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Florida Wildflower Foundation Events

 

Flat Island Preserve and Cannon's Cove Sandhill Preserve

Date: Apr. 29, 2017

This field trip includes a morning hike at Flat Island and an afternoon hike at Cannon's Cove. Participants have the option of participating in both or concluding their trip after the morning hike.

Flat Island Preserve (9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.)

Purchased between 1990 and 2002, this 2,360-acre preserve south of Leesburg is part of a larger wetland system known as the Okahumpka Marsh. The marsh is the hydrological divide and shares water between the Ocklawaha River flowing north and the Withlacoochee River flowing west. With 4 miles of trail traversing through mixed hardwood hammocks and alongside hardwood swamps, visitors will experience tranquility in nature while still within city limits. The tour will concentrate on the 9-acre wildflower meadow, funded by a Florida Wildflower Foundation grant. Staff will describe their efforts to convert a pasture into a wildflower and pollinator habitat. Then we will take a short hike into Flat Island.

Lunch (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

After our morning hike, we will return to the trailhead/parking lot where picnic tables and restrooms are also located. Participants may bring a lunch and stick around for the afternoon portion of the trip, or end the field trip at this point. For those who choose to continue, we will caravan about 15 minutes down the road to Cannon's Cove.

Cannon’s Cove Sandhill Preserve (12:30 p.m.–3 p.m.)

The Cannon family purchased the more than 40 acres of sand pine scrub and sandhill property in Leesburg in 1965 as a long-term investment. The family has carefully stewarded the land with no uses during this time. With just a handful of trails, the property retains its pristine environmental character. Subsequently, it holds numerous rare endemic species of fauna and flora.

David Fuller, Cannon Property representative, will tour the group through the property discussing his family’s efforts to preserve this special property surrounded by residential and commercial development. The group will have a chance to see the national champion sand pine and Mr. Fuller will highlight endangered and threatened plant species found there such as Britton’s beargrass, Scrub morning glory, Scrub pigeon wings and Scrub buckwheat. The property is currently not open to the public so participants will have a sneak peek at a real Florida treasure.

This field trip is free for Foundation members and $5 for non-members. Call 407-622-1606 to find out if your membership is current or needs to be renewed. To join as a member, visit www.flawildflowers.org/membership.php.

Bring sun and bug protection, drinking water, a picnic lunch or snacks and whatever else you need to stay healthy and comfortable. Wear weather- and environment-appropriate clothing. Long pants, a hat and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

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