Courtesy Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free guided walks and programs in February 2018.

Unless noted, all walks begin at 9:00 AM.  For directions or further information, call Cedar Point Environmental Park at 941-475-0769

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Thursday February 1: Join Al Squires on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the San Casa entrance.

Sunday February 4: Join Ken Blackshaw on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the San Casa entrance.

Tuesday February 6: Join Kate Borduas on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd

Wednesday February 7: Explore “Evolution and Function of Cooperation” with Florida Master Naturalist Kate Borduas at this free lecture at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte.  As we look around at the amazing diversity of life on earth, we might keep a few things in mind: (1) Species are more alike than they are different and (2) Most species survive by cooperating – or at least by not competing.  Lecture begins at 10 am.  Call for reservations.

Wednesday February 7: Join Dave Clayton on a guided walk through the 81-acre Bill Coy/Buck Creek Preserve in Englewood. The scrubby flatwoods and mangrove swamp border Buck Creek, which flows into Lemon Bay.  Meet in the parking lot.

Friday February 9: Take a tour of the historic “Cookie House” at Cedar Point Environmental Park. Tours run every 15 minutes from 1 – 4 pm with Charlotte County Historical staff.  Formerly known as the Bass Biological Laboratory, the scientific studies from this facility is linked to the world renowned Mote Marine Laboratory.

Sunday February 11:: Join Al Squires on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd

Tuesday February 13: Join Nancy Clayton on a guided birding walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda.  Meet at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Walk begins at 8 am.

Wednesday February 14: Get wild & wet!  Join Bobbi Rodgers at Cedar Point Park on a Seagrass Adventure Wading Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organisms such as sea horse, crabs and juvenile fish.  Registration required

Thursday February 15: Join Gloria Hansen on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the San Casa entrance.

Saturday February 17: Join John Phillips on a guided walk through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve in Port Charlotte. This 150 acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Meet in the parking lot.

Sunday February 18: Join Laura Soule on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd

Tuesday February 20: Join Kate Borduas on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the San Casa entrance.

Wednesday February 21: Drawing from Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, “Sixth Extinction,” Florida Master Naturalist Kate Borduas will explore,“But, Ma - I’m Adapting as Fast as I Can!”, at this free 10 AM lecture at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Pt. Charlotte.   Kate will explore early extinctions & examine the challenges facing some endangered species today. Lecture begins at 10 am.  Call for reservations

Thursday February 22: Welcome Nancy Scot Willie and Esther Ainger Horton, at this evening lecture event on “A History of Englewood & Surrounding Areas” from 5 – 7 pm at Cedar Point Environmental Park.  Nancy and Esther, both long-time members and founders of the Lemon Bay Historical Society representing generations of local pioneer families, will present a Powerpoint presentation depicting photographs of historical Englewood and surrounding areas while sharing original stories of early life in this area.  This is a CHEC fundraiser.  For your donation of $8 (CHEC member), $12 (non-member), the evening will include the pictorial presentation as well as complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a silent auction.  Call for information and/or to reserve a space.

Friday January 23: Join John Phillips on a guided walk through Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park, a 487-acre Charlotte County property of mature pines, dry prairie, marsh wetlands and freshwater ponds.  Its location adjourning state lands make it an important wildlife corridor. Meet at the parking lot on US 41 at 8:30 am.

Monday February 26: Join Jean Leavitt on a guided walk through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve in Port Charlotte. This 150 acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Meet in the parking lot.

Tuesday February 27: Get wild & wet!  Join Bobbi Rodgers at Cedar Point Park on a Seagrass Adventure Wading Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organisms such as sea horse, crabs and juvenile fish.  Registration required

Wednesday February 28: Join Bob “Coop” Cooper on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd     

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Bobbi Rodgers

Resource Manager

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Cedar Point Environmental Park site

941-475-0769

www.checflorida.org