SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        January 2018

Public Meeting: Status Update on Refuge License Agreement with State of Florida

Tuesday, January 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Visitor Center theater

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on the status of the Refuge's license agreement with the State of Florida. Representatives from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the South Florida Water Management District, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will present information and take questions on the recent progress of the Refuge's license agreement performance measures, in particular, those regarding the control of exotic invasive plants. These important inter-agency partners would like to provide you with up-to-date details on targeted species, appropriated funds and trends, control efforts and strategies, and future outlooks. Please join us for this important update on the Refuge's performance measures!

Ethnobotany of a Cypress Swamp

Thursday, January 25, 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Bruce Rosenberg, Florida Master Naturalist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Volunteer
Location: Visitor Center theater

All are invited to the first of our 2018 lecture series to hear Master Naturalist Bruce Rosenberg discuss the ethnobotany of the Cypress Swamp. Ethnobotany is the study of how people make use of native plants for food and medicine. After the lecture Bruce will lead a short tour of the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. Bruce volunteers at the Refuge as the leader of the Cypress Swamp tours on Mondays and Thursdays and also volunteers at Green Cay. During the summers he leads tours at the New York Botanical Garden.

Twilight Everglades Tour

Tuesday, January 2, 6:00 p.m. (Full Moon)
Tuesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. (New Moon)
Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 p.m. (Full Moon)

Experience the unique sights and sounds of the Everglades at night! Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided twilight tour of the Refuge. Try to arrive a little before 6:00 as a courtesy to others. 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.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Tram Tours of the Marsh

Daily, Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. except January 15, 16 & 22
Every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except January 25 & 29
Saturday, January 20, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Take an open-air Tram tour with our volunteer naturalist for a unique view into the wildlife, marshes and cypress swamps of the Refuge. 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. Meet at the Visitor Center front desk 15 minutes prior to the tour.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Early Morning Bird Walks on the Marsh Trail

Every Wednesday, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Join our volunteer naturalist for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot. Check out recent sightings from eBird Trail Tracker:
... and view our Bird Checklist:

Swamp Strolls

Every Monday & Thursday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. except January 25

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.

Roving Naturalist on Cypress Swamp Boardwalk

Every Sunday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9 & 23, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

A volunteer naturalist will be strolling around the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, answering questions and discussing flora and fauna of the swamp.

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 $35 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:

Moonlight Guided Canoe Trips

Saturday, January 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 26, 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 $35; you may not bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)


*** 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

Loxahatchee Visions Artwork Now on Display

The entries from the Friends' 2017 art contest will be on display and available for purchase in the Visitor Center theater until mid-January, so come out and see for yourself the outstanding artwork! A portion of the proceeds (25%) from any sales will be donated to the Friends.

Friends Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, January 28, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Speaker: Celeste DePalma, Everglades Policy Associate, Audubon Florida
Location: Visitor Center

Join the Friends for our annual membership meeting and gain insights from our speaker Celeste DePalma, Audubon Florida's Everglades Policy Associate. Celeste has led the effort to "Save Our Refuge" when lack of funding for treatment of invasive exotic plants threatened the Refuge's lease agreement with the state. Enjoy wine and cheese, fruit and soft Drinks on the Pavilion behind the Visitor Center afterwards.

Birds in Flight 3-Day Photography Workshop

Saturday, January 20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Visitor Center Theater
Sunday, January 21, 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Hands-On Photography - Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Saturday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Visitor Center Theater

After glowing reviews for three years in a row, photographers Mike Cohen and Don Hamilton are once again leading a 3-day intermediate level photography workshop. Participants who want to improve their basic technique, capture birds in flight, control depth of field and exposure, evaluate light and have some fun are welcome. For birds in flight, the longer the lens the better, with 200mm a minimum. Mike and Don will do their best to help people at whatever their level and interest, but this workshop will be most useful for intermediate to advanced photographers interested in improving their nature and wildlife image-making skills.

Space is limited. Participants must plan to attend all 3 sessions, bring your camera manual to all sessions and be generally familiar with the operation of their equipment, particularly how to set aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Entry fee is $50 per participant, with all funds donated to the Friends of the Refuge.

