, wildlife, ecological restoration and outdoor recreation.

    Biologist Colleen Werner’s presentation will show some of the rare plants on the Forest and describe critical management activities needed to protect important vegetative communities. Rare ferns and orchids in rock outcrops and sinkholes will be highlighted. Also noted will be other karst features such as the terrestrial caves and the new Critical Wildlife Habitat designation for the Withlacoochee State Forest bat caves.

    Colleen has been a biologist at the Forest since 2000 and leads the management effort for rare ?ora, terrestrial caves and cultural resources.

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  • SweetBay ChapterMeet the Palm Preserve Artist

    SweetBay Chapter

    Meet the Palm Preserve Artist

    11:30 am

    Mary Ola Reynolds Miller Palm Preserve

    Meet the artist who painted the beautiful mural at the Palm Preserve from 11:30-1:00. 

    Over 70 native palm trees grow on this little oasis of greenery in the midst of downtown Panama City. Nestled between buildings and city streets, it is also important for storm water retention in the areas. The  Palm Preserve consists of 1/3 acre and was a gift from Mrs. Miller in 2002. Native plants have been established as a wildlife garden and a picnic table and bench were installed for public use.

    The preserve is located on Beach Drive, one block to the west of Harrison Avenue. 

  • Heartland ChapterHeartland Chapter Meeting

    Heartland Chapter

    Heartland Chapter Meeting

    6:30 pm

    Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road

    Refreshments and social at 6:30.  Progam starts at 7:00.  NOTE this date is a Wednesday instead of our usual third Tuesday.

    Program Title: Pollinators and Native Plants for Pollinators.  

    Presenter: Julie Schelb, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Coordinator.  Polk County Extension, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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  • SweetBay ChapterConstitution Park Garden WorK Day

    SweetBay Chapter

    Constitution Park Garden WorK Day

    7:00 am

    Port St. Joe

    Join us for our work day where we will install a native plant garden at Constitution Convention Museum State Park in Port St. Joe off of US 98.

    We will caravan over from Panama City at arrive at the park at 9:00 CST.

    More information will follow.

     

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  • NatureCoast ChapterUSF Forest Preserve

    NatureCoast Chapter

    USF Forest Preserve

    10:00 am

    USF Forest Preserve, 6550 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33647

    USF Forest Preserve – a university research site

    6550 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33647

    Friday, February 24

    10AM-12 PM

     A special treat to have two university faculty lead this trip into the University's 400 acre outdoor research area south of Fletcher Ave and bordered by the Hillsborough River on the east. Dr Gordon Fox is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology of the College of Arts and Sciences and his specialty areas are Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology. Our other leader will be Laurie Walker, Director of USF Botanical Gardens. This site has both wetlands and uplands to explore. http://facilities.cas.usf.edu/forestpreserve/

    Bring lunch, water and snacks. Lunch at Riverfront Park (USF property) on Hillsborough River.  Leader: Gail Parsons 813-928-1412 (cell)  gailpar1@verizon.net

  • TheVillages ChapterMonarch Migration and Florida Milkweeds

    TheVillages Chapter

    Monarch Migration and Florida Milkweeds

    1:00 pm

    Big Cypress Recreational Center

    Scott A. Davis, Ranger

     

    Scott Davis is a busy biologist, with Ethnobotany among his passions. He is a state board member for the Florida Native Plant Society, and president-elect for the Magnolia (Tallahassee) Chapter. In addition to his day job as ranger at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, he serves as Coordinator for the new Milkweed-Monarch Conservation Initiative, VP for Friends of Wakulla Springs, and as a committee member for the FWC Great Florida Birding Trail and Black Bear Stakeholders. He also owns a native plant nursery and is an officer of a non-profit agency on urban forest conservation.

    St. Marks Refuge Association, Inc.  

     

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  • Mangrove ChapterField Trip

    Mangrove Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Caloosahatchee Regional Park

    19130 N River Rd, Alva, FL 33920      Parking Lot #2(Rt 78)

  • Serenoa ChapterSerenoa February Field Trip

    Serenoa Chapter

    Serenoa February Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Soldier’s Hole, Fort De Soto, Pinellas County

    Led by Tom Heitzman and Richard Beaupre, we’ll explore this portion of Fort De Soto Park known for its mangroves and take a walk along Tampa Bay.

