A St. Johns River Water Management District natural oasis among the urban areas of Jacksonville & St. Johns County
Leaders: Adam Arendell & Jennifer Mitchell
Start Time at Site: 10:00 AM
End Time at Site: 1:00 PM
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Julington-Durbin Preserve (JDP) is a 2,031 acre nature preserve operated by the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) and the City of Jacksonville. JDP has eight natural communities that host a wide diversity of plants and wildlife. One of the leaders of this field trip, Adam Arendell, the president-elect of the Ixia Chapter, has personally documented approximately 150 plant species. If you are lucky, you may see the rare Bartam's Ixia wildflower that is endemic to Florida and is found only in a few counties of northeast Florida. Bill Berthet, whose yard is the subject of Field Trip A, has documented 63 species of butterflies at JDP, several of which are threatened.
Jennifer Mitchell, from the SJRWMD Communications Office, will make a presentation about the role of the District in the conservation and preservation of critical natural habitats, such as JDP.
The tour will be along a loop trail of approximately four or six miles depending on the weather and the leader's observations.
Bartram's Ixia (Calydorea caelestina). Photograph by Walter Bryant