SPEAKER SERIES PROGRAM

"GAINESVILLE’S TREATMENT WETLANDS"
Sweetwater Wetlands Park and the Proposed Groundwater Recharge Wetland
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 6
speaker Debbie Segal
President, Alachua Audubon Society

The ecological, recreational, and ecotourism benefits of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Sweetwater Wetlands Park are wide-ranging and represent a triple crown winner for water quality, wildlife, and visitors. Because of Sweetwater’s many community-wide benefits, GRU has decided to construct a second treatment wetland, on the west side of Gainesville.

This new Groundwater Recharge Wetland will be designed to recharge the Floridan aquifer with cleaner water. Learn how Sweetwater Wetlands Park and other constructed treatment wetlands successfully and inconspicuously clean water bodies while attracting an abundant and diverse bird population.





FIELD TRIP
Wetland Preserve near Rice Creek, Palatka, FL
Saturday, FEBRUARY 24

Join us for an agri-tour of Wetland Preserve, LLC, a private conservation property adjacent to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 4500 acre Rice Creek Conservation Area. Wetland Preserve combines silviculture with preservation of our natural Florida and educational outreach. Wetland Preserve’s primary parcel consists of over 3,800 acres, all of which is protected by a Florida Forever conservation easement and also falls within the O2O wildlife corridor.

We will be in the field for 2-3 hours and using our feet as well as open-air buggies on this tour which will combine birding with learning how tree farming can be combined with conservation.

Difficulty Level 2: Open-air buggies and 0-1 miles walking on some rough ground Time and location details will be provided a few days prior to field trip date. Restrooms are available at this location

15 person maximum
To reserve your spot email
Laura Berkelman
lberkelman@windstream.net

Sallie Carlock
President



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When: Speaker Series Programs are held Tuesdays evenings at 6:45PM October thru May

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Bats: Our Best Friends
2017 Education Outreach Project


Bats? Are they really blind? Do they get into your hair? Are they completely silent? The Putnam County Library system will host several programs by Carole Mackey for the area’s youth to bring the truth about these elusive animals to light.

Carole escapes every year from the snowy North to the Melrose area where under the sponsorship of the Santa Fe Audubon Society (http://www.santafeaudubon.org/), she has been sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of the natural world with area libraries and the Ochwilla School for the last three years. The programs are designed to be fun and imaginative as well as educational.

This year the bat program, Bats: Our Best Friends, will feature an informative presentation followed by 4 to 8 interactive stations where the children can re-enforce and experience what they’ve just learned about bats. They’ll be able to listen to high frequency bat sounds which the human ear cannot hear, examine an actual bat skeleton with a magnifying glass, test their echolocation or ability to move by sound alone—no sight, and plan appropriate bat diets. And yes, adults are welcome.

2017 Schedule (Additions expected)

March 4 Palatka Library, 10:30 am
March 22 Melrose Library, 10 am
March 27 Hawthorne Library
April 12 Crescent City: Lunch with the Greats, 12 Noon
April 13 Melrose Library, 10 am