  • Dade ChapterField Trip

    Dade Chapter

    Field Trip

    9:00 am

    R Hardy Matheson Park-South Miami Dade County

    with Dallas Hazelton, Miami-Dade County Parks

    9:00am to Noon

    Please call Patty P for additional details 

    305-878-5705

     

  • PaynesPrairie ChapterFebruary Field Trip

    PaynesPrairie Chapter

    February Field Trip

    9:00 am

    Goethe State Forest

  • Coontie ChapterWalk Big Cypress Preserve with Jimmy Lange

    Coontie Chapter

    Walk Big Cypress Preserve with Jimmy Lange

    9:30 am

    The Trip: Jimmy Lange, a botanist at Fairchild Gardens, is one of our favorite leaders and one of the few who enjoys identifying grasses as well as other plants. He knows this area, so based on water level and Jimmy's experience we will go north or south along the Florida Trail (which transects Highways 75 at this point) in the quest for learning more about the big, wild, wonderful, Big Cypress.

    Just come with us: Bring a camera for great opprtunities in nature photography, or binoculars for birds, or just bring your curiosity. If you are new to Florida or a city dweller unfamiliar with wild lands, please come because you will feel comfortable with our group and you will enjoy so much the beauty of it. If you are experienced, come because you are sure to know where to look to discover the Big Cypress plants you most enjoy. This is a pleasant time of year to visit Big Cypress.

    Meet: Meet at the Rest Area building exiting at Mile Marker 62, Alligator Alley going toward Naples.

    Details for getting there: This is Highway 75 North (but going westward on Alligator Alley). Note the green Mile Markers or Call Boxes so you can mark your progress toward Mile Marker 62. Exit at the blue sign "REST AREA, NEXT RIGHT, Nighttime Security" (on maps it is "Collier County Rest Area"). You will pass under the highway to the south side cell tower, shelters, and rest stop building. Meet on the south side of the rest stop building near the building entrance. If you miss the Rest Area it is a long way to Highway 29 to turn around; that's why navigating by the green Mile Markers makes sense.

    How long: Our trips usually end about midday.

    What to bring: Dress for sun (hat, sunscreen); wear protective clothing (long sleeves and long pants), wear comfortable footwear (sneakers are good, but any shoe that can get wet). Shoes that stay on are better in mud. Bring a change of socks and pants if you want to drive home dry. Bug repellant, always, especially if there is little or no breeze. Water, always. A walking stick helps greatly in wet or muddy places to keep you upright. Lunch to leave in your care to enjoy afterwards with others who don't want to or don't need to leave. All this is for your comfort, so you can enjoy the plants, wildlife, and great outdoors. If you forget something, ask because people want you to enjoy yourself.

    Call: If you need to, call Richard 954-661-6289. The cell towers make it likely that we can receive your signal.

  • SweetBay ChapterField Trip: Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve

    SweetBay Chapter

    Field Trip: Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve

    10:00 am

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve

    We will caravan to the Cairo, GA area for lunch.  After lunch we will drive to the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve to see the trout lilies in bloom.

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve is a 140 acre conservation area established in 2009 through the efforts of volunteers from the Magnolia Chapter (Tallahassee) of the Florida Native Plant Society (including some Georgians), it is destined to remain forever undisturbed from human development, protecting the many acres and literally tens of millions of beautiful yellow and maroon dimpled trout lilies and thousands of maroon spotted trillium. This is the largest extent of these trout lilies known anywhere in the world.

    The trout lilies grow on a slope, so visitors need to wear boots or shoes WITH TREADS that may get damp or muddy.  Bring a walking stick if desired. There is no access for people with limited mobility who cannot complete a walk of several hundred yards on a slope. 

    There are no bathroom facilities.

    Cameras are highly recommended! You may want to bring a hand lens or magnifying glass to look at the tiny twayblade orchids or small parts of other flowers. 

    Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve is located off of US Hwy 84 approximately five miles west of Cairo and two miles east of Whigham, GA. The main entrance is on the east side of Wolf Creek Road.

    Date and Time TBD. 

    For more info about the preserve: http://www.wolfcreektroutlilypreserve.com/index.html

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  • MarionBigScrub ChapterMonthly Meeting - Craig Huegel: "The Underground Life o

    MarionBigScrub Chapter

    Monthly Meeting - Craig Huegel: "The Underground Life o

    6:00 pm

    Belleview Public Library, 13145 SE County Hwy 484, Belleview, FL 34420

    Craig Huegel, noted Florida gardening author, will present "The Underground Life of Plants: How Roots Work" 6:00 pm, Monday, February 27, at the Florida Native Plant Society meeting in the Belleview Public Library. Dr. Huegel is a naturalist, professor, nursery owner, radio D.J and a very engaging speaker. Craig is the author of multiple popular books on landscaping for wildlife, gardening with wildflowers and landscaping with native plants. He co-founded the Cooperative Urban Wildlife Extension Program, established the Florida Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program and has received numerous state and regional awards for his environmental education, restoration and preservation work. 

    Monthly meetings of the Marion Big Scrub chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society are free and open to the public and are held the last Monday of the month at the Belleview Public Library, 13145 SE County Hwy 484, Belleview, FL 34420. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the Belleview Public Library's native wildflower garden.

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