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Wekiva River
Wekiva River, Florida

The Wekiva River is a National treasure. This river boasts beautiful vistas and unique ecosystems.

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Enjoying the River

Help us protect this amazing river so we can all enjoy the river for many more years to come!

Open Space
Navtive Plants

The Wekiva Basin is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna.

Orchids
Otter frolicking

Join us for one of our monthly field trips!

Volunteer FOWR-Volunteers


Ambassadors Program

In 2015, FOWR will launch our Environmental Ambassadors Program. This program will provide students the chance to get involved in protecting and promoting the health of the Wekiva River Basin. Click here for more information.

Current Issues

Even with these protections and existing rules and regulations, the environmental quality of the Wekiva basin continues to be threatened. Click here for some current issues.

Links


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, February 20th.
    Explore the Florida Scrub with biologist, Ralph Risch. Seminole State Forest.
  • Sunday, March 20th.
    Explore Dwarf Cypress Trees
    on Lake Norris.

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Welcome Note

Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River have worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system. As a result of our leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, a Florida Wild and Scenic River, and a National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin. Despite this ample recognition, the Wekiva River and its fragile ecosystem face numerous threats.

These include the fragmentation and loss of habitat, declines in spring flow, degradation in water quality, and wildlife mortality on the roads. read more.


Scrub and Scrub Jays: A Trip Through Seminole State Forest with Florida Scrub Jay Biologist - Ralph Risch

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

 

Florida scrub jay biologist Ralph Risch will lead a Friends of the Wekiva River field trip through the Seminole State Forest at 8:30 a.m. February 20. Seminole State Forest in northeast Lake County is home to Florida’s only endemic bird, the Florida scrub jay. Learn about the Florida scrub and the scrub jay on this driving and hiking field trip to view rare and unique plant locations with stops to visit several scrub jay territories. Risch also will share his vast knowledge of birds, other wildlife and plants and their habitats throughout the forest as well as the need for controlled burns and the protection of forest habitats. Meet at the Bear Pound parking area, north of State Road 46. Bring a camera, binoculars, and field guides. Pack a lunch for the end of the field trip. Wear closed-toed shoes, no sandals or flip-flops. The state entry fee is $2. This trip is limited to 16 people. A waiting list will be taken. The hiking on this trip is classified as easy. Call 407-341-9025 for reservations and more information.


Hiking Pristine Ecosystems

Just a few miles away from downtown Orlando, there are outdoor recreation opportunities that will take you into the middle of a Florida wilderness that looks like it did 500 years ago. Carefully planned within Wekiwa Springs State Park and Seminole State Forest are hiking trails that allow a long, inspirational immersion into relatively pristine habitats within the Wekiva River basin.

Now somewhat renowned across the state for its relatively high black bear population, these two conservation lands are part of an ecological corridor that stretches to the Ocala National Forest. 75,000 acres of state lands and dozens of miles of trails provide an opportunity for all kinds of wilderness-oriented recreation experiences: equestrian, off road cycling, hiking, birdwatching, camping, canoeing and kayaking. Read more.


Seasonal changes do occur in Central Florida, no matter what our relatives up north say about their absence. Keeping track of the subtle changes in the natural landscape over the calendar year is instinctive to me, and a process that I plan to share in a series of articles on the website.

WINTER IN FLORIDA — Late January 2016 Edition

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS — December 2015 Edition

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT — November 2015 Edition

FALL IN FLORIDA — October 2015 Edition

SUMMER RAINS AND WETLAND HYDROLOGY — September 2015 Edition

COYOTES IN THE WEKIVA BASIN — August 2015 Edition

ADAPTABLE SPECIES — Late July 2015 Edition

BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: LANDSCAPE LEVEL INFLUENCES — Late June 2015 Edition

BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: HABITAT INFLUENCES — Early May 2015 Edition

WEKIVA BASIN SWAMPS — Early April 2015 Edition

SPRING HAS SPRUNG — Early March Edition



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Events & Programs

Next Board Meeting:
March 3rd, 2016 at 6 p.m .
SPECIAL PROGRAM
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The Friends of Wekiva River have been working closely with the Rotary Club of Seminole County South to form the Wekiva River Promise. The project is to educate on the effects of nitrates and promote personal stewardship to ensure the enjoyment of the River for years to come!
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