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, November 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)
Free and open to the public
Preserving biodiversity in a changing world: the importance of little glass canaries in coal mines - Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, Florida International University
This presentation focuses on the conservation efforts of five imperiled species in Keys state parks. Janice will also briefly discuss other rare Keys species and the broader ecosystem management strategy of the Florida Park Service.
Dr. Gaiser is Interim Executive Director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU. She is an aquatic ecologist whose research focuses on algae, particularly the diatoms ("glass algae"), that are the primary producers of oxygen on the planet. She studies how diatoms can be used to understand ecosystem change over short and long time scales in aquatic ecosystems from lakes to wetlands.
Upcoming Field Trip
Saturday, November 22, 2014: Juno Dunes Natural Area, Palm Beach County.
Steve Woodmansee will lead us through this diverse habitat which contains beach dune, coastal strand, maritime hammock, hydric hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, xeric hammock, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, basin marsh, depression marsh, and mangrove swamp. Palm Beach County owns 203 acres of the natural area and leases 366 more. The small "Oceanfront Tract" has a nature trail and a great view of the area from the top of a sand dune. The "West Tract" has several miles of trails. We will start at the Oceanfront Tract, which is in Loggerhead Park, on the east side of US1. There are restrooms and a short trail. (It also houses the Marinelife Center, not operated by Palm Beach Parks.) After a short walk (and time for latecomers to catch up) we will move to the West Tract, 1/4 mile farther north on the west side.
- Difficulty: Moderate, sandy, little shade, not long distance.
- Bring: Sun protection, plenty to drink as you walk, lunch (picnic on site). A walking stick might help some on sandy trails
- Lost/late? Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705), the day of the trip only, 305-255-6404 before that day
- Post-trip: If you have time, consider visiting The Nature Conservancy's Blowing Rocks Preserve, a few miles north.