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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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… then you aren't a member of DCFNPS.

Please consider joining (if you have never joined) or rejoining (if your membership has lapsed).  We'd like to have you counted as a conservator of Florida's native plants and a supporter of FNPS!

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It comes with a FREE native plant.
Two gifts that will keep on giving.

Contact 305-255-6404 or pphares@mindspring.com.



November 2007

  • 13 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in the Keys (Islamorada)
  • 17 (Sat.):    Keys group field trip (Lower Matecumbe Key)
  • 17/18 (Sat./Sun.): FTBG Ramble, Chapter display & sale
  • 24 (Sat.):    Dade field trip (Nixon Smiley pineland)
  • 27 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in Dade

December 2007

  • 2 (Sun.): 3rd Annual Holiday Picnic, A.D. Barnes Park.
  • 8 (Sat.): Chapter workday, Everglades Nat. Park
  • 16 (Sun.): Dade field trip (Deering Estate rehydration area)
  • 18 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in the Keys (Marathon)
  • 22 (Sat.): Keys group field trip (Boot Key)

January 2008

  • 15 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in the Keys (Islamorada)
  • 19 (Sat.): Field trip (Keys and Dade) in the Keys (TBA)
    • followed by pot-luck PARTY in Tavernier
  • 22 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in Dade

February 2008

  • 9 (Sat.): Chapter workday, Everglades National Park
    • and ENP Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
  • 19 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in the Keys (Marathon)
  • 23 (Sat.): Dade field trip (Elliott Key) - preregister
  • 23 (Sat.): Keys group field trip (Big Pine Key)
  • 26 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in Dade

March 2008

  • 15 (Sat.): NATIVE PLANT DAY in North Miami
  • 18 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in the Keys (Islamorada)
  • 25 (Tue.): Monthly meeting in Dade
  • Field trips TBA

See our online Calendar for more details and dates.


Tuesday, November 27, 7:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building, 10901 Old Cutler Road. Free and open to the public.

"Rehydration of the Deering Estate’s Cutler Creek: Reconnecting the Everglades to the bay and monitoring the vegetation’s response." -- Craig Grossenbacher, Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management, and Jennifer Possley, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

At one time, a finger glade filled with freshwater vegetation carried water from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay, less than a mile apart. Since the 1950s, when flood control canals were constructed, the slough has been disconnected from its historic fresh water source. But a multi-agency rehydration project will soon reconnect the slough to provide environmental benefits. Craig Grossenbacher will give an overview of the project, including its status from the perspective of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Jennifer Possley will describe the program created in 2003 to monitor the vegetation response and present baseline data with emphasis on ferns. See www.deeringestate.com/park/otherprojects.html for an introduction and photos. Then come on the December 16 field trip!

Craig has been with DERM 20 years and oversees the environmental planning section. He was involved with the rehydration project even before it became a component of CERP. Jennifer is a Field Biologist for the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at Fairchild, where she monitors rare plants. She came to Florida from Michigan to remove melaleuca in Big Cypress, studied at UF’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Refreshments available at 7:15. Merchandise sales (think holiday gifts!) before and after the program (cash/checks only).

Jan. 22: "What Gives Tropical Woods Their Beautiful Colors and Grains?" - Dr. Jack Fisher, Fairchild Tropical Bot. Garden.
Feb. 26: "Rare Natives of Everglades Nat. Park" - Jimi Sadle, ENP.
Mar. 25: "Give Peas a Chance…Fabaceae (Pea Family) in South Florida" - Steven W. Woodmansee, The Inst. for Reg. Consv.

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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. Children are welcome. 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, Nov. 24: Nixon Smiley pineland and Tamiami Addition (South Dade). We will walk through some of this 120-acre pine rockland and then go to the 28-acre Addition to the east, with wetland and pine rockland. There are numerous rare and interesting species in this park, as well as wildflowers, birds and butterflies to spot. Thanks to Tiffany Smith of the County’s EEL program for co-leading our trip.

Sunday, December 16: The Deering Estate at Cutler rehydration area and ferns. Don’t miss this interesting follow-up to November’s program. We will walk 1/2 mile through the hammock to the stone bridge crossing Cutler Creek. Along the trail we will see the FL-Endangered fern Asplenium dentatum (toothed spleenwort). We will see more fern species and aquatic vegetation at the bridge, explore the east end of the creek, discuss the rehydration project and see some of the area to be rehydrated. Optional add-on: drive closer to where the spreader will be and explore the area of the Chinese bridge.

