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Nature Photography Meet-Up at Chassahowitzka WMA

6/1/2018
Children's Nature Exploration Program (Ages 5-8)

6/1/2018
Damsels and Dragons

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Jay Watch Citizen Science Training (FWC Royce Unit 6/2/2018)

Postponed: Survey Planted Scrub Oak Sprouts To Determine Habitat Restoration Impact
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Postponed: Survey Planted Scrub Oak Sprouts To Determine Habitat Restoration Impact

To determine the impact on habitat restoration and to learn for future plantings, we'll be doing the one year survey of scrub oaks planted by Ridge Rangers in May 2017. We'll be walking from plant to plant determining height and health.

5/19/2018
When: From 9 AM to around noon
Where: FWC Royce Unit
1630 Royce Ranch Ave
Lake Placid, Florida  33852
United States
Contact: Bill Parken
863 699 3742


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Due to forecasted thunderstorms, this workday has been postponed to June 9.

Please see http://outreach.myfwc.com/event/RoyceJune2018 


To determine the impact on habitat restoration and to learn for future plantings, we'll be doing the one year survey of scrub oaks planted by Ridge Rangers in May & June 2017.


We'll be working in teams and walking from plant to plant determining height and health; and recording the results for analysis. 

Approximately 500 plants will be surveyed.


 


Restoring this damaged area at the FWC Royce Unit helps create habitat for endangered Florida Scrub-jays and Gopher Tortoises.

   

Please wear sturdy footwear, long pants, long sleeves (or a T with sunscreen), and a hat. Please bring your work gloves and hiker’s water bottle or similar.

 We’ll have plenty of cold drinking and all the tools needed.


Directions to FWC Royce Unit

From the corner of US 27 and CR 621 in Lake Placid, go east on CR 621 1.7 miles to Hallmark Avenue on the left.  Turn left on Hallmark.  After 3.6 miles the road makes a sharp left and sharp right and changes names to Royce Ranch Ave.  After a total of 5.0 miles on Hallmark/Royce Ranch Ave, Royce Ranch is on the left, marked by an FWC logo.  Turn left onto the driveway and follow it back to the offices.


  

This workday is part of Project Acorn ... a multiyear effort by the Ridge Rangers to gather and pot scrub-oak acorns, maintain the sprouts, and plant the resulting baby oaks in damaged scrub oak habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge.


The FWC Royce Unit is part of the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area. The most distinctive natural community on the Lake Wales Ridge is scrub, home to one of the rarest collections of plants and animals in the world. Healthy scrub has the appearance of a miniature forest with trees seldom taller than 10 feet and open patches of sand. The WEA contains 20 of 22 federally listed plant species known to occur on the Lake Wales Ridge.