The call for presentations and art for the December 12 & 13, 2016 Cela Tega on Resiliency and Adaptation Planning in the Estero Bay Region is now open. Please pass the word to others who may be interested.
On Thursday July 27, 2016, fifteen Colloquium students, and myself, with the help of Lee County Parks staff planted a butterfly garden at Three Oaks Community Park. The plants were purchased with a grant from the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.
All total the effort amounted to the equivalent of $1760 of service learning (80 hours X $22/hour).
Saturday April 2, 2016, Jackie Marquez joined Jill Kusba, DVM, Margaret Winn and myself to walkabout the Preserve planning for her Summer, 2016 observational research project. She will be observing gopher tortoise behavior in 3 locations: The mound, the restored area, and a non-restored area along the boardwalk.
We saw 4 active juvenile burrows on the mound, once of which had a gopher right outside.
Jill provided insight to Jackie about developing keen observational skills.
I was happy to see that this burrow in the side meadow is finally inhabited!
None of our work would be as easy without the support of Margaret Winn, my favorite Friend of Barefoot Beach Preserve.
This big male was visiting the tortoise Ranger Montana calls Big Momma. Note the scar on the carapace, likely from a run in with an automobile.
Ten students and myself donated the equivalent of $1210 to Lee County Parks for butterfly garden beautification at the Karl J Drews Center.