Calendar of Events

Events

Sawpit Island Cleanup| October 12th | 9 AM -12 PM 

Contact Emily Dunn, Stewardship Manager for more info: edunn@nflt.org

Join us to clean Sawpit Island as we wrap up the diamondback terrapin nesting season! This is a great chance to meet members of our Team Terrapin volunteer group, learn more about what we do, and find out how you can get involved. You’ll also be helping to improve diamondback terrapins’ chances for success next year.  

Meet us at the Big Talbot Island boat ramp parking lot on the north end of the island. Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen! Our group size is limited, as Sawpit Island is closed to the public; please do sign up!  

Any volunteers ages 12-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No volunteers under 12 years old. Be prepared for variable weather – we will work rain or shine, unless in the case of severe weather. 

LOCATION: Meet at Big Talbot Island boat ramp parking lot (https://goo.gl/maps/Wqhep6XpLvk) 

COST AND SIGN-UPS:  Space is limited; sign-up at https://signup.com/go/jKrxzzq

AGE RESTRICTIONS: Volunteers 12-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


NFLT’S Naturalist Tour of Spoonbill Pond |Monthly |8:30 am-11:30 am

Contact Emily Dunn, Stewardship Manager for more info: edunn@nflt.org

Join Ron Pfeffer, Coastal Systems Florida Master Naturalist, for a guided tour of Spoonbill Pond. Ron is a North Florida Land Trust volunteer and also a board member of the Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks, our co-sponsor for this tour series! 

Spoonbill Pond, on the northeast end of Big Talbot Island, is one of the best locations in the region for birdwatching, with over 200 species recorded. Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels welcome. We’ll also discuss the role of NFLT in conserving Big Talbot Island and its importance for birds and other wildlife, as well as the mission of Friends of TISP to support the state parks through outreach, volunteerism, and more. 

We will meet at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp parking lot, at the north end of the island. Parking is $2 per vehicle and cash only. Please dress appropriately and bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and binoculars. 

DATE AND TIME:

  • October 5, 2019
  • November 2
  • December 7
  • January 4, 2020
  • February 1
  • March 7
  • April 11

8:30 AM – 11:3AM  

COST AND SIGN-UPS:  Space is limited; sign-up for free at https://signup.com/go/EdLUZwf 

LOCATION: Meet at Sawpit Creek boat ramp parking lot (https://goo.gl/maps/6ST5ZJb8gH92)  

AGE RESTRICTIONS: 12 and up; guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 


Healthy Forest Reserve Program| October 15th

If you own property in the O2O (see map) and are interested in managing your land for conservation and wildlife, please contact Susan Carr at scarr@nflt.org or 904-557-7980

Landowners in the O2O are eligible to sign up for the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) through October 15 2019.  This USDA Farm Bill program helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forests through purchase of conservation easements and funding for management activities.

North Florida Land Trust is working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) to bring this conservation program to the O2O.  For more information about the O2O, check out our website:  https://www.nflt.org/ocala-to-osceola-o2o-conservation-corridor/


Programs

Ongoing – Team Terrapin! Wildlife Monitoring Program
Contact Emily Dunn, Stewardship Manager for more info: edunn@nflt.org

Team Terrapin volunteers monitor a nesting diamondback terrapin population every day from April through October. Volunteers commit to monitoring one day either every week or every other week. Shifts vary depending on the time of year, but generally last no more than half a day. While monitoring, volunteers look for intact terrapin nests, predated nests, hatched nests, and adult terrapins laying nests.