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.

 

Calendar:

Attended the fertilizer presentation with Cuplet Fern on July 1st, Seminole IFAS would like to hear from you!

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November 4th- Our monthly program. Please note the date change (our meetings are typically, but not always, the second Monday of the month) due to Veteran's day being on the 11th. Please join St Johns Water Management District's Dr. Jennifer Mitchell on how to reduce runoff impacts while using Florida native plants. Details on our main page. 6:45pm. 

November 7th and 8th- The Native Plant Show in West Palm Beach: https://www.nativeplantshow.com Hosted by our affiliated organization, The Florida Association of Native Nurseries. Please check back on the link for additional details, updates, and ticket purchases. 

November 14th - Join Semionle IFAS Master Gardener's at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) 'Weedin' before the meeting' gardening opportunity. 8am-10am. Hours qualify towards their annual Master Gardener volunteer hour requirement. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, etc.)

November 16th - Join Cuplet Fern chapter at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) at Seminole IFAS. We learn and implement IFAS techniques on various gardening activities. 8am-10am. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, and trash bag).

November 16 - Field trip to Econolatchee Sandhills Conservation Area with Dr. Jennifer Mitchell from St. Johns Water Management District. RSVP after reading full details on main page.

December 2nd - Join Cuplet Fern chapter and affiliated chapters for our annual holiday potluck social. Featuring the best game of the year- Tree-via! Full details on our main page. 6:30pm

December 7th - Join Cuplet Fern chapter and Passionflower chapters to a field trip to Lake Louisa State Park. Full details on main page. 8:45am

December 12th - Join Semionle IFAS Master Gardener's at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) 'Weedin' before the meeting' gardening opportunity. 8am-10am. Hours qualify towards their annual Master Gardener volunteer hour requirement. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, etc.)

December 14th - Join Cuplet Fern chapter at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) at Seminole IFAS. We learn and implement IFAS techniques on various gardening activities. 8am-10am. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, and trash bag).

 

Read and Learn for November 4th:

The deadliest tree is also a native plant. Read about the machineel tree on our main page.

 

 

Ongoing projects spanning many months:

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

Monarch butterfly citizen science research will be posted here soon. This is an ongoing project promoted by Dr. Marc Minno. We are honored to support him with data collected and submitted from Seminole.

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 for Summer into fall are 11/14 and 12/12 8am-10am. Seminole IFAS Extension garden area (to the left when facing the building).

Cuplet Fern IFAS Native Plant Area Upkeep/Weeding Gardening days (weekend dates) Learn from Master Gardeners and FNPS members alike. One will teach you techniques, the other ethnobotany! Upcoming dates are 11/16 and 12/14 from 8am-10am. Please be sure to RSVP. 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: https://youtu.be/Vm-H6Ucqd2Y

Check out our field trip to Alexander Springs and the Timucuan trail in this short video clip here: https://youtu.be/w4ccjhwR93A

Did you now that Bok Tower has a small Florida native plant garden showcasing incredibly rare endemics? Check it out here: https://youtu.be/faVifrpKRbE

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 : https://youtu.be/D3Vg-rMO8YM 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Y5T2JKMd8&feature=youtu.be

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhA2CY3Moc

In July, Photographer's Paradise Summer Edition at Tosohatchee went really well. Watch a clip of the event here: https://youtu.be/pVp6rO2K-Q8

 

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: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/07/ghost-orchids-florida-surprising-pollinators-moths/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229978061_Effects_of_Established_Perennial_Grasses_on_Introduction_of_Native_Forbs_in_California  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.

https://www.archbold-station.org/html/datapub/pub/biennial/1999/R9images/book.pdf  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: https://www.jstor.org/stable/2389003?read-now=1&seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents 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  03.11.2019