Florida’s Freshwater Crisis
Venice Audubon Society presents a virtual program on the freshwater crisis in Florida via Zoom on Tuesday, October 26, 6 to 8pm. John Dunn, author of Drying Up, Florida’s Fresh Water Crisis, untangles the many causes of the state’s freshwater problems and the sad history of how the Florida growth machine disrupted and destroyed Florida’s natural water systems. He investigates restoration efforts as well as proposed future solutions, including the “soft path for water” approach that uses green infrastructure to mimic natural hydrology. Drying Up is a wake-up call and a hard look at what the future holds for those who call Florida home. He challenges readers to rethink their relationship with water and adopt a new philosophy that compels them to protect the planet’s most precious resource. Participate by going to www.veniceaudubon.org/events for the Zoom link.
Seagrass Wading Trip
Join Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) for a free wading adventure through the seagrass beds of Lemon Bay on Thursday October 21, 8am. You will be guided approximately a half-mile to the wading site, where you will collect and view creatures of the bay. Participants will need to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that may get wet during the trip. Participants are encouraged to wear reef-safe (no oxybenzone or avobenzone) sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring plenty of drinking water. Advance registration is required at 475•0769. Trips fill up fast! The adventure takes place at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road. Meet behind the Visitor Center. The next date is Saturday, November 6 at 9am.
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) Nature Walks
On these casual walks with CHEC volunteers, you will search and learn about plants, animals, fungi, and more that live in Charlotte County preserves. Prepare for each walk with plenty of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and clothing that will protect you from insects and plants. Advance registration is required. The health and safety policies for CHEC programs are subject to change. For information on programs, mask requirements and Covid-19 safety precautions, please call 475•0769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.CHECflorida.org for a complete program calendar.
Friday, October 15, 8am: Join CHEC on a walk at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Rd, along the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor, to explore the various mangrove species found there. Covered will be mangrove identification, general ecology, including special adaptations that allow mangroves to thrive in salty environments, and why mangroves are important and protected in Florida. Meet in the parking lot furthest on the left. Register at 475•0769.
Tuesday, October 19, 8am. Join CHEC on a guided walk through 308-acre Tippecanoe Environmental Park. This Charlotte County park includes habitats such as scrub, pine flatwoods, marsh, and wetlands. Meet behind the Charlotte County Sports Park, 2400 El Jobean Road. Please call 475•0769 to register or for more information.
Friday, October 22, 8am.Join CHEC on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park off Placida Road. Meet at 6250 Gasparilla Pines Blvd (at the end of the street). Register at 475•0769.
Tuesday, October 26, 8am Join CHEC on a guided walk through the old-growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park. Meet at the San Casa entrance at 6791 San Casa Drive. Register at 475•0769.
BIPS New Website
Barrier Island Parks Society, BIPS, is excited to announce the formal launch of their new website: www.BIPS.org. The contemporary website was built with BIPS’ audience in mind, explains Executive Director, Sharon McKenzie. “BIPS’ goal was to create a user-friendly website for people to quickly and easily access information about the organization, their museums and programs, and connect to BIPS’ Mission to inspire the exploration and preservation of our natural & historic treasures.” On the website, you can learn about the incredible contributions BIPS has been making for the past 32 years. Many don’t realize that BIPS is the non-profit organization that preserves and protects these iconic and irreplaceable treasures. BIPS’ calendar, educational programs, events, tours, climbs, reservations, rentals, parks, and history of the area are easily found with just a few clicks.
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