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)
Our next "meeting" will be our Holiday Party on December 8th at
KJ's Fresh Grill
(click on the name for more info)
10950 S Cleveland Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33907
6:30 pm social gathering, 7:00 dinner buffet
$15 for member dinner; $25 for non-members
Must reserve your spot by December 5th
Menu: Tomato Basil Chicken and
Beef Brisket and a
Veggie Stir Fry as main courses
with potatoes and rice offered as sides.
Salad, Bread, Coffee and Tea are also included as well as a dessert tray.
Other important information: KJ's has a nice happy hour that ends at 6 pm. So, the early bird gets the happy hour cocktail pricing. They have a lovely assortment of wines by the glass at reasonable pricing. They also have fabulous draught beers.
NOTE: If you purchase in advance with a credit card, there will be a small, additional fee.
On January 12, 2016, Kirsten Hines, co-author of Attracting Birds to your South Florida Garden, will present Gardening for Birds and other Wildlife in South Florida. You can catch her presentation at Bonita Springs City Hall at 1 pm, or at Page Field Base Operations at 7 pm.
Donated plants will be auctioned off at the end of the 7 pm chapter meeting.
Page Field Base Operations
5200 Captain Channing Page Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33907
ALL ARE WELCOME!
(Directions: Take 41 to Fowler. Turn east on Fowler and your first right to Page Field.)
Paul Julian joins us to give us the dirt on ... From above ground to below ground: Carbon cycle dynamics in South Florida Ecosystems
Plants grown in organic soils tend to be very productive. Soil organic matter is a vital part of the terrestrial carbon cycle. Other components of the terrestrial carbon cycle include plants and soil microorganisms which contribute to the health of the soil. Soil organic matter is a natural source of nutrition for plants as a result plants generally grow better in soil with high organic matter. Due to the essential ecological function, practices to conserve soil organic matter are needed both at the natural ecosystem and backyard garden level. Practices that degrade and improve soil organic matter will be discussed.
Paul Julian is a PhD graduate student with the University of Florida studying wetland nutrient dynamics and ecological processes with the Department of Soil and Water Science. In addition to being a graduate student he also works with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as the Everglades Technical Lead which includes involvement with both technical and policy aspects of Everglades restoration efforts for the State of Florida in cooperation with the South Florida Water Management District, Department of Interior and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. In his “free time” he enjoys gardening, hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving with his wife Kara and their two four legged companions, Gandalf and Malibu.
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, and register for events here.
To register for the
WET PLAN workshops, click the appropriate button below.
Hickory Swamp Preserve Field Trip
We are delighted to announced our new class
DIRTy Science with Professor Hanlon and Friends. Click the button to register.
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)