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March 2002

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Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road.

IMPORTANT: The parking lot may be filled by 7 p.m. because of a moonlight tour for Fairchild members. Come early or plan to park to the north, along the road or in an open lot. Bring a FLASHLIGHT and DO NOT PARK NEAR THE BIKE PATH on the east or you risk a ticket. Our room will be open by 6 p.m. with the slide projector, and you may come early with your dinner, stroll in the garden, or bring slides to show. Also, from 7 to 7:30, if there is no nearby parking, one of our members will be at the entrance to offer a ride back from your car if you need it.

Dr. Evelyn Gaiser of Florida International University will speak about periphyton in the Everglades. A very conspicuous feature of most Everglades marshes is a thick, spongy, white mat that floats at the surface of the water, called periphyton. Periphyton contains microscopic algae, bacteria, fungi, invertebrate animals that live in tight association with one another. The algae are very diverse (over 500 species in the freshwater Everglades alone) and beautiful. Dr. Gaiser will show pictures of the some of the different types of algae that occur in the Everglades and explain how these algae can be used to track environmental changes associated with pollution or restoration of Everglades marshes. To preview some algae pictures, see the wide assortment of .jpg images on the website for the Periphyton Research Group: http://serc.fiu.edu/periphyton.

Dr. Gaiser is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Southeast Environmental Research Center at FIU. She studied at Kent State, Iowa State and University of Georgia, where her dissertation work focused on determining the environmental history of coastal plain wetlands from diatoms in their sediments, She has been here since 1997 working with periphyton algae of the Everglades and in coastal wetlands in Biscayne and Florida Bay, trying to use diatoms to track salt-water encroachment.

Thanks in advance to refreshment donors: Lauren McFarland (drinks and ice); and Barbara McAdam, Leticia Fernandez-Beraud and Sam Dawson (snacks).

Upcoming meetings:

April 23. Jonathan Taylor, Invasive Plant Management in ENP

May 28: TBA

June 25: Is your yard just waiting to be shown off, or do you just need to know that company's coming to make yourself get the weeding done? How about hosting the Annual Summer Solstice Evening Yard Visit and Social (in place of our usual indoors meeting)? 100% native NOT required! Call Carrie (305-661-9023) or Patty (305-255-6404).

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Field trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members (Dade and Keys) and their invited guests. Collecting is not permitted. Please join today so that you can enjoy all the benefits of membership! Call Patty for more information or carpooling (from Dade). If the weather is very bad, call to confirm before leaving home.

Saturday, March 30: Tamiami Pineland Preserve (aka Nixon Smiley Preserve), SW 128th St. at SW 134th Ct. Nixon Smiley Preserve is 110 acres of interesting pine rockland situated at the west extreme of the Miami Rock Ridge. Before drainage, this site actually contained rocky glade wetland habitat. Today, the flora of Nixon Smiley is a mixture of Pine rockland and short hydroperiod wetland plants. Muhly and sawgrass still occur on the property along with about 15 rare plant species. The unusual mixture of plants includes two rare species: Coastal Vervain and Giant Orchid. Joe Maguire, Director of Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas Management, will be our leader.

Sunday, April 28: West end of Loop Road, Big Cypress. Details in April Tillandsia.

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Note: All Dade Chapter members are welcome at all chapter activities. To receive personal notification of Keys activities or for more information, please contact Lisa Gordon (email ledzep@keysconnection.com or Jim Duquesnel (305-451-1202 at John Pennekamp State Park or email jandj.Duquesnel@mindspring.com). Leave your name, phone/fax number, or email address.

The Keys FNPS activities schedule was delayed this month – please contact Jim or Lisa and/or look for a separate mailing.

The Nature Conservancy's 3rd annual Native Plant Fair, Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. - noon at the Island Christian School on Upper Matecumbe, mm 83.4 bayside. Thousands of native plants to be given away. Speakers, demonstrations and information booths sponsored by gardening clubs, wildlife rescue groups, nurseries and other organizations. For more information, contact Kate Hadden at The Nature Conservancy at (305) 745-8402 x104.

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Saturday, April 6, 9 am-noon: Workday at Bear Cut Preserve on Key Biscayne. Please call Lynka (305-667-1651 x3427) if you expect to come. We would like to continue our support of this project for the third year by again assisting with planting, exotic removal and trail maintenance. Wear/bring: closed shoes, long pants, sun protection, gloves. Tools are provided, or bring your own. Directions: Enter the North Entrance of Crandon Park, tell the attendant that you are going to the workday, and head to the north end of the parking lot. Friends and family are welcome!

