Twin Mounds Hike - November 8th at 9 AM
Join the Friends of the Wekiva River when they visit a historic Native American site inside the Rock Springs Run State Reserve during a field trip on Sunday, Nov. 8th. The site is named “Twin Mounds” since it is comprised of two large shell middens near the northwesterly shore of the Wekiva River. Dr. Jonathan Walz, Assistant professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Rollins College, will lead the excursion, providing background on earlier archaeological excavations there to help us better understand the lifeways of the Native Americans who lived in the Wekiva basin. This site was carefully examined by archaeologists some years ago, and on-site signage provides valuable information generated by that earlier study.
Although there are approximately two dozen shell middens near the Wekiva river, only two (Twin Mounds and Shell Island, farther upstream) have been closely scrutinized. Dr. Brent Weisman of USF chronicled his research in the scientific journal, the “Florida Anthropologist”. Portions of the Reserve were first purchased by the state of Florida in 1983 to preserve the rich variety of habitats there. The Florida black bear, Florida scrub jay, sandhill crane, indigo snake, gopher tortoise and a variety of more common species often are seen throughout the Reserve.
There’s a limit on the number of participants, so if you want to be a part of this very special outing, you are urged to RSVP with FOWR Board member Weegie Henry at 407.341.9025 as soon as possible.
Participants will meet in the last parking lot off the asphalt road leading in from the entrance to the Rock Springs Run State Reserve by 9 a.m. The entrance is located just beyond the black bear bridge on SR 46 near Sorrento (about six miles west of Sanford). There is a $3 self-pay admission fee per vehicle at the entrance. At 9:30 a.m., a state park service tram will transport visitors several miles to the edge of a hardwood forest near the Wekiva. Visitors must be able to do a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike through the forest to the site.
Paddling Rock Springs Run to Wekiwa Springs State Park
FOWR president John Pottinger and I floated Rock Springs
Run in early September. We got to Kings Landing early enough to be the first people to push off
and experienced a glorious morning mostly full of solitude on one of the most natural portions of
the Wekiva Wild and Scenic Wekiva River system of Runs, Creeks and Rivers. There are lots of
reasons to be concerned about the quality and quantity of spring flow, fragmentation of habitat,
invasion by exotic species etc. in the Wekiva Basin, but the Rock Springs Run to Wekiwa
Springs State Park float is still a fantastic journey through mostly natural, unique habitat. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Seasonal changes do occur in Central Florida, no matter what our relatives up north say about their absence. Keeping track of the subtle changes in the natural landscape over the calendar year is instinctive to me, and a process that I plan to share in a series of articles on the website.
FALL IN FLORIDA — October 2015 Edition
SUMMER RAINS AND WETLAND HYDROLOGY — September 2015 Edition
COYOTES IN THE WEKIVA BASIN — August 2015 Edition
ADAPTABLE SPECIES — Late July 2015 Edition
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: LANDSCAPE LEVEL INFLUENCES — Late June 2015 Edition
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: HABITAT INFLUENCES — Early May 2015 Edition
WEKIVA BASIN SWAMPS — Early April 2015 Edition
SPRING HAS SPRUNG — Early March Edition