Butterflies and Wildflowers of the Wekiva Basin
Sunday, October 20, 2013
10 a.m. to noon
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Trip coordinator: Weegie Henry 407-341-0925
Join the Friends of the Wekiva River on a butterfly and wildflower hunt through longleaf pine sand hill habitat. Expect to see plenty of wildflowers among the wire grass and turkey oaks. Learn about how prescribed fire maintenance creates a thriving understory and restores many features of the forest ecology. Meet at the newly constructed Nature Center Pavilion at Wekiwa Springs State Park, located at the top of the hill, overlooking the spring. Amy Conyers, assistant park manager, will give an introduction to butterfly behaviors. After the brief talk, everyone will board a tram to ride to the best place for the hike. The Friends will supply some free butterfly nature guides to keep as well as plenty of hands-on experience. This field trip is suitable for people of all ages; it will include moderate walking up to ½ mile. The hike is free, but park admission is $6 for a vehicle with two to eight occupants or $4 for a single driver. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, camera, and binoculars are recommended. For more information about the butterfly and wildflower hike, or about the FOWR, contact Weegie Henry at 407-341-9025.
Full Moon Paddle
Cloudy skies interrupted our plans for July's full moon trip, so we are planning another for October 19, Saturday, 8 p.m.. We will meet at Wekiva Island.
We will be paddling a total of 5 miles, 2.5 miles to Shell Island and back. It is an easy paddle, but some experience is a good thing, because even with a full moon, it will appear darker than you first timers are used to. You may bring flashlights, if you like, but when turned on your night vision disappears. Wear comfortable clothing, water shoes, plenty of water, a PFD, and whistle.
If you don't have your own canoe/kayak,
Wekiva Island has plenty; a good solo and tandem kayaks @ $15.00 ( (PFD, paddles and whistle included).
Rollins' College's Shell Island has a long and rich history. As we paddle along, Katie Moncrief will share its story with you. Paddling by a full moon is great fun, so we hope you will join us on October 19th.
Coordinator: Katie Moncrief