Fun Stuff

Fun places to go and fun things to do. ECOSWF will be posting about the different events that will be coming up so people can come and enjoy our beautiful community. Please come join us for these exciting activities happening in our community. Currently listed are the upcoming activities for North Port Friends fo Wildlife monthly presentations, Venice Audubon Society, and the Sierra Outings list.


 

 

 

 

February 17, 2016, 6pm - North Port Friends of Wildlife will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Bill Dunson at the North Port Library, 13800 So. Tamiami Trail.

Dunson will present a PowerPoint program entitled "Backyard Wildlife Gardening- How to Attract Birds and Other Critters."  This is based on 21 years of experience in his own yard on Manasota Key, where he and his wife have planted 160 species of plants specifically chosen for their value to wildlife. They have been very successful in attracting unusual birds and just recently observed a very rare Lincoln's sparrow in their yard. The pros and cons of both native and exotic species for providing cover and food (leaves, nectar and fruit) and the importance of providing a water drip will be examined.  The significance of nurturing a healthy ground cover and mulch that encourages both food for birds and natural predators of insect pests will be emphasized.

Dr. Dunson attended Yale and the Univ. of Michigan and was a professor of Biology at Penn State University for 32 years. After retirement he worked for the Seminole Tribe in Big Cypress as a biologist and land manager for four years.  He has served on numerous local environmental committees dealing with water and land conservation and is currently involved in advising the Lemon Bay Conservancy on restoration of the Wildflower Preserve.

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March 15, 2016, 6pm - North Port Friends of Wildlife will sponsor a presentation by Bob Clark, Director of Conservation and Environment for the Venice Area Audubon Society at the North Port Library, 13800 So. Tamiami Trail.

Clark's presentation will be on birds and climate change, which will cover the findings of Audubon scientists who have reported that more than 50% of North American bird species are at risk due to climate change. Clark's overview will look into more detail at specific bird species of our area and will discus other related issues impacting birds, such as rising sea levels.

 

Click on the link veniceaudubon.org to view upcoming events

Read more about:

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  • · Center and Rookery Update
  • · Upcoming Film Night: Pelican Dreams
  • · Update on Amendment 1
  • · Citizen science at work – annual Jay Watch census
  • · Zebra Longwing butterflies in the VAAS Butterfly Garden

Ken Reamy's Bird Words booklet publication...and more

O​ U T I N G S L I S T

for the Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club

November to December 31, 2015

Dec. 9 Wed 9­AM - 1PM K​ayak Shell Creek in Charlotte County

This pretty creek in Charlotte County is well worth visiting again and again. Your guide will be Master Naturalist Rick Fried, who lives on the creek. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Reserve (941) 637­8805.

Dec. 10 Thurs 8:30AM - 11:30AM Prarie Shell Creek Prarie Creek Preserve Nature Walk

Join Florida master Naturalists Jim Knoy and Jamie Reynolds as they lead you on an informative nature walk in this protected area of scrub habitat. The Florida Scrub Jay and the Gopher Tortoise live here and we will discuss them. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Info (303) 868­8337.

Dec. 11 Fri 9AM - 11:30AM Hike in Myakka State Park with Bill Dunson

Join us as we take an easy morning walk from High Fox Road to Clay Gully and back. Biologist Bill Dunson will help identify and explain the plants and animals we encounter as we walk along. There is an entrance fee to enter the Park. No pets or smoking. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Reserve (941) 423­2713.

Dec. 18 9AM - Noon Kayak to a barrier Island and visit a Lagoon

Join us as we kayak from Stump Pass over to Knight Island. On the island, here we will take a nature walk around a lagoon with biologist Bill Dunson, who will identify and explain the ecology of the barrier island. This trip has something for everybody. You must provide your own watercraft and be able to swim. No pets or smoking. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Reserve (941) 423­2713.

Dec. 17 Thurs 9AM - 1PM Kayak Myrtle Creek with Jim Story

Join us as we paddle down Myrtle Creek in Charlotte County with Creek resident Jim guiding us. This outing offers several eco­zones in one trip! We will pass through a freshwater jungle, past the junction of beautiful Shell Creek, then on to visit the Punta Gorda water supply dam and its waterfall. You must provide your own watercraft and be able to swim. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Reserve (941) 637­8805.

Dec.21 Mon 8:30 AM - 11AM J​oin us for a nature walk in Deep Creek Preserve

Take an informative walk with Florida Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and John Phillips through pine flatwoods, wetland marshes and hardwood hammocks. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Info (941)639­7468.

Dec.22 Tues 9­AM - 2PM C​anoe/kayak Shell Creek with Rick Fried

Join us as we paddle one of the most scenic waterways in Charlotte County, guided by master Naturalist Rick Fried. You must provide your own watercraft and be able to swim. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra club are always gratefully accepted. Reserve (941) 637­8805.

Dec. 30 Wed 9­AM - 3PM ​Paddle the Peace River and lunch with Rick Fried

join us as we paddle the Lower Peace river Loop with master Naturalist Rick Fried leading us. We'll go past the ruins of the Liverpool docks, then up the River until we reach the Nav­A­Gator Restaurant on the water. We'll pause and have lunch before returning by a different route. You must provide your own watercraft, be able to swim, and bring money to buy your lunch. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Reserve (941) 637­8805