Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Wildflower walk Feb 7‏

There is an unusual opportunity this Saturday Feb. 7 to go on a wildflower walk at the Myakka State Forest.  As part of the North Port Ecofest (see attached article) there will be a bus tour to the forest to walk (about 1.2 miles) the Gordon Smith Trail and afterwards go to Warm Mineral Springs for a presentation by Steve Koski on the two local sink hole springs which are so interesting.

Jim Brower and I with help from Stu Lewis on birds will lead the walk at Myakka State Forest.  The Gordon Smith Trail was burned about two months ago and there has been an incredible outburst of flowers including some that are rarely seen.  This flush of flowers after a burn is comparable to the early spring flowers in NE forests but is not often seen and appreciated in Florida.  For example how many of you have seen the carnivorous yellow butterwort in bloom?

The article below explains how you will need to sign up starting at 11:45 am Feb. 7 at the Friends of Wildlife table at the Ecofest (at N Port City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd just off Sumter Blvd), with a departure of the bus at 12:30 pm.  The bus is limited to 50 and there is a donation of $5 each.

Bill Dunson

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