On December 1, 2017 fourteen FGCU Senior research students pulled more ragweed from the treatment area.
Here are a few images of their work:
In March of 2017, two Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) students, Jackie Marquez and Anna Breeden, undertook a vegetative survey analysis by comparing the area in the Preserve where we conducted a mechanical burn at Barefoot Beach Preserve in 2015 to an area where no work was done. Results indicate that the efforts of over 2oo students since 2013 have helped improve the diversity and abundance of forage material in the area where they removed ragweed, pruned sea grapes and raked up the sea grape leaves that had created a blanket on the ground.
This poster, entitled “Using a Vegetative Plot Survey to Determine Effectiveness of Manual Restoration at Barefoot Beach Preserve, Collier County, Florida. ” was presented at the FGCU STEM Research Symposium in December of 2017.
In the Fall of 2017, a group of 15 Senior students in Biology at FGCU are reanalyzing the area, and expanding the research to examine the habits of the gopher tortoises at the preserve.
Welcome service-learning students!
Please take this survey first. The last page links to the registration, which is available to several sections, and limited.
The Preserve is located at 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd, North Naples, FL 34134 (use a mapping service to get instructions from your location). Work start about 8 AM and will go until about 1 PM.
Carpooling is mandatory. We’ll gather at the Field trip bus stop at 7:30M on work days. If the Preserve is closer to you than the campus, then we’ll meet you there, with whomever y ou carpooled with.
You must bring your completed service-learning work form on the day you work. Details below:
You also need to bring this Collier County VOLUNTEER APPLICATION with you.
Summer 2015 project goals:
1.. Remove remaining ragweed from around ‘Gopher Tortoise condominium’ at the southwest end of parking lot 2.
2. Carefully prune back brush and sea- grapes in the area between the Gopher tortoise mound, the beach boardwalk, and parking lot 2. This will encourage Gophers to enter areas that are off-limits to humans, and provide more forage for them.
3. Leave brushy and undisturbed areas near parking lot, boardwalk and other areas so that the work is less visible to visitors. This is to lessen the likelihood that humans might be enticed to enter areas they are not allowed.
4. Rake up sea-grape leave blanket to encourage growth of small herbaceous plants.
5. Place brush in compact piles located in such a was as to prevent humans from entering the areas.
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.