Courtesy Carolyn Gregsak

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is pleased to welcome back Kate Borduas, Florida Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide, to their April 9 meeting at Lemon Bay Park in Englewood. Kate will engage her audience with “The Wonderful Whacky World of Lichens,” an inside view of the relationship between Lichen, Cyanobacteria and algae and the creation of soil and the first land plants.  

Kate has charmed us all since she first arrived in 2003 from Maine as a part-time resident.

She has been living here now full-time since 2012, interrupted only by occasional exploratory treks that take her halfway across the globe.

Kate was an outspoken environmental activist while living in Maine and involved herself in both local and regional politics. For several years, she served as the President of the Greater Portland, Maine Council of Governments. 

Here in SW Florida, she is an active member in local, regional and national Audubon organizations. Twice she has led the Venice Golf and Country Club (VGCC) Audubon International Bio-blitz team to winning back-to-back global biodiversity challenges. The Bio-blitz is a species-counting competition designed to create awareness among golfers and the general public about the environmental value of the habitats supported by golf courses.

As a Florida Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide, Kate leads birding and wildflower walks throughout Charlotte and Sarasota County, and has given numerous presentations at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte. She is an active member in both the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Peace River Butterfly Society, and leads interpretive trail walks for Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC). Kate’s knowledge and enthusiasm for discovering the mysteries of the natural environment are sure to charm you as well. Please join us for her delightfully informative presentation, “The Wonderful Whacky World of Lichens.”

Mangrove Chapter meetings are held at Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. in Englewood, Florida with speakers beginning at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 pm. We encourage Floridians and our winter visitors to learn more about the importance of Florida’s native plants and communities by becoming a member of the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.