Mark Rachal, Biologist, Audubon Society of Florida
Learn about conservation efforts and the natural history of one of Florida’s rarest birds, the American Oystercatcher. Our speaker will discuss their fascinating behavior, long-term and very strong attachment to their mates, dedication to their semi-precocious young, and territorial defense activities.
Would you like to join the movement for people to reconnect outdoors over the Thanksgiving holiday? Ditch the Black Friday shopping this year and #OptOutside with the Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve! Spend Friday & Saturday nights camping within Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Environmental Studies Area enjoying campfires, s'mores, night hikes, coffee, and donuts.
Cost: $40 per tent or camping trailer for members; $50 per tent or camping trailer for non-members*
*Prices include two nights of camping. You are welcome to camp one night, but discounted rates are not available.
All proceeds support our summer camp scholarship program for school-aged children.
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Michelle Hoffman, Central Florida Zoo Sanford, FL
Come and learn about efforts to save the rare Eastern Indigo Snake. This talk will include population management for the captive breeding program, challenges of breeding and raising Eastern Indigo Snakes, how to operate a reintroduction program, photos of this year’s release, and goals of the reintroduction project.
“Birds and Bombs: Managing Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers on an Air Force Range and Archbold Biological Station”
Emily Angell, Wildlife Biologist, Archbold Biological Station
Come and hear about the strategies and surprises of monitoring a population of federally endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. This talk covers their biology, habitat needs and research methods. Learn how Ms. Angell’s team uses artificial nest cavity installations, bird translocations and banding to care for their population. Hear what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist at an active Air Force range.
“The Natural History of Florida”
Christopher A. Nichol Sr., Assistant Professor, St. Petersburg College
Are you curious to learn more about how Florida formed geologically, its fossil record and early human history? Come join us to learn more about it. Discover how all of this impacts our lives today. You will come to realize what a special place Florida truly is.
“Conserving a Remnant Population of Gopher Tortoises at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve”
Jeffrey Goessling, PhD, Eckerd College
Come and learn how Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, one of the last remaining natural areas in urban Pinellas County, supports several imperiled species, including the gopher tortoise, eastern diamondback rattlesnake and Nuttall’s rayless goldenrod. Dr. Goessling will review recent gopher tortoise burrow surveys, current research efforts and ongoing habitat restoration and management efforts.
“Florida Butterfly Gardening”
Marc C. Minno, PhD, Lead Ecologist, Eco-Cognizant, Inc.
Would you like to attract more butterflies to your backyard? Come join us and learn how you can attract them by selecting and planting butterfly attractors. Learn about some of our imperiled species and what you can do to help them. Then stay and join us for a walk through our butterfly garden and nature trails.