PROJECT HISTORY (reverse chronology):
During Fall of 2018, 2 FGCU Senior Research in Biology continued to monitor the habitat restoration project with monthly transects of the various locations under study.
In October of 2018, a Colloquium class led by Dr. Ashley Pittman pulled more ragweed from the treatment area, specifically in the meadow just south of the boardwalk to the beach in parking lot 2.
On December 1, 2017 fourteen FGCU Sr. Research students pulled more ragweed from the treatment area. See some images of that work here.
In December of 2017, students presented a study analyzing the effectiveness of the restoration efforts see Vegetative analysis 2 years after restoration details here.
In October of 2017, myself, and a student presented at the Annual Gopher Tortoise Council meeting in Aiken, SC.
A Pilot Study: Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) foraging preferences at Barefoot Beach Preserve in Collier County, FL by Monica Hendricks and Nora Demers (poster)
CLICK HERE for the results of our Feb 13, 2016 work day.
On February 13th, 2016, Ms Jen Macbeth’s Colloquium students from her virtual class will meet in person and add their signature to the project.
In October of 2015, Gophers@Barefoot had our First Week Of Welcome event with FGCU. Over 50 students, staff, and student naturalists joined with the Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve to provide service-learning hours equivalent to over $15,000! We helped beautify the Friends Cactus garden, and conducted more simulated burn in the area between parking lot 2 and the beach, mostly by cutting brush back, and pulling ragweed.
The summer of 2015 project was our first to work on ‘simulating’ fire. We pruned back sea grapes, brush, and raked up the blanket of sea grape leaves.
In June of 2014 the habitat enrichment project entered its 2nd year, with over 495 Service-learning hours contributed.
in June of 2013 we pulled beach ragweed from off the rest of mound at the end of parking lot 2.