Join Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) on a walk along the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor to explore the various mangrove species found there on Tuesday, October 27, 9-10am. The CHEC guide will cover mangrove identification, general ecology including special adaptations that allow mangroves to thrive in salty environments, and why mangroves are important and protected in Florida. The walk will take place at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte. Reservations are recommended for this FREE program. Call 575•5435.
Join Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) on a free guided walk through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Park on Thursday, October 29, 9 to 10:30am. This 150-acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Be prepared with drinking water, insect repellent and appropriate footwear (trails may be flooded). You must register to participate. The park is located on Joppa Avenue in Port Charlotte. For more information/directions and to register, please call 575•5435.
Edible Gardening Series
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County is currently offering a free, lunchtime series on edible gardening. The webinars focus on a different topic each time and you can register for any or all of the 30-minute sessions which are held on Mondays, at noon. They start with a 10-minute class and close with a 20-minute open question-and-answer period. Led by sustainable agriculture agent Sarah Bostick, and chemicals in the environment agent Carol Wyatt-Evens, you’ll learn about everything from picking what to plant to identifying and managing pests (and beneficial insects). Topics: October 26 - Sustainable Pest Control: Introduction to sustainable pest control using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies; November 2 - Mulching: Choosing the right mulch for your vegetable garden; November 9 - Beneficial Insects: Learn about the many insects beneficial to your garden; November 16 - Nematodes: Strategies for minimizing damage from this microscopic soil pest; November 23 - Understanding Pesticides: The basics of organic, biological, and conventional pesticides; November 30 - Watering Your Garden: Best techniques and tools for watering; December 7 - Fertilizing Your Garden: Understanding what your plants need and how to give it to them and December 14 - Find and ID Insects: Techniques to locate and identify insects on plants, and tips for taking pictures that can be used by experts for identification. Learn more and register at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com or call 861•9810.
Quads Parcel Protected
Sarasota County, the Sarasota Audubon Society and the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announced the protection of the 33-acre Quads parcels which buffer the environmentally sensitive Celery Fields. The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved this unique public-private partnership, which provides the conservation easements on the northeast, southeast and southwest parcels to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and contracted with the Sarasota Audubon Society to manage the sites. “As our community continues to grow, open space becomes more and more important for the environment, our water quality and our way of life. This is a unique partnership, one that offers the opportunity to do something truly special. We appreciate the work of the Sarasota Audubon Society and the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and we’re excited to preserve this area for many years to come,” said County Commission Chairman Michael Moran. The 440-acre Celery Fields is a nationally recognized destination and a key piece of Sarasota County’s stormwater management system. The site, located at 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, also offers numerous recreational opportunities including walking, running, hiking and other health and fitness activities. More information about the Sarasota Audubon Society and the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast can be found by visiting their websites. For Sarasota County, visit scgov.net.