Diario del proyecto Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Project (FL, USA)

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02 de septiembre de 2022

“FISC-ally Responsible Flora” - September & October Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Ecoquest

Hello EcoFlora participants and inquirers! It is time for a new EcoQuest. For the months of September and October, we will be doing something a little different. We usually center our EcoQuests around certain plant families, but for this quest, we will be looking for species on the FISC list. If you live in Florida, chances are you have seen some of these species in your backyard.

Track how many invasive species you find during this ecoquest here!

Water Hyacinth, Paperbark or Melaleuca, and the Chinese Banyan are some of the most invasive and damaging trees in our area affecting everything from native ecosystems, invading gardens, to even strangling our native oaks!

So, what is the FISC List? It is the Florida Invasive Species Council’s list of invasive plants. You might be familiar with its old name, FLEPPC (Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council). The name was recently updated to reflect more accurate terminology. Terminology and categorization are crucial when it comes to invasive species. The new FISC list of invasive species is divided into two sections: Category I and Category II. 

Category I plants are the most severe. This is measured by displacement of native species, or by the disruption of a stable native ecosystem. Category II plants are invasive plants that have not yet disturbed or displaced habitats or species but are reproducing outside of cultivation. These plants have the potential to become Category I plants if left unchecked, so both categories should be treated as a threat. Currently, there are 165 species on the FISC list. This list is updated every two years to include any newly introduced species and to reclassify the severity of existing invasive species. 

Some of the species we will be on the lookout for include the widely known Brazilian Pepper Tree (Schinus terebinthifolius), Caesarweed (Urena lobata) and Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius). We will also be highlighting some of the “charismatic” invasive species that are commonly found in landscaping and in the Florida plant trade. These include:

Brazilian Pepper on the left, Caesar Weed in the center, and Rosary Pea on the right.

Category I

Pink Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

Surinam Cherry (Eugenia uniflora)

Category II

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum cv. Aureum)

Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe x houghtoni)

So, why should we care about documenting invasive species? By utilizing apps like iNaturalist, we can help natural land managers track the spread of an invasive plant. By doing so, we are better prepared to stop it from spreading further. Economically, invasive species management is a laborious and expensive endeavor. For example, it costs the state of Florida over 200 million dollars annually.

One of the best ways to help the fight against invasive species can happen right from your home. By removing known invasive species from your garden and planting native alternatives, you are helping to restore habitat. There are plant nurseries throughout the state that have a large variety of Florida native plants that look just as nice, if not better, than their invasive counterparts. We hope you will join us to learn more about our local ecosystems and how they are being impacted by invasive species. You can find dates, locations, and sign-up information for upcoming Bioblitzes here (link to EcoFlora page), or by emailing ecoflora@selby.org.

Also a shoutout to last months winners for finding the most Morning Glories: miriinthewild won with 31 glorious finds, followed by elprofer with 7 and hunter196 with 6 morning glories spotted!

Publicado el 02 de septiembre de 2022 a las 03:12 AM por sean_patton sean_patton | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario

06 de septiembre de 2022

September and October Bioblitzes and a Helpful Native or Invasive Guide

Hello EcoFlora Bioblitzers!

The invasion has begun and we're relying on your help to identify and monitor the spread of invasive plants in Florida. Other than helping us monitor them here, and planting natives while removing invasive plants in your yard you can also contact your local park services and see if they have any invasive removal days to help. Otherwise we have the bioblitzes times below and remember to sign up on the Selby Gardens Website here!

Ready to join the search for invasive species and march with us against these invaders? Check out the September and October Bioblitzes below!

September 15th 9am-12pm Red Bug Slough 5200 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231 with Sarasota County

September 23rd 9am-12pm Robinson Preserve Expansion ADA Accessible Hike (Full rubberized trail and facilities) 10299 9th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209 with Manatee County

October 14th 9am-12pm Crowley Museum and Nature Center 16405 Myakka Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240 collaborating with Crowley Museum and potentially Sarasota County

October 20th 9am-12pm Duette Preserve Wildflower Display 2649 Rawls Rd, Duette, FL 34219 with Manatee County

Don't forget to sign up on the Selby Gardens Website here!

Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anarcdioides) was once a very common landscape and shade tree in the 1960's in Florida but is now one of the few federally banned plants. Originally brought to Florida for it's showy fruits and shade it rapidly grows, spreads, and forms thickets and is eaten by very few native animals. This forms a monoculture of just carrotwood blocking out all other plants and animals and during the dry season can be a fire hazard.

Having trouble figuring out invasive vs native species? Here's a common guide to many of the confused invasive vs native plant species!

Publicado el 06 de septiembre de 2022 a las 01:21 AM por sean_patton sean_patton | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

14 de septiembre de 2022

Red Bug Slough Bioblitz Tomorrow and FNPS Bioblitzes!

Don't forget to sign up for tomorrow morning's Red Bug Slough Bioblitz at 9am! It's the fall wildflower season so let's see what is blooming? Will we find a beautiful blazing star? A fantastic Fakahatchee grass? Magnificent magnolias perhaps? Colorful crossvines? Or will be be leaping over creeks to find the rare pine lily? Be sure to keep following for more wonderful opportunities to explore Florida's colorful fall season.

Pine Lily or Lilium catesbaei is a rare seasonal lily preferring open pine flatwoods habitat and can be found across the American Southeast. These lilies can bloom over 6 inches across and are highly seasonal only found in September through November blooming in our area. Keep a look out!

Also if you are interested in getting involved outside of EcoFlora, the Serenoa local chapter Florida Native Plant Society is back and has their own hikes. So let's get out there and document our wonderful flora and fauna!

Publicado el 14 de septiembre de 2022 a las 06:30 PM por sean_patton sean_patton | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

16 de septiembre de 2022

EcoFlora Performance Survey

Hello All,

If you've enjoyed the hikes, bioblitzes, and have learned a thing or two on plants through the Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project please leave us a review on this performance survey!

Link to Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJbq9Pg8GOqpiQ52iVuJ3QcK0QI9WhFvqWg3vPYSAWc6TFMQ/viewform

We hope you aren't too tied up in Tievine or these surveys to miss our monthly bioblitzes! Remember you can sign up at the Selby Gardens website.

Publicado el 16 de septiembre de 2022 a las 12:13 AM por sean_patton sean_patton | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario