Friday, January 18, 2008

FMNP Regional Workshop 2/9 10 AM-3:31 PM

Hello and Happy New Year!

Our first 2008 FMNP Central West Regional Workshop is Saturday, February 9 at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg . It will be hosted by the Pinellas County FMNP Chapter and we hope that you can join us.

We have an exciting day planned for all of our regional graduates and their guests at this beautiful coastal preserve that is chuck-full of Florida history.

Saturday, February 9
10:00 -10:30 Welcome and Introduction to Weedon Island Preserve
10:30 -11:00 Lost Tribes Film
11:00 -11:30 Break & Fun Mixer Activity
11:30 -12:30 Bird ID, Behaviors & Adaptations Program
by FMNP Pinellas Graduates Tom & Lindsay Bell
12:30 -1:30 Potluck Lunch with Another Mixer Activity
—bring your favorite covered dish to share
Discussion of Regional Topics & Field Trip Ideas
1:30-3:30 Weedon Exploration Guided Hike
3:30-3:31 Wrap-up & Thank You

We will be having a potluck lunch, so bring your favorite dish to share. There are electrical outlets if you need to keep your food warm. To be more environmentally sustainable, please bring a non-disposable cup, plate and eating utensils. We will supply drinks and napkins.

We will be hiking on pretty smooth surfaces, but this is a natural preserve, so be sure to wear close-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen, layered clothes in case it is cool, sunglasses, a hat, binoculars, field guides, etc.

Please RSVP to me by Wednesday, February 6. Also, forward this to all of your FMNP graduate friends in our region to make sure they received this. And instructors, please be sure to send this invitation to your graduates.

Weedon Island is on the south eastern side of the county just south of the Gandy Bridge .
1800 Weedon Drive NE., St. Petersburg , FL 33702
· Take Gandy Blvd (US92/SR600 and also called Park Blvd or SR694 in western Pinellas County ) to San Martin Blvd
· Go south on San Martin Blvd to Weedon Drive NE
· Turn east (left) on Weedon Drive NE and follow road into preserve
· Continue through preserve to the education center (on the east or left side of road)
· There is a very large parking lot with a building on the far side—park here and go towards the back of the building to the entrance
· If you miss it and drive to the end of the preserve road, there is a fishing pier—turn around and head back about .3 to .5 mile to the large education building

For additional directions to Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center , call (727) 453-6500

Our next Regional Workshops will be:
Saturday, May 10
Location and host needed—Contact Jeanne Murphy at 582-2461 or if interested.

Saturday, August 9
Location and host needed—Contact Jeanne Murphy at 582-2461 or if interested.

Saturday, December 13
Location and host needed—Contact Jeanne Murphy at 582-2461 or if interested.

We look forward to seeing you at Weedon next month—remember to RSVP by 2/6!
Jeanne & The Pinellas Chapter FMNP

Jeanne Murphy
Pinellas County Extension
Wildlife Biologist/Extension Education Coordinator
Florida Master Naturalist Instructor
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774

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