Meetings, Field Trips, and Events

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Monthly Meetings at IFAS Auditorium

Usually the second Monday of each month @ 6:45 pm (some exceptions apply)

Always review upcoming meetings and event dates on our main page

Meetings/Programs are free and open to the public

Native plants available at each meeting for a donation to our eco-camp scholarships.

We are a casual group. Pull up a chair, enjoy the program, and support kids with a donation!

Due to COVID-19, IFAS meetings have been postponed indefinitely. 

Please visit our FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE  or our MEETUP PAGE for our events, including pictures and posts about upcoming programs, field trips, and outreaches!


 

JUNE 8th ONLINE: UNDERSTANDING COYOTE BEHAVIOR IN FLORIDA

With Catherine Kennedy

Photo of Coyote via Creative Commons 

Time: 7pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Webinar (Online). Meeting link is available by clicking here. No pre-registering required. Microsoft Teams Webinar set-up takes 5 mins.

Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours.  

Main-program discussion: 

Please join Catherine Kennedy, senior wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), on an informative presentation on coyotes in Florida. She will share information about coyote behavior and explain what to do if you see one and how to prevent interactions. She will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

Her work seeks to minimize adverse impacts of wildlife on human populations by promoting wildlife awareness and education to make coexistence with native species possible. This presentation will discuss coyotes in Florida- their biology, their history, and common conflicts as well as strategies to reduce conflicts and keep pets safe.

Catherine currently works with FWC overseeing the Northwest and North Central regions’ Wildlife Assistance Programs. Overall goals include identifying emerging issues and proactively engage communities about nuisance wildlife to provide sustainable solutions to mitigate and resolve conflict. Her position also serves as liaison to the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and the University’s Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department with the goal of strengthening existing relationships and creating new partnerships.

Catherine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology in 2004, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2012, both from Western Carolina University. Prior to joining FWC in 2012, she worked in a variety of positions, including service as an Avian Field Ecologist with the University of Georgia and as a research program assistant with Western Carolina University. Prior experience also includes work as an architectural designer and as a nature columnist.

Catherine will be happy to answer some your comments during our live MS Teams Webinar program!

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/498071230738407/

 


 

JULY 13th ONLINE: MANAGE YARD PESTS RESPONSIBLY USING INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

With TINA McINTYRE

Photo of Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers (Romalea guttata) via Creative Commons 

Time: 7pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Webinar (Online). Meeting link will be posted here when available. No pre-registering required.

Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours.  Main program hours are eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program!

Main-program discussion: 

Please join Cuplet Fern member and Seminole IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping Agent, Tina McIntyre, for this informative presentation on how to properly handle pests in your yard. You will learn how to create an effective defense against pests while minimizing your impact on the environment.

Reports have shown that 30-40 percent of the pesticide use in Florida occurs in urban areas. With its subtropical, humid environment, Florida is an ideal environment for insect pests and weedy plants. Many people today are looking for ways to manage weeds and pests with little to no use of toxic materials. The control of pests seldom relies on a single pest control practice. Rather, the decision to initiate control involves a combination of elements, including: monitoring, knowledge of the pests/plant/animal hosts, beneficial organisms, level of damage, and selection of the pesticide with the least risk to humans and the environment. Together, these elements form the basis for the practice of integrated pest management, more commonly referred to as IPM.

Tina McIntyre has been a member of the Florida Native Plant Society for several years. She completed her masters in conservation biology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and is a former UCF Arboretum employee. She also worked with the Orange County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) as a Senior Environmental Specialist.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension encompasses IFAS faculty, scientists, educators, staff, and volunteers that work to give Florida residents the knowledge they need in their daily lives.

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/257437812037461/

 


 

AUG 10th ONLINE: SEMINOLE NATURAL LANDS PROGRAM AND CISMA: AN OVERVIEW

With ALLEGRA BUYER and AMANDA LINDSAY

Photo of Spring Hammock via Creative Commons 

Time: 7pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli

Location:  Webinar (Online). Meeting link will be posted here when available. No pre-registering required.

Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours.  

Main-program discussion: 

Please join Allegra Buyer, Natural Resources Program Coordinator for Seminole Natural Lands Program, and Amanda Lindsay, senior biologist at the UCF Arboretum on an overview of projects and services by the Lands Program and Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA).

Allegra Buyer is a past biologist for the Florida Park Service. After graduating from New College of Florida with a degree in biology, she started her career working with exotics at Ravine Gardens State Park. From there she worked seasonal jobs in Alaska and Texas, and then came back to Florida as a biologist in Apopka. She assisted with exotic removal at 33 parks and trails, and worked on restoration, prescribed fire and listed species management. She completed her MS in Ecological Restoration through UF.

