|Coccoloba Chapter FNPS||
Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
(covering mostly Lee County, Florida)
We're moving back into Season and
BOY! do we have an exciting season planned! (scroll down for more info)
Next meeting October 13th
or the 2nd Tuesday of each month
6:30 pm social gathering, 7:00 pm meeting
Donated plants will be auctioned off at the end of the meeting
Page Field Base Operations
5200 Captain Channing Page Dr.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
(Directions: Take 41 to Fowler. Turn east on Fowler and your first right to Page Field.)
We Planted a Feast for Nature ...
The teachers are coming back to school now and they are so excited about the new planting. Ana and Marlene were working there on Thursday, August 13th and they heard things like, "There is NOTHING like this at any other school." "Are you responsible for this? This is beautiful!"
Several plants are already showing new growth and others are blooming. Butterflies are already flitting about the area. It absolutely feels like a park.
James N. Burch has held several positions with conservation organizations that deal with stewardship of natural systems in southern Florida, including National Audubon Society, Collier County Natural Resources Department, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the US Geologic Survey Biological Resources Division, Florida Gulf Coast University, and conducted research in several locations in southern Florida and Latin America. He received degrees from State University of New York, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida International University, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Florida Academy of Sciences, Society of Wetland Scientists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He recently retired from the National Park Service as a Resources Management Supervisory Botanist at Big Cypress National Preserve where he oversaw the exotic plant management program, a program that has experienced success in exotics control for over two decades, and continues to aggressively address problems with exotic plants.
Scroll down for more info about these exciting presentations, then register for the sessions here.
Special thanks to CHNEP for helping with so many of our educational projects to fulfill our mission of preserving, conserving and restoring native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida
Award winning author Kirsten Hines discusses GARDENING FOR BIRDS AND OTHER WILDLIFE IN SOUTH FLORIDA on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 1-2:30 pm at Bonita Springs City Hall ...
(This session is repeated at 7 pm at Page Field Base Operations)
Award winning author Kirsten Hines discusses GARDENING FOR BIRDS AND OTHER WILDLIFE IN SOUTH FLORIDA on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 7-830 pm at Page Field Base Operations ...
(This session is the same as presented at 1 pm in Bonita Springs)
April 14, 2015 ... Coccoloba Chapter is delighted to host Dr. billY Gunnells from Florida Gulf Coast University. As one of the most beautiful and aesthetic species in Florida, cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) are used in urban landscaping throughout the state. In addition its visual appeal and ability to flourish in the variable conditions – droughts, floods, cold snaps, heat waves, and hurricanes – found in Florida, gardening with cabbage palms could also promote urban wildlife because of the food and nesting sites that the tree provides animals. My students and I recently completed a study that determined the types of urban wildlife that cabbage palms supported by comparing trees in urban and wild environments. Not surprisingly, palms in wild environments supported more animals than trees in urban environments. However, wild and urban palms supported a similar diversity of pollinators. Increased use of native species, such as S. palmetto, in urban landscapes appears to have positive effect on urban wildlife that can disperse, such as flying birds and insects.
Charles Gunnels is an Associate Professor of Animal Behavior at Florida Gulf Coast University since 2007. He is also the Director of Undergraduate Scholarship, which oversees the university’s newest academic endeavor, FGCU Scholars: Think • Write • Discover. His research focuses on the evolution of groups and the positive and negative interactions that emerge within aggregations. He is particularly interested in urban wildlife and the effect of urbanization on native populations.
March 10, 2015 ...
Coyotes are Florida’s newest predator. As they are sighted in urban and suburban area, the FWC often gets questions about coyote behavior and biology. This presentation will cover the coyotes expansion into the state, biology, current research and ways to coexist. The presentation will be about 25 minutes with opportunity for questions and discussion.
Angeline Scotten is a native Floridian, growing up on the east coast in Jupiter. She attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in wildlife & fisheries science in 2009. After graduation, she worked on various field projects in Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina and Virginia. She joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in fall of 2012 as a wildlife biologist, concentrating on nuisance wildlife issues.
Jaime Quintero made a great presentation in February. This National Geographic cartographer led a brainstorming session on ways we can get environmental art into schools. Future meetings are being held to help develop the posters for this project.
Many thanks to Dr. Jim Burch for a fabulous January presentation on scrub communities. He provided great information and even solved a mystery from our Cayo Costa field trip by identifying a vine. We'll need to get back out to Cayo Costa to research this further.
American White Waterlily
by Jim Rodwell
The American White Waterlily, Nymphaea odorata, is an aquatic floating plant of the family Nymphaeaceae. It is a perennial herb that grows from a submerged rhizome. The White Waterlily does not have true stems rather it has leaf stalks that grow directly from the rhizome. These leaf stalks support floating circular leaves 4 to 12 inches in diameter. Leaves are shiny green on the surface and purple underneath. There is a triangular cleft that extends from the leaf margin to almost the center of the leaf.
An erect flower stalk holds a solitary flower several inches above the surface of the water. The flower has a calyx of four sepals that support a corolla of several lanceolate petals in two or three whorls. Petals are usually white that occasionally exhibit a pinkish tinge. At the center of the corolla is a ring of several male stamens that surround and cover a female pistil. The stamen’s filaments are bright yellow. Diameter of the flower is about 6 to 8 inches. This showy flower is quite fragrant hence the name odorata.
The White Water Lily is common throughout Florida where it is found in ponds, slow streams, ditches, lakes and marshes
The specimen in the picture was found in a roadside swale alongside the Coconut Point Mall.
Featured video ... 10/14 (Check back for periodic updates)
Did You Know?
Through native plant sales and grant plantings, the Coccoloba chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has provided over 100,000 trees to Lee County over the past decade.