Outdoor stuff to do in SW FL this March

Attention all you folks that love to support wildlife, learn about the environment and just do stuff outdoors: here are some things you can do in SW Florida. I belong to a yahoo group called Environmental Voice of SW Florida and this list was a post this week. I’m sharing it because it has some really fun sounding events that I know I’d like to find out about if I was wintering in the area. Hope you have fun…maybe I be there, too.  And check out the yahoo group…you might want to join.

Upcoming events in Southwest Florida:

2nd Sat, 3rd Tues every month. Volunteer Work Days@ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park: http://www.friendsoffakaha tchee.org/ volunteer. php

Feb 14 – 15 Jammin in the HammockCollier- Seminole State Park’s Annual Bluegrass Festival,10am -8pm, http://www.floridastatepar ks.org/collier- seminole/ default.cfm

Feb 14 – 16 “Muck About at Clyde Butcher’s Everglades Gallery. Reservations online at: http://clydebutcher .com

Feb 17 Wing It! A Beginning Birders Workshop: 8 to Noon, Join Randy McCormick to learn the basics of birding and a field trip. Rookery Bay: 239-417-6310, http://www.rookeryb ay..org/

Feb 17 Dilemma japonicum, a new bivalve species 11 am at Naples Preserve, Dr. Jose Leal from the Shell Museum presents. Lunch to follow.239-213- 3020

Feb 19 Orange-barred Sulphur Butterfly: 1pm Dr. Gary Pettit´s Naples Pier. Look in the pier area just before you pass the restrooms and showers.

Feb 21 Burrowing Owl Festival in Cape Coral, 10am – 4pm, http://www.ccfriendsofwild life.org

Feb 23-26 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival: Everglades Museum, Everglades City. 239-695-0008 or curator11@att. net

Feb 24 Places to Play 11 am at the Naples Preserve.. Roger Clark, Lee County Parks & Recreation. Lunch to follow.239-213- 3020

Feb 26 Black Skimmer: 1pm Dr. Gary Pettit´s Naples Pier. Look in the pier area just before you pass the restrooms and showers.

Mar 7An Environmental Education Meeting for Latinos in Arcadia – Everyone is Welcome9 am to noon All speakers fluent in Spanish & local professionals. FREE Materials & lunch. Call (239) 533-7506 or visit http://www..CHNEP.org

March 14 – 21FLORIDA PANTHER WEEK: http://www.fws.gov/ floridapanther/ panther_week. html

Mar 14 Community Conservation Celebration 9- 2pm, Spend a fun day on Marco Island´s Mackle Park with educational exhibits and activities! No reservations needed.

Mar 15 Save the Panther Week Kick-off at the Naples Zoo 9:30 – 4pm
Spend a fun day at the zoo with educational exhibits, ask questions to a Panther Biologist and enjoy kids activities like face painting! Organizations that are uniting to protect the Panthers will be there: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge, Picayune State Forest, Crew, the Conservancy, and more! No reservations needed.

Mar16 Swamp Walk at the Fakahatchee, with Mike Owen 10 – 1pm
Explore the “Amazon of Southwest Florida” with Mike in the swamp! RSVP March 9-15 by calling 239-353-8442 x 239 or email: events@floridapanth er.org

Mar17 Naples Preserve hosts a Panther Presentation 11am & 3:30pm
Adult presentation from 11am then enjoy a FREE lunch! From 3:30, an after-school program (ages 7 – 11) “Panther Activity Day” on the Naples Preserve. RSVP by calling 239-261-4290 or email: PreserveCaptains@ aol.com

Mar18 “Panthers in Peril” talk at the Conservancy 6 – 8pm Featuring Conservancy Biologist. Dave Shindle. Enjoy one-of-a-kind photos from field research in the Florida panther´s territory. Free for members, $35 for non-members. Must RSVP. Call Jean at 239-403-4207 at http://www.Conservancy. org

Mar 19  Hiking Deep Lake at Big Cypress National Preserve 9am – 12pm
Rangers from Big Cypress take visitors out on a nature trail that teaches you about plants, animal signs & more! RSVP Call Lisa Andrews at 239-695-1164.

Mar19 Fakahatchee, the Amazon of North America by Mike Owen 1pm Mike´s commentary will entertain and teach, as he shares photos and his 15 years of experience in Clyde Butcher´s Everglades Gallery $25/person with 50% donated to Friends of Fakahatchee. RSVP at http://clydebutcher .com

Mar 20 Cycling Bear Island Grade 9am – Noon Bicycle the Big Cypress National Preserve (a 14 mile trail) & learn about Panthers from the Rangers. Call Lisa Andrews at 239-695-1164 for more info & to reserve your spot.

Mar 21 “Save the Panther Day” Panther Refuge Open House 8 am – Noon
Share a fun day with your family, while exploring the Panther Refuge by swamp buggy or by walking trails. Bird Walks, plants & orchid tours, & of course, look for the wild panther! Learn more about what YOU can do to help save the panther & its habitat. RSVP Starting March 9 – 20 Space is limited. Sign up by calling 239-353-8442 x 239 or email: events@floridapanth er.org

Mar 21 CREW Benefit Concert & Art Contest 7pm – 10pm Enjoy an evening of Bluegrass & make new friends at Estero Community Park. A fun family event! Tickets cost $20 towards CREW. Call 239-657-2253 or bthomas_crew@ earthlink. net

Mar 27 CREW Wildlflower Power Point 7pm – 9pm Festival kickoff with a slide show & presentation on wildflowers by local authors Glen Stacell and Gary Schmelz at Bass Pro Shops in Gulf Coast Town Center. No RSVP needed.

Mar 28 CREW Wildlflower Fest 8:30am – 2pm Grand opening of a new trail system, & celebrating CREW´s 20th Anniversary with guided wildflower and butterfly hikes! A suggested donation $3 for members/$5 for non-members. RSVP call 239-657-2253 or email: bthomas_crew@ earthlink. net