More than 20 members of Friends of Refuges and others walked the beautiful Lukens Tract in Cedar Key today in 60 degree sunshine. Friends member Donna Thalacker guided the walk, pointing out plants, birds, and natural features of interest. It was a great way to spend a day in the holiday week.
On Thursday afternoon December 15, Friends Science Team will be conducting Round 2 in our development of a series of regular bioblitzes in the headquarters area of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. We will focus initially on the new Tram Ridge Trail and the River Trail, two areas in the Vista complex that we expect eventually to be part of a refuge visitor complex. Our goal is to get to better know the area biologically in order to help managers and people who will be developing visitor programs.
Those of us attending the 10 AM to 12 Noon Board of Directors meeting (and all Friends members are welcome) will be having a picnic lunch after the meeting and assembling at 12:30 PM to form into teams and go out on the trail. Those who will not be attending the board meeting can join us at the Environmental Education building (the modular structure to the right of the driveway, across from the log cabin). We'll hope to be in the field by 1 PM, and teams will reconvene by 3 PM to compare notes, help each other with identifications, and critique our methods. Bring binoculars, cameras, and any other field gear you think may be helpful.The weather should be great, and we expect fun and fellowship to flourish in the great outdoors.
You may want to check out our progress from last time by checking out the Vista subproject on the iNaturalist database. Directions for getting online are here.
Please invite others you think might be interested.