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ACT protects the natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida
ACT protects the natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida

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AZALEAS & MORE
Plant walk at Santa Fe River Preserve
Sunday, March 11th

The northern part of Alachua County has plant communities very different from the rest of the county, and we will hike the trails at Santa Fe River Preserve and learn about some of the species that make this area so special. Hopefully, the native azaleas will be in bloom since this area has large patches of these beautiful plants.

Grace Howell, ACT’s Land Management Specialist, will be leading the walk and is very experienced with the identification of local plants.

ABOUT THE PRESERVE
The Santa Fe River Preserve is part of a much larger effort to protect the entire Santa Fe River and ensure that it stays a complete and viable conservation corridor – for water, wildlife, and recreation.

Address:
27025 North State Road 121
Alachua, FL 32615
(See map posted below)

WHEN
Sunday, March 11th
Starting at 10:00am

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or info@alachuaconservationtrust.org
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PANCAKES on the PRAIRIE
Saturday, March 10th

Join ACT for a pancake breakfast at the cabin on Tuscawilla Prairie. Free and open to the public - only thing you need to bring is your appetite.

WHERE
Tuscawilla Cabin
211 SE Tuscawilla Rd.
Micanopy, FL 32667
(See map posted below)

WHEN
Saturday, March 10th
9:00am-11:30am

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@alachuaconservationtrust.org
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30 years of walks, talks, workshops, and much more!

Most of our events are free and open to the public. Please join us, check out our calendar for this spring: http://alachuaconservationtrust.org/pdf/FALL2018-ACT_Calendar.pdf

More info for each event can be found on ACT's website:
http://alachuaconservationtrust.org

This year, Alachua Conservation Trust is celebrating three decades of conservation success – with your support, we’re bringing about a healthier and more sustainable future for our community.
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Sandhill Stage presents: THE NEW 76ers
Saturday, October 21st
Prairie Creek Lodge

Sandhill Stage favorites, The New 76ers are an acoustic folk "family" trio. Their sound comes from a collective respect for acoustic and electric music.

Deep-rooted in southern musical heritage, their original music aspires to move you, physically and spiritually. Their vocal blend is sublime and belies their deep family ties (Kelly and Danny Goddard are married and Kelly and Brian Durham are siblings).

This band is something special, their songs touch the heart, their musical synergy is powerful, and they leave their audiences wanting more. Not to be missed.

WHERE
PRAIRIE CREEK LODGE
7204 SE CR 234, Gainesville FL

WHEN
Saturday, October 21st
Concert begins at 7:30pm

TICKETS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tickets are $20 to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. Seating for most concerts at Prairie Creek Lodge is limited so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations or more information, email us: sandhillstage@gmail.com

Get event updates:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1538107992877488
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FALL-WINTER 2017 CALENDAR
Still plenty of events remaining on the calendar this year. Additional details will be posted by email and social media shortly before each event.

Join our emailing list here:
https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin…

Download a pdf version here:
http://alachuaconservationtrust.org/…/FALL2017-ACT_Calendar…

or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Flickr.
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CONSERVATION of
RARE & IMPERILED SPECIES
in NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA

Presentation by Megan Wallrichs

As a relative newcomer to the agency, Megan will speak about some of the important projects and work that she and her colleagues are, and have been, a part of: restoring black creek crayfish habitat, helping manage Critical Wildlife Areas, monitoring shorebirds, tracking bats, studying movement of Florida pines snakes, providing comments on development projects, and participating in a variety of conservation oriented working groups are just to name a few.

The job is truly never boring! Please join us to learn about some of the efforts FWC is taking towards imperiled species conservation in north central Florida!

WHERE
Prairie Creek Lodge
Google map directions: https://goo.gl/maps/mEN9ANTNHa82

Address:
7204 Co Rd 234
Gainesville, FL 32641

WHEN
Tuesday, October 10th
6:00pm-7:00pm

About the speaker:
Megan Wallrichs is the assistant regional species conservation biologist for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in north central Florida. From the Nature Coast to the Atlantic, the north central region covers 17 counties in peninsular Florida. Megan's work focuses on a variety of non-game species, with an emphasis on imperiled species.

