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Lecture Series-Learning at Loxahatchee

ARTHUR R. MARSHALL LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE–LEARNING AT LOXAHATCHEE 2018 – 2019 Lecture Series Schedule:  The following programs are being offered  during the 2018 – 2019 season. Please come and join us! Questions? Contact:  Serena J. Rinker  561-735-6029 (office)   or 561-523-2604 (cell)

Freshwater Fly Fishing:   Thursday, December 20th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm • Meet at the C-6 Pavilion

Speaker: Ted Shaine • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Volunteer • Expert Fly Fisherman

Description: Try your hand at fly fishing! Ted will hold a seminar on freshwater fly fishing on the refuge. Supplies are limited, bring your own fly rod if you have one. Maximum of 15 participants. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Please call 561-734-8303.

Native Butterfly Gardening

Thursday, January 10th at 1:30 pm • Meet at the Visitor Center

Speaker: Harvey Lee • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Volunteer • Butterfly Garden Keeper

Description: Learn how to successfully grow a butterfly garden to sustain native butterflies. Maximum of 25 participants. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Please call 561-734-8303.

Ethnobotany of a Cypress Swamp

Thursday, January 24th at 1:30 pm • Meet at the Visitor Center

Speaker: Bruce Rosenberg • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Volunteer • Master Naturalist

Description: Ethnobotany is the study of how people make use of native plants for food and medicine. There will be a short tour of the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk following the lecture.

Non-native Lizards of South Florida

Thursday, February 21 at 1:30 pm • Meet at the Visitor Center

Speaker: Justin Dalaba • University of Florida • Science Writer and Outreach Coordinator

Description: Justin is an expert on lizards and will report on the invasive lizard species that threaten south Florida. Live lizards will be on display.

Native Snakes of Loxahatchee

Thursday, March 21st at 1:30 pm • Meet at the Visitor Center

Speaker: Veronica Kelly • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service • Refuge Ranger

Description: Loxahatchee’s own snake enthusiast, Veronica Kelly, will discuss the snakes of Loxahatchee and help debunk some common snake myths. Live snakes will be on display.

The Everglades Living Laboratory

Thursday, April 11th at 1:30 pm • Meet at the Visitor Center

Speaker: Eric Cline • South Florida Water Management District • Wetlands Ecologist

Description: Eric will report what we have learned from studying the unique living

Laboratory of the Everglades, the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment.

Location: The refuge is located off U.S. 441/SR 7, two miles south of SR 804 (Boynton Beach Blvd.) and three miles north of SR 806 (Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue).

Hours: The refuge is currently open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. Refuge hours are posted at each entrance. The Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Admission: An entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle or $1.00 per pedestrian is charged. A variety of annual passes, including a $12.00 refuge specific annual pass, are available. Please visit the refuge website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ arm_loxahatchee or call the Administration Office at (561) 732-3684.

Our Mission: The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.

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