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.
- DISCOVER WEKIVA
Saturday - April 18th, 2015
Katie's Landing at 9am-3pm
- SPRING 2015 LAKE
Save the dates! Saturday mornings.
March - May
- FYN/FFL WINTER CLASSES
New FREE classes offered through
Florida Friendly Landscaping
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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.
Lake Norris Paddle Recap
Twenty-eight first-time Lake Norris paddlers responded to the invitation from Friends of the Wekiva River to explore the 3,600-acre lake within the Wekiva basin. Katie Moncrief, whose love for paddling the waterways of Central Florida has often inspired others to “go further”, led the adventure. We launched into the dark, tannic waters of Black Water Creek. It felt like entering the jungle as we navigated our way through roots and logs, covered from above by a canopy of budding spring growth. Suddenly, the trail opened into bright light, revealing Lake Norris, the shoreline covered with spatterdock, the cry of the osprey announcing our presence in their nesting territory and the cypress trees in the distance, rooted in knee-deep water, beckoning us to come closer. Our minds started asking questions. How did they get here? What made them grow this way? Who sculpted these trees? Yes! Beauty and intrigue combined. Katie interpreted as the paddlers surrounded her. Scientists have speculated that the cypress are more than 300 years old and that changes in climate, including water levels and nutrient deposits, are responsible for the unique growth of these curious trees. Many thanks to Carl Reiche for his expert help with vessel launching and docking, the tippiest part of the paddle!
What's Going on in the Woods of the Wekiva?
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 – beginning with this installment.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG — Early March 2015 Edition
Wekiva Bird Survey Results
Click here for Wekiva River Bird Survey Results
Discover Wekiva - April 18th, 2015