Upcoming Wekiva Revealed Family Campout
Commune with nature and learn some of her secrets during this weekend of activities. Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Wekiva Springs State Park. For more information, click here. To RSVP, email FOWR@gmail.com or call 407-322-4086
Florida’s Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida
FOWR along with the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Florida Wildlife Corridor, Seminole Audubon Society, Orange Audubon Society, Sierra Club Central Florida Group, League of Women Voters of Orange and Seminole Counties co-sponsored the Central Florida screening of Florida’s Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida at the Orlando Science Center on May 10. There was an amazing turnout, filling the auditorium for 2 showings.
This important documentary reminds us that Florida’s wildlife corridors are essential for nature and humans. The evening included a panel discussion during which Dr. Jay Exum highlighted the Wekiva-Ocala Greenway, a vital wildlife corridor closer to home. The Wekiva-Ocala Greenway connects the Wekiva Basin and the Ocala National Forest. It contains dozens of natural springs he greatest expanse of sand pine scrub in the world, and the largest black bear population in Florida. It is an area filled with life of all sizes that are dependent on the preservation of this corridor. The properties included in the Wekiva-Ocala Greenway have been delineated for a number of year and been on the Florida Forever priority list for purchase.
We hope the viewing of this film and learning of the importance of the Wekiva-Ocala Greenway will motivate support for the use of Amendment 1 money (2014 Water and Land Conservation Amendment) to fund Florida Forever. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the League of Conservation Education Fund.
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.
YEAR END SUMMARY
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