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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.

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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.

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Published on  22.07.2017