Exhibit areas will re-open to the public on April 15th. Visitors will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
Brooker Creek Preserve
Brooker Creek Preserve is approximately 8,700 acres, and the largest natural area in Pinellas County. It consists primarily of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods. Bordered by dense urban development, the Preserve provides both a unique refuge for native flora and fauna, as well as an opportunity for citizens to explore the natural beauty of wild Florida. The Preserve also serves to protect a significant portion of the Brooker Creek Watershed. A complex of hiking and equestrian trails provide visitors an opportunity to explore the Preservels many ecosystems.
Free Admission! - Donations Welcome
These webinars take place via Zoom. Registration is required.
Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00pm
Introduction to Plant Identification
Join a local Extension specialist and examine the basics of plant identification, from using simple keys to identifying critical characteristics that will help any would-be botanist in the field. An emphasis will be placed on flowering plants. Presented by James Stevenson, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Specialist. Recommended for adults. Register here!
Friday, April 2 at 10:30am
The Story of Swallowtail Kites
Swallow-tailed Kites that breed in North America spend most of their lives on the wing traveling over vast distances. It is a treacherous journey at a treacherous time for this neo-tropical species that breeds primarily in the southern states, with Florida being their primary breeding grounds. People have tracked them from the ground, from the water, from the air and with tracking devices to study their migratory patterns, their life cycles and their social habits. Join Barbara Walker of Clearwater Audubon for this enlightening, photographic enriched program about Swallow-tailed Kites! Sponsored by the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve. Register here!
Saturday, April 10, 17, & 24 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Advanced Plant Identification
This three-part advanced plant identification series will introduce participants to the steps, concepts, and vocabulary required to positively identify plants. During each 4-hour online Zoom session, participants will engage in a participatory lecture, and have plenty of time for Q & A. Each session will build on the previous. $35 for the 3-part series. Class fee includes all materials and postage. Materials will be mailed. Register early to allow plenty of delivery time! Registration will close on April 1. Register here!
Tuesday, April 20 at 12:00pm
Get Your Mind In the Gutter
What comes to mind when you think of a gutter? Perhaps, "I really need to clean mine out", or "I wish I had those", or maybe just something as simple as "rainwater". In this class we are going to follow the flow of rainwater from your roof to see where our water goes through the lens of what we call "storm water". We will explore how we play a critical role in the big picture of storm water and the impacts of this water to our local ecosystems. We will start big and end with what you can do to help improve water quality right in your own yard or neighborhood. Presented by Lara Milligan, Natural Resources Agent for UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County. Register here!
Monday, April 26 at 2:00pm
You know the difference between a cardinal and a blue jay. You know that some birds migrate while others stick around all year. You’ve spent plenty of time watching songbirds at your feeder and little shorebirds running around on the beach. You’re ready to take your birding knowledge to the next level. Join us this April for Advanced Birding, a webinar that will take a deep look at many topics related to birds and birding. This crash course in ornithology will cover taxonomy, molt, migration, birding by ear, and tips for identifying those tricky shorebirds that all look alike. We will finish up by looking at some of the craziest bird behaviors and how to see them for yourself. Register here!
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