ARTHUR R. MARSHALL LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        March 2017

Ask the Manager

Thursday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.

This is your opportunity to meet with Refuge manager Rolf Olson and ask questions or discuss any issues or concerns that you might have about the Refuge. A few other Refuge staff members will also be on hand to help Rolf answer your questions. Meet in the Visitor Center theater.

Night Prowl Everglades Tour

Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. - Full Moon
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. - New Moon

Meet at the Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. for a guided night prowl of the Everglades. Wear long-sleeved shirt, long pants, good walking shoes with closed toes and heels, and bring a jacket, water, a good flashlight and bug spray. You might also like to bring a hat.

Early Morning Bird Walks on the Marsh Trail

Every Wednesday, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. except March 22 (see "Fly Out" below)

Join our volunteer naturalist for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.

Early Morning Bird Watch and Walk - Fly Out

Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join a volunteer naturalist from the Audubon Society of the Everglades to watch the birds fly out from the interior of the Refuge, then follow them for an early morning bird walk along the Refuge impoundments. Meet in the boat launch parking area at the west end of Lee Road. For more information e-mail asetripinfo@gmail.com or call 508-296-0238.

Guided Bird, Butterfly and Wildflower Walk

Every Friday, 8:30 - 10:30 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.

Swamp Strolls

Every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Meet a volunteer 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.

Tram Tours of the Marsh

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except March 15
Thursday, March 23 & 30, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Take a Tram tour of the marsh with our volunteer naturalist, who 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. Your guide will talk about 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

Every Saturday, 9:00 - 11:15 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 $33 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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW49VXaOvGU&feature=related

Full Moon Guided Canoe Trips

Saturday, March 11 , 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, June 9, 7:00 - 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 $33; you may not bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - PLEASE CALL LOXAHATCHEE CANOEING at 561-733-0192.

*** Programs subject to change, for more information on any of the activities and programs, please call the Visitor Center at (561) 734-8303.

Events are listed on the Friends website at www.loxahatcheefriends.com/events/events.shtml

34th Annual Photography Contest

Entries accepted now thru Sunday, April 2
Reception and Award Presentation: Sunday, April 30, 1:00 p.m.

Entries for the Friends' annual Photography Contest are now being accepted at the Visitor Center. All entries must be taken on the Refuge or in areas adjacent to the Refuge, including the Stormwater Treatment Areas STA1E & STA1W.

Six categories will be accepted - Avian, Fauna, Flora, Landscape, Artistic and Youth. All entries must be submitted on a CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Winners will be announced at the Awards Reception at the Visitor Center on April 30.

If you need assistance with digitizing or post-processing or have other questions, please contact loxcontest@evergladesphotosociety.org or visit www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest

For the Contest Entry Form and the complete set of rules, go to: www.loxahatcheefriends.com/upload/LoxPhotoContest2017.pdf

Plein Air Paintings on Display

The Plein Air paintings created on Everglades Day are now on display and will remain in the Visitor Center theater until April 8. Come discover the beauty of the Refuge through our artists' eyes!

Audubon Society of the Everglades: Creative Butterfly Gardening

Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Tom Hewitt, Freelance writer and creator of Mounts Botanical Garden's Butterfly Garden
Location: Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 W. Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, Rooms 101 and 102

At the monthly meeting of the Audubon Society of the Everglades learn how to create and plant a stunning butterfly garden in your own yard or patio from gardener extraordinaire Tom Hewitt. At Mounts Botanical Garden, Tom turned a small inconsequential nursery into a volunteer-driven, financially successful source of delight by finding, propagating and growing hard-to-find plants suitable for South Florida gardens. These plants have been used throughout Mounts and sold to thousands of visitors. Today the Mounts Butterfly Garden is a special oasis filled with butterflies and their caterpillars and eggs.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit www.auduboneverglades.org or contact Paton White at 561-818-7574 or prwase@gmail.com.

