Nature Coast Happenings
Join us this coming Tuesday, June 11th for our monthly meeting at the Land O' Lakes Community Center. Always an informative speaker, a plant auction, field trip update and more.
Our June meeting will document and give reasons for the decline of Florida wildlife. Joel Jackson will explain why native plants are better than non-native plants to support wildlife and give recommendations on some of the best landscape plants to accompliah that.
Joel Jackson is a Tampa native who became the first Peace Corps Volunteer from the Tampa Bay Area in 1962. He received a BA and MBS in Urban Management from the University of South Florida and worked with the City of Tampa's Parks Department as a planner and manager in serveral areas for many years. Joel is an active member of the Tampa Audubon Society and the Florida Native Plant Society. In 2016 he received the FNPS "Palmetto" award for public service.
Take a moment to read our latest newsletter. Lots of updates and information for May and June. An interesting article authored by Julie Wert entitled "Lessons from the Landscape."
Looking for native plants? Cypress Acres Nursery is having an "end of spring sale." June 15, 9am - 1pm, 8632 Ehren Cutoff Land O' Lakes. Owner is Dave Barnard 813-406-3313
Restoring our Springs: What Will it Take?
Speaker Eugene Kelly. Many of Florida's world famous springs have been degraded by reductions in flow and dramatic declines in water quality. We discussed specific restoration actions and what measures the FDEP, Southwest Florida Water Management District and local governments are taking to restore our springs.
Eugene Kelly is a conservation biologist with more than 30 years of experience in Florida. He currently serves as Chair of the Florida Native Plant Society's Policy and Legislation Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Good Neighbor Trail Advisory Committee.
Earth Day Pasco County at Crews Lake Wilderness Park
Tuesday February 12th, Sue Mullins was our guest speakerat our monthly Nature Coast meeting.
Sue delivered a short course on the realities and prospects of protecting Florida's natural resources in the State Legislature process. Sue Mullins is our guest speaker. She is a public policy and campaign professional based in Tallahassee, Florida, where she has served as an advocate for environmental and related issues for 25 years. Sue is a 7th generation Pasco Countian, and established her full-service lobbying, campign and public relations firm in 2007 to advocate issues ranging from natural resource protection, energy and climate change policy to business regulation, election law, transportation, corporate governance and public finance.
Our Nature Coast members recently completed a field trip to the "History of Conservation" at the Tampa History Museum.
A message from our President, Jonnie Spitler. Happy New Year everyone. Take a few minutes and read our first edition of The Nature Coastline for 2019. Its an informative reading that talks about our mission along with many of our upcoming events for January and February.
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Tuesday, January 8th, we learned about micropastics. Our speaker was Lara Milligan who is the Natural Resources Agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Pinellas County.
Tuesday, November 13th John Lampkin, an avid citizen naturalist and photographer, was our guest at the Nature Coast monthly meeting in Land o' Lakes. John graciously followed Friday leading a field trip through the Sun Ciy Center Nature Trails.
John, now retired from a New York music career, explores and marvels at the Floridian universe with macro lens in hand. His long range project is to photograph and catalog the flora and fauna of the Sun City Center Nature Trails.
Not coincidentally, as a professional composer his woodwind quintest, "Insects: A Musical Entomology in Six Legs" won the Grand Prize in a Composers Guild international competition. John also constructs crossword puzzles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the LA Times and other venues, with many of his puzzles having nature themes. Except for his fascination with bugs and plants he is totally harmless.
This field trip was led by John Lampkin through the Sun City Center Nature Trails. Although it's only 37 acres, the Sun City Center Nature Trails supports a variety of habitats including open and closed canopy Longleaf Pine/Saw Palmetto flat woods, Cypress Dome and Hardwood Hammock. There are 89 birds and 48 butterflies for documented visitors but only about 260 plants are on the flora list. John hopes we were able to identify some new additions.
The Nature Coast Chapter is pleased to announce the donation of a kiosk to Werner Boyce Salt Springs Park.
It has two sides and is located at the interesection of several trails to best display native plant information. Member Richard Stauffer built both the kiosk and a bench, placed for learning about native plants while resting.
