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Upcoming In-Person Classes and Webinars
Upcoming programs listed below are hosted by the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center and are funded by the Friends of Weedon Island.
Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10am
Learning Florida Upland and Backyard Birds
Learn what birds are typically found in Florida's upland and backyard habitats, how they are adapted to live here, and if that may give them a unique survival advantage. Join wildlife biologist Jeanne Murphy as she guides you through the wonderful birds found in Florida's upland habitats and possibly in your own backyard. Register today
Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 2pmHarvester Ants: The Tiny Millers That Make Their Own Flour
Perhaps you’ve never considered the tireless work ants perform that benefit entire ecosystems. We’d like to introduce you to one species with an oversized impact on our upland habitats. Harvester ants get their name from their habit of gathering grain and storing it in special granaries. What they do next and how they protect their cache makes for some fascinating storytelling! Register today
Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 10am
Digging into Weedon: A History of Human Habitats
In this webinar, welll talk with Kendall Jackson, a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida, on recent geoarchaeological and paleoenvironmental research to help us understand the 20-thousand-year history of human-environment interaction and landscape transformation at Weedon Island Preserve. Kendallls research focuses on several key periods of ecological change that reorganized the nature and distribution of terrestrial and tidal habitats. Many such reorganizations unfolded in the ancient past, affecting the ancestral Indigenous communities that managed the land prior to colonial-era dispossession. However, dramatic ecological shifts have also taken place much more recently, revealing that the modern Weedon Island seascape is anything but timeless. Register today
Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 2pm
What's in a Swamp?
We've all heard of swamps. Maybe you have even ventured through a swamp or three. Or, maybe you are like many others who don’t know why anyone would ever willingly walk into a swamp, let alone want to experience it again. Join us for a talk with Sensing Nature Senior Ecologist Brian Lane as he reveals some interesting aspects of swamps, including things to look for, what tree species grow and thrive in swamps, and even some of the true swamp residents that call it home. Then, maybe you too will be lucky enough to see some of these wonderful creatures on your own swamp tromp. Register today
Friday, February 4 & 18, 2022 at 10:30am
Tot Time at Weedon Island
Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 10am
Splashing Around with Pelicans
Seeing pelicans skim along our shorelines is as expected in Florida as seeing our tides curl in and out. But what do you really know about them? How can the Brown Pelican crash into the water from high heights without getting a birdy headache, or breaking into pieces? From where do the White Pelicans come during the cool fall weather and to where do they return in the spring? How are these two Florida species alike and how are they different? Join us for a talk with Sensing Nature Wildlife Biologist Jeanne Murphy to gain a deeper understanding about our pelicans, including if their populations are stable, growing or in decline, as well as what each of us can do to guarantee their survival into the future. Register today
Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 2pm
Join us for a talk with Sensing Nature Wildlife Biologist Jeanne Murphy as she takes us underground seeking some of Florida's more secretive wildlife, including pocket gopher, eastern indigo snake, burrowing owl, and many more. Register today
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 10am
Putting the Pieces Together: Restoring Florida's Natural Habitats
Mitigation, restoration, preservation… what do these terms really mean and are they even necessary? We know that humans have impacts on natural systems, species survival, and ecosystem resilience, but is our money better spent on other efforts than putting the pieces of nature’s Humpty Dumpty back together again? Join us for a talk with Sensing Nature Senior Ecologist Brian Lane as he guides you through these processes and reveals their meanings, significances, and values. Register today
Pinellas County Extension is proud to offer a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. The goal of these programs is to empower citizens to make informed decisions about natural and cultural resources.
Pinellas County Extension also coordinates programs and classes for other educational facilities and partners giving programs at Weedon Island Preserve. For more information, please call (727) 453-6500.
Review the Calendar of Programs & Classes for actual dates and times of available programs.
For more things to do, check out the Annual Events page as well as the Upcoming In-Person Classes and Webinars listed above.