Courtesy Lemon Bay Conservancy
As the weather begins to cool a bit and we welcome back our part-time residents and visitors, Lemon Bay Conservancy is pleased to announce the start of our winter season nature walks and events. You'll see details on our planned November activities below.
We have also included in this email important information about actions each of us can take to improve Florida's water quality. As evidenced by the devastating impacts the red tide and blue-green algae blooms have had in our area this year, improving Florida's water quality is a critical issue for our future. Please read "Take Action for Clean Water" below for suggestions on how each of us can help!
Stump Pass State Park Nature Walks: Nov. 1 (Thursday) and Nov. 15 (Thursday), 9 - 11:30 am
A 2.5 mile nature walk from the Stump Pass State Park parking area to the pass at the southern tip of Manasota Key. The park is located at the south end of Manasota Key. 900 Gulf Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223. Park entry fee is $3.00 per vehicle. There is no charge for the nature walk. Walk leaders: Charlie & Jayne Woodruff
Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival: Nov. 17 (Saturday). 10 am - 3 pm
LBC will have an exhibit at the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program’s 19th Annual Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival. This year’s festival is being held at Laishley Park, 200 Laishley Court, in Punta Gorda. The event will include educational exhibits, live animal exhibits, a kids’ zone, nature art vendors, native plant vendors and food vendors. The nature festival is free and it’s a great way to have fun and learn more about our local environment.
Englewood Beach Waterfest: Nov. 17 (Saturday) and Nov. 18 (Sunday), 10 am - 4 pm
Englewood Beach Waterfest is expanding their focus this year on the environment and conservation. The new Family Conservation Center, sponsored by the Ron & Matt Smith Agency of State Farm Insurance (long-time LBC members), will host events and activities for kids and adults in a large tent area at Englewood Beach on November 17 & 18. The idea is that visitors to the power boat races scheduled that weekend will stop by the conservation area to cool off and learn more about our environment.
Mote Marine is scheduled to bring six different hands-on exhibits. LBC is planning to join other environmental exhibitors, including the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Peace River Wildlife Center, and the Lemon Bay High School Aquaculture Club. The Shark Brothers are scheduled to visit on Saturday and there will be a variety of games for children. The conservation area will be open 10-4 both days.
Take Action for Clean Water!
Since October 2017, an intense red tide bloom has been moving with the winds and currents along our Southwest Florida coastline, wreaking ecological and economic havoc from Naples to Clearwater Beach. For all of us who live, visit and work in our beautiful area, the impacts have been enormous. And, the worst part is that no one can predict how long the red time bloom will last or when its effects may return to our shores.
To learn more about red tide and Florida water issues, this article recently published by National Geographic provides a very good overview.
Improving water quality is a complex and critically important issue that must be addressed on multiple fronts. Water quality is critical to the future of our beautiful area. It’s critical for our ecosystems, our health, our economy, and our tourist industry. Let’s all work together to improve it!
Moving Sabal Palms
In recent Wildflower restoration updates, we reported on transplanting mature sabal palms and clearing vegetative debris using an onsite burn pit. To date, over 50 sabal palms have been transplanted.
The debris clearing work has taken longer than expected due to heavy rains and equipment issues. The project contractor, Diversified Professional Services, is continuing the clearing work. We have received some calls from nearby residents about whether debris piles will be burned in place. The answer to that question is “no”. We expect all debris to be moved to the burn pit for incineration.
To learn more about Lemon Bay Conservancy, our mission and our activities, please visit our website at lemonbayconservancy.org. Or, give us a call at 941-830-8922.