Courtesy Lemon Bay Conservancy

As we move into April and our winter season is winding down, Lemon Bay Conservancy invites you to join our guides for the final two walks of this season at Stump Pass State Park and at Wildflower Preserve.  Details on both walks are available later in this note.

While the walks are winding down, many other Lemon Bay Conservancy projects remain active as we head toward summer!

• LBC volunteers continue our ongoing activities at Wildflower Preserve, including management of the butterfly habitat, trail maintenance, and water quality testing.  If you’d like to help, please see the schedule information below or give us a call at the office, 941-830-8922 for more details.

• Our advocacy committee remains alert to development and governmental activities in order to advocate for appropriate land and water conservation considerations.  In particular, we are continuing to monitor proposals for development of the Fishery property in Placida.

• Planning is underway for the fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp for students from Lemon Bay High School and LA Ainger Middle School.

• We are meeting later this week with representatives from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and their contractor regarding the start of work on the next major phase of the habitat restoration project at Wildflower Preserve.  We anticipate that construction work will begin before the end of this quarter.

• On May 1-2, from noon to noon, Lemon Bay Conservancy will participate in the 2018 Giving Challenge sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.  During the 24-hour challenge period, donations to LBC, up to $100, will be matched 1:1 by the Patterson Foundation.  Please consider making a note on your calendar to visit www.givingpartnerchallenge.org and double the impact of your donation by contributing to LBC during the challenge period!

We’ll send out additional messages in the weeks ahead to keep you up-to-date on all our LBC initiatives. Details on our free guided walks and volunteer opportunities are shown below.

Enjoy this gorgeous Spring!

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Free Public Nature Walks for April 2018

Beach and Barrier Island Ecology, 9-11:30 am.

Apr. 3

A 2.5 mile walk from the Stump Pass State Park parking area to the pass at the southern tip of Manasota Key.  The natural and human history of the area will be discussed, along with the dredging of the pass and the jetty.  Guided by Bill Dunson .  Stump Pass State Park entry fee is $3 per vehicle.  900 Gulf Boulevard, Englewood, FL 34223.  The park is located at the south end of Manasota Key.

Introduction to Wildflower, 9-11am.

Apr. 7

Join Susy d'Hont to discuss the conversion of a former golf course into Wildflower Preserve.  Along the way, we'll look at some of the plants and animals that are found here.  Wildflower Preserve is at 3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Englewood, FL 34224.  The preserve is located just east of Placida Rd, Route 775, south of Englewood.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Butterfly Habitat, weekly, Mon., 8-10 am

Learn about butterfly host and nectar plants as you help our LBC volunteers maintain and improve the beautiful butterfly habitat at Wildflower Preserve.  Volunteers meet at the Wildflower Preserve parking lot.  3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Englewood, FL 34224.

Wildflower Preserve Volunteer Projects, weekly, 8-10 am

Join LBC volunteers as we maintain the trails at Wildflower Preserve, plant native trees and shrubs, and improve the bird observation area.  Volunteers meet at the Wildflower Preserve parking lot.  3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Englewood, FL 34224.  Call the office at 941-830-8922 or send an email to Wildflower@LemonBayConservancy.org for the current schedule.

Wildflower Preserve Water Quality Testing, monthly, 9:30 am - noon

Volunteers take water samples from six of the ponds at the Preserve to monitor long-term water quality changes.  Help with collecting the samples by kayak, logging water clarity conditions, and preparing the samples for analysis.  Please call the office at 941-830-8922 or send an email to Wildflower@LemonBayConservancy.org for additional information.  Volunteers meet at the Wildflower Preserve parking lot.  3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Englewood, FL 34224.

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To learn more about Lemon Bay Conservancy, our mission and our activities, please visit our website at lemonbayconservancy.org.  Or, give us a call at 941-830-8922.