NATIVE PLANT GARDEN MAINTENANCE DAY
Plant City Community and Teaching Gardens
2001 E Cherry St, Plant City, FL 33563
The Suncoast Native Plant Society has adopted two areas in the Plant City Commons Teaching Garden. The Native Plant Garden is well maintained, but the area adjacent to it needs to be cleaned up. Help us remove invasive plants and and prepare this natural wetlands for native planting.
Several SNPS members will be there to work, but others are welcomed. We will be there as early as 8 am, but you can arrive between 8-9 am. Plan to spend at least two hours pulling invasive plants and vines. We will have tools, garbage bags and gloves if you do not have any.
Children over the age of 12 are welcomed if accompanied by an adult. All participants will need to sign a waiver of liability.
MEET AT 9 am in the preserve parking lot at 13805 Taylor Grade Rd., Duette, FL 34219
Moody Branch Preserve is 960 acres in eastern Manatee County. We will be hiking the three-quarter-of-a-mile gold trail through the oak hammock, pine flatwoods and scrub habitats.
There is a very good chance we will see Scrub-jays (the topic of our next chapter meeting) and gopher tortoises, as this habitat has undergone aggressive restoration to meet the needs of these species. We will also plants specific to this dry habitat.
Without restrooms and water fountains on site, visitors should come prepared: Bring a hat, sunscreen, long pants, water, a snack and a camera.
How is Florida’s only endemic bird species faring across the state?
Find out where they are thriving and why and how you can get involved in monitoring and protecting Florida Scrub-Jays and helping restore their unique habitat.
Scrub-jays inhabit sand pine and xeric oak scrub, and scrubby flatwoods. The primary threat to the Florida scrub jay is habitat destruction and fragmentation. Scrub-jays may be seen in Golden Aster Preserve and Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve in Hillsborough County, and Moody Branch Preserve in Manatee county (see our field trip information above.)
Marianne Korosy began working for Audubon Florida in 2009. Her work is focused on shorebird and seabird conservation in addition to coordinating the statewide Jay Watch program. Marianne has a master’s degree in geology from FSU and a PhD in conservation biology from the University of Central Florida. Her doctoral research focused on winter ecology of Grasshopper, Henslow’s, and Bachman’s sparrows at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.
Our meetings are held at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be light refreshments, and a plant auction following the presentation.
The Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is one of the sponsors and an active participant of the Florida Birding and Nature Festival, October 13-16, in Ruskin, Florida. From Thursday evening until Sunday morning, the days will be packed with a combination of socials, presentations and field trips on topics of interest to all nature lovers. SNPS will have presentations and field trips on native plants and native plant landscaping each day of the festival.
Starting on Thursday evening, the social events will include special presentations: Thursday, October 13th – “Stewards of the Land,” discussion with Hillsborough County eco-visionaries.
Friday, October 14th – “The Global Owl Project,” keynote by project director David Johnson. Saturday, October 15th – “Florida Wildlife Corridors,” keynote by explorer and photographer Carlton Ward, Jr.
Throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, birds, pollinators, native plants, wildlife, and nature photography will be the topic of over 40 presenations. Festival goers will hear from well known experts on alligators, dragonflies, bird watching, how to attract bird and butterflies to their gardens with native plants, and so much more.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, participants can choose from over 25 fieldtrips that will explore preserves, state parks and county parks in Tampa Bay and beyond. Half day field trips to coastal and inland destinations in the five-county region include Fort Desoto in Pinellas County, Emerson Point in Manatee County, Golden Aster Preserve and Little Manatee River State Park in Hillsborough County, Circle B Bar Ranch in Polk County and many others.
For more information and to register visit: floridabirdingandnaturefestival.org