Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Elaine Gordon Enchanted Forest Park
1725 NE 135th Street, North Miami, FL
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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, February 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)
South Florida Bats: Importance, Distribution and Conservation - Gisele L. Colbert and Giselle Hosein, Smart Sciences Environmental Consulting
Why study bats? Bats make up one quarter of the mammalian population on earth, there are over a thousand species worldwide and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. They control pests and aid in disease prevention as well as in pollination and seed dispersal. They also serve as model organisms in medical research and in the development of sound navigational ranging (SONAR) systems. South Florida is home to five species of bats. The Florida Bonneted Bat is listed as critically endangered and is currently one of the rarest animal in the world (fewer than 500). They are tropical bats endemic to South Florida with the largest population in Miami. The Miami Bat Squad, a local non-profit organization, has spent the last three years on a challenging quest to discover Bonneted bat roosts and foraging locations with the aid of volunteer citizen scientists armed with smart phone apps.
Gisele L. Colbert, MS, LEP, has extensive experience in all types of environmental permitting and practical applications of wetland ecology and surface and groundwater hydrology in the South and Central Florida ecosystems. She has been the Principal Scientist on over a dozen Florida bonneted bat surveys in Miami-Dade County.
Upcoming Field Trip
Saturday, February 25, 2017: R. Hardy Matheson Preserve
This Miami-Dade Parks preserve is along the banks of Snapper Creek where it opens into Biscayne Bay. It is comprised of Rockland Hammock, Pine Rockland and coastal wetlands and is an excellent site to see limestone caves and many rare species. Tillandsia are in abundance. We will also see a restoration area where Brazilian-pepper was cleared in 2006 and a Cold War-era CIA building of undecided origin.
- Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
- Bring: Water, insect and sun protection (and lunch if you want to picnic at Matheson Hammock after the trip)
- Leader: Dallas Hazelton (Project Supervisor, Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas Management).
- Lost/late? Try Patty’s cell (305-878-5705)