Courtesy Lemon Bay Conservancy

Free Public Nature Walks for March and April 2018

Wildflower Preserve Habitat Restoration, Mar. 3, 9-11 am

Join Dave Clayton for a first-hand look at the major habitat restoration project currently underway at Lemon Bay Conservancy's Wildflower Preserve and observe some of the many plants and animals within the preserve.  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.

Beach and Barrier Island Ecology, Mar. 6, Mar. 20, Apr. 3, 9-11:30 am

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 and Charlie Woodruff on Mar. 6, and by Bill on Mar. 20 and Apr. 3.  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.

Barrier Island Ecology - Mangroves, Hammocks and Beaches at Middle Beach Park, Mar. 13, 9-11 am

Blind Pass (Middle Beach) park is an unusually nice place to study the community ecology of Manasota Key.  A short walk from the parking lot reveals very nice examples of natural coastal communities.  Guided by Bill Dunson.  Blind Pass Park (Middle Beach) is located on Manasota Key at 6725 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood, FL 34223.

Nature of Wildflower, Mar. 24, 9-11 am

Wildflower Preserve is home to a great diversity of plants and animals.  During this leisurely two hour walk, we will observe some of these and discuss plans to improve the preserve habitats over time.  Guided by Susy d'Hont.  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.

Introduction to Wildflower, Apr. 7, 9-11 am

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:

Juvenile Tarpon Research Volunteer Opportunity, monthly, Mar. 17, 7:45 am – noon

Join LBC volunteers in hands-on volunteer work as we use long seine nets to study the juvenile tarpon population in Lemon Creek at Wildflower Preserve.  Interested volunteers should contact Jim Cooper in advance for details on participation.  Jim can be reached by phone at 941-979-6258 or by email at jcoop43@comcast.net.

Butterfly Habitat, weekly, Mondays, 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, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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.

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, visit lemonbayconservancy.org or call 941.830.8922.