Nature Coast Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society

Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Land O' Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, FL 34639

All members and non members welcome

*UPCOMING NATURE COAST EVENTS*

 

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Nature Coast Chapter Monthly Meeting- December: Nature Coast Chapter Christmas Party

When:  December 10, 2019, 7PM

Where: Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL

Title/Topic: Christmas Party and Silent Auction for Nature Coast Chapter Members only and guest

You can bring your silent auction items to the community center (front room) when you arrive. We will put them on the table with a bid sheet. Let us know the lowest bid..  This is going to be a fun evening with lots of food and cheer.   Looking forward to seeing everyone there.  

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Nature Coast Chapter Monthly Meeting- January:

When: January 14, 2020  7PM - open to the public- please join us!

Where: Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL

Speaker: Nash Turley

Title/Topic: Lawn to Wildflowers: Creating Pollinator Friendly Wildflower Habitat

Lawn to Wildflowers is a citizen science project focused on converting lawns to pollinator-friendly wildflower habitat and engaging the public in collecting data on plants pollinators. Nash Turley, and other researchers at UCF, are developing a mobile app that will educate users on pollinator natural history and lawn restoration techniques as well as making it easy to purchase native plants and seeds.

Speaker Bio:

Nash Turley is a plant and insect ecologist, the co-founder of Lawn to Wildflowers and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biology Department at University of Central Florida. Nash's background in biology is broad having conducted research on plant-insect interactions, evolutionary biology, and restoration ecology of prairies and longleaf pine savannas. Now Nash's work with Lawn to Wildflowers focuses on working with the public to convert lawns to pollinator friendly habitat.  

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Nature Coast Chapter Monthly Meeting- February:

When: January 11, 2020  7PM- open to the public- please join us!

Where: Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL

Speaker: Dennis Beeker

Title/Topic: Common Non-venomous and Venomous Snakes of the Tampa Bay Area

This presentation will introduce us to the Non-venomous and Venomous Snakes of our area. We will learn how to tell them apart, what Non-venomous Snakes mimic Venomous Snakes and the most common Non-venomous Snakes we might encounter in a park or yard.  Dennis will discuss the different venom toxin affects and the Do’s and Don’ts of snake bites. He will also have a few live Non-venomous Snakes common to our area to show us.

Speaker Bio:

Dennis lives in Pinellas County and has a Reptile collection of 13 non-venomous snakes, one lizard, 2 turtles and a large African Tortoise. He rescues and relocates Native Reptiles and tries to find forever homes for any Non-native or permanently injured Reptiles. 

He is the Vice President of the Suncoast Herpetological Society and a Member of the Tampa Bay Turtle and Tortoise Society.  Dennis is also a Board Member of the Friends of Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater, takes care of the park Reptiles and gives talks to park visitors to educate them about reptiles.