This series of ecotours is designed to explore the plants and animals that make Florida’s Big Bend region a biodiversity hotspot.
Fire in the Forest – Tuesday, July 16th, 8 am
Join us on an all-day foray to Rowlett’s Creek Preserve, less than a month after a prescribed burn, and see the ecological impacts of a fire conducted during the natural fire season. We’ll search for the many flowered-grass pink, a state-threatened orchid, Chapman’s crownbeard, and other endemic/rare species that require summer burns to survive. Explore the preserve and see first-hand why we make such an effort to mimic the natural fire regime.
$70/person includes transportation and gourmet lunch/refreshments. Proceeds go towards our efforts to preserve the biodiversity of the southeastern Coastal Plain through research and education.
Meeting location and other details will be provided in an email upon registration. Feel free to contact us with questions: Info@coastalplains.org.
Apalachicola Lowlands – October 2018
This first in our series of tours was an intimate driving and walking tour of the Apalachicola Lowlands. We traveled to our own Rowlett’s Creek Preserve, an 80-acre inholding within the western Apalachicola National Forest. While the longleaf pine ecosystem was our overall focus, we also zoomed in on unique habitats such as pitcher plant bogs, ephemeral wetlands, and blackwater streams. Participants got up close and personal with amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and wildflowers galore!