Peggy Lantz, author of Florida's Edible Wild Plants, presented a very informative talk to a large crowd of plant entusiasts. She started the presentation with her three most important caveats: 1. Know what you are gathering. Don't guess! 2. Don't gather in areas where plants may have absorbed poisons or pesticides.3. Leave food for the wildlife.
She then introduced us to common native and non-native plants that can be used to make tea, bread or put in salads. We even got to taste a leaf or two. Many ordered her book which she gladly signed for us.
Our February meeting will be just as great, so don't miss it!
Florida's Forest Bats, February 18, 2015
Shari Blisset-Clark, a longtime member of the Florida Bat Conservancy, will present a fascinating program on Florida's Forest Bats: Not long ago Florida was adorned with old growth forests, clean waterways, and wide expanses of connected scrublands. These habitats supported the most diverse plant and animal communities in North America, each one closely dependent on the health of the other. One of the most significant players in habitat health, bats darkened the sky with their nightly emergence to hunt insects; no habitat was left untouched by these fast-flying mammals who consume their own weight in bugs each night. These masters of the night sky kept insect populations in balance and contributed to the overall health of Florida’s landscapes. More
Followed by a third very popular speaker, Dr. Reed Noss:
Dr. Reed Noss, a highly acclaimed conservation scientist and author, will be discussing his book, Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (Island Press, 2013). at our monthly meeting, 7 pm, Weds March 18.
Forgotten Grasslands of the South is a literary and scientific case study of some of the biologically richest and most endangered ecosystems in North America. Eminent ecologist Reed Noss tells the story of how southern grasslands arose and persisted over time and addresses questions that are fundamental for conserving these vital yet poorly understood ecosystems. With a unique blend of science and personal observation, Dr. Reed Noss will provide fascinating insights into these little known ecosystems. He will demonstrate the importance of natural history to the practice of conservation. He will also discuss fire ecology in Florida and disturbance ecology. More