This blog is dedicated to the environmental well-being of our Florida coastal habitat.

This blog is
dedicated to the environmental well-being of coastal habitat.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Invasive Species Removal at the F.I.S.H. Preserve

Sarasota Bay Guardians Host Volunteer Event -
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The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program's Bay Guardians are teaming up with Around the Bend Nature Tours to remove invasive plant species at the F.I.S.H. Preserve.  

Encompassing over 100 acres of environmentally sensitive bayfront land immediately east of Cortez, this site has long been an important fisheries habitat for the section of Sarasota Bay locals fondly refer to as "the kitchen." It was here people could find a bounty of fresh seafood to feed their families and trade with their farmer neighbors in the past.  Unfortunately, the land fell into misuse but is now being restored thanks to help from the community! 

This event is suitable for all ages. 
Please wear hat, sunscreen, close-toed shoes (old tennis shoes work great), clothes that can get dirty and work gloves. Also, please bring a reusable water bottle if you have one to reduce our plastic pollution.  

Bay Guardians shirts will be available for all volunteers! If you already have one please wear your shirt to the event.
Parking is limited. Please carpool if you can!

WHAT:   Bay Guardians Invasive Species Removal
WHERE: F.I.S.H. Preserve, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
WHEN:   Saturday, November 5th, 2011, 9:00am-12:00pm

Lunch will be provided for all volunteers after the planting is done!
Feel free to bring your own folding chair to sit in during lunch.

RSVP Required: Click here to register!  
Questions? Contact, 941-955-8085 or,

The preservation of this incredibly unique area is due largely to support from the tightly-knit fishing village of Cortez.  Because of their spirit, and the cooperation of many other groups including Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, we will preserve this vital biodiverse part of the Bay.