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Mangrove Chapter January Field Trips

Walks start at 9am, and end by 11am unless otherwise posted

Tues Jan 4Myakka State Forest, 2000 S River Rd, Englewood, FL 34223. 
Entrance fee $2 per person, credit card only.

Walk leader Bill Dunson will escort us on Gordon Smith Trail, a short and scenic 1.5-mile loop trail on easy terrain. We will examine the ecology of pine flatwoods, and a pristine fresh-water pond. This is an early season walk to see what flowers are out and to learn some of the classic flatwoods and wetland plants. Enter at the So River Rd entrance and meet at the parking area about 1 mile into the park.

Sat Jan 8Lemon Bay Environmental Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223 

Plan to meet walk leader Kate Borduas at the Nature Center. This beautiful 210-acre park boasts 1.7 miles of shoreline on the Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve. For this visit we will explore the northern reaches of the park consisting of pine and scrubby flatwoods, together with a slough and a mangrove fringe. Recently burned areas will provide us a window into the way habitats repopulate after fires, including ferns, flowers, shrubs, and trees. The walk will be a leisurely two hours with a rest stop halfway.

Tues Jan 18Tippecanoe Environmental Park, 2400 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Meet walk leader Jean Leavitt at the Park endtrance behind the old Stone Crab statium parking lot. We will walk approximately 2.0 miles along loop trail to identify various plants of pine flatwoods, salt marsh along board walk, "Mount Tippi" , and a small fresh water wetland creek.

Wed Jan 19 - Sunset Stroll at the State College of Florida, 8000 S Tamiami Trail, Venice 34293. 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

After entering the campus from Tamiami Trl, make a left turn at the stop sign to go around Lake Jervey. In the first parking lot on the right, look for Linda & Dave and our group near the lakeside sidewalk.We'll stroll around a beautiful lake with lush (mostly native) aquatic plants and other treats including a demonstration food garden. Watch for birds of all sizes.

Sunset Stroll - Wed Jan 19 at the State College of Florida

Wed Jan 19 - Sunset Stroll at the State College of Florida, 8000 S Tamiami Trail, Venice 34293. 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

After entering the campus from Tamiami Trl, make a left turn at the stop sign to go around Lake Jervey. In the first parking lot on the right, look for Linda & Dave and our group near the lakeside sidewalk.We'll stroll around a beautiful lake with lush (mostly native) aquatic plants and other treats including a demonstration food garden. Watch for birds of all sizes.

Mangrove Chapter Field Trip - Tues Jan 18 - Tippecanoe Environmental Park

Tues Jan 18 - Tippecanoe Environmental Park, 2400 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948 9am - 11am

Meet with walk leader Jean Leavitt at the park entrance behind the old Stone Crab Stadium parking lot. We will walk approximately 2.0 miles along loop trail to identify various plants of pine flatwoods, salt marsh along board walk, "Mount Tippi", and a small fresh water wetland creek. Looking like we will be having some "jacket weather" this coming week, so dress accordingly. Chapter sponsored field trips require signing a waiver.

Chapter Meeting Jan 11, 2021 at 1pm

Program: “Charlotte County’s Exceptional and Invaluable Estuaries & Waterways – Ideas for Their Restoration and Safeguarding” with William (Coty) Keller, Ph.D, and Ms. Judy Ott, M.S.,

Watch a YouTube recording of this meeting

Download Slideshow (PDF)

228 acres in Old Miakka is now protected

228 acres in Old Miakka is now protected (Sarasota County e-Newsletter Oct 29, 2021)

The Sarasota County Commission recently approved the purchase of 228 acres in Old Miakka, acreage that was recently acquired by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. The land is a critical link between Sarasota County’s Old Miakka Preserve and the foundation’s Tatum Sawgrass Scrub Preserve, which connects to over 120,000 acres of conserved land that protects the Myakka River. 

UF/IFAS Sarasota Co. Eco Walks Nov 2021 - Jan 2022

Nature Related Walks & Webinars
You must register online; capacity is limited
If an Eco-Walk is SOLD OUT there may be a link to register elsewhere.

November, December & January

Wild Sarasota: Bats! (webinar)
Thur Oct 28, 2021 12:00 PM EDT REGISTER

UF/IFAS EcoTalk and Walk: Bats! 
Venice Audubon Rookery, 4002 S. Tamiami Trail via Annex Rd
Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:45 PM EDT REGISTER

UF/IFAS EcoTalk and Walk: Bats! 
Venice Audubon Rookery, 4002 S. Tamiami Trail via Annex Rd
Wed Nov 3, 2021 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM EDT REGISTER

UF/IFAS Invasive Species Series, Pt 8: Invasive Invertebrates (webinar) 
Wed, Nov 10, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST REGISTER

UF/IFAS EcoWalk: Scrub Stroll - South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve 
6200 Osprey Road, Venice, FL
Wed, Dec 1, 2021 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST REGISTER

UF/IFAS EcoWalk: Mangroves
Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
Tue, Dec 21, 2021 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST REGISTER

UF/IFAS EcoWalk: Mangroves
Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
Thu, January 20, 2022 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST REGISTER

UF/IFAS EcoWalk: Sleeping Turtles North
Sleeping Turtles North Preserve, 3462 Border Rd, Venice, FL
Tue, Jan 25, 2022 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST REGISTER

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