Please contact Mike or Don to reserve your spot. They will ask a few questions about your level of experience, your equipment and your goals in order to best prepare for the workshop.

Mike Cohen 954-815-5955

Don Hamilton 561-212-7358

Dynamic Composition 1-Day Photography Workshop

Saturday, February 17, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Visitor Center Theater

For the first time ever, award-winning photographer Lance Warley is presenting a photography workshop on Dynamic Composition: Tools to Create Evocative Images, for any level photographer or visual artist interested in adding greater depth and emotional impact to your photos.

Email up to 3 of your photos for optional critiques to Lance by February 1. File size limit 500KB.

Space is limited. Please contact Lance to reserve your spot. Entry fee is $20 per participant, with all funds donated to the Friends of the Refuge.

Lance Warley 561-945-2074

Save the Date! 19th Annual Everglades Day

Saturday, February 10, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for Everglades Day, our all-day family festival, with activities for all ages. The theme of the day will be "Colors of the Everglades." Enjoy tours, nature walks, bird walks, wildlife demonstrations, presentations, exhibits, games, kids' fishing, kids' archery, canoeing, music, dance, food trucks and much more! All day free admission. Details to follow!

Audubon Society of the Everglades: State of the Everglades: 2015-2017

Tuesday, January 9, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Steven Davis, Ph.D., Wetland Ecologist, The Everglades Foundation
Location: Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 W. Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, Rooms 101 and 102

The monthly meeting of the Audubon Society of the Everglades will provide an overview of recent conditions across the Everglades presented by Dr. Steven Davis. It's been a rough few years for the Everglades due to drought, floods and hurricanes, resulting in regulatory discharges, excessive high water conditions, hyper-salinity, seagrass die-off and algal blooms. In discussing the key restoration efforts needed to remedy these problems, Dr. Davis will draw from his 20+ years of Everglades research experience and his work with The Everglades Foundation, where he leads science efforts focused on Everglades restoration planning, ecological forecasting of restoration scenarios, and impacts of sea-level rise.

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

33rd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference

Thursday, January 11 - Sunday, January 14
Location: Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina, 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart

For more information and to make reservations:

Fee-Free Day: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 15

The Department of the Interior is waiving admission fees at all National Parks and Wildlife Refuges on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15.

For 2018, the number of fee-free days has been reduced to 5 for National Wildlife Refuges and 4 for National Parks...

Upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Course

The Freshwater Systems course will be taught on January 16, 23, 30 and February 20 and 27. These are all Tuesdays, by special request. Courses taught on Saturdays will return in the future, but not in 2018. The course starts at the Refuge Visitor Center on January 16, with great speakers and fun field trips planned, including to the LILA impoundments at the Refuge and to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

For course details and to register:

Audubon Conservation Stewardship Training Course

Every Monday from February 5 through March 19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Audubon Society of the Everglades, in partnership with the UF/IFAS Cooperative Horticultural Extension of Palm Beach County, is offering this 7-week basic environmental education course on the county's natural ecosystems. Sixteen expert instructors will engage participants in understanding how these fragile, natural ecosystems and the Greater Everglades function, and how five distinctive Florida habitats sustain plants, birds and wildlife, cope with invasive flora and fauna, and adapt to growth and climate change. The course will encourage and empower stewards to develop a personal plan of action to nurture and advocate for the environment.

The syllabus includes the following topics/natural areas:

February 5: Ecological Overview of Greater Everglades including Palm Beach County/held at UF-IFAS Extension at Mounts Botanical Gardens
February 12: Freshwater Wetlands/held at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
February 19: Pine Flatwoods/held at Pine Jog Environmental Center
February 26: Scrub/held at Yamato Scrub Natural Area
March 5: Beaches and Dunes/held at Loggerhead Marinelife Center/Juno Dunes Natural Area
March 12: Estuaries & Hammocks/held at John D. MacArthur State Park
March 19: Conservation Advocacy/held at UF-IFAS Extension at Mounts Botanical Gardens

The course fee is $95 and includes catered lunch. ASE 2018 "chapter-only" members receive a $15 discount upon completion of the course.

Register at:

For more information email or call 561-876-8815.



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