Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bill Sadowski Park at Old Cutler Hammock
SW 79 Avenue, Palmetto Bay, 33157 (1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 St.)
FREE! Don't miss it! More information »
Programs • Nature walks • Children's activities • Plant clinic • Displays • Plant sales • Book & merchandise sales • Food • Raffles
The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida and the use of Florida native plants in landscaping.The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (DCFNPS) is one of more than 20 chapters around the state and includes residents of Monroe County. More about us »
Next Meeting in Dade County
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)
Seagrasses of South Florida: Their importance and the influence of urbanization
Jennifer Sweatman, PhD Candidate, FIU
South Florida is home to seven different species of seagrasses, all important to fish, invertebrates and humans. Seagrasses provide habitat for commercially important species, food and refuge for juvenile fish and invertebrates, and improve water clarity and quality. Seagrass beds are at risk of degradation from disturbances that result from human development and recreation. This presentation will focus on the services provided by south Florida seagrass beds, and responses of seagrasses and grazing crustaceans (amphipods) to urbanization.
Jenn is a PhD candidate in biology at Florida International University. Her research focuses on identifying biological indicators of changes in water quality within seagrass beds to improve management of these ecosystems. She is also interested in understanding how seagrasses respond to human-induced disturbances, such as nutrient pollution and propeller scarring.
Upcoming Field Trip
Sunday, March 6, 2016: Everglades National Park cypress dome
We will walk (or slog) to a dome with deep water, large trees and a beautiful array of plants.
Time, address and directions are in the newsletter mailed to members. Please join to enjoy all the activities of the chapter!
- Leader: Dave King, FNPS member and retired park ranger. Dave first came to ENP in 1979 as a seasonal naturalist at Shark Valley, and continued in various locations in ENP, Biscayne NP, Shenandoah NP and others from Minnesota to Alaska before serving as the Florida Bay District Ranger from 1989-2010.
- Bring: Water, sun protection. A walking stick might be helpful for some. (Bug protection just in case – hopefully not needed.) (You might like a change of shoes and pants as well.)
- Wear: Sturdy shoes & long pants that can get muddy and wet.
- Deep water precautions: In the dome it could be knee to thigh deep, and you can fall in. Zip lock bags for electronics advised.
- Difficulty: Moderate/difficult. Walking on open prairie - no tall sawgrass but pinnacle rock and holes require careful walking. Leg-sucking mud in the dome.
- Lost/late? Try Patty’s cell (305-878-5705) but reception is poor in the park. Find us 1/2 mile west of the Pa-hay-okee turnoff.