For more information
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@alachuaconservationtrust.org.
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SAVING THE KING OF THE FOREST
Captive Propagation and Repatriation of the Eastern Indigo Snake
Presentation by Michelle Hoffman

WHAT
The Eastern Indigo Snake was listed as a Threatened species in 1978 under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. This species has been experiencing decline throughout their range due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Animal professionals, academics and government organizations were able to team up to begin reintroducing the Eastern Indigo Snake back into areas where they have been completely extirpated.

The Eastern Indigo Snake repatriation project is a complex combined effort to bring a critical species back into the environment. The Central Florida Zoo’s Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC) is the sole facility that breeds and raises these snakes for reintroduction. Located on 25 acres of land that was historically occupied by the Eastern Indigo Snake in Eustis, Florida, the OCIC is ideally situated for the successful propagation of this imperiled species.

WHERE
Prairie Creek Lodge
Google map directions: https://goo.gl/maps/toUMgqubrrB2

Address:
7204 Co Rd 234
Gainesville, FL 32641

WHEN
Thursday, October 19th
6:00pm-7:00pm

About the speaker:
Beginning at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens as a Reptile Keeper in 2012, Michelle Hoffman is now Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians at the Central Florida Zoo’s Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC). Since 2014, Michelle has been working as the SSP (Species Survival Plan) Coordinator and Studbook Keeper for the Eastern Indigo Snake; managing the captive breeding and tracking the genetics of the Eastern Indigo Snakes within North American zoos.

For more information
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@alachuaconservationtrust.org
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FALL INTERNS NEEDED
Looking for creative and motivated students from UF or Santa Fe College that need experience working with a small local nonprofit.

Interns will help:
1) develop, market and manage ACT's annual Halloween Party
2) run ACT's "Rise up for the Santa Fe River" campaign
3) prepare materials for the opening of Santa Fe River Preserve

Dates needed: August 29th - December 5th (week day schedule TBD)

Please send a short cover letter with a description of your interests, skills, and fall schedule to: act.interns2017@gmail.com
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TLC: WE LIKE LICHENS
October 17th
(Please RSVP)

WHAT
Once upon a time, some fungi and algae decided they were better together than apart, and a symbiotic agreement was made. Now permanent roommates, we call this association “lichen”. The partnership is more common than most realize, and once we learn what to look for, we can find lichen in many forms and many places.

As we survey the preserve for lichen, we will learn not only how this relationship works - how each depends on the other to exist - but also what lichen can tell us about our surroundings.

Programs are held Thrasher Park on Tuscawilla Preserve in Micanopy, FL. Please park at the Micanopy Native American Heritage Park on Tuscawilla Road (SE 165th Ave).

WHERE
Tuscawilla Preserve

WHEN
Saturday, September 19th
10:00am-12:00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION and SIGN UP
If you are interested in attending a TLC program, please email TuscawillaLC@gmail.com
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TLC: FLOWER FLY-BYS
September 19th
(Please RSVP)

WHAT
In September, Tuscawilla Prairie becomes a sea of color from the varied and vibrant hues of fall wildflowers, and insects are ready in numbers and diversity to capitalize on this bounty. For the Flower Fly-Bys program, we will observe these pollinators and answer some basic questions in natural history.

Do bees choose certain flowers? Do butterflies have a preference between sun and shade? What is the most common butterfly on Tuscawilla Prairie? Do bumblebees and honeybees exhibit different behaviors? Join us for this outdoor lab, and help us get a better understanding of these tiny, yet hugely important, animals.

Programs are held Thrasher Park on Tuscawilla Preserve in Micanopy, FL. Please park at the Micanopy Native American Heritage Park on Tuscawilla Road (SE 165th Ave).

WHERE
Tuscawilla Preserve

WHEN
Saturday, September 19th
10:00am-12:00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION and SIGN UP
If you are interested in attending a TLC program, please email TuscawillaLC@gmail.com
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