201704 April Activity Calendar

APRIL 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017,  Guided Hike – Big Cypress National Preserve.  A hike of approximately 2 miles south off US41 into Big Cypress National Park prairies approximately 10 miles east of the intersection of US 41 and SR29.  We will hike the prairies looking for wildflowers.  FTA members only.  Limit 12 people.  Moderate difficulty (no restrooms or water on site.  Parking along 2-lane highway.  RSVP to Alexandra 239-262-2960 or  asulecki12@gmail.com

Sunday, April 9, 8am – Tuesday, April 11,  Three Day Trail Maintenance and Campout.   Mile Marker 63 off I-75 on south side.  SE corner of large new (mostly unused) parking lot.  Trim vegetation along the Florida Trail using loppers.  Refresh orange blazes when needed.  Must be able to backpack 6 miles per day in swamp.  We will have the tools, you bring: tent, sleeping bag and everything needed for three lunches, two evening meals and two breakfasts plus three bottles of water.  We will have water purification pumps to refill your bottles at camp as needed.  We will be camping two nights at Ivy Camp ( a primitive camp with no facilities).  Public invited.  Limit 5 people.  Strenuous difficulty.  RSVP Chuck 239-398-3820  flswampeagle@aol.com  or Mickey 239-839-3286  Hike1962@yahoo.com

Friday, April 14, 2017  8 am – 11 am   Bike Ride – Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area.  Bike ride on improved road.  10 mile round trip along Webb Lake.  Stops along the way to look for wildlife and snacks.  Bring water, sunscreen, Bug spray, bike helmet, snack.  $3 day use fee.  FTA members only.  Limit 10 people, leisure.  RSVP  Sharon 239-357-4418   sharonsuhar@yahoo.com 

 Thursday, April 20,  Monthly Alligator Amblers Meeting   Social: 6:30 PM    Meeting 7:00 PM   New Meeting Location:  Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110.  Dexter Sowell, a biological scientist with the Florida Forest Service, will talk about the recent Picayune Strand State Forest wildfire including the short and long term impact on wildlife and vegetation there.