Florida Wildflowers & Plants – Space Coast Birding Festival Field Trip

by BeachHunter on December 19, 2009

White Star Rush is found in low-lying wet areas like roadside ditches and near lakes and creeks.

White Star Rush is found in low-lying wet areas like roadside ditches and near lakes and creeks.

Posted by David McRee at BlogTheBeach.com

The Spanish didn’t name our state “La Florida” for nothing. We have flowering plants in bloom every month of the year.

Do you like learning about plants and flowers? Do you like meandering about in the woods with a field guide discovering what’s in bloom?

Combine a classroom introduction to Florida plants and flowers with a field trip through diverse habitats in Brevard County at the 13th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival.

Jim Stahl and Jay Barnhart will guide this class/field trip in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll enjoy discovering a tremendous variety of flowering plants in habitats that support thousands of species of native and exotic flowering plants.

Holly produces striking red berries in a forest of muted greens and brown.

Holly produces striking red berries in a forest of muted greens and brown.

Habitats visited will include:

  • mature deciduous/semi-tropical forests
  • pine flatwoods
  • oak-palm hammocks
  • cypress swamps
  • freshwater marshes
  • brackish lagoons
  • lakes
  • scrub
  • sedge meadows
  • coastal dunes
  • and disturbed areas

Observe and discuss plants and their habitats, birds, reptiles, butterflies, and other insects.

When: January 29, 2010, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, but advanced registration is required. These classes fill up fast, so don’t delay in registering. If you miss this particular class, check the Space Coast Birding Festival program catalog (link opens a pdf file) for similar classes / field trips.

Where: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center for intro class, followed by a car pool field trip.

For more information and to register visit the Space Coast Birding Festival web site.

FTC Disclosure of Material Connections: I receive compensation from the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival for writing about the 2010 Festival.

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