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Excerpted from our print newsletter. See the printed newsletter for detailed Field Trip directions and reports, for phone and addresses for yard visits and additional articles. Join now to obtain the benefits of full membership!

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November, 2004

In This Issue


Tuesday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road.  (the 4th Tuesday, not the last!) The meeting is free and open to the public.

"Disposable Pets, Unwanted Giants: Pythons in Everglades National Park" –  Skip Snow, Everglades National Park.

The status of plants and animals -- native and exotic -- in the Everglades are all of concern in the management of the park's resources.  Skip Snow, Wildlife Biologist at ENP, will tell us about one particularly large challenge in the control of exotic animals.  In addition to figuring out how to keep some species out of the park (pythons), Skip has also worked to put some species back into the park (eastern bluebirds, brown-headed nuthatches and wild turkeys). He has worked at Everglades National Park since 1988 and previously worked for the National Park Service in Colorado, at Mount Rainier National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

Thanks in advance to refreshment donors: Bob Kelley (drinks and ice) and Lisa Blackwelder, Phillip Pearcy, Susan Walcutt, Jo Woodmansee (snacks).  We welcome additions to the refreshment table and raffle plant donations (please check your plants for lobate lac scale).

There is no newsletter or Dade meeting in December.  Happy holidays!  See you at the next meeting on January 25.

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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. Details are contained in the printed newsletter mailed each month to members. Collecting is not permitted. Please join today so that you can enjoy all the benefits of membership!

Saturday, December 11: Two South Dade sites, the pineland at T.R.E.C. and Fuchs Hammock.  The pineland at UF's Tropical Research and Education Center is a small but interesting site that we have not yet visited.   Fuchs Hammock is one of the few remaining tropical hardwood hammocks in the Redland.  Because these hammocks are so rare, some of the flora is also rare and interesting. 

Want a plant list in advance?  For most local natural areas that we visit, you can get a plant list from The Institute for Regional Conservation's Web site, www.regionalconservation.org. Register and get a password, then enter the database.  At the same site, you can also try out the test version of "Natives for Your Neighborhood", the topic of last month's program.

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Monthly meetings are on third Wednesdays, November through April (location varies). Field trips are on the Saturday following most meetings.  To receive personal notification of Keys Group activities, please contact Jim Duquesnel (305/451-1202 or jandj.duquesnel@mindspring.com).  Leave your name and phone number or email address.  For any other information regarding the meetings, please contact Beth Bergh (305/872-5787).

Wednesday, November 17: Meeting. "Butterflies of the Lower Keys" - Dennis J. Olle, President of the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association and board member of the Tropical Audubon Society.  The meeting is co-hosted by FNPS and the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

(Sorry, the field trip for Nov. 20 is canceled or TBA.)

Wednesday, December 15: Meeting. Program TBA.  Co-hosted by FNPS and the Marathon Garden Club.

Saturday, December 18: Field trip to the yards of two FNPS members, including a pine rockland on Cudjoe Key and a hammock on Little Torch Key.   (Field trips are for FNPS members and their guests.)

January 19 & 22: Meeting and field trip in Key Largo.

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VOLUNTEER!  Everglades National Park chapter workday, December 4,  9 a.m.-noon.  Come help with light maintenance at the Coe Visitors Center.  Gloves, tools and some drinks are provided, but you may want to bring your own as well as extra cold water and refreshments to share.  Bring family and friends.  Your whole car gets in free to the park the rest of the day.  What better season to do a little gardening while you chat with friends and then visit the park?  Call Patty (305-255-6404) for more information.

Native Plant Day, March 5, 2005. Our annual public event will be at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center in Crandon Park for the first time.  It's a full day of programs, nature walks, activities for children, plant sales and all-around good time.  Mark your 2005 calendar now to attend or volunteer!  If you would like to be on the committee or have suggestions for programs or other activities, please call Steve Woodmansee (305-595-5541).

Chapter merchandise manager needed -- it's an easy way to help the chapter.  You will keep a few plastic bins and bring some merchandise to meetings, sell the merchandise and keep track of the sales. That's it – no dirty, sweaty work!  We'll have a helper or alternate as needed.  Please contact Steve (305-595-5541) to discuss the possibility.

Welcome new members!  Dade: Carl Barta, Lisa Blackwelder (Supporting Member), Janeen Feiger, Molly Messer.  Keys: Marjorie Chapin.

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Tropical Audubon Society.  5530 Sunset Drive. 305-667-7337 or www.tropicalaudubon.org,  for details and more events. Meeting are free and open to the public (7:30 socializing, 8 p.m. program).

