Feb. 10 “Open House” at Wildflower Preserve!

December 28, 2017

News, Open House, Wildflower Preserve

Lemon Bay Conservancy invites you to a free “Open House” at Wildflower Preserve on Saturday, February 10, 2018!  Wildflower is an 80-acre former golf course that is being restored as a wildlife preserve.  Come explore nature and learn about the restoration project!

Guided Trail Walks with our knowledgeable guides will leave throughout the event. Our first walk of the day, the “Early Bird” Birding Walk, will depart at 8:00 am to observe some of the upland and wetland bird species that frequent the preserve.  Other planned walks include Butterflies, A Visit to Lemon Creek, Ecology of Wildflower and Restoration in Progress.

Environmental Talks:  A variety of short presentations will cover interesting environmental topics.  Planned topics include: 2017 Sea Turtles on Local Beaches, Birdwatching in Our Area, Butterfly Gardening and updates on the Wildflower Preserve Habitat Restoration Project Plans.

Information Displays will be available from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm for visitors to learn more about environmental and gardening organizations in our area.  Expected participants include:  the Family Garden Club of Englewood, the Coastal Wildlife Club, the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Venice Audubon, Peace River Audubon, the Sierra Club, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Charlotte Harbor Field Lab, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and the Peace River Butterfly Society.  The butterfly society will have a display of Monarch butterflies in various stages of development.

Special Golf Cart Tours will be offered several times during the day for visitors who may have difficulty walking the trails.  Space is limited.  To sign-up for a tour time, visit the LBC booth.

Self-Guided Walks:  Throughout the day, the nature trails, the butterfly habitat and the bird observation area will be open for guests to visit and enjoy.

Refreshments and Lunch:  “J & K’s Mobile Cafe” will be onsite all day, offering early morning breakfast, snacks and a variety of lunch items.

Click on this link to see or print a flyer for the event and the full schedule of activities.

Visitors should wear shoes, hats and clothing appropriate for a nature hike over rough terrain.

Wildflower Preserve is located on the Cape Haze peninsula, at the southeast corner of the Gasparilla Pines Boulevard and Placida Road (Hwy 775) intersection.  The parking lot address is 3120 Gasparilla Pines Boulevard, Englewood, FL 34224.  For questions or additional information, call 941-830-8922.

Lemon Bay Conservancy

About Lemon Bay Conservancy

Founded in 1971, Lemon Bay Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust based in Englewood, Florida. Our long-range vision is: "To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor, their surrounding waters and uplands, and vital fish and wildlife habitat, through property preservation, environmental education and advocacy for sustainable land and water conservation policies and practices." To support that long-range vision, we focus our mission in three areas: Saving Land; Environmental education; and Advocacy for sustainable environmental policies.

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