Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nature walks by Bill Dunson in Nov/Dec 2015

Here are notices for four nature walks in SW FL sponsored by the Lemon Bay Conservancy which I am leading during Nov and Dec, 2015. No reservations required, meet in the parking lots,  and no fees except for parking at Stump Pass.  Please circulate this to your members.

Nov. 30:  Edible and medicinal plants at Wildflower Preserve. 3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Englewood, FL. 9-11 am. A  short walk around the 80 acre restored golf course owned by the Lemon Bay Conservancy to examine the useful and toxic properties of plants and their animal herbivores and predators.

Dec. 4:  Hike the Duisberg Nature Trail and the beach at Middle Beach Park. 6725 Manasota Key Rd. Venice/Englewood, FL. 9-11 am.  A short hike up the nature trail and back on the beach to examine the natural history of a sub-tropical hammock, mangroves, and beach dunes.  

Dec. 11:  Hike about 1.5 miles round trip in Wildflower Preserve, 3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Englewood, FL, to tidal Lemon Creek.  This is habitat for juvenile tarpon and we will discuss the ecology of such young fish living in hypoxic mangrove waters and efforts being made to study and restore/create habitat.  9-11:30 am. 

Dec. 18:  Hike about 2.5 miles round trip to Stump Pass within Stump Pass State Park (entry fee), Englewood, FL.  We will study the natural history of the beach, dune, back dune  and mangrove areas and discuss the current efforts to stabilize and re-nourish the eroding beach, and dredge the channel.  9-11:30 am. 

Dr Bill Dunson
276-233-6364 cell text

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