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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 



Our meetings are open to the public. Please come join our monthly meetings at 7PM at Heritage Park. Experienced presenters speak on a variety of subjects, from wildlife and their habitats, gardening with native plants, and everything in between!


Become a member of the Nature Coast Chapter and learn what the environment is meant to be and help keep it that way!

Benefits of membership:

  • The Palmetto, our quarterly magazine, that is filled with information on native plants, gardening, conservation of native habitats, etc.
  • Sabal Minor, our bi-monthly newsletter that will keep you up to date on the FNPS news and activities
  • Chapter newsletter and emails about upcoming events
  • Native plant gardening and landscaping information
  • Special invitations to participate in Society projects and events
  • Invitations to complimentary field trips and presentations
  • Plant sale discounts
  • Opportunity to volunteer on local environmental and landscape projects

 Your membership is a donation to the Florida Native Plant Society to fulfill their mission. You can current dues information, join online, or download a form to pay by mail at.





- Monthly Meeting- Nature Coast Chapter: (public invited)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

7PM- Land O' Lakes Community Center

5401 US 41/Land O' Lakes Blvd.,

Land O' Lakes, Florida

Sea Turtles in the Gulf of Mexico- Post Oil Spill

 “Sea Turtles in the Gulf of Mexico Post Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”, presented by Jessica Koelsch Bibza. Sea turtles were just one of the many species of fish and wildlife severely impacted by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Large numbers of adult and juvenile sea turtles and nests were injured or killed by the oil, as well as by the larger response to the spill. In the years since, efforts have been made to address those losses. Jessica will give an overview of sea turtles in the Gulf, damages from the spill, efforts underway to help sea turtles recover, as well as share the State of Florida's recent sea turtle nesting data. She will also talk about a new state-wide effort National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will be undertaking to improve sea turtle protections at the local level.

Jessica has been with NWF's Gulf Program since 2013 and currently serves as Senior Specialist for Wildlife Policy. She has conducted manatee and sea turtle conservation, research, and advocacy and is expanding NWF's marine wildlife programs for the Gulf region. She is also responsible for analyzing and communicating the impacts of projects, programs, and policies to wildlife in the Gulf region, using the best available scientific information. Her BS is in Marine Biology and MS in Ecology.

Meetings of the Chapter are free, and all interested parties are invited to attend and bring questions about their yard. There will not be any refreshments or drinks available, so everyone needs to bring their own. Please wear a mask! Telephone inquiries are taken by Mollie at (813) 469-9597.



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