Media Contact: Dolly Cummings
Family Naturalist Program at Camp Bayou
It's time again to learn about the wildlife in our community and, specifically, to see how the Camp Bayou critters are doing since last season. Each week's focus is on a particular theme, with a short classroom portion, a longer hands-on monitoring segment and a example stewardship activity which everyone can do.
Program begins promptly at 9:30am on the following Saturdays: Jan 5, 12, 19, and 26. Activity is free and it is not necessary to register although it is appreciated. Call Dolly at 813-363-5438 for more information.
Family Naturalist ProgramSchedule of activitiesAll activities begin at 9:30amSaturday, January 5, 2008Introduction- What is a Naturalist?Butterfly inventoryService project- weeding habitatSaturday, January 12, 2008What is a Biological Indicator?Aquatic Invertebrate countService Project- trash pickupSaturday, January 19, 2008What is a Keystone Species?Gopher Tortoise burrow huntService Project- signsSaturday, January 26, 2008What is Biodiversity?Natives in the landscape- grow your ownService Project- non-native plant removal
Resources and activities will be listed on-line at www.campbayou.org/famnat.html , plus there's a group web journal to post your observations. Program repeats in January, April, July and October.
For those who are interested in monitoring wildlife in your own backyard, a new volunteer monitoring program has begun, coordinated at Camp Bayou. Just spend 30 minutes each month in your yard looking for the presence or absence of wildlife, then go online to http://www.campbayou.org and click on 'Citizen Science in Action' to record your observation and provide some background information. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Dolly firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 813-363-5438.
Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Visit our website at http://www.campbayou.org/ or call for info 813-641-8545.
Photos available for download of past Fam Nat programs online at http://snap.tbo.com/pages/gallery.php?gallery=319245