  • Nov. 6-7:  Native Plant Sale (9- 5 on Sat., 9-3 on Sun.). Visit the South Miami Art Festival at the same time.
  • Nov. 10 meeting: Dick Cunningham, "Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert". See the flora and fauna of this unique region.
  • Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 15 workdays, 8:30 - noon .  Help restore and learn about native pineland at the Doc Thomas House.
  • Dade Native Plant Workshop.  3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Bill Sadowski Park, 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 St.  Study of plant ID and taxonomy.  Call Steve Woodmansee (305-247-6547) or Roger Hammer (305-242-7688). October 19: Cucumber / pumpkin family (Cucurbitaceae).

Are you concerned about local conservation issues or the quality of our urban environment?  Find out what is happening and how you can help by visiting the Tropical Audubon Society Website, www.tropicalaudubon.org, and clicking on pertinent items in the "News and Information" list.  Also see the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami Website, http://www.uel.org/.  Your membership, involvement or donations will help these organizations work to preserve the open spaces and natural areas that we all care about.

Dade Native Plant Workshop.  3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Bill Sadowski Park, 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 St.  Study of plant ID and taxonomy.  Call Steve Woodmansee (305-247-6547) or Roger Hammer (305-242-7688). November  16: Rockland hammock plants.  December 21: Nuts!

Miami-Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Assoc.  See www.miamiblue.org for schedule of activities.  Trip to Lignumvitae Key (Nov. 13) and lots more opportunities to learn to "butterfly" with knowledgeable members.

Gifford Arboretum, University of Miami.  All events are free. Take Miller Road east from Red Road and look for the Arboretum sign on the right (3rd entrance). More info at: www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum or 305-284-5364. 

  • Nov. 13, 10 a.m., workshop: "Proper Plant Pruning: Tools and Techniques", Dr. George Fitzpatrick. Professor of Env. Horticulture, Tropical Research and Edu. Center.
  • Dec. 4: Annual Gifford Arboretum Picnic co-sponsored with the Tropical Flowering Tree Society.
  • Dec. 11, 10 a.m., workshop: "The Life of Unusual Tropical Trees", Dr. Guillermo Goldstein, UM Professor of Tropical Plant Ecophysiology.

The Ramble, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Nov. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Plant sales (native and exotic), educational displays, kids' activities, art, crafts, food, new and used books, antiques…and the list goes on. The perfect place to get started with your holiday shopping!  DCFNPS will be there in the plant sale and educational display.  Come by and see us.

VOLUNTEER!  The Rare Plant SWAT Team spends one Saturday morning per month removing invasive plants that directly threaten rare native plants.  Our first workday of this season will be Saturday, December 18, 8:45-noon at Whispering Pines.  Please contact us to sign up!  For more information contact Jennifer Possley at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (305-667-1651 ext. 3433, jpossley@fairchildgarden.org) or Cristina Rodriguez at Natural Areas Management (305.257.0933 ext. 230, cristir@miamidade.gov).

VOLUNTEER!  Natural Area Management Volunteer Workdays.  9 a.m.-noon.   Contact 305-257-0933 or http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/natural_areas.asp for more information.  Nov. 13- Deering Estate (SW 168 St and 72 Ave.); Dec. 4 - Florida City Pineland (SW 345 St. and 184 Ave. = SW 1 St. and  8 Ave. in Florida City streets); Jan. 8 - Kendall Indian Hammocks (11345 SW 79 St.)

The Nature Conservancy "Greensweep" program in the Keys works to raise awareness of the problems associated with invasive exotic species and the benefits of planting natives through community education and outreach.  The staff is available to the Keys community for presentations, consultation, team-building volunteer workdays, tours of naturals areas, and advertisement of your environmental workdays or educational topics.  Contact Alison Higgins, Land Stewardship Coordinator, at 305/745-8402 x 111 or ahiggins@tnc.org.

Mary Ann Bolla, Ph.D.
Unusual And Out Of Print Books
Botany, Horticulture, Gardening,
Florida History
Data and Book Searches

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191 Lowe St,
Tavernier, FL 33070
Phone/Fax: 305-852-0242
Email: bollam@bellsouth.net

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FIELD TRIP: Tradewinds Park, Broward County

 By Chuck McCartney 

On Saturday, October 9, a few members of the Dade Chapter were joined by some Broward Chapter members for a field trip to Tradewinds Park in the North Broward city of Coconut Creek. Although much of this park just west of Florida's Turnpike at Sample Road is devoted to recreation, one corner of it preserves a unique cypress forest and pond apple swamp, a setting that looks as though it got misplaced from the Big Cypress Swamp of Southwest Florida.

Detailsof the trip are reported in our printed newsletter -- Join now for access to future field trip details.


General information and memberships: Patty Phares (305-255-6404)

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

President: Steve Woodmansee ( 305-595-5541, smwood@bellsouth.net)

DCFNPS Web page: http://www.fnps.org/chapters/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: 772-462-0000

Tillandsia editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com) and Karen Griffin.

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.

© 1999-2005 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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