February 23 field trip to Elliott Key: Details will be in the January Tillandsia, but you may pre-register now. Cost is $27 adult, $19 children. Call Patty Phares (305-255-6404).

Learn to ID plants: If you would like help, please let it be known – we’ll introduce you to good people to stick close to. A plant list may be obtained for this site by visiting The Institute for Regional Conservation website at www.regionalconservation.org, and registering and then logging onto the Floristic Inventory of South Florida online database.

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For more information, contact Sue Miller at 305-664-9440 or sueorjay@terranova.net. To receive email reminders, please send your request douville@bellsouth.net.

Schedule for all meetings:

 Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 13, Islamorada Library, MM 81.5

"Algae: The Water, the Reefs, the Urchins" -- Martin Moe. To most folks, plants stop at the water line. But in the Keys our underwater native plants, mostly algae and submerged grass beds, are just as important as what grows on land. They are the foundation of our marine ecosystems. However, blooms of algae can be devastating to shallow water ecology and near shore reefs, and algae growth on the reefs is a major cause for the decline of our coral reefs. Martin will also discuss a project to return the keystone herbivore, the Diadema sea urchin, to our reefs. Martin is a retired marine and fishery biologist who is spending a few of his "golden years" working on ecological coral reef restoration. Don’t miss this dynamic speaker!

Meeting: Tuesday, December 18, Marathon Garden Club.
Address: 5270 Overseas Highway. MM 50.4, bayside (when traveling south, just beyond Publix on the left and Crane Point Hammock on the right).

"Native Plant Propagation" – Jackie DeGayner In 1995 a native plant nursery was created at Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. Nearly all the 3200 plants (120 species) are propagated from plants in the park. Jackie has been a loyal volunteer for the last 5 years, with 15 other regular volunteers assisting. She will explain how the plants are grown, most often from seeds, giving excellent pointers on techniques to improve your success in growing native plants. Thanks to the skills of the folks at the nursery, our plant raffles have helped many members acquire a variety of natives for their yards. 

Field trip: Saturday, December 22, 10 a.m., Boot Key. 

Explore this forgotten island, low and mostly wetland, off Marathon. It is a favorite hangout for migrating raptors as the dead trees provide great perches. The blackbead are growing so lush they are engulfing the road that goes through the island.

Directions: Go to the south end of Marathon across the street from the Coast Guard station. Coming from the north: turn towards the ocean past Marathon Boat Yard. Coming from the south: look for the Bait and Tackle shop on the ocean side and turn down Boot Key Road. Meet on the right just over the bridge. Trip leaders will be Joy Tatgenhorst and Lisa Gordon.

Jan. 15 (Islamorada): Dr. Martin Roessler - Mangroves.
Jan. 19 field trip: TBA (Keys/Dade trip), followed by party at Mary Ann and Mark Bolla’s in Tavernier
Feb. 19 (Marathon): Bob Ehrig - "Key Deer-Ecological Effects on Native Vegetation on Big Pine and No Name Keys"
Feb. 23 field trip: Big Pine Key
Mar. 18 (Islamorada): TBA
Mar. 22 or 23 field trip: TBA
Apr. 15 (Marathon): Janice Duquesnel - "History of Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park"
Apr. 20 field trip: TBA

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Ramble, November 17-18. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The chapter will participate in the plant sale and educational displays. Last-minute volunteers and plant donors (for the sale) should contact Jan Kolb (305-378-6104, jankolb123@yahoo.com ) as soon as possible. If you have plants, butterfly larvae or other interesting items for the display, contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com ). Otherwise, just come enjoy!

Chapter workday at Everglades National Park: December 8, 9 a.m. - noon. Help spruce up and enjoy the company and surroundings while the weather is at its best. October’s workday was terrific, but there is still plenty to do before tourist season. Drinks, gloves and hand tools are provided, but you may want to bring your own and also snacks to share and a water bottle. Bring sun protection. Your car gets into the park free afterward. New helpers, kids, friends are welcome! If you are not on the email reminder list but might be interested, or for carpooling, contact Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com ).

Native Plant Day is March 15, 2008, at Elaine Gordon Enchanted Forest Park (and Arch Creek Park) in North Miami. Save the date to volunteer and enjoy! If you would like to help in the planning or have suggestions, please contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com) as soon as possible. Being in a different part of the county will be a new experience, and your input on activities, programs, speakers, publicity and food vendors will be appreciated.

