Diario del proyecto Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Project (FL, USA)

01 de agosto de 2020

August Ecoquest - Living on the Edge

Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora's EcoQuest challenge for August 2020 will be Living on the Edge, focusing on freshwater plants along shorelines of ponds, rivers, and wetlands, both natural and man-made. Florida is a very wet state with a diversity of habitats such as swamps, marshes, lakes, and rivers - each with their own unique plant communities. Freshwater shoreline plants provide habitat and food for wildlife, reduce erosion, and improve water quality by absorbing nutrients and pollutants. They not only make our ponds and lakes more beautiful, but also contribute to a healthy Florida ecosystem. To learn more, check out the University of Florida’s information on Florida’s aquatic and wetland plants, and a guide to our native species.

August is the height of our rainy season when many of our aquatic plants are flowering, fruiting, and growing - so join us in exploring Florida’s freshwater plants that are Living on the Edge!

Some excellent areas to search are nearby lakes, detention ponds, neighborhood drainage ditches, and wetlands. Parks with abundant wetland species include Myakka River State Park, Red Bug Slough, and Rye Preserve. Whenever going into wet areas keep an eye out for snakes and gators and do not harass any wildlife nor go into areas you have poor visibility.

Be sure to join this month's project here and see your watery wonders in this month's challenge, Living on the Edge! https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/living-on-the-edge-sarasota-manatee-ecoflora-challenge-august-2020

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01 de julio de 2020

July EcoQuest Flora Under Foot

Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora's July EcoQuest challenge is Flora UnderFoot, looking into the small plants popping up between pavement cracks and in lawns. These plants are the survivors. They must adapt to harsh environmental conditions such as heat, drought, lack of nutrients, and especially trampling and mowing! Their ability to branch at or near ground level and flower in these conditions has resulted in a select group of plants. This flora beneath our feet brings wild nature into unexpected places, provides sustenance to pollinator species, and creates microhabitats of diversity in what could otherwise be deserts of concrete or monocultures of grass.

This month we challenge you to discover the plants growing in the sidewalks, lawns, and driveways of our communities and be surprised at the fascinating plant diversity often forgotten beneath our feet. As with all our EcoQuests these last until the end of the month! For small groundcovers get up close, take pictures of leaves, stems, flowers, and most importantly the habit for this quest, where and how are these groundcovers surviving? Should your post not be showing up on our project page please tag it with #FloraUnderFoot

Follow this link to our EcoQuest Page to join this month long project, Flora Under Foot!

As always thanks for helping document and observe our local Flora with the EcoFlora Project at Selby Gardens!

Sean Patton

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23 de junio de 2020

New to iNaturalist or Plant Photography?

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for joining the Sarasota & Manatee EcoFlora Project! Our main goal is to identify and observe as many plants as possible in Sarasota and Manatee counties. To do this we need clear photos of plants with as many parts clearly photographed as possible. This includes the stems, leaves, how leaves are placed on stems, flowers, trunks of trees, and any unique characteristics. Need help learning how? Check out the Selby Gardens Downtown Campus page linked below for iNaturalist instructional videos, news on the latest challenges, and wonderful videos of Selby's very own botanists talking about EcoFlora!


For those who may be more experienced please be sure to participate in our EcoQuests, month long projects Like Into the Night that test your skills at finding different groups of cacti as outlined in our last journal post. Also we are always interested in plant-animal interactions. If you see a butterfly pollinating at a certain flower or insect associated with a plant be sure to tag them together under notes and the tag option.

As always thanks for helping document and observe our local Flora with the EcoFlora Project at Selby Gardens!

Sean Patton

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08 de junio de 2020

Into the Night! - Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Challenge June 2020

Hello Everyone in the Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Project!

Each month we will be focusing on a different subset of plants and while all observations help with our main goal of cataloging plants in our counties there are some that we want to pay particular attention to. This month inspired by Selby Gardens' spectacular queen of the night cactus, Selenicereus pteranthus, this challenge will have you venturing out during the twilight or early morning hours to find the beautiful cactus flowers. This will help us monitor how and when these plants flower throughout the years. This month will also focus on cacti in general which thrive on sandy beaches, scrub land, and even as epiphytes climbing trees. While the Queen of the Night flowers at night many cacti flower during the day so be sure to see, and observe them all!

Show off your cactus photography skills with this June event, INTO THE NIGHT. Join this month's ecoquest here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/into-the-night-sarasota-manatee-ecoflora-challenge-june-2020

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