Amanda Lindsay is a senior biologist for the Landscape and Natural Resources Department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her duties include managing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater compliance program and assisting with the urban tree canopy on the urban parts of campus, as well as land management activities in the 800 acres of natural lands that also belong to the university. Amanda will touch on the services of Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA) that encompass Orange and Seminole Counties.

Amanda earned her B.S. in 2011 from the University of Central Florida where she studied Environmental Science. She is an ISA certified Arborist and a Qualified Stormwater Inspector through FDEP. Prior to graduating, she worked for NextEra Energy Resources in Maine conducting fish passage surveys and assisting with studies on the effects of hydroelectric dams on the surrounding wildlife populations. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring nature, traveling, camping, and scuba diving with her family.

Amanda and Allegra will be happy to answer some your questions live!

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/375789633415124/

 


 

 DATE TBD 

AUG/SEPT EVENT OUTREACH: NATIVE LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP

With JENNIFER HOPTON-VILLALOBOS 

This is a closed event. It is only available to members of the Lake Helen Community.

Graphic courtesy of Lake Helen Committee

This is a closed event. It is only available to members of the Lake Helen Community.

Event timeframe: TBD

Point of Contact: Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos

Location:  Hopkins Hall 150 Connecticut Ave, Lake Helen, FL 32744 

Parking:  Parking lot on property

Details: 

Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos, chapter member, will be leading discussion on ongoing restoration efforts for the Lake Helen shoreline and how native plants can be synergistically used for gardening and enhancing local biodiversity. Jennifer grew up around Lake Helen and this special neighborhood project has added meaning for her.

Event hosted by the Lake Helen Committee & Lake Helen Garden Club

 


 

DATE TBD

SPECIAL EVENT: PHOTOGRAPHER'S PARADISE: PRIVATE TOUR OF TOSOHATCHEE WILDFLOWER TRAIL

With Tosohatchee Wildlife Management

Arrival Time: 7:45am

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli 

TICKET INFORMATION COMING SOON

Location:  Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area  3365 Taylor Creek Road Christmas, FL 32709

Parking:  Main Entrance Parking lot   Ample parking available 

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours. 

Details: A special opportunity where you won't have to walk around all morning taking pictures. Ticket purchase benefits Cuplet Fern chapter. Your pictures benefit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWC). Full details available by clicking on Eventbrite and Special Page with important information on our chapter website.

 


 

DATE TBD

INVASIVE PLANT REMOVALS AT SPRING HAMMOCK

With Seminole Natural Lands Program

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE SO WE KNOW YOU'RE COMING!

The "Burrito Method" Photo Courtesy of Mark Kateli

Timeframe: 8:45am - 11am

Point of Contact: Jena Pell and Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos

RSVP REQUIRED: EMAIL US HERE TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING!

Location:  Spring Hammock Preserve   2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood, FL 32750

Parking: Parking lot adjacent to environmental center building (to the right after the main entrance)

Entrance Fee: None. Members report volunteer hours.  

Details:

Water, tarp, and garbage bags provided! Please bring your own shovel and gardening gloves. If you do not have a shovel, you can focus on bagging cesarweed, #urenalobata. It's called the "burrito method" Come check it out.

Your point of contact is Jena Pell from Seminole Natural Lands- please sign-off on her waiver before beginning work ‍

Along with Jena, Jennifer Hopton-Villalobos, our invasive plant removal coordinator, will be happy to give you initial pointers on how to effectively extract and bag these invasive plants while minimizing seed dispersal. Please wear shirts/tops made of polyester. Jeans are good too. Seeds readily stick on any cotton fabric.

Don't forget a bagged snack and mosquito repellant. We are still taking advantage of the cooler weather and making a huge dent in caesarweed around the environmental center.

Further Info on Venue: https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Spring-Hammock-Preserve.stml

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/175451203878765/

 


 

DECEMBER 14th: HOLIDAY SOCIAL

With CUPLET FERN!

(NOTE TIME OF MEETING)

Date: December 14th

Arrival Time: 6:30pm 

Point of Contact: Mark Kateli and Barbara Whittier

Location:  Seminole IFAS Auditorium   250 W County Road Home, Sanford, FL 32773  

Parking:  Parking lot adjacent to and behind building (plenty of parking availability)

Entrance Fee: None   Members report volunteer hours.  Main program hours are not eligible for continuing education credits for the Seminole IFAS Master Gardeners program (due to holiday party).

Main-program discussion: No program this month. This is a holiday social for several organizations.

Please bring a dish and drink to share. Do not forget serving utensils for your food! We will be playing the best botany game of the year- 'Tree-via!' after dinner concludes. An excellent opportunity for members to network with one another and for guests to know Cuplet Fern.

Further Info on Venue:   sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/seminole/

Further Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/457295531876708/

 

Published on  21.07.2020