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:

August 22nd - Join Seminole IFAS Master Gardener's at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) 'Weedin' before the meeting' gardening opportunity. 8am-10am. Hours qualify towards their annaul Master Gardener volunteer hour requirement. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, etc.)

August 24th - Plant installation day! (tentative) at Seminole IFAS! Come join us 8am-10am. Great hands-on experience using Florida native plants.

August 24th - South Seminole Farms and Nursery's "University Day". Cuplet Fern members Neta Villalobos-Bell and Tina McIntyre will be presenting. Draft schedule available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-dVoKJuqCm-RSHb20oSWhcf3kYd-HAs4b4LKHVmitVM/edit?usp=sharing

August 25th - New Pop-Up Special Event! Propagating Florida Native Plants with Dottie Hannah, owner of Twinflower nursery! Tickets and details available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plant-propagation-with-twinflower-nursery-tickets-66071247881

Sept 9th - Imagine Our Florida joins us at our monthly program as we learn about Florida black bear ecology, awareness, and behavior.

Sept 12th - Back to Nature (BTN) Wildlife Refuge’s executive board is holding the Wine for Wildlife fundraiser event on September 12 at Quantum Leap Winery. Ticket information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-for-wildlife-tickets-63694312403 If you'd like to sponsor or make a general donation, please contact David Jones at David.Jones2@ocfl.net

September 14 - Cuplet Fern member Neta Villalobos-Bell will be presenting to our sister chapter, Passionflower, about “Florida Native Plants and Their Native Habitats"

September 14 - The Rare Plant Count: Citizen Science Experience. Full information on our main page- be sure to read details before you RSVP. Event is free and should be a treat for studious native plant enthusiasts.

Sept 20th - Join IDEAS For US for Fridays for Future Climate March. 1pm - 2pm, Orlando City Hall. Email Lee Perry for details: admin@ideasforus.org All you need to do is show up. IDEAS will display personally made signage with heartfelt messages on saving our planet.

Sept 21st - Special event for photographers! Photographer's Paradise- Taking Wildflower pictures at Tosohatchee! 7:45am-11:30am (all done before it starts getting hot outside). Ticket information and complete details available on our main page.

Sept 26th - Join Semionle IFAS Master Gardener's at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) 'Weedin' before the meeting' gardening opportunity. 8am-10am. Hours qualify towards their annaul Master Gardener volunteer hour requirement. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, etc.)

Oct 24th - Join Semionle IFAS Master Gardener's at the Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) 'Weedin' before the meeting' gardening opportunity. 8am-10am. Hours qualify towards their annaul Master Gardener volunteer hour requirement. Please bring your own supples (gardening tools, gloves, etc.)

November 2 - Cuplet Fern member Neta Villalobos-Bell  will be presenting to the Sanford Library on “How to Grow, Not Buy, a Better Birdfeeder”

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. 

 

 

Read and Learn for August 12th:

Not an official one. But if you'd like, read this short (but highly interesting) commentary on a scientific paper here: https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nph.15619  The briefness of the commentary belies its fascinating quality.

 

 

Ongoing projects spanning many months:

IFAS native plant demonstration idea/inspirational garden planning is going well. Chris has marked the pathway to the apiary which gives us a clearer idea of our gardening area. Barbara and I are very excited and are currently in the plant curation process. 

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 6/27, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24 from 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! Dates for Summer into fall are 7/27, 8/24, 9/28, 10/26 from 8am-10am. 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...

Chekc 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 by Cuplet Fern member Nihal Hafez, VP of Programs, into Arabic after viewing (and understanding the usefulness of) a Spanish version of it for our chapter. She also helped out with the Portuguese rendition. 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. 

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

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

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  19.08.2019