Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Meeting Announcement
The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at The Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5402 Land O’ Lakes Blvd/US 41, Land O’ Lakes, 34639, between SR 52 and SR 54. Land O’ Lakes Community Center is located on the west side of the highway. Enter the rear meeting room through the middle courtyard from the south side of the building. The subject of the Tuesday, November 13, 2012 7:00 PM meeting is “Bluebirds and Boxes: The Remarkable Recovery of the Bluebird Through Conservation Efforts of Individuals and the American Bluebird Society”, presented by Mary Miller. Mary is a Missouri native, University of Missouri and University of South Florida graduate and has lived in Panama, Delaware and Puerto Rico before settling in Tampa 36 years ago. She is a member of the Suncoast Native Plant Society and Tampa Audubon Society.
The North American bluebirds are cavity nesters and their numbers seriously declined when the English house sparrow was introduced in 1851 and took over their nesting cavities. This presentation tells of the remarkable recovery of the bluebird through conservation efforts of individuals and the American Bluebird Society, which instituted the concept of bluebird trails. The Tampa Audubon Society maintains 50 bluebird boxes at Flatwoods Park along the 17-mile walking/biking/skating trail. Even though the trail has been there for over 20 years, it has been monitored for only the last 7 years, and this presentation will give you the very encouraging results.
Meetings of the Chapter are free, and all interested parties are invited to attend, to bring questions about their yard, and participate in light refreshments and the native plant drawing.
Telephone inquiries are taken by Mary at (727) 849-2335.
Chapter website: http://www.pasconativeplants.org.