Magnolia Chapter FNPS

Upcoming Events:

  • Sat & Sun 2/2-3 & Tue - Thu 2/5-7 - A few more volunteers needed to assist Atlanta Botanical Gardens (ABG) with Torreya tree recovery work.
  • Sat 2/2 & Wed 2/6 - Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workdays
  • Sun 2/3 - NABA Hairstreak Chapter - Rare & Imperiled Butterflies
  • Thu 2/7 - Next Magnolia Chapter meeting - Peter Kleinhenz - Botanizing by Phone: Using iNaturalist
  • Sat 2/9 - Mini-Bioblitz at Horn Springs
  • Fri 2/8 - 3/3 - Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve bloom season
  • Sat 2/16, 10-4 - Annual Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour
  • 2019 Calendars for sale and call for photos
See below for additional details:
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Atlanta Botanical Gardens Needs Help with Torreya Tree Hurricane Recovery Efforts!

A few more volunteers are needed for this weekend (February 2nd & 3rd) and next Tuesday - Thursday (February 5th - 7th) to help with Torreya tree hurricane recovery work at Torreya State Park.  We will be working in teams of three with an Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG) team leader. Be prepared for a very strenuous day of work (see an example drone picture of area below). ABG will be providing first aid kits, bug spray/sunblock, walkies, waivers, and data collection material. Things that volunteers should expect to bring are plenty of water, snacks, gloves, backpack or satchel, pens/pencils, thick pants, good hiking boots (be prepared for them to get wet), layers, and good socks. If you have the Avenza app for your phone, ABG will provide maps of the tree locations for navigating. ABG will also provide some equipment, but if you have hand saws, hand clippers, wire cutters, hard hats, snake boots, loppers, and portable USB charger for your phone, please bring these things as well.  Make sure to label them so they do not get mixed up with other folks equipment. During the Feb 5-7 workdays, the areas of work will focus on the Stone Bridge and Sweetwater tract which do not have as many downed trees as the locations near Gregory House and Rock Bluff which will be the area of focus during the weekend of Feb 2-3.

Please email Jess Stephens at if you are interested in volunteering with this project and to get additional details.


Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Workdays

We invite anyone who can help to join us for one or two work days to improve the trails and install signs in preparation for this year's bloom. Saturday, Feb 2 we will be joined with the FSU Environmental Service Project group at 9 am, and we will be there with anyone who can come on Wednesday, Feb 6 at 9 am.
Please join us! You will get a preview of how the emergence is proceeding and get to see our new kiosk! We will start public tours on Feb 8 at 1. More info to come.


Rare and Imperiled Butterflies of Florida 
Hairstreak Chapter of NABA - Sunday, February 3, 2019

Dr. Jaret Daniels’s program on butterfly conservation efforts in Florida will be this coming Sunday, Feb. 3rd, at 2:00 PM in the Leroy Collins Public Library, 200 West Park Ave., Tallahassee.  Parking in the library parking lot is free on Sundays.  

Annual Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour 

It's that time of year again for the 11th Annual Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour sponsored by Apalachee Audubon. This year the event takes place on Saturday, February 16th from 10am - 4pm. $10 Tickets will be available, starting January 19th at Native Nurseries (1661 Centerville Rd.) and Wild Birds Unlimited (Thomasville Rd.) and will be available through the day of the tour. With this tour happening in the middle of winter, it is not the ordinary style garden tour. It's a chance to see the 'bones' of five environmentally-friendly yards and catch a glimpse of some fabulous winter birds. Winter is planting time so you can take notes then go home and start that yard project you've always wanted to do and to welcome the birds of spring to nest in your yard.

Plant of the Month - Zizia aurea - Golden Alexanders

  • Native herbaceous perennial, the most common of our 3 native Zizia species.
  • Easy to grow in full sun to full shade. While it blooms best in sun, the plants will require soil that doesn't dry out too often and are more forgiving of drought in shade. These plants naturally occur in moist woods, glades or roadsides in partial sun.
  • Basal leaves are biternate with toothed leaflets, and are often evergreen here.
  • In mid to late spring flat-topped umbels of small, lemon-yellow flowers atop 3ft stems. The flowers are highly attractive to native bees and other small pollinators.
  • Like many member of the Apiaceae (Carrot) family, Zizia are larval food for our native Black Swallowtail butterfly, which has added to it's popularity in the garden.

Upcoming Magnolia Chapter Programs for 2019

February 7th - Peter Kleinhenz - Botanizing by Phone: Using iNaturalist to Learn, Document and Conserve Florida's Wildflowers

March 7th - Kevin Hiers - How Fine Scale Fire Behavior Maintains Biodiversity in Southern Pine Ecosystems

April 4th - Harley Means - Our Local Surficial Geology Dissected: How Surficial Geology Affects Ravine Development

May 2nd - Craig Huegel - Roots and How They Work

For additional and updated details about the Thursday evening programs and the accompanying field trips, please refer to our chapter's website calendar page.
Meeting schedule: 1st Thursday of the month from September through May. Come to socialize at 7:00, chapter meeting at 7:30, and program at 7:45 PM.

Meeting Place: King Building on the FSU Campus (319 Stadium Drive) Room 1024 – Free evening campus parking at the parking garage south of the King Building off Stadium Drive, or the parking lot east of the King Building following Psychology Way south from Call Street. Room 1024 is at the back of the King Building - see campus map at for meeting location.
All meetings are free and open to the public.

Get involved with volunteer workday opportunities...

Angus Gholson Nature Park - contact Diana Picklesimer at

Maclay Gardens Native Arboretum - contact Ann Johnson at

Milkweed initiative - check Facebook - Monarch-Milkweed-Initiative@st. marks nwr

TorreyaKeepers - contact Leigh Brooks at

Upsy Daisy Plant Rescue Society - contact Gail Fishman at

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, Lost Creek Forest, and Cherokee Pollinator Garden - contact Beth Grant at

Other Events

Friends of the Apalachicola National Forest: Facebook

Sarracenia Chapter: Facebook

Hairstreak Chapter of NABA: Calendar 

Apalachee Audubon : Calendar 

Monarch-Milkweed Initiative: Facebook

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