BROOKSVILLE — Chinsegut Conservation Center will present a “Wetland