Suncoast Logo

Meetings

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Chapter Meeting: Native Plant Conservation at Bok Tower

Cheryl Peterson, Manager of the Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens, will speak on Bok Tower Garden’s conservation efforts with native plants endemic to the Lake Wales Ridge. Cheryl will also discuss the many programs at Bok Tower Gardens, including rare plant rescues and curating a National Collection of rare plants. 

The Rare Plant Conservation Program works to conserve and enhance our understanding of Florida’s rarest native plants, and leads a range of research and conservation efforts for these species. 

Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be light refreshments, and a native plant auction following the presentation.

On the Saturday following the presentation, June 24,  our fieldtrip will be to Bok Tower for a guided walk through the native plant gardens. SNPS members will receive a special rate of $7.00 per person to enter the park. When you get to the BOK Towers gate, just need to let the gate attendant know that you are part of the Florida Native Plant Society trip.  The gate attendant will let you through.  Then proceed to the front of the Visitor Center at 10 a.m to join the group. If you have not yet paid for the field trip, Gar will collect your money and pay Bok Towers. More information and a sign-up she will be available at our Chapter Meetings in May and June. 

Cheryl L. Peterson has been the Manager of the Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens since 2002.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Microbiology, and a Master's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. At Bok Tower Gardens she works to establish new populations of several species, including Scrub Lupine (Lupinus aridorum), Florida Goldenaster (Chrysopsis floridana), Brooksville Bellflower (Campanula robinsiae), Clasping Warea (Warea amplexifolia), and Savannas Mint (D. immaculata var. savannarum) onto protected lands.  The Bok Tower Rare Plant Conservation Program has received state, local and international recognition and awards.

__________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chapter Meeting: Hillsborough County Stormwater Servicies

John McGee, Manager of the Hillsborough County Public Works – Stormwater Services, will be speaking on the Stormwater Environmental Programs in Hillsborough County, including Lake and Stream Management and the Adopt-a-Pond Program.

The Adopt-A-Pond Program partners with communities to improve the water quality, wildlife habitat and appearance of stormwater ponds. The program guides you through the initial steps to help you learn how to properly care for your stormwater pond for the long-term. There are no fees or costs required to participate in this program, but you do need to apply to see if your pond qualifies.

John McGee coordinates the Stormwater Environmental Programs for Hillsborough County, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) compliance, and environmental education programs such as the Lake and Stream Management Program, Adopt-A-Pond, and Stormwater Ecologist.  John has over 17 years of experience in the environmental field.  He has a degree in Environmental Studies-Policy from Eckerd College, is a certified Florida Master Naturalist, and FDEP Erosion and Sedimentation Control Instructor. 

 John is a Florida native and comes from an agricultural family.  He speaks Japanese and is active with the Japanese Consulate to promote Japanese language and culture in Florida.  In his spare time he enjoys woodwork, hiking, swimming, trains in Parkour, and reads constantly.

Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be light refreshments, and a native plant auction following the presentation.

____________________________________________________________________________________

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Snags, Woodpiles & Wildlife

Presented by Donna Bollenbach

Do you like woodpeckers, owls, kestrels, nuthatches and bluebirds? If your answer is yes, don’t cut down that SNAG! SNAGS, often referred to as “The Wildlife Tree,” are dead tree trunks that are still standing. They provide shelter, perches, food and nesting sites for over 40 species of birds in Florida, as well as dozens of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Along with snags, fallen logs and brush piles are beneficial to wildlife. Not only do they provide places to hide from predators, but the decaying wood is rich in food sources, such as fungi, ants, and grubs. Wildlife also uses dead wood as landmarks for navigation, basking platforms, perching and nesting. Learn which birds, and other animals, benefit from dead wood, and how to safely provide snags and woodpiles in your landscape to attract, shelter and feed them.

Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be light refreshments, and a native plant auction following the presentation.

Donna Bollenbach is passionate about the environment. She translates that passion as a nature photographer, writer, and through her involvement with local and state environmental organizations. She is currently president of the Suncoast Native Plant Society and a member of the Florida Native Plant Society Board of Directors.

___________________________________________________________________________________

For a schedule of Field Trips, Walks and Camping Trips Go Here

 

Published on  23.05.2017