President's Page

Welcome to the President's page! Here are some things that are brewing on the stove that might interest you:

The End-of-Month (EOM) for members has some of this information as well.



February 15th- The Orlando Wetlands Park Festival 


Read and Learn:




Ongoing projects spanning many months:

IFAS native plant idea garden installation has been completed! Hooray! 

Florida Friendly Landscape Upkeep/Weeding Gardening days (weekday dates) Learn from Master Gardeners and FNPS members alike. One will teach you techniques, the other ethnobotany! Dates are available here: Seminole IFAS Extension garden area (to the left when facing the building).

Cuplet Fern IFAS Native Plant Area Upkeep/Weeding Gardening days (weekend dates) Dates are being rescheduled into summer, where the growth of plants need more attention:​​​​​​​ from 8am-10am. Please be sure to email us so we know you're coming. Seminole IFAS Extension garden area (to the left when facing the building). Come be a part of our communty's legacy by creating a new native plant idea garden!



Looking back...

The 2019 FNPS Policy Handbook is now available. Though lengthy-looking at first glance, it is an enjoyable 10-minute read filled with sample drafts, emails, and core recommendataions in bold font. The handbook serves as a basic guideline on proclamations, field trips with political representatives, and non-partisan lobbying for environmental policy. Email me so I can send you the pdf if you're interested.

Cuplet Fern member and Orange Audubon Society (OAS) president, Deborah Green, has won the William Dutcher Award for the Southeast at the National Audubon biennial convention in Milwaukee. This prestigious award acknowledges conservation volunteers in Audubon whose creativity and leadership are a model for others.

The 2019 Charity Challenge made a small donation to Cuplet Fern chapter! Watch a short clip of the award ceremony luncheon here:

Check out our field trip to Alexander Springs and the Timucuan trail in this short video clip here:

Did you now that Bok Tower has a small Florida native plant garden showcasing incredibly rare endemics? Check it out here:

Translation for 'Why Florida Native Plants' educational flyer has been completed. You can view all three- Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese translations of the brochures here:

Introduction to the importance of Florida Native Plants- Arabic

Introduction to the importance of Florida Native Plants- Portuguese

Introduction to the importance of Florida Native Plants- Spanish

Check out Luke Flory's amazing presentation on 'Drivers of the Long-Term Dynamics and Impacts of Plant Invasions' that will make some very interesting and noteworthy points : Courtesy of National Association of Invasive Plants Council. 

Back in May, the Split Oak Forest Tour was a resounding success- 18 attendees. Check out the vid for that here:

Also in May, volunteering at the 34th Annual Charity Challenge at Camping World Stadium was so much fun. Watch a clip of the event here:

In July, Photographer's Paradise Summer Edition at Tosohatchee went really well. Watch a clip of the event here:


This month, Mark is also reading:

If anyone would like to read a comprehensive collegiate book on mycoheterotrophy, please email me. Mycoheterotrophy is the study of organisms (plants, chiefly) that subsist on a complex relationship with fungi. This is 300+ page book for people that enjoy reading.

The pollinator... actually, pollinators... for the ghost orchid were finally photographed in the act! Mac Stone and Carlton Ward did it- read a National Geographic article on it here:  California has the highest plant diversity in the U.S bar none. Florida is 7th and the only one that bridges temperate to tropical. Request this article for free by submitting your own email as a citizen scientist.  Hillary Swain has been there for a long time! Also, Patrick Bohlen from UCF Arboretum has been cited as well as Eric Menges who might as well have been born on property (he has spent so much of his life there). A handful of familiar names with decent visuals for ease of mental absorption. Check out the map on the erstwhile Orlando ridge. Should give you an inkling that most of the southern shoreline of Lake Apopka was also part of the ridge. This ties into what Todd Kincaid spoke about at the Wekiva Alliance that the north shore of Lake Apopka is a vast, highly underestimated recharge area for almost all our north and north-central springs. 

Pollen Consumption by the Hummingbird Flower Mite Proctolaelaps kirmsei and Possible Fitness Effects on Hamelia patens- a dated publication (1995) but you can read up to 6 science articles, including this one for free, by registering: Special thanks to Brett Moyers for this lead from Blue Bird Pharmacy in St. Augustine.

A Viva Florida report on Stetson's long-leaf pine restoration area by the Florida Wildlfower Foundation. I can't seem to find it online but you can email me if it interests you. I'm impressed by FWF's methodology- it's quite detailed without being overkill.

If you know of other interesting papers and short articles, you can certainly email me!







Published on  12.02.2020