The Chapter is also working with the citizens support organization, Salt Springs Alliance, to develop signage about key native plants important to the ecology of the area. They will be located along a trail that passes by the new kiosk, through various habitats and ends at the future Park display and demonstration of salt production done on the site 175 years ago.
Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park protects four miles of pristine coastline in western Pasco County. Visitors can enjoy kayaking and fishing in the bayous that wander through the salt marsh, as well as hiking, picnicking and birding. The new kiosk will be an educational opportunity on the value of the native plants to the region and display resources for adding natives to home landscapes. For more information: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/werner-boyce-salt-springs-state-park
Read about the Monarch Butterfly in our Resource Center
Gardening 365 Festival in San Antonio
Truely a wonderful event President Jonnie and Pat Kelly spreading the word about native plants. The Gardening 365 festival, two weeks ago, is the Pasco Master Gardeners annual fundraiser. It includes vendors offering plants, garden accessories, educational seminars, and childrens activities and more all in one location. The education theme for this year's festival is "Edibles," growing microgreens, planning a food forest, fruit trees, urban gardening, and water conversation.
Saturday, October 20th was the Fall Native Plant Sale. Native Plant Nursery owners displayed their plants for sale.
Nature Coast Monthly Meeting - held this past Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m. at Land o Lakes Heritage Park Community Center. Guest Speaker Katie Macmillan, a Pasco County Biologist. Katie talked to us about "Plant Identification: All Those Pesky Little Parts."
Saturday, October 13th Katie MacMillen will be our leader for a field trip to the Aripeka Sandhills Preserve. October is a great time for finding fall wildflowers. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Contact Gail if you plan on attending or have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-928-1412.
Tuesday, September 11, 7pm at Land O Lakes Heritage Park. Ginny Stibolt author of "Climate-Wise Landscaping presented practical Actions for a Sustainable Future."Ginny shared a wealth of information and presented it beautifully.
"Enjoying nature's grand displays" is the title of an enjoyable and informative full page article published in the August 29th edition of The Laker.
Nature lovers Lillian & Dave Cucuzza of Land O' Lakes take in a nature show in their backyard. Tap the link below and learn how to attract butterflies along with the plants that will help. http://lakerlutznews.com/lln/?p=59615
"Introducing the Nature Coast Chapter Logo"
On behalf of our President, Jonnie Spitler, we are proud to announce the launch of our Nature Coast Chapter logo. The Cabbage Palm, also known as the Sabal Palmetto, is the Florida state tree and commonly found throughout the nature coast. You will see our logo anywhere we're out in public, like our website, Facebook, chapter literature and official communications. The beautiful drawing is the work of Julie Wert, long time member and officer of the Nature Coast Chapter. Special thanks to Shirley Denton of the Suncoast Chapter for lending her expertise to help complete the technical process.
It was Movie Night, Tuesday, August 14th. "Seashore Eyewitness". In case you missed:
From crashing waves and blasting winds to placid tide pools, discover what makes our coastlines so alluring to the masses of wildlife and humans who gather there. Stunning real-life photographs of lobsters, tide pools, fish, seals, seabirds, and more offer a unique "eyewitness" view of life on the seashore.
Save the Date: Nature Coast Chapter Fall Native Plant Sale, Saturday, October 20. In addition, experience the Fall Open House at at Rosebud Continuum, a sustainability education and research center in Land O' Lakes. An event well worth your time.
The 2017 Florida Native Plant Society Annual Report is available in our Newsletter section. Our President, Catherine Bowman, highlights the many activities of a busy 2017.
Creatures of the Night with Lara Milligan was presented Tuesday, July 10th at our monthly Nature Coast Chapter Meeting, Land O' Lakes Heritage Park.
The program highlighted some common nighttime visitors to your yard. Lara talked about the basic biology of each species, tips on how to identify which species are visiting your yard and how to coexist with these nocturnal creatures.
Lara Milligan is the Natural Resources Agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Pinellas County.
