Conference Field Trip Highlight: Camp Lonesome Conservation Area

submitted by Jenny Welch,  Sparkleberry Chapter
Field Trip to be led by Scott Davis, Sandy Webb and Jenny Welch

Camp Lonesome Conservation Area is a rare hidden jewel and is 2443 acres.  It is included in the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. It is also the location of one of our Conference Field Trips on Sunday May 21, 2017. Fieldtrip X. 

Purchased by the Osceola County Environmental Lands Conservation Program in 2007. The property supports several uncommon ecological communities. This field trip will take you through a variety of habitats including beautiful Old Florida landscapes characterized by pine flatwoods, palmetto prairies, live oak hammocks, mixed wetland hardwoods, cypress, freshwater marshes, wet prairies, and a rare inland cabbage palm hammock.  This will allow us to see a wide variety of native plants, birds, and animals.

Native plants we may see include native orchids, Tarflower, Bejaria racemosa, Fetterbush,  Lyonia lucida, Shoestring Fern, Vittaria lineata, Redbud, Cercis Canadensis, Cabbage Palm,  Sabal Palmetto, Saw Palmetto, Serenoa repens, and so many more!

Birds and wildlife we may see are barred owl, bald eagle, red shouldered hawk, crested caracara, Eastern meadowlarks, bluebird, tufted titmouse, wrens, warblers, sandhill cranes, white tail deer, turkey, gopher tortoise, cardinals, swallow tailed kites, and others.

Fort Lonesome Conservation area is located in Osceola County, at 4257 Canoe Creek Road, Kenansville, FL 34739. There are approximately 5.5 miles of well-maintained trails.There is also portable bathroom at the site and picnic tables under live oak trees for a picnic lunch after the hike if you bring your lunch.

It is an absolutely beautiful special place that few ever get to see or experience. If you have not yet chose your Sunday field trip, please consider signing up for Fieldtrip X at the conference. 

Jenny is a member of the Sparkleberry Chapter of FNPS, a Master Naturalist and a member of the Audubon Society. She will be leading the field trip to Fort Lonesome along with Sandy Webb and Scott Davis. 


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