Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River have worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system.
As a result of our
leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, a Florida Wild and
Scenic River, and a
National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin. Despite this ample recognition, the Wekiva River and its
fragile ecosystem face numerous threats.
These include the fragmentation and loss of habitat, declines in spring flow, degradation in water quality, and wildlife mortality on the roads.
Special Presentation: Florida’s Sinkholes and other Underground Mysteries
WHAT? A presentation on why sinkholes happen here in Central Florida, and how our underground world differs from most. Plus, a tram tour to the largest sinkhole in Wekiwa Springs State Park.
WHO? The public is cordially invited! Hosts: Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc., Wekiwa Springs State Park, and Wekiva Wilderness Trust.
WHEN? March 22, 2014: Tram Tours start at 12:00 noon. Program 3:00pm-5:00pm
WHERE? Wekiwa Springs State Parkoff Wekiva Springs Road in Longwood/Apopka, at the Park’s Sinkhole Pavilion. Program is free; State Park admission applies.
$4 for one person; $6 for 2-8 persons in one car.
WHY? For residents to further appreciate our unique water resources and geology.
QUESTIONS? Call Deede Sharpe, President, or John Parker, Treasurer, FOWR, at 407-647-7487 (email@example.com), or Don Philpot, President, WWT, at 321-277-8442 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
FIELD TRIP UPDATES:
Wildlife Photography Field Trip Soggy But Super
On Saturday, February 10, 2014 more than 20 determined photographers braved the cold temperatures and rainy weather to visit Wekiwa Springs State Park to talk photography. The group met in the picnic pavilion, where they received some information packets and tips from Assistant Park Manager, Amy Conyers and experienced photographer, Don Brouillard. They also had an opportunity to look at photos while having a group discussion on the elements of a good photograph and to hear some tips about photo composition. While the rain took a short break, the strong-willed photographers took a walk by the spring and were rewarded with a rare sight. A group of three otters came to investigate the group! The otters bobbed in and out of the water and gave the group a very nice opportunity to practice their wildlife photography skills. With high hopes that the rain would hold off a little longer, the group boarded the park tram to travel along the main park drive for more photo opportunities. They were lucky to have another uncommon animal sighting, a Sherman’s Fox Squirrel, however the rain won out in the end. While the program had a soggy ending, people still left with some photographic inspiration and a great story to tell.
March 29th 9:00am at Seminole State Forest
Join Florida Forest Service Biologist, Ralph Risch and Forest Ranger Mike Martin for an informative tour of the Florida Scrub natural community. Experience, first hand, several areas throughout Seminole State Forest which are home to Scrub Jays and other unique species which are endemic to Florida Scrub. Ralph will share an abundance of information regarding the Scrub Jays and scrub mitigation efforts within Seminole State Forest. This field trip is suitable for people of all ages. Participants will be walking short distances, no more than ¼ mile at a time over uneven terrain and will be transported via 4WD truck over longer distances throughout the property.
Meet at the Bear Pond Trail Head of Seminole State Forest at 9:00 am. 32058 S Hwy 46, Sorrento, FL 32776. A $2 per person cash honor entrance fee is required. Comfortable walking shoes, insect repellant, and drinking water are recommended. This field trip will last 2-3 hours.