Brazilian Pepper: Photo by Shirley Denton
Presented by : Cynthia Grizzle representing the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
Cynthia Grizzle representing the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas will be giving a talk on Alien invaders are all around us!
Come join Cynthia Grizzle of the Suncoast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to learn more about how invasive plants and animals impact out native habitats and species. The presentation will describe how anyone can become a citizen scientist by utilizing available supports. To get you started, identification of several common species and early detection and rapid response (EDRR) species will also be covered.
The Suncoast CISMA mission is to address the threat to native diversity within the Suncoast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area by coordinating and increasing efforts to eliminate or reduce invasive, non-native plants and animals across public and private boundaries.
Cynthia W. Grizzle became interested in Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas(CISMAs) in 2010 when she earned her Certificate in Natural Areas Management (CNAM) from The Nature Conservancy and the University of Florida IFAS Extension. At that time, no Tampa Bay area CISMA existed. She is currently employed as an environmental scientist with RS&H, Inc. in Tampa, Florida. Her duties include many ecological aspects including environmental permitting and document writing, GIS data collection and analysis, vegetative assessments, listed species surveys and permitting and hydrologic monitoring.
The Suncoast Native Plant Society meets every third Wednesday at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Rd 579, Seffner. (813) 679-5597. Free. Light refreshments. A plant auction follows the presentation.
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Address: 19116 Huckavalle Rd. Odessa (preserve parking lot)
The 1100-acre preserve contains a 17-acre lake (Lake Dan) and two other natural areas with Bahia grass pastures in between. Habitats these habitats have experienced recent fire and include dry oak/pine forest, freshwater marshes, seasonally wet pine flatwoods, seasonally wet prairie and cypress strand swamps. As these natural areas are ¼ to ½ mile in distance hikers would endure prolonged walks in full sun to access them. (Completely optional)
Our meeting time is 9AM at parking lot on the west side of the road at the dead end of Huckavalle Rd. in Odessa. This parking lot can accommodate several vehicles. Facilities include a shaded pavilion with one picnic table. There are no wash rooms available here.
From the parking lot, we’ll follow a path to the newly constructed boardwalk over a small lake. The boardwalk provides access to pine flatwoods/ sand hill habitats bordered with pond cypress strands on the north side. The boardwalk also provides excellent bird watching opportunities.
Directions: Take N Dale Mabry Hwy north to Van Dyke Rd. go west on Van Dyke Rd. to Gunn Hwy and turn right (north). Go to Tarpon Springs Rd. (first traffic light) and turn left (west). Go ~6 miles to Tyler Rd. and turn right (north). A little over half a mile later turn right onto Tyler Run Ave. Huckavale Rd. will be on the left. Drive to dead end, parking on left.
Please note: An active cattle lease is maintained on pasture areas in the preserve.
Close-toed shoes/boots, wide brimmed hat and drinking water are recommended.
Plan for a 2 to 4 hours hike.
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