Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast recently honored their 2022 Conservation Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Nancy Milholland and the group Conserve Bobby Jones Now received the Conservation Partner of the Year award for their integral role in the conservation of the nearly 300-acre Bobby Jones Golf Club. Mary Lundeberg received the Volunteer of the Year award for her ongoing photographic contributions helping to tell the story of the land Conservation Foundation saves. “We consider ourselves very fortunate to have the supportive and passionate conservation community that we do,” notes Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation. “It is because of people like Mary Lundeberg, Nancy Milholland, and the group Conserve Bobby Jones Now, that we are able to have such a significant impact on this region”. The Annual Conservation Reception was held at Conservation Foundation’s Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey. Pictured here (l to r:) Christine Johnson, Conservation Foundation president; Mary Lundeberg, Volunteer of the Year; and Rhonda Deems, Conservation Foundation board chair.
Landscape Grants Available Due to plant loss from Hurricane Ian, the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is expanding its Landscape Grants to include private homeowners as well as public clubhouses, businesses, and non-profit entryways. These grants are meant to enhance or replace gardens with Florida native plants within the Chapter boundaries (Englewood, Venice, North Port, and Port Charlotte). Grants are limited up to $100 for private homes and up to $500 for public groups, per grant request. The private grant is available for this grant cycle only. For further information or to apply for a grant, download the grant application from http://mangrove.fnpschapters.org/outreach/grants. Complete the application and either attach to an email to mangrovechapter@FNPS.org, OR mail the printed form to: MCFNPS Grant Committee, PO Box 1153, Englewood, FL 34295-1153.
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) Activities
On these casual walks with CHEC volunteers, you will search for 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. For information on programs, mask requirements and Covid-19 safety precautions, please call 941•475•0769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.CHECflorida.org for a complete program calendar. Oyster Creek Env. Park Join CHEC on a guided walk through the old-growth pine flatwoods, scrub habitat, and mangrove fringe of Oyster Creek Environmental Park on Saturday, December 3, 9am. Meet in the parking lot near Lemon Bay High School on Placida Road. Please call 941•475•0769 to register or for more information. Amberjack Environmental Park Join CHEC on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park on Monday, December 5 at 9am. Meet at 6250 Gasparilla Pines Blvd (where street dead ends). Please call 941•475•0769 to register or for more information. Also offered on Wednesday, December 14 and Wednesday, December 21 at 9am. Bayshore Live Oak Park Join CHEC on a walk, Wednesday, December 7, at 9am, at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte, along the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor to explore the various mangrove species found there. Mangrove identification will be covered, and you will learn about special adaptations that allow mangroves to thrive in salty environments, and why mangroves are important and protected in Florida. Please call 941•475•0769 to register or for more information.
Cedar Point Environmental Park
Join CHEC for a guided walk in Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, on Monday, December 9 at 9am. Please call 941•475•0769 to register or for information. Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve Join CHEC on a guided walk at 9am, on Saturday, December 10, through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve, 16259 Joppa Avenue, Port Charlotte. This 150-acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Meet in the parking lot. Please call 941•475•0769 to register or for more information.
LBC Guided Nature Walks
The free guided nature walks shown below are sponsored by Lemon Bay Conservancy and will be held at Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve, 3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Please come prepared for a hike. The preserve can be “buggy” this time of year. Consider wearing long sleeves and long pants. Water, a hat, sunscreen, bug spray and hiking shoes are recommended. Some people like to bring a walking pole. Binoculars are useful for observing more distant birds and other animals. Post-Hurricane Nature Walk Join Tonya and Steve Bramlage on Saturday, November 26, at 9am as they lead a walk focused on the extraordinary resilience and revitalization of native vs. non-native plants, bird population, and other unique adaptations of post hurricane survival. This is an unprecedented opportunity to come explore Lemon Bay Conservancy’s Wildflower Preserve and witness the ecological effect of a category 4 hurricane on the subtropical environment. Hurricane winds and waves move sediment from bays into marsh areas, revitalizing nutrient supplies to the wetlands, uplands, and ponds. Be sure to bring along your camera to capture a shot of what is believed to be the largest tree root ball in Charlotte County. Trail conditions are rough. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Liability release forms are required. The walk will begin at the preserve parking lot at 3120 Gasparilla Pines Boulevard. The items appearing in this column are as accurate as possible. Please call the listed numbers for confirmation.