Magnolia Chapter FNPS

Upcoming Events:

  • Magnolia Chapter's first field trip of the new program year on Sunday, August 18th, to see an expansive population of the state-endangered Chapman's Fringed Orchid...
  • Mycoblitz at Lost Creek Forest on Saturday, August 17th...
  • Pollinator count at Cherokee Pollinator Garden on August 23rd & 24th...
  • Take a look at our new 2019-2020 program year line-up of speakers...
  • See below for details...
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The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
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Magnolia Chapter's first field trip of the year: Sunday, August 18th, to see Chapman's Fringed Orchids!

Join us Sunday, August 18th for our first Magnolia Chapter field trip this season as we travel out to Baker County to experience an exceptional occurrence of Chapman's Fringed Orchid, Platanthera chapmanii. This brilliant orange terrestrial orchid is a state listed Endangered species, considered globally imperiled and possibly extirpated in Georgia. Chapman's Fringed Orchid is pollinated by butterflies with adequately long tongues to source the nectar from the deep flower tubes.

Doug and Theresa Moore own about 2,400 acres in Baker county, south of Sanderson FL.  The Moore property contains fire maintained pine flatwoods, interspersed with cypress swamps and depressional wetlands.  Because the Moore's have regularly burned their property, the groundcover is exceptionally rich in floral diversity.  Last year (2018), Susan Carr and Doug Moore found a spot with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Chapman's orchids in full bloom.  Houston Snead visited the site and determined that it might be largest population of this rare orchid, anywhere on earth!  This year we will re-visit the site and see how the population is doing.  Will there be the numbers and floral display of last year?  These orchids are notoriously unpredictable; any information we can gather about the size and status of this population will help Houston and his colleagues understand this imperiled plant species.  In any event, we will have fun botanizing in some beautiful pinelands!  

If you'd like to join the field trip, please email Lilly Anderson-Messec at to sign up & be sure to give her your cell phone number.
We will be meeting at 6:45 am to carpool in the parking lot of Newk's Eatery, 1400 Village Square Blvd Suite 35, Tallahassee, FL 32312. We will need to leave at 7:00 am in order to arrive at the site by 9:00 am.  Since it is a 2-hr drive east from Tallahassee, we will likely spend 2-3 hrs at the site, and then a 2-hr drive home, so we will probably return around 2:00 pm.

Be sure to bring: Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Hat, Boots (that may get wet), Water, Snacks and Lunch.

Here is a link to Doug's entry road:,-82.2746274,2101m/data=!3m1!1e3 

Saturday, August 17th, Looking for Mushrooms at Lost Creek Forest Mycoblitz

There are many Citizen Science projects all over the country and the world where people make observations of various things in nature and submit their findings for scientific research.  Lost Creek Forest is our Thomas County community's original old growth hardwood slope forest and wetlands, so an ideal site to do research on the surviving ancient natural world. 
On Saturday, August 17th, there will be a mushroom count, or Mycoblitz at Lost Creek Forest.  Jenny Rogers a current Master’s student in FSU's chemical oceanography program and Faylo Faylo, a conservation professional, will lead the fungi search through Lost Creek Forest for the Continental MycoBlitz put on by the North American Mycoflora Project. Participants will search for, and they or the leaders will document, specimens through iNaturalist as well as collect specimens to submit for DNA sequencing. This project helps scientists understand more about the diversity and distribution of this underrepresented kingdom. It also helps bolster the argument about the protection of old growth forests, such as these, that harbor within them unique and endangered species.
iNaturalist is a free app that can be used to identify anything in nature.  The user takes a picture with their phones, and the app identifies it or gives possible choices.  The data is then entered in a national database, benefiting science.  This is a new and excellent way for nature lovers to learn plants, fungi, butterflies, other insects, birds, etc.  Participants who are interested in learning this very useful tool should bring their phones and download the app.
If you would like to help with this project or just enjoy walking in the woods with the group, you can come to the trailhead on Airport Rd. at 12:45 pm on August 17th. Take Pavo Rd about 5 miles northeast from Thomasville, and shortly past Country Oaks Golf Course, turn left on Airport Rd. Look for a sign and cars on the left about halfway down the hill.  The program will be from 1 to 4 pm, but participants could leave earlier if needed.  Wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring water and snacks, if desired. Rainy weather is actually an advantage with mushrooms, not a deterrent, so the program will not be cancelled unless there are severe thunderstorms.  Registration is not required.  For more information, contact Beth Grant at 227 9844 or

August 23rd & 24th, Cherokee Pollinator Garden

The Friends of Lost Creek Forest will also be hosting an event for the Great Georgia Pollinator Count, another Citizen Science project, on August 23 and 24 at Cherokee Pollinator Garden next to the Rose Garden at Cherokee Lake Park in Thomasville, GA. There will be activities for the whole family on Saturday from 9 to 1 at the garden. The garden is open all the time, so anyone can do counts on their own at the garden or elsewhere in Georgia on those two days. Go to for directions. For more information, contact Beth Grant at 227-9844 or

Monthly Meeting Program Line-up for 2019 - 2020:

Sep. 5th - Craig Huegel - Plant Sex

Oct. 3rd - Floyd Griffith - Rare Plants of the Panhandle

Nov. 7th - Susan Carr - Conservation in Florida - Protecting Natural Florida Landscapes for Plants and People

Dec. 5th - Stan Rosenthall - Soils of Leon County

Jan. 2nd - Walter Tschinkel - Secrets of Ants

Feb. 6th - Guy "Harley" Means - How Surficial Geology Affects Ravine Development

Mar. 5th - Steven Brantley - The Role of Native Vegetation in Water Management: Do Species Matter?

Apr. 2nd - Brian Pelc - Invasive Plants

May 7th - Tom Miller - Dune Recovery

Field Trips will be scheduled for the Sunday following each of the above meetings.

For additional details, please refer to 
Monthly 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 through the glass doors and foyer on the back side 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

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

TorreyaKeepers - contact

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
Milkweed Wednesdays

Other groups of interest:

Friends of the Apalachicola National Forest: Facebook

Sarracenia Chapter: Facebook

Hairstreak Chapter of NABA: Calendar : Facebook

Apalachee Audubon : Calendar 

Monarch-Milkweed Initiative: Facebook

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