Courtesy Lemon Bay Conservancy

Upcoming Events and Programs

Jon Thaxton: "Clean Water: Myths and Facts on Reducing Nutrients"

Jon Thaxton, a noted environmentalist and former Sarasota County commissioner, will be our keynote speaker for the LBC annual meeting on Monday, February 4, beginning at 5:30 pm.

The meeting will begin with a short business session followed by Jon's presentation on "Clean Water:  Myths and Facts on Reducing Nutrients."  Reducing nutrients is essential for restoring the health of Florida’s waters and, many scientists believe, for reducing the severity of red tides. 

Current and potential members and donors are invited to attend.  The meeting will be held at the Cape Haze Community Center, 180 Spyglass Alley, Placida, FL 33946.

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Upcoming Nature Walks

Myakka State Forest:  Feb. 22 (Friday), 9-11 am

A short two hour loop walk along the Gordon Smith Trail reveals many interesting aspects of natural hydric pine flatwoods. The variation in animals and plants depends in large part on previous fire history and the hydroperiod. We will identify all animals and plants seen and discuss how bird life is affected by community ecology.   Myakka State Forest is located at 2000 S. River Rd, Englewood, FL 34223.  Note that this is NOT Myakka State Park but the state forest.  There is a $2 entry fee.   Meet at 9 am at the parking lot adjacent to the office and approximately one mile from the highway.  Walk leader:  Bill Dunson.

Blind Pass (Middle Beach) Park: Feb. 14 (Thursday), 9 – 11 am

A study of the entire community ecology of a barrier island ecosystem and the parts that birds play.  A short two hour walk reveals very nice examples of diverse coastal habitats (mangroves, upland hammocks and beaches.)  Blind Pass Park is located on Manasota Key at 6725 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood, FL 34223.  Meet at 9 am on the northern side of the parking lot.  Walk leader:  Bill Dunson

Stump Pass State Park Nature Walks:  Feb. 28 (Thursday), 9 - 11:30 am

A 2.5 mile nature walk from the Stump Pass State Park parking area to the pass at the southern tip of Manasota Key.  The park is located at the south end of Manasota Key.  900 Gulf Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223.  Park entry fee is $3.00 per vehicle.   There is no charge for the nature walk.  Walk leaders: Charlie & Jayne Woodruff

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Tarpon Research Volunteer Opportunity

Our juvenile tarpon research in Lemon Creek is continuing once a month thru May.  The process involves deploying a 600' seine net by boat, pulling in the net by hand, counting and measuring the various species caught, and returning the captured fish to the creek.  Volunteers are needed to help with pulling in the net, either from shore or in the water.  The next net pull will be Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning at 7:45 am.  If you'd like to help, please contact Jim Cooper at 941-979-6258.

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"Sip & Shop" Fundraising Event

On Tuesday, February 19th, J. McLaughlin on Boca Grande will host their 3rd annual "Sip & Shop" Fundraising Event on Boca Grande.  15% of sales during the event will benefit Lemon Bay Conservancy!  Light refereshments will be available.  The event runs from 1 - 5 pm.

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LBC Annual Campaign and Your Contribution

Thank you to everyone who has contributed in response to our recent appeals for funding!  If you haven't already, please renew your LBC membership or send in an annual contribution today!

You can join, renew your membership or donate in any of the following ways:

•             by calling the office at 941-830-8922,

•             by contributing online at LemonBayConservancy.org/Support-Our-Cause,