What I learned on my Summer Vacation by Sid Taylor
Sid Taylor, a Hernando Chapter member, recorded some of things that she wanted to remember from his experience at the conference. If you, like poor, poor, pitiful me, had to miss the conference this year you will enjoy his little list. Thanks for sharing, Sid, and NOW, let's hear from you, Readers!
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Bullets of knowledge from our Mentors @ FNPS Conf., Tallahassee, May 20-23-2010 or What I learned on my Summer Vacation by Sid Taylor
1) Apalachicola National Forest (ANF) is 1.2 M acres
2) ANF has Atlantic White Cedar: Chamaecyparis thyoides on acidic soils.
3) www.usanpn.org Join the Phenologists and help categorize a data base to track climate change. The US National Phenology Network and George Kish will thank you.
4) “Think locally; act neighborly” per Greg Jubinsky and his traveling exotic spray tank furnished by FWC. Greg says Florida is winning the war against Melaleuca quinquenervia. FWC is sponsoring a program to help provide a buffer around Public Lands against exotic invasions. Get help with ten acres. www.floridainvasives.org
5) Older common name for Yucca faccida (syn. filamentosa): Eve’s Darning Needle in addition to Adam’s Needle and Beargrass
6) Gil’s website: www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/
7) Matelea gonocarpos: vegetation stinks like Jimsonweed. ID with your olfactory receptors per Wilson Baker.
8) “New” excuse for introduced plants: seeds attached to or scooped up with galleon ballast stones during discovery era
9) Plant Blindness is a biological and cultural phenomenon. If you are reading this, you aren’t afflicted.
10) Kool Beanz has the best menu anywhere: http://www.koolbeanz-cafe.com/
11) Dr. Richard Wunderlin’s answer to Latin and Greek binomials per Anne Schmidt: “Say it with Gusto!”
12) Craig Huegel’s idea of an underused native plant for wildlife in the landscape: Rusty Blackhaw, Viburnum rufidulum
13) Prescription per Bailey White: Plant many Quercus spp. per lifetime
14) Prescription per Sid: Plant at least one Magnolia grandiflora per lifetime
15) American Robins seen at Doubletree Hotel are breeding in Tallahassee. Wilson Baker says this has been observed for 30 years with more individuals counted annually. He also helped up hear the calls of Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat and Indigo Bunting at Gadsden Glades (where abandoned ant hills are important microhabitats for rare species regeneration or seed sprouting).
16) Heard twice from our Butterfly Mentors: “Don’t trim the bottom branches of Red Cedars.” This is the home turf of Sweadner’s Juniper Hairstreak.
17) Phyla nodiflora in hanging baskets provides porch-side nectaring for about four butterfly species. Common names of plant: S. Matchstick, Frogbit; Turkey Tangle Frogfruit; Capeweed. Credit for this tip: Kathy Malone
24) I hope you all knew your Florida State History Museum was in basement of R. A. Gray Building. I ran through and found photographic portraits of friends here in Brooksville, Mable and Harry Sims who are keeping our local Black history alive at all our festivals and events in Hernando County.
25) There was an enlightening discussion on genetics called “Locals Only?” on ecotypic differentiation in plant material. Visit UF Plant Conservation and Restoration site to learn more. More than : “Green side-up!”