An Open House is scheduled at Wildlfower Preserve for 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2014.
Early arrivals can join the 8:30 am Tarpon Walk to observe the first-of-its kind juvenile tarpon research project underway in Lemon Creek where researchers are tagging the tarpon to better understand their growth patterns and use of tidal creek habitats.
Five new guided nature walks will focus on different natural areas of the preserve. Dr. Bill Dunson, Bob Cooper and Dave Clayton will lead three new “safari” walks that encourage visitors to find and learn about plant and animal species in the preserve’s uplands, freshwater wetlands, and estuarine habitats. Margaret Dunson will lead a walk to learn about plants that help attract birds to your yard. And, Bill Dunson will lead a walk focused on edible and medicinal plants. In addition to the new walks, Jane Wallace will repeat her popular Butterfly Walk.
Local environmental and gardening organizations will participate with information booths and with “10-minute talks” about their focus areas.
Self-guided walks will be available for visitors to explore the nature trails, butterfly habitat and bird observation areas.
Golf cart tours will be offered several times during the morning for visitors who may have difficulty walking the trails.