Assistance needed with DCFNPS web site. Can you be a helper or a co-webmaster with Greg Ballinger? Please contact chapter president Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com).

Many thanks and best wishes to our Tillandsia co-editor of several years, Karen Griffin, who has moved away! Are you a possible replacement, especially with layout expertise? Contact Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com ).

Welcome new members: Glenn Allman, Nina and Harley Betancourt-Morgan, Maria Freed, Carol Hoffman, Toni Hope Meltzer, Siobhan McLaughlin, Eric Peterson, Bick Simpson, Brian & Tyla Smith, Charles Taylor, Jane & Peter Townsend, Cheso Walters, Donald Walters; Jim, Linda & Daniel Wheeler. (And congratulations to Daniel on earning his Eagle Scout with a native plant butterfly garden at Owaissa Bauer Park!)

The FNPS bimonthly newsletter, Sabal minor, is now being delivered by email, in a beautiful full-color html format (also downloadable PDF from the website). Paper delivery is made to members without email and to who request paper delivery. Help conserve funds and trees by giving the e-newsletter a try -- it really is lovely and convenient. To "opt in" for paper, contact FNPS Administrative Services: info@fnps.org / 321-271-6702 / FNPS, PO Box 278, Melbourne FL 32902

Dade Chapter FL Native Plant Society
Tropical Audubon Society
TREEmendous Miami
Miami Blue Chapter, North Am. Butterfly Assoc.

invite members, their families and guests to celebrate
 all our December holidays at the 3rd annual

Sunday, December 2, 2007, 2 – 5 p.m.
Rain, Snow or Shine
A.D. Barnes Park - Shelter #2
3401 SW 72 Avenue (Bird Road and SW 72 Ave.)
Miami, FL 33155

Nature Walks, Great Food, Good Times!
Playgrounds and swimming pool will be open.
Musical instruments are encouraged.
Bring binoculars for birding and butterflying.
No glass beverage containers or pets, please.

Pleeeease R.S.V.P. by November 26 to one of the following with the number in your party
and your potluck contribution (be sure to leave your phone number!)
Main Dish: Patty Harris, 305-262-3763 pharris@kennynachwalter.com
Side, Salad, Dessert: Patty Phares, 305-255-6404 pphares@mindspring.com
Non-Chef Item: Laura Reynolds, 305-348-6136

Call for Scientific Papers and Poster Presentations, Florida Native Plant Society 2008 Conference, Palmetto, Florida, May 15-18, 2008. Presented papers on May 16 and 17, poster session on May 16. More information from Paul A. Schmalzer paul.a.schmalzer@nasa.gov. Abstracts due by Feb. 1.

Applications for FNPS Endowment Grand Awards are due by March 7, 2008. These grants are for $2500 or less and are intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society: "To promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida." Application instructions are at www.fnps.org. Follow the links Programs/Awards & Grants/Endowment Fund Grants. For additional information, contact paul.a.schmalzer@nasa.gov.

New merchandise at DCFNPS meetings: We hope to have Atlas 370 Garden Gloves in for the November meeting in Dade. They come in S-M-L and are highly recommended by the ladies of ENP workdays (Google to see the gloves for yourself). These and the vast array of books and other items make wonderful gifts.

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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. Plant ID and taxonomy. Bring at least three flowering/fruiting plants of any species (even if not the subject matter). Nov.20: Spurge family (Euphorbiaceae) especially Chamaesyces (sandmats). Location changed to the Deering Estate. Steve Woodmansee (305-247-6547) or www.regionalconservation.org /ircs/aboutus/Outreach.asp

Butterfly Art and Science Event, Nov. 10-11, in the Keys at the Rain Barrel Artisan Village, Islamorada (MM 86.7). Art by professionals and children; free raffle or plants, bakery items, art; kids art workshop; Butterfly Gardening program by Cindy David, Saturday, 11 a.m.; plant sale.

"Preserving Florida’s Past: The Wilderness" - Wildlife photography exhibit reception and opening, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., at the Deering Estate. Part 1 is on display through Jan. 14, 2008. South Florida photographer and conservationist, Brian Call, will be an Artist in Residence in 2007-2008. Proceeds of the art sales benefit the Deering Estate and The South Florida National Parks Trust. (See www.deeringestate.org).
FNPS MEMBERS - if you are going to the reception, will you to set up a small table with FNPS information? If so contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com ).

