Walks and Field Trips

Walks and Field Trips

November 23 field trip: Rhodine Scrub Preserve, 9 am; 2 to 3 hours

Join us as we visit the Rhodine Scrub Preserve in search of late fall wildflowers.  We know from a preparatory visit in August that we should find Florida goldenasters (Chrysopsis floridana) blooming at this site.   Florida goldenaster is a rare species federally and state listed as Endangered.  It is a Florida endemic native to only a few Florida counties.  Most of the known Florida goldenasters occur in scrubby areas in southern Hillsborough County.  This site is also home to other scrub species that are uncommon in Hillsborough County including scrub milkweed (unlikely to be sighted in the fall) and scrub bay (we will see that).

Directions : On Rhodine Road. Park along the north side of the road, facing west, at the walk-through in the fence.  Look for a gate with a walk-through approximately across from the intersection of Rhodine Road with Greenland Dr.  Note:  this is NOT the entry location that you will find on the Hillsborough County website. 

If you prefer not to park on the roadside, you can call Tina Patterson who will coordinate a shuttle from Stephen J  Wortham Park which is about a mile away. Phone 305-298-6381 (leave name and message) or mablepatterson@hotmail.com. Please make arrangements by Friday, November 22.

Activity: We will walk through an area of open flatwoods that is recovering from past agricultural uses to an area of scrub.  The target is openings in the scrub where we will find the Florida goldenasters. We will be walking mostly on old woods roads for about 2.1 miles.  At this time of year, the trails are typically dry, but in August, we did have to wade through shallow water in several areas.  So be prepared. We recommend a wide-brim hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, close-toed shoes and water!

Contact:  Shirley Denton, 813-625-5031, ecotypes@verizon.net  

Lettuce Lake Native Plant Walks 2019 Schedule :

Suncoast sponsors native plant walks at Lettuce Lake Park on the first Saturday every month except July, August and December.These walks are designed for park visitors who want to learn about Florida native plants.  We do a slow stroll pointing out the native plants that the park supports.

Walks begin in the Visitor Center at 9 am. After a short presentation, we leave from the native plant garden and walk the trails and boardwalk.

For a pdf of the flyer and schedule, click on the link below.

http://suncoast.fnpschapters.org/data/uploads/native-plant-walks-2019.pdf

Tampa Audubon 'Beginning Bird Walks' meet on the second Saturday of each month at Lettuce Lake. Participants meet at 9 am in the parking lot by the Visitor Center. Binoculars are available for loan.

The Native Plant and Bird Walks are free and open to the public although there is a $2 park entrance fee.