Monday, May 27, 2024

June 2024 Meeting - Dr. Craig Huegel - Creating a Pollinator Garden

Join us Monday, June 10th, 2024 at 7pm.  

Harlee Building/County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

Our June Speaker - Dr Craig Huegel

From the Program Committee:

Our June speaker will be Dr. Craig Huegel, Director of the USF Botanical Gardens and author of six books on Florida native plants and wildlife and two popular blogs related to gardening in Florida and native Florida plants.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, he earned a BS in Zoology and a MS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin, and PhD in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University. He has served on the faculties of the Universities of Kentucky and Florida, as Administrator of the Environmental Lands Division for Pinellas County, and as an Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg College and Tampa College.

He will speak on Pollinators and Creating a Pollinator Garden. There is worldwide interest in the decline of pollinators, and a critical need to create landscapes to benefit them. In this program, Dr. Huegel will provide practical information on how to do this.

Friday, April 26, 2024

May Meeting - Florida's Neighborhood Bats by Shari Blissett-Clark

Join us Monday, May 13th, 2024 at 7pm.  

Harlee Building/County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

Florida's Neighborhood Bats
Speaker: Shari Blissett-Clark 

Our May speaker will be Shari Blissett-Clark, President of the Florida Bat Conservancy. Shari has dedicated 40 years to private and public conservation work, including fire management, invasive species management, and natural areas management. She is a long-time member of the Florida Native Plant Society, Xerces Society, Bat Conservation International, Southeast Bat Diversity Network, and the North American Bat Network.

Shari owns and operates Bat Belfrys, a Florida non-profit organization that designs and builds bat houses. Proceeds from bat house sales directly support the initiatives of the Florida Bat Conservancy. The houses are scientifically designed to attract and protect bats, and have been extremely successful in Florida.

Shari’s visit is an opportunity to purchase these bat houses and pick them up at the meeting, saving the cost of shipping them from Shari’s location in Citrus County. However, it will be necessary to pre-order them. Details of the houses, prices, and pre-ordering information are available on pdf at this link: Bat Belfry's. Please consider supporting the bat population and Shari’s non-profit organization by taking advantage of this opportunity.

Shari’s presentation, Florida's Neighborhood Bats, will take us on a journey to uncover the myths and reveal the truth about these amazing flying mammals. We will explore the important roles bats play in insect and disease control, food production, and human health, and reveal the true value these unique mammals bring to our daily lives. The presentation will even include some live Florida bats.