ARTHUR R. MARSHALL LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
SCHEDULED PROGRAMS December 2013
Star Party with Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches
Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m.
Remember all the stars you could see when the skies were truly dark? The Refuge has the darkest skies around and to take advantage, the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches will have an array of telescopes focused on different parts of the night sky, all set up on the L-40 Levee next to the boat parking lot at the west end of Lee Road. Each telescope will be manned by an astronomer to explain what you are viewing.
Please RSVP to Elinor Williams at email@example.com so that we will have your e-mail address and can notify you if cloud cover necessitates cancellation. Please arrive by 6:00 p.m. and don’t forget your bug spray!
Tram Tours of the Marsh
Thursday, December 12, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 20, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Take a Tram tour of the marsh, with resident volunteer Sandi Wicklund as your guide. Sandi will take you from the Visitor Center to the boat ramp to the LILA impoundments, then back through the C10 impoundment and the Marsh Trail, across to the Arthur R. Marshall kiosk and back to the Visitor Center. She will share her knowledge of the Refuge, its birds and other wildlife, the ongoing research in the mini-Everglades impoundments of LILA, and answer all your questions in the comfort of your shaded electric tram.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.
Guided Canoe Trips
Saturday, December 7, 8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Saturday, December 21, 8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a beautiful canoe tour through a portion of the Refuge interior.
You may rent a canoe for $32 from Loxahatchee Canoeing or bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.
Enjoy this 3-minute video made on the canoe trail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW49VXaOvGU&feature=related
Full Moon Guided Canoe Trips
Saturday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through a portion of the Refuge interior. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray.
Canoe rental from Loxahatchee Canoeing is $32; you may not bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - PLEASE CALL LOXAHATCHEE CANOEING at 561-733-0192.
Guided Bird, Butterfly and Wildflower Walks
Every Friday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Join our volunteer naturalist for an early morning nature walk and see how many birds and other critters you can spot. Learn about our migratory and year-round residents of the Refuge and their habitat. Your guide will discuss the marsh ecology, answer your questions and identify the birds, butterflies, plants, reptiles and anything else you might find along the way. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.
Early Morning Bird Walks
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Join our volunteer naturalist for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Learn about our migratory and year-round residents of the Refuge. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.
Every Sunday, Monday and Thursday, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Meet a naturalist for a guided tour of the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. Learn about the swamp ecosystem from cypress tree knees to animals that call the swamp home. Meet at the pavilion behind the Visitor Center.
Palm Beach Post reporter Willie Howard reports on his recent swamp stroll with Ranger Lew Hecker:
Roving Naturalist on Cypress Swamp Boardwalk
Every Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A volunteer naturalist will be strolling around the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, answering questions and discussing flora and fauna of the swamp.
***Programs subject to change, for more information on any of the activities and programs, please call the Visitor Center at (561) 734-8303 or the Administration Office at (561) 732-3684.
Events are listed on the Friends website at http://loxahatcheefriends.com/Events_files/Events.shtml
*** To view Events from your Android device, download our app at http://loxahatcheefriends.com/android/android.html
Lee Road Cleanup - Volunteers Needed!
Saturday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Come out and help the Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge pick up litter from the entrance road to the Refuge. The Friends have officially adopted Lee Road from U.S. 441 west to the Refuge gate under the Palm Beach County Adopt-a-Road Litter Control program. Please wear closed-toed shoes, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Meet at the Visitor Center to get your safety vest, plastic gloves and instructions. Water and light snacks provided. Students can receive Community Service hours. Teens need parent or guardian's signed permission. For more information contact Kay Larche at 561-498-3322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Birds in Motion” 3-Day Photography Workshop
Saturday, January 11, 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Visitor Center Auditorium
Sunday, January 12, 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Hands-On Photography
Sunday, January 19, 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Visitor Center Auditorium
Award-winning wildlife photographer Michael Rosenbaum will present "Photographing Birds in Motion", a course consisting of three approximately 2-hour sessions at the Refuge. This course is for photographers with digital SLR cameras and telephoto lens of at least 300 mm. Instruction will be provided on photographic technique, camera settings, optimal exposure and composition. Image review sessions will be conducted with tips and techniques about all aspects of flight shots.
Space is limited. Participants must be able to attend all 3 sessions.
Please contact Michael at email@example.com to register and reserve your slot.
Friends Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 26, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Visitor Center Auditorium
All Friends members are invited to join us for our Friends annual meeting, where you will meet our Star teacher Cindy Bhebe and our Refuge Biology intern Cassandra Skaggs. As participants in programs made possible by funding from the Friends, they will speak to us about their recent experiences on the Refuge. We will recap the Friends’ activities for the year and have a short business meeting, followed by wine, cheese and light refreshments on the Pavilion. And for all who are interested in joining him, Lew Hecker will be leading a swamp stroll on the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk at 2:30 p.m. to teach us some of his fun and fascinating swamp lore.
29th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference
Thursday, January 9 - Sunday, January 11
Location: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples, FL
Last Day for Discounted Early Bird Registration: December 6
For more information and to make reservations: http://evergladescoalition.org/conference.html
Everglades Day - Save the Date:
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Everglades Day - All Day Family Festival!
31st Annual Photography Contest - Save the Dates:
Last Day to Accept Entries: Sunday, April 20
Reception and Award Presentation: Sunday, May 18, 1:00 p.m.
The Everglades Photographic Society has announced the dates for the Friends’ 31st annual Photography Contest. Check our websites closer to time for details:
Loxahatchee Visions Art Contest Winners Announced
Congratulations to our art contest winners and to all who participated! And thank you to our distinguished judge Deborah LaFogg-Docherty. The entries are all on display in the Visitor Center auditorium until January 5, so come see for yourself the outstanding quality of the artwork.
And the winners are:
1st Place: Sheryl Hughes - Elegance Of a Great Egret
2nd Place: Manny Jomok - Taking Out (Boat Launch)
3rd Place: Holly Rutchey - The Day Watch (Green Heron)
Lene Hougaard - Loxahatchee Evening
Ralph Papa - Loxahatchee Wetlands
Leszek Zarebski - Graceful Pose (Great Blue Heron)
View all of the entries here:
All of the entries are available for purchase until January 5. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends.
Audubon Car Pool Tour of Storm Water Treatment Area 1E
Saturday, December 7, 7:45 a.m. and Sunday, December 15, 7:00 a.m.
Location: Storm Water Treatment Area 1E (just south of Southern Blvd, west of Wellington)
The tour drives around the water impoundment areas, stopping occasionally, allowing you to view the large number of birds that gather in these waters. Space is limited and the trips fill up fast. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER - Contact Linda Humphries at 561-742-7791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon of the Everglades Winter Holiday Party
Friday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Location: Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach
Celebrate the Holidays with Audubon of the Everglades. Meet Alex, a Great Horned Owl, one of the nature center’s educational animals, and the Artists of the WILD FLORIDA ART EXHIBIT - 46 works of Paintings, Photos, and Fine Crafts. Awards will be given to Artists and the Volunteers of the nature center will be honored. Light refreshments will be served. Come join the fun!
Free and open to the public. For more information contact Clive Pinnock at 561-233-1400.
Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group Presents "In Organic We Trust"
Saturday, December 7, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach
What exactly is organic? Is it really better, or just a marketing scam? Come to the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group's annual FrankenFoods film festival at their December general meeting and view “In Organic We Trust," the food documentary that follows director Kip Pastor on a personal journey to find the answers. Check it out: www.inorganicwetrust.org/food_documentary A brief Sierra Club meeting and update at 12:30 will be followed by the film and a discussion.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a "green" book to exchange or be prepared to make a $5 or 10 donation for an interesting new read. Contact Kay Gates for more information: email@example.com or 561-742-9219.
Florida Master Naturalist Course
Upland Habitats Core Course: January 4 - February 5
Registration is now open for the Upland Habitats Core Course that begins January 4, 2014 and runs through February 5. Visit http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/ and click on the "Current Course Offerings" menu tab to see course details and to register.
East Coast Levee Refurbishment - Construction Traffic on Lee Road
The East Coast Protective Levee, stretching from Homestead to Lake Okeechobee, protects South Florida communities from flooding. The South Florida Water Management District has been performing work to refurbish the levee in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, and is now starting work on the L-40 Canal Levee in Palm Beach County. Four culverts and a pump on the L-40 Levee have been identified for replacement, repair or removal. This Refuge is responsible for up to $1,000,000 of the cost for the removal of the P-1 Pump. The contractor will be using Lee Road for two phases of this project, so please watch out for construction traffic when you visit the Refuge. View the fact sheet for more information: