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Meetings:

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

7PM- Land O' Lakes Community Center

5401 US 41/Land O' Lakes Blvd.,

Land O' Lakes, Florida

 

Floristic Diversity of the USF Forest Preserve

Located north of Fletcher Ave, the USF Forest Preserve protects over 600 acres of imperiled sandhill and wetland ecosystems and nearly a dozen endangered or threatened plant species. More than 400 native plant species can be found within the preserve, along with an estimated 194 bird species, 31 reptile species, bobcats, otters, fox squirrels, white-tailed deer, and countless other wildlife. For decades, the Preserve has functioned as a core research facility and natural classroom for many departments in the USF College of Arts and Sciences. This property also serves as a critical link in a wildlife corridor that joins the Cypress Creek floodplain to the Green Swamp. This hike will take us through half of the last remaining sandhill habitat in Hillsborough County, as well as through seepage slope habitat, wet flatwoods, hydric hammocks, and to the edge of a cypress floodplain.

Jeannie Mounger is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Integrative Biology department at the University of South Florida where she studies genomics of coastal and invasive plant species. She has taught courses in Field Botany, Biodiversity, and Ecology. She is also an 8th-generation Floridian with a passion for Florida's native flora. Recently, she co-founded the grassroots initiative Save USF Forest Preserve, which is seeking to prevent the destruction of the preserve. You can learn more about this initiative by visiting saveusfforestpreserve.com.

 

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Field Trips:

October Field Trip  - USF  Forest Preserve Hike

Date and Time: Saturday, October 30, 9:00 a.m.

Location: 6550 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL  33613

Field Trip Leader: Jeannie Mounger, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida

Bring water and wear good hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and bug repellant.

Jeanie Mounger will follow up her presentation at our October monthly meeting and lead a hike for us through the USF Forest Preserve.  The Liatris spp. and other fall wildflowers of the sandhill will hopefully be in full bloom then, so it should be a great time. 

Located north of Fletcher Ave, the Preserve protects over 600 acres of imperiled sandhill and wetland ecosystems and nearly a dozen endangered or threatened plant species. More than 400 native plant species can be found within the preserve, along with an estimated 194 bird species, 31 reptile species, bobcats, otters, fox squirrels, white-tailed deer, and countless other wildlife. For decades, the Preserve has functioned as a core research facility and natural classroom for many departments in the USF College of Arts and Sciences. This property also serves as a critical link in a wildlife corridor that joins the Cypress Creek floodplain to the Green Swamp. This hike will take us through half of the last remaining sandhill habitat in Hillsborough County, as well as through seepage slope habitat, wet flatwoods, hydric hammocks, and to the edge of a cypress floodplain.

Jeannie Mounger is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Integrative Biology department at the University of South Florida where she studies epigenomics and transcriptomics of coastal and invasive plant species. Her work primarily focuses on Spartina alterniflora, Rhizophora mangle, and the Reynoutria japonica species complex. She has taught courses in Field Botany, Biodiversity, and Ecology. She is also an 8th-generation Floridian with a passion for Florida's native flora. Recently, she co-founded the grassroots initiative Save USF Forest Preserve, which is seeking to prevent the destruction of the preserve. You can learn more about this initiative by visiting saveusfforestpreserve.com.  

Directions:  From I275 head south towards Tampa. Stay on I75 at the fork for 7.6 miles and  take exit 266 onto Fletcher Ave. Head west on Fletcher towards Tampa and USF/Moffitt Center.  The Preserve is just after the Lettuce Lake Park ad the Hillsborough River.  There is no designated parking lot, but the shoulder of the road is very wide and there is ample parking spaces against the fence of the Preserve. There is a large canvas sign on the fence next to what is called the “east gate”, which is the primary entrance for the Preserve.

Becky Clayton

raclayton01@yahoo.com

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Events:

Coastal Cleanup

September 18, 8AM- 12PM

Printable Coastal Cleanup PDF

 

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365 Gardening Festival and Plant Sale

October 2, 2021

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Nature Coast Plant Sale

October 1, 2021  10AM- 2PM

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Florida Birding & Nature Festival

October 15-17, 2021

 

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Monarch Butterfly Festival

Saturday, October 23, 2021  10AM-3PM

Printable Monarch Butterfly Festival PDF

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Ongoing- Lunch and Learn with the Florida Native Plant Society

Fridays at 12 PM, online web based seminar. Once you join the FNPS, each week you will receive an email with the topic and information to listen to the presentation. Also, if you miss a presentation, you will have access to saved presentations on YouTube.

Contact Valerie Anderson for more information or if you are a member and not on the email list. Her contact information is: Valerie Anderson
communications@fnps.org | 386.852.2539

 

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