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2017 Events Calendar



EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)
September 23 Watermelon Pond Bioblitz (link), Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area, Watermelon Pond, 10700 SW 250 St, Newberry, FL 32669. Bioblitz = trying to find as many wildlife species as possible in a given amount of time. This will take place from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, with an early bird experience from 7:00 am – 8:30 am to view burrowing owls and, possibly, Bachman’s sparrows. See link above for details and registration.
September 25- October 25 Natural Areas Training Academy: Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems (link), online and at Wekiva Springs State Park, Apopka, FL. This workshop will enhance skills in collaborating, demonstrate how and when to use working groups, and showcase successful examples of managing natural areas as part of the larger ecosystems surrounding them. Learn to work effectively in coordination with neighboring land owners, land managers, and other outside influences. See link above for details and registration. contact nata@ifas.ufl.edu for details.
September 26-27 Central Florida Agritourism Conference (link), LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS 9/22. UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, 1702 Hwy 17 S., Bartow, FL 33831. Join us for a Regional Agritourism conference, including informational presentations and farm tours! This event is for farmers considering or already pursuing agritourism, policy-makers, and businesses interested in developing cooperative efforts with agritourism operators. Registration closes 9/22. See link above for details and registration.
September 27 Certified Pile Burner Course (link), 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, UF/IFAS West Central Florida Agricultural Center, 7620 SR 471, Bushnell, FL 33513. This course allows landowners and producers to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently. When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn. In addition, certified pile burners can burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple authorizations. $50 fee includes lunch and materials. Please register ASAP as this class usually is to capacity by mid-August. All attendees must pre-register by September 15, 2017 in order to reserve your spot. See link above to register or call DarLinda Duteau of the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Office, 352-569-6865.
October 3 USDA Farm Bill Programs Meeting for Polk County (link), 10-11 am ET, Polk County Cooperative Extension Service Office-Brenneman Auditorium, 1702 Hwy 17 South (Spessard Holland Parkway) Bartow, FL 33830. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service  (NRCS) and the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District working group will discuss resource conservation concerns and NRCS programs with local farmers, ranchers and forestland owners. See link above or Contact: Ed Sheehan at 863-533-2051 Ext 3.
October 13 Turpentining in Florida: Past, Present, Future? (link), 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Austin Cary Forest, Gainesville, FL. The Association of Consulting Foresters, University of Florida, and Society of American Foresters are pleased to host a program on this important part of Florida’s past, present, and future. Includes tour of the new A. Chester Skinner Jr. Turpentine Education Site at the Forest. SAF CFEs approved. $15 fee covers program and lunch. Register at https://tinyurl.com/y9u2d9ze
October 15-18 Master Gardner Volunteer Training Conference (link), St. Johns County Convention Center at Renaissance World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL. There will be 20 concurrent sessions to choose from in four different tracks covering general horticulture, gardening, diagnostics and Florida-Friendly Landscaping. See link above for details and registration.
October 18-19 Grass Identification Workshop, Florida Chapter of The Wildlife of The Wildlife Society (link), UF/IFAS Range Cattle REC, 3401 Experiment Station, Ona, FL 33865. This 2-day workshop will be taught by Brent Sellers and Greg Hendricks, and will include indoor and outdoor classroom exercises in identification and management of native and invasive grasses in Central Florida. Registration is $35.00 for FLTWS members, $15.00 for students, and $60.00 for non-members. Class size is limited so please register soon. The deadline for registration is October 11, 2017, but late registration may be allowed if slots are still available at a cost of $70.00.
October 19 Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identificaation (link), 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, ET Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. Join us to learn some strategies to help you identify trees, shrubs and herbaceous species. We will cover some basic skills and put them to work in the woods, identifying a sample of sandhill, flatwoods and swamp species in the field. See link above for details. $10 fee includes lunch and materials. Register on-line at https://fsp-workshop101917.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting Chris Demers, cdemers@ufl.edu, (352) 846-2375.
October 20 2017 Florida Tree Farm of the Year Tour at Osceola Pines, property of John and Allison Nash, Levy County (link), 9 am ET, adjourn after lunch. Join us for a tour, lunch and awards ceremony John and Allison Nash's Osceola Pines property in Levy County. Learn about sustainable forest and wildlife habitat management and connect with the local and statewide professionals and resources that are available to assist in your land management. Most of the tour will involve riding in vans or open trailers with several discussion stops and a short walk or two. Contact Florida Forestry Association, (850) 222-5646, to sign up.
November 28 - December 2 FireVision 20/20: A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future: 7th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress (link), Buena Vista Palace Resort, Orlando, FL. This event will offer an exciting blend of learning opportunities for fire managers, natural resource professionals, policy and administrative leaders, and the academic and research community. Presentations will feature the latest in research results and applications. See link above for details and registration.


WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)
September 18-22 Big Bend Pesticide Training Series (link), UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office. Registration is $10/session and refreshments will be provided. The different sessions serve as a review for the exam or are used to obtain CEUs. See link above for more information or pre-registration, or you can contact Mark Tancig at the Leon County Extension Office at (850) 606-5200.
September 28 Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop (pdf link), 9 am to 3 pm CT, UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, Crestview, FL. Join us to learn about identifying and controlling some of the most troublesome invasive exotic plants like cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern and others. We’ll also address new and established exotic insects that are causing land management problems. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities! Presented by the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Register at https://fsp-workshop092817.eventbrite.com/. You can also reserve a space by contacting UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension at (850) 689-5850. Now approved for 5.0 FDACS CEUs (3.0 private applicator, natural areas weed mgmt., forest pest control, ROW; 2.0 CORE 487/482) and 4.0 Cat. 1 SAF CFEs.
October 5 Forest Stewardship Tour at David and Cindi Stewart's Sandhills Farm, Jackson County (pdf link), 9 am to 2 pm CT. Join us to learn about longleaf pine regeneration, prescribed fire, forest groundcover and habitat enhancements for a variety of wildlife species. Take this opportunity to meet your County Forester, UF/IFAS County Extension Agent, Landowner Assistance Biologists, and other resource partners that can provide management assistance, cost-share opportunities, forest certification and many other resources. $10 fee. Register at https://fsp-tour100517.eventbrite.com/ or contact UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension at (850) 482-9620. Please register by September 22 so we can plan accordingly. This will be a relatively short and scenic walking tour so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the field.
October 7 2017 UF/IFAS North Florida REC Art, Garden and Farm Family Festival (link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, FL. Free and open to the community, join us for a kids zone, pumpkin patch, trolley and walking tours, and concessions. See link above for details.


September 26 Science & Technology Webinar: Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers: Nitrification and Urease Inhibitors (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
September 28 ProNR Forest Management Series Webinar: Green Value, A Tool for Simplified Financial Analysis of Forest-based Initiatives (link), 1 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
October 3 Science & Technology Webinar: Non-Ruminant Organic Livestock on Pasture (link), 3 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
October 4 Forestry Webinar: Fall Cankerworm Biology, Ecology, and Management in Urban and Rural Landscapes (link), 1 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
October 10 HIREDnAG Webinar: Connecting Health Insurance and Agricultural Viability—Helping Farmers and Ranchers Address Health-related Risks,
1:30-3:30 ET, see link above for details and registration.
October 17 National Ecosystem Services Partnership Webinar: Ecosystem Services and National Forest Policy (link), 1:30 - 2:45 pm ET, see link for registration.
October 18 Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: This-or-That? Florida’s Birds (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, see link for details and registration.
October 31 Science & Technology Webinar: Restoring Native Plant Communities: Soil and Hydrology Suited Planning Tools (link), 2 pm ET, see link for details and to join.
November 15 Wildlife Wednesday Webinar: This-or-That? Florida’s Wildlife (link), 12:15 to 1 pm ET, see link for details and registration.




Last updated 9/22/17