Meeting Information & Upcoming Citrus Chapter Events

Upcoming Events taking place with the Citrus Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
 

Citrus Chapter Happenings

Tuesday, March 5th, 6:15 pm In-person Meeting -  Barbara will not be able to attend and do her 6:15pm Barbara's Bits. Meeting will start at 7pm with social time before that. See you all there!

As always there will be the plant table drawing, chapter merchandise, all the free informational handouts, and sign up sheets for upcoming events. Free and open to the public - so invite a friend!
 
Location: We meet in the Crystal Oaks Civic Association building at 4958 W Crystal Oaks Dr, Lecanto, FL 34461. This is just southwest of the Hwy 44/Suncoast Parkway junction.

Our guest presentation will be: "Born To Bee Wild." Bees are the powerhouse of plant pollination and wild bees need our help. Learn about how bees live, how to encourage them, what plants they like, and what you can do to bee a pollinator partner.

Athena Philips came to the Nature Coast 20 years ago, which opened her eyes to the greater diversity and connection between wild plants and animals; sparking a passion to cultivate that community in her own landscape. She is an enthusiastic member of the Florida Native Plant Society, with a special interest in sandhill ecosystems, ethnobotany, and helping people find their place in their ecological community.

Deadline: Mar 5th Chapter T-Shirt orders: The meeting is the last day to make your Tshirt pre-order. We have five designs to choose from for the pre-order, including a brand new design "Not All Who Wander"!

The pre-order price will be our current $22. The T-shirts we will print to sell later will likely go up in price and wil have fewer designs and options. Come to the meeting to view the t-shirt designs and color options.

You may mail a check and order description, or bring cash/check to the March meeting. 

For any shirt design you may: 

Plant Sale Launch: The March meeting will be the launch date for our Spring plant sale and is when the order form will be posted on our website: https://citrus.fnpschapters.org. Once our spring plant sale order form is available, you will be able to place your order for native plants, send it in with your payment and be ready for the plants to arrive on April 19th for your pick-up. Our chapter’s plant sale sarts on March 5th and orders can be received up until April 2nd.

Friday, March 8th 10-12pm - weed pull at Beverly Hills Community Center. Looking for volunteers to spend a couple hours hand pulling invasive plants and weeds from a small plot that will be turned into a small native plant rest stop in the park. Pizza or sandwiches will be provided afterwards to celebrate our accomplishment and mark the end of National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Reply to citrusnps@gmail.com if you can attend.

Tuesday, March 12th, 9am-1pm - iNaturalist walk, Withlacoochee State Forest - Homosassa Trail. This is part of a statewide project, using iNaturalist to document plants and add them to the State Forest inventory. If you'd like a slow meander in the forest to learn about sandhill plants, or if you'd like to learn how to use the iNaturalist app - join us. We frequently go off trail, so long pants, good shoes, water, and a hat are highly recommended. Snacks and bug spray are good ideas too.

We will meet on Homosassa Trail to explore the area adjacent to the Parkway. Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/GGufGs5SRPzA7fTv6. If interested, call or text Athena  813.263.5963.

Friday, March 15, 2024 - Fickett Hammock Preserve field trip - Brooksville.  Join the Citrus Native Plant Society chapter in a guided field trip with Jim King, past Conservation Land Manager for Hernando County. Meet at 9 am and finish at noon. Join us at the Preserve trailhead at 15482 Centralia Road, about a quarter mile west of Citrus Way in Brooksville. We will hike about 2 miles of trail and explore a mature Hammock that is a remaining fragment of the historically extensive Annutteliga Hammock. This "climax" forest contains some of the largest trees in Hernando County. Jim will identify the flora and ecosystems found at this beautiful Preserve. We will see areas of oak scrub and sand hill. During our exploration, we will discuss some of the history of the property and the Annutteliga Hammock, much of which is lost to limerick mining. Wear hiking shoes and appropriate clothing, perhaps a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and bring drinking water and snacks. Please RSVP with Ben at bfberauer@aol.com, or call or text 727-217-5971.

Thursday March 28th, Outreach booth at the EGG-Streme Flashlight Egg Hunt  We will have a booth at this family event and welcome helpers to assist with our new kid's activity. The event is complete with games and food trucks and eggs are filled with candy and toys for kids ages 1 to 16 to find in the fields at Bicentennial Park. The festival starts at 6pm with games, inflatables and more! Reply back to citrusnps@gmail.com if you can help in our booth.

March Save the Date:  We can participate in a rare plant survey of a local species, the Brooksville Bellflower (Campanula robinsiae). Listed as Endangered and known only in two counties, it inhabits grassy slopes and drying pond edges, where water fluxuations and animal disturbances deter seed germination. These factors plus intruding pest plants put this species at risk of extinction and require frequent monitoring to assess its population size. Members have been invited to help with a plant survey in Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. The date will be sometime between March 25-29, and will be determined later. If you know you'd like to participate, reply to citrusnps@gmail.com


Other events of interest:

Sat, March 9th, Ft Cooper State Park Walk and Talk, Floral City: Contact them for more information: 352-726-0315

Wednesday, March 20th Hernando Chapter FNPS walk at Chinsegut Conservation Center Tract, Mays Prairie Brooksville
Leader: FWC staff. Time TBA. Meet at the Chinsegut Conservation Center parking lot, 23212 Lake Lindsey Rd, Brooksville.
The Chinsegut Conservation Center Tract is part of the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area. A 4-mile network of trails includes the west edge of May's Prairie; the Conservation Center has restrooms and very active bird feeders. Contact the chapter or Chinseguit for details: https://www.hcfnps.org/


Business Member Spotlight   

The chapter is pleased to welcome a new Business Sustaining membership from Creative Home Improvement and Repair. We thank them for their support of the chapter and of native plants place in Florida.

If you have a favorite business, ask them if they'd like to support the environment by becoming a Business Member with us!  https://www.fnps.org/support/membership

FNPS Membership to the Citrus Chapter
Anyone with an interest can join the Florida Native Plant Society. Here is the link to join https://www.fnps.org/support/membership
Individual memberships start at $35 annually, multi-family members starts at $50 and there are other options for your membership.
You can also pick up a membership application at any of our monthly chapter meetings.

Citrus Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society
(352) 631-8444

 

EMAIL: citrusnps@gmail.com
WEB: http://citrus.fnpschapters.org   
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YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/CitrusNPS

 

Published on  March 3rd, 2024