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Nature Coast Native Plant Society features “Sea Level Rise in Florida” presentation April 10

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on March 20, 2018

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at The Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd/US 41, Land O’ Lakes, 34639, between SR 52 and SR 54. The subject of the Tuesday, April 10, 2018 meeting is “Sea Level Rise in Florida: News From Our Natural Areas” presented by Tonya Clayton.  The sea is rising, and the signs are all around us.  Today’s headlines come from our flooded city streets, but Florida’s native plants were among the first to tell this tale – quietly, many decades ago.  In this illustrated armchair stroll across the state, we’ll look at some of those early hints and we’ll explore what’s happening today.  How do we know the sea is rising, what’s the big deal, and how can we help?  Along the way, we’ll visit some of Florida’s most iconic natural communities.

Tony Clayton, PhD, is a contributing author of “Sea Level Rise in Florida”, published in 2016 by the University Press of Florida.  She is also a graduate of the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute and a member of the Florida Native Plant Society, Pinellas Chapter.

Meetings of the Chapter are free, and all interested parties are invited to attend, to bring questions about their yard, and participate in light refreshments and the native plant drawing. Telephone inquiries are taken by Sandy at (727) 207-1853.

Native Plant Society Field Trip to Honeymoon Island April 14

On Saturday, April 14, at 10 AM, the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will have a field trip to Honeymoon Island State Park, #1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698.  There is a $2 entrance fee (single occupant vehicle), $8 for 2-8 occupants in vehicle.  Tonya Clayton, our speaker for the April meeting, will lead our field trip to Honeymoon Island.  Meet in the Main Beach parking lot at the South Beach pavilion.  Honeymoon Island, one of Florida’s most popular state parks, is home to 9 natural communities.  We’ll roam two of them with Tonya, author of “How to Read a Florida Gulf Coast Beach”.  We’ll see specialized plants adapted to the demands of living at the ocean’s edge, and how these unique plants shape the coastal landscape.  We’ll also discuss Honeymoon Island’s unique history, as well as issues of coastal change and conservation, ecological succession, and restoration.  Lunch at nearby restaurant.  For more information, contact Gail Parsons, (813) 928-1412 or [email protected]

Chapter website: http://www.pasconativeplants.org.

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