Saturday, April 20, 9 am-noon: Workday at Everglades National Park Visitors Center landscaping project. Please contact Carrie (305-661-9023) or Patty (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com) if you can come. Bring shovels, digging tools, pruning tools, gloves, sun protection. Snacks provided. We will again be doing a little of everything so we can be ready to plant trees in May or June.

Sunday, April 21, 10 am - 4 p.m.: Earth Day at MetroZoo. The Chapter will participate with a booth where we will have a native tree ID game, plants on display and literature. This event will be easy and fun, so please volunteer to help on the 10 am-1 pm or 1 pm - 4 pm shift, set up or breakdown, bring plants for the display, or take charge of the whole day. Please call Carrie at 305-661-9023. You need to sign up in advance to get in free.

Saturday, April 27: Spring plant sale at FTG - we need vendors and volunteers for the chapter. Please call Carol 305-233-7476.

FNPS Natural History Workshop at Archbold Biological Station, April 19-21. Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, sandhills habitats.

Three days/two nights of nature immersion with some of Florida's best naturalists; emphasis on botany, plant-animal interactions. Meals provided, cabins/bunks available. Contact Maria Minno, FNPS Education Chair, minno@gator.net or call 352-375-3028.

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Tropical Audubon Society. Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr. 305-666-5111. March 19 meeting: Dr. Peter Merritt will show a presentation on the making of his Florida birds video. Program at 8 pm, social at 7:30. Sunday, March 17 & April 21, 9 a.m. to noon: Free tour of the Botanical Garden at the Tropical Audubon Society. Call 305 666-8074. March 23-24: NATIVE PLANT SALE, 9 AM-5 PM. March 30: Big Cypress Nat. Preserve Nature Walk. Call 305-666-5111 for reservations.

Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas Management workdays, 9AM-noon. Call 305-257-0904. March 30: Coral Pine Park (6955 SW 104 St.). April 6: Hattie Bauer Hammock (formerly Orchid Jungle, SW 157 Ave at 267 St.).

Native Plant Workshop. 3rd Tuesdays at Bill Sadowski Park, 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 Street, 7 PM. Plant ID and taxonomy. Call Steve Woodmansee (305-247-6547) or Roger Hammer (305-242-7688). Mar. 19: Lamiaceae (Mint Family).

Lectures by Dr. Mario Molina, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry. April 4: "The Antarctic Ozone Hole: Global Consequences of Human Activity: 7:30, FIU Ballroom. April 5: Urban Air Pollution: Mexico City as a Case Study, 2:30 in CP 145. Call 305-348-3999.

From the Editor: This is the first 1-sheet Tillandsia since the mid-1980s! But the regular full-length (plus!) newsletter will reappear in April. As you can see, we really NEED a co-editor!

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General information and memberships: 305-255-6404

Contact in the Keys: Jim Duquesnel at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (305-451-1202)

President: Carrie Cleland (305-661-9023)

Vice President: Tony Koop (tkoop@fig.cox.miami.edu)

DCFNPS e-mail: DadeChFNPS@juno.com

DCFNPS Web page: http://www.fnps.org/dade/

Webmaster: Greg Ballinger

FNPS Web Page: http://www.fnps.org/

FNPS Eco Action Alert List: send email request to info@fnps.org

FNPS (state) phone: 561-462-0000

Tillandsia editors:

Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com

Co-editor: VACANT — please apply

The Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and preservation of Florida's native flora and natural areas, and promoting native plants in landscapes.

The chapter includes residents of Miami-Dade County and the Keys. Meetings in Miami-Dade County are on the 4th Tuesday of each month except June, August and December at Fairchild Tropical Garden and are free and open to the public. In June, members and their guests are invited to an evening garden tour on the 4th Tuesday. Meetings in the Keys are held on a varying schedule of dates and locations from Key Largo to Key West. The basic FNPS membership (state and chapter) is $25 per year. Please contact DCFNPS for a membership application.

Please send articles, announcements of local activities and news of interest to the Dade Chapter PO Box or email to the editor (above) by the 15th of each month to be considered for publication the following month. Advertising rates from $10/month.

© 1999-2001 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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