"What is a Seed Orchard and What Does it do?" Tuesday, June 12th we learn the purpose of and managment of a seed orchard with examples based on the Florida Forest Service's Munson and Withlacoochee Seed Orchards. Our guest speak was Bob Lindemuth, Senior Forester in charge of the Withlacoochee Seed Orchard. His expertise is in land management and invasive species identification and control. Bob is also co-chair of the Nature Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, a volunteer position held since 2015.
Rosebud Continuum held a successful open house on May 12th.
Free tours were conducted through the Florida Native Plant Trail featuring Florida Native Wildflower Meadow, with the tours being led by Craig N. Huegel, PhD and Lisa Boing. Rosebud have planted the larval host plant for every variety of butterfly native to Central Florida. They have beautiful tree varieties native to Florida that you have probably never seen before!
Pictued, is Jerry John Comellas, Education Director of Rosebud Continuum.
"Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program" was presented by Mona Neville, forester for Pasco County, Tuesday evening.
Thank Mona, we enjoyed your presentation.
Congongrass is an invasive, non-native grass which occurs in Florida and several other southastern states. It is considered to be one of the "Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World." Learn more from this article which was recently published in the Laker Lutz News: http://lakerlutznews.com/lln/?p=37477
A unique field trip - Native Garden at Morean Art Center & Chihuly.
Bruce Turley of Wilcox Nursery and Landscape created this native garden at Chihuly (across the street from Morean Arts Center). Bruce gave us a personalized tour on May 12th.
After the tour we visited the Morean Art Center to view the works of Aripeka's own, Leslie Neumann. In the Center's own words: "In her third solo show at the Morean, artist and environmental activist Leslie Neumann presents a brand new body of work which focuses on the beauty of nature vs. our troubling current events."
Earth Day Celebration took place April 28, 2018, at Crews Lake Park in Spring Hill. The Nature Coast Chapter was pleased to participate.
This year marks Pasco County's 23rd Earth Day celebration promoting environmental education, encouraging volunteerism, and building commitment toward a greener community. Many family-friendly activities: Native Plant Sale, Pet Adoptions, Ladybug Release, Upcycle vendors, Children's crafts and education displays.
The Nature Coast Chapter is committed to spreading the word about native plants and their value in their place on our planet. Under beautiful live oaks our volunteers helped to sell plants, give out information and show the enthusiasm we have for native plants.
The Nature Coast Chapter Meeting held April 10, welcomed speaker Tonya Clayton.
The sea is rising, and the signs are all around us.Today's headlines come from our flooded city streets, but Florida's native plants were among the first to tell this tale - quietly, many decades ago. We'll look at some of those early hints and we'll explore what's happening today.
Guest speaker Tonya Clayton,PHD, is a contributing author of Sea Level Rise in Florida, published in 2016 by the University Press of Florida.
Saturday, April 14, Nature Coast Chapter hosted a field trip at Honeymoon Island State Park, #1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698.
Tonya Clayton, our Speaker for the April meeting will also lead our field trip to Honeymoon Island. Meet in the Miami Beach parking lot at the South Beach pavilion. We will roam two of the nine natural communities with Tonya Clayton, author of How to Read a Florida Gulf Coast Beach. We'll see specialized plants adapted to the demands of living at the ocean's edge, and how these unique plants shape the coastal landscape. We'll also discuss Honeymoon Island's unique history, as well as issues of coast change and conservation, ecological succession and restoration.
Save the Serenova - Make a Difference!
The Serenova Tract was originally set Aside as mitigation for wetlands destroyed by the Suncoast Parkway. For the last 19 years, the County Board of Commissions decided they wanted the Ridge Road Extension as an evacuation route for hurricanes. The Save the Serenova group and the Sierra Club are actively rallying, collecting signatures on petitions, speaking at County Commission Meetings and preparing for legal action if it becomes necessary. Our March - April edition details the history and efforts to prevent the extension. Please take the time to read and contact your County Commission. The following article recently appeared in the Laker Lutz News, http://lakerlutznews.com//lln/?p=54815
Beautiful photos shared by John Lampkin April 9, 2018.
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