The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) www.regionalconservation.org.

Tropical Audubon Society. Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., 305-667-7337, www.tropicalaudubon.org for more details and events, including the Christmas Bird Counts. Nonmembers are welcome at all activities.

Miami-Dade College Environmental Center. Free Second Saturday open houses: Bring a picnic and the kids, feed the fish, enjoy plant and bird tours. Check the web site for courses and activities for kids and adults. www.mdc.edu/kendall/ce - Environmental Center, 305-237-2605.

Gifford Arboretum Annual Picnic, December 1, 11:30-3:30. Program (TBA), plant and book auction, tour, desserts and beverages. Plants, t-shirts and other items for sale. Free and open to the public. For more information: Carol Horvitz, 305- 284-5364, or www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum .

Volunteer workdays, M-D Parks Natural Areas Manage-ment & the Environmentally Endangered Lands program. Help protect and restore native habitats, learn to identify invasive non-native plants, and gain a greater understanding of our ecosystems. Pre-register: 305-257-0933 x227. Nov. 17: Hattie Bauer Hammock, 7-10 am. (birding, trail maintenance), 26715 SW 157 Ave. Dec 1: Ludlam Pineland, 7-10 a.m. (birding, cleanup, exotics removal) SW 67 Ave and 146 St.

Everglades National Park 60th anniversary celebration. Film Festival: Dec.1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coe Visitor Center. 1960s TV shows, "Everglades Boat-a-Cade" and "Wind Across the Everglades." Cultural history lecture series: Dec. 2, 3-6 p.m., Sanctuary at Art South, 240 North Krome Ave. in Homestead.

Climate Activism Training, November 29, 5-9 p.m. Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 2000 - Room 2106 300 NE 2nd Ave Downtown, Miami. Hosted by numerous local organizations. Speaker: Bill McKibben, author of End of Nature and Fight Global Warming Now. He also launched the Step It Up demonstration in 2006. Trainings: Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Also speaking: Harvey Ruvin, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Task Force, and Captain Dan Kipnis, Florida Wildlife Federation. Who’s invited: All concerned citizens who want to make a difference in the fight in South Florida and in their community to stop global warming. Please RSVP with your contact information by Nov. 21 to Melisa Stodieck at floridastopglobalwarming@gmail.com (space is limited).

Ficus whitefly workshop, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.- 12:35 p.m., Miami-Dade UF Extension, Homestead. This new pest is seriously injuring ficus species, most commonly the exotic F. benjamina but has been found on native strangler figs. For more info about whiteflies or the workshop call 305-248-3311x 225.

Pineland Working Group: Pine Rockland Conference, Feb. 27-March 2, 2008. Two days of local trips and programs (free), then travel to Andros Island (not free). You do not have to be an environmental professional to participate in the PWG. Information will be at http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Miami/pineland/.

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On September 30, 2007, Steve Woodmanee led the Dade Chapter FNPS along a raised roadway and down buggy trails through pine flatwoods, mesic hammock, cypress swamp and marsh habitats in the Platt Island section of the Big Cypress National Preserve. See the printed newsletter for a detailed report.

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by Martin Roessler

On October 20, 2007 Elizabeth Golden, biologist with the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, led the Dade Chapter FNPS on a tour of the dunes, coastal strand, coastal hammock and mangrove habitats. See the printed newsletter for a detailed report.

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President: Amy Leonard, 305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com

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

Refreshment coordinator, Dade meetings: Patty Harris, 305-262-3763 eve., 305-373-1000 day

DCFNPS Web page: http://dade.fnpschapters.org
Webmaster: Greg Ballinger

FNPS Chapter representative: Lynka Woodbury (305-667 1651x3427,  lwoodbury@fairchildgarden.org)

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

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

FNPS (state) phone: 321-271-6702, info@fnps.org

Tillandsia editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com) and Karen Griffin (305-441-0458, kgriffin@cyberonic.com).

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 most months at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and are free and open to the public. Once a year, instead of the usual meeting, members and their guests are invited to an evening garden tour and social at a member's home.
Meetings in the Keys
are held on 3rd Tuesdays in November through April at varying locations from Key Largo to Key West.
The basic FNPS membership (state and chapter) for new members is $25 for the first year and $30 after that. Please contact DCFNPS or click on the membership link at this site 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 $12/month.

© 1999-2007 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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