Field Trips:




- 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.



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

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

7PM- Land O' Lakes Community Center

5401 US 41/Land O' Lakes Blvd.,

Land O' Lakes, Florida

Title/Topic:  Bluebirds - 2012 to 2020: What We Now Know

Henry David Thoreau described the bluebird as “carrying the sky on its back.”  Unfortunately these colorful birds have been in decline for decades due to loss of habitat, loss of nesting sites and pesticide use in orchards.  This presentation will explain the West Pasco Audubon Bluebird Project which provides nest boxes and educates the public about how to help the bluebird thrive.  Through the monitoring of the nest boxes in various Pasco locations the project provides statistical evidence of how the local bluebird population is now doing . 



J Mike Kell, has been a member of the West Pasco Audubon since 2006, has been a board member and is the Vice President of Education. He has been running the Bluebird Project since 2012 and currently is webmaster for the web site. J Mike has been a past field trip leader and will begin teaching a Beginning Birding class in the fall. His Life List of birds seen is at 266 species. J Mike and his wife, Laurie, have added several native plants to their yard over the years as the result of their association with the Florida Native Plant Society.



Water-Wise Contest:

Greetings from your local Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program!

It’s really hard to believe, but it’s already that time of year again…

The entry deadline is quickly approaching for the 2021 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program!   



Each year, the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program seeks to recognize superb examples of vibrant, resilient, water-efficient landscapes across the Tampa Bay region.

(Watch a quick video of the 2020 Pasco County winners HERE: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=337381971398816)

Could you have the next winner?

For a brief description of the program, plus links to enter the contest, and some bonus resources to help enhance your water-wise landscape, check out this post: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/pascoco/2021/06/11/tampa-bay-community-water-wise-awards-2021-enter-today/   

To submit a landscape for consideration, you can also go directly to the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards program website. The deadline for entries this year is midnight, June 30, 2021 –

SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE ENTRY HERE:  https://awards.tampabaywaterwise.org/Enter-Your-Landscape

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. As always, please feel free to share as you see appropriate.  

Thank you, stay safe, and happy gardening.

Frank Galdo, Jr.
Program Coordinator

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ 

UF/IFAS Extension

Pasco County

P 813-929-2716

C 727-514-5488

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Land O Lakes, FL 34639




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Ongoing- Lunch and Learn with the Florida Native Plant Society (membership to FNPS required to attend- click this link to join-  fnps.org)

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