Saturday, October 20th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the Fall Native Plant Sale.Our event is being held at the Rosebud Continuum which is a sustainaility education and research center located on Hale Road at Collier Boulevard.                  

* A large selection of quality nursery grown plants

* Members on site to answer questions

* Plant profile for each plant purchased

Nature Coast Monthly Meeting - this Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m. at Land o Lakes Heritage Park Community Center.  Our guest speaker is Katie Macmillan, a Pasco County Biologist.  Katie will talk 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:  gailpar1@verizon.net 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.

Send us your photots with a description and we will be happy to post on our web site, cherylmcaloon@me.com