New Conservation Stewardship Training Course

Every Monday from March 27 through May 8, 9 :00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Audubon Society of the Everglades, in partnership with the IFAS/UF Extension of Palm Beach County, has engaged 17 excellent instructors/trainers for this 7-week basic environmental education course, the first of its kind. Fieldwork at six beautiful natural areas around the county will complement classroom study. The course is designed to help the average citizen understand the importance of five different Florida natural habitats and how they sustain plants and wildlife and adapt to climate change. It will encourage and empower stewards to make a personal commitment to develop an action plan to nurture and advocate for a local natural area they love.

The syllabus includes the following topics/natural areas:
March 27: Habitat 101, Ecological Overview of Greater Everglades and Palm Beach County/UF-IFAS Extension at Mounts Botanical Gardens
Apr 3: Freshwater Wetlands/Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Apr 10: Pine Flatwoods/Pine Jog Environmental Center
Apr 17: Scrub/Yamato Scrub Natural Area
Apr 24: Estuaries & Hammocks/John D. MacArthur State Park
May 1: Beaches and Dunes/ Juno Dunes Natural Area
May 8: Advocacy/ UF-IFAS Extension at Mounts Botanical Gardens

The course fee is $90 and includes catered lunch. ASE 2017 "chapter-only" members receive a $15 discount. The class will be capped at 30 participants. Register at:
www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-conservation-stewardship-training-course-tickets-32038892189

For more information visit www.auduboneverglades.org or e-mail asestewardshiptraining@gmail.com or call 561-876-8815.

Florida Earth Foundation - Natural Systems

Wednesday, March 29 - Thursday, March 30

Florida Earth Foundation is sponsoring a 2-day seminar on Natural Systems, with the 2nd day here at the Refuge - Thursday, March 30. The 2-day session includes a trip to Everglades National Park on the first day, lunch both days and an airboat tour south of the Refuge at the end of the 2nd day. Cost is $200 for both days or $100 for one day. Friends members who want to attend the lecture portion only on Thursday are welcome to attend for free. Here's the link for more information and to register:
www.floridaearth.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.details&content_id=9

For more information contact Stan Bronson at stan@floridaearth.org or 561-281-5081.

Science in Support of Everglades Restoration - Dr. Nicholas G. Aumen

Thursday, March 2, 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Zoo Animal Encounters
                   6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Lecture & Discussion
Location: Palm Beach Zoo's Tropics Cafe

Journey through the Everglades and gain a scientific perspective from Dr. Nick Aumen, Regional Science Advisor for the Southeast Region of the U.S. Geological Survey, and overseer of the Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystem Sciences Program.

Admission is $25, or $20 for Zoo members. Purchase tickets at www.palmbeachzoo.org/special-events

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

Wednesday, March 15th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: C-6 Pavilion

All volunteers are invited! Please RSVP to Ana at ana_castillo-ruiz@fws.gov or 561-732-3684 ext.3684.

Lee Road Cleanup - Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Come out and help the Friends 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. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information contact Cathy Patterson at 561-301-5056 or capatterson51@gmail.com.

Friends Cookbooks Now on Sale!

The long-awaited Friends cookbooks are here, thanks to Cathy Patterson, Sue Rowe and their cookbook committee. All of you who submitted recipes and all of you who would like to try a few of them should stop by the Friends nature store and pick one up. Check out the native Florida section with recipes for Cocoplum Jam and for the brave of heart, Snakehead Supreme. Price is $19.95 - all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Refuge. Here's a picture of Cathy and Sue and their cookbook:
www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1876465952572448&set=pcb.1876465979239112&type=3&theater

Thank You for Making Everglades Day the Biggest Ever!

A record-breaking 4,660 visitors came out last month for our 18th annual Everglades Day. By all accounts, everyone enjoyed the day and many compliments were received with promises to return again next year. Check out these photos taken by some of our photographers and Plein Air painters:
www.loxahatchee.smugmug.com/Events/Everglades-Day/Everglades-Day-February-11-2017/i-CN5T7HT
www.loxahatchee.smugmug.com/Contest-Art/2017-Plein-Air-Art/

And thank you to Sun-Sentinel reporter Jan Engoren for this promo that helped bring out all those visitors:
www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/boynton-beach/fl-bbf-evergladesday--0215-20170214-story.html

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