FNPS Mangrove Chapter June 24, 2017 Field Trip
The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join in a nature walk through the healthy expanse of wildlife-rich habitats in the Babcock-Web Wildlife Management Area in Punta Gorda at 9 am on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The area provides wide open vistas of pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes and dry prairies.
The Babcock-Webb area has an interesting and colorful history beginning with the Calusa Indians who lived in the coastal villages and towns that later became Charlotte County.
The original acreage, purchased from Fred Babcock in 1941, included more than 19,000 acres of pine flatwoods, fresh water marshes, and dry prairies. Today, this wildlife area covers 80,700 acres and is among the last undeveloped expanses of hydric (wet) pine flatwoods in southwest Florida.
DIRECTIONS: The Babcock-Web Wildlife Management Area is located at 29200 Tucker’s Grade in Punta Gorda. To reach the Management Area from Englewood, take I-75 South to Tucker’s Grade. At the end of the road go into the wildlife management area. Walkers will meet at the weigh station just past the payment area. There is no entrance fee for those 65 and over.
Directions are also available on the Mangrove Chapter website: mangrove.fnpschapter.org
For more information you may contact Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.
At: Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area
Punta Gorda FL