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How I do the Lunch and Learns - Resource List

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On today's Lunch and Learn I demonstrated how I run the Lunch and Learns. I've had a lot of help along the way and some advice from seasoned videographers like Craig Duddles and experienced streamers like Ernest Calderon. I also bought a lot of equipment and tried and failed and redeemed myself and watched a lot of videos made by The Stream Geeks. Interesting in watching the program? Click the graphic below. Equipment List camera: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1382031-REG/panasonic_lumix_dc_gh5s_mirrorless_micro.html lens: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075MMCSZT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 extra battery holder for camera: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1379247-REG/vello_bg_p2_battery_grip_for_panasonic.html extra batteries for camera: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HFOJMV6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 audio recorder (to interface with wired lav mic below): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N3FDT3M/ref

Would you be interested in a book on living shorelines for Florida's saltwater and estuarine systems?

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Building living shorelines can help Florida's declining water quality, and my co-authors and I are trying to determine the interest level and need for a book on this topic. The book would be useful for homeowners both on and off the water, landscape designers and architects, marine contractors, sustainability personnel, native plant enthusiasts, and anyone interested in how living shorelines function.   Please help! We'd like to know if you are interested in a book about LIVING SHORELINES FOR FLORIDA. In the comments, please be specific about your interest, and why. For example, answer "YES, (or no), because..."   The book would focus on salt-water/estuarine systems, but would also include conceptual information on freshwater ponds.   Chapters would include information on mangroves, living shoreline plants, oyster reefs, how living shorelines concepts can work for you even if you live on a canal, and basic "how-to" information. There will even be information

The endangered Florida Torreya tree struggles along Apalachicola ravines

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by Lilly Anderson-Messec, Director of North Florida Programs and TorreyaKeepers Coordinator. Originally published in the Tallahassee Democrat November 11, 2021 ( link ) The large female Torreya cones take 18 months to mature and female tree of reproductive are extremely rare. Nestled in the unique and biodiverse steephead ravines along the mighty Apalachicola River, an evergreen tree found nowhere else in the world teeters on the brink of extinction. Since European colonization, Torreya taxifolia has been known by many names; Florida Torreya, stinking cedar, Florida nutmeg, polecat wood, fetid yew, and gopherwood. Many of these refer to the tree’s pungent odor when the leaves are bruised, or the wood is cut. To me, the scent is similar to the aroma of tomato plants but much more concentrated. Its Latin name honors New York botanist John Torrey, who first acknowledged it as a new species based on samples sent in 1833 from Florida. At that time, Florida Torreya was a standard component o

Kirsten Sharp-Ortega's Pollinator in a Pot - Update

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 In August I visited landscape architect and small business owner Kirsten Sharp-Ortega at her home to film her creating three pollinator gardens in a pot for our Lunch and Learn series. Since filming and the airing of the Lunch and Learn (which you can view here ) the pots have been happily growing for three months. For higher resolution images, check out the Flickr album .

A Tribute to Richard Turk Poole

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Richard Poole was one of the original members of the Florida Native Plant Society’s Cuplet Fern Chapter , established in 2010. His longtime experience in plant and bird biology led to his love for propagating native plants, making bird boxes, and sharing his knowledge of plants and bird life in Florida. At our monthly meetings, Richard would bring a variety of plants for members to take home. He would explain how the plants would grow and support Florida birds, insects, and butterflies, which would encourage more backyard birdlife. At every plant sale, he would display his posters featuring bird migration patterns and local bird nesting. Children and adults alike enjoyed the wonderful photos of young nesting birds. Richard always had several homemade bird boxes to take home. He would explain how certain native plants were food sources for birds and encourage people to add them to their butterfly gardens. Richard was passionate in promoting how the relationship between bird biology and

In Memory of Allen Wise, Sumter Chapter

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Left to Right - Ruth & Dean Leferink, Allen, Diane Reppert & Sandi Wise. Allen Wise ran Shady Oaks Gather All, an old-style roadside plant nursery on Highway 301 in Sumterville where he offered a mix of native, edible and Florida-friendly plants. His many loyal customers will continue to remember what he taught them about the plants that he nurtured. By making Florida native plants available to homeowners, Allen was a wonderful advocate for attracting pollinators and supporting butterflies in home landscapes. While volunteering as a Sumter County Master Gardener, Allen annually put together a native plant exhibit at the Sumter County Fair. He was always eager to donate his time at native plant shows and for 20 years was a faithful member of the Florida Association of Native Nurseries ( FANN ). He was a founding member of, and for years served as an officer for, the Sumter County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society ( FNPS ), which disbanded soon after Allen found he had

Action Alert - This is “make it or break it” time for restoration of the Ocklawaha River!

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We’ve never been so close to success in a decades-long effort to restore the Ocklawaha River and 15,000 acres of floodplain forest that were lost or damaged when the river was dammed in 1968 as part of the disastrous Cross Florida Barge Canal project. FNPS is one of 60 organizations that comprise the Free the Ocklawaha Coalition, and this is the make-it-or-break-it moment when we need to show the Governor, Legislature and FDEP that citizens want to restore the Ocklawaha by breaching the Kirkpatrick Dam. The St Johns River Water Management District is coordinating an online public survey to gauge support for restoration and we are asking you to take a few moments to complete the survey and let Florida decisionmakers know you support restoration of a free-flowing Ocklawaha. A link to the survey and information to help you answer the survey questions are provided below. Even if you have never experienced the natural beauty and ecological splendor of the undisturbed, natural reaches of the