Courtesy Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free guided walks and programs in March 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 March 1: Join Jim Knoy 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 March 6: Join Kate Borduas on a guided walk through 308-acre Tippecanoe Environmental Park.  This Charlotte County park includes habitats such as scrub, pine flatwoods, marsh and wetlands.  Meet behind the Charlotte County Sports Park.

Wednesday March 7: Join Bob “Coop” Cooper 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 March 7: Explore the “Mysteries of Migration” with Kate Borduas at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte.  Kate will focus on the fall and spring migration of birds that we see here in Florida and she will explain how and why birds are able to make these epic journeys. Reservations advised. Program begins at 10:00 am.

Saturday March 10: Come to Cedar Point Environmental Park in Englewood for the annual Plant Native Day with the theme, “Container Gardening”.  A partnership with the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Day Society, this half-day event includes lectures, exhibits, free information, nature walk, garden tour, plant sales and refreshments. Events run from 9:30am to 1:00 pm.

Sunday March 11: 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.

Monday March 12 : Get wild & wet!  Join CHEC naturalist 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

Tuesday March 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.

Tuesday March 13: 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 March 14: 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

Sunday March 18: Join Greg Brezicki 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.

Monday March 19: 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 March 20: Join Kate Borduas on a guided walk through 308-acre Tippecanoe Environmental Park.  This Charlotte County park includes habitats such as scrub, pine flatwoods, marsh and wetlands.  Meet behind the Charlotte County Sports Park.

Wednesday March 21: Lichen enthusiast Kate Borduas hopes to open your eyes to the “Wonderful Whacky World of Lichens”, at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Pt. Charlotte. Lichen are a food source for many animals and have been put to multiple uses by man including pollution monitoring.  What’s not to love about these intriguing and beautiful organisms? Reservations advised. Program begins at 10:00 am.

Saturday March 24: Join Cindy Christel and Phyllis Cady 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.

Saturday March 24: Come do your part in cleaning up your local environment at the Great American Cleanup at Cedar Point Environmental Park.  Trash bags, gloves, and light refreshments provided.  First 20 to register will receive a T-shirt but no registration is necessary. 

Tuesday March 27: Join Gloria Hansen 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 March 28: Join Bob “Coop” Cooper 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.

Thursday March 29: Get wild & wet!  Join Eileen Teel 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.