Twenty lucky people will be climbing aboard the county wagon for a tour of Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve on Sunday, October 2nd (This is a SUNDAY. Also, if Blackwater is still too wet, we will change location to Balm Boyette Scrub)
Led by Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Andy Fairbanks, on our way to the creek we will pass through beautiful fall foliage, including carphephorus, liatris, goldenrod, agalinus, eupetorium, grasses, musky mint and more.
We will be meeting at the parking lot to the Preserve at the end of Patrinostro Rd (about 7 miles north of I-4 off St Road 39 in Plant City. It is on left if you are driving from the South to North.) The address is 2469 Patrinostro Rd, Plant City, FL 33565. The wagon will leave promptly at 9, so be there at least 15 minutes early so we can sign releases and organize.
THIS TOUR IS FULL
BUT WE WILL BE PLANNING MORE WAGON TOURS TO OTHER PRESERVES NEXT YEAR.
WE STILL NEED HELP ON SATURDAY MORNING.
PLEASE CONTACT GAR
Join SNPS for our annual Fall plant sale at the beautiful USF Botanical Gardens. We will be selling hundreds of native plants from trees to shrubs to grasses and flowers. Come early so you don't miss out on our huge selection. We are the first vendor on your left as you enter the main gate.
Every spring and fall, the Suncoast Native Plant Society sells hundreds of native plants at USF's Botanical Gardens. Bring your wagon and load up on wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees that are ready-made for Florida's unique climate and soils. Attract more birds and butterflies with native plants and create the look that is Florida's alone!
We will also have free literature, books for sale, and native plant experts on hand to help you choose the right plant for your landscape.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TROY SPRINGER, SPRINGER ENVIRONMENTAL
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