Magnolia Chapter FNPS

Due to Hurricane Michael, our field trip to Flint Rock Preserve has been cancelled!

Stay tuned for when it will be rescheduled!

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Our next meeting will be on November 3rd...
Come to hear Emily Coffey's talk about Torreya Trees

Ex Situ and In Situ Conservation Effort for
North America's Rarest Conifor, Torreya Taxifolia,
by Emily Coffey

Emily Coffey will discuss the most recent work Atlanta Botanical Garden has conducted on Torreya taxifolia, also known as the Florida Torreya. It is one of the rarest conifers in the world. Torreya is an evergreen dioecious tree endemic to a narrow range of bluffs and ravines adjacent to the Apalachicola River in northwest Florida and extreme southwest Georgia. In the mid-Twentieth Century, this species suffered a catastrophic decline as all reproductive age trees died from a disease (Fusarium torrayae).

Dr. Emily E. D. Coffey is VP for Science and Conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Coffey joined the Garden in 2017 to lead the Conservation and Research Department where she leads and collaborates with a team of conservation scientist and horticulturists to expand the activities in conservation research, propagating and growing rare plants, and developing conservation initiatives for plants and ecosystems.

We Dig FL Plants - Digitizing Natural History Together 

WeDigFLPlants Data Creation Party at FSU

Two dates: October 18 and October 19

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Room 1058 King Life Science Building, 319 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL

Create digital data about plant specimens collected in Florida over the past 200 years for the benefit of science, society, and our flora while playing games, learning about our biota, and interacting with others around the world at one or both of the two evening events planned for the Tallahassee community during the 2018 Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio). Free parking is available in the parking garage immediately south of the King Life Science Building after 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. No prior experience required, though typing skills are valuable. Get your free tickets through Eventbrite.

Upcoming Magnolia Chapter Event Booths

General Candidates' Environmental Forum,
Presented by The Big Bend Environmental Forum
City Commission Chambers, City Hall, 2nd Floor
The October 11 date will probably be cancelled and rescheduled

"May the Forest be with You" 
Presented by the Apalachee Chapter Florida Trail Association
Cascades Park
Sunday, Oct 14, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Monarch Butterfly Festival
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tallahassee Science Festival
Kleman Plaza
Saturday, November 3,10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Upcoming Programs for 2018-2019

November 1st - Emily Coffey - Ex situ and In situ conservation effort for North America's rarest conifer, Torreya Taxifolia

December 6th - Reed Noss - Florida Needs Fire!

January 3rd - Houston Snead - Conservation Projects Funded by the Jacksonville Zoo

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

March 7th - Kevin Hiers - Prescribed Fire

April 4th - Harley Means - Geology of Steephead Ravines

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

For additional and updated details about the Thursday evening programs and the accompanying Saturday morning field trips, please refer to our chapter's website calendar page.

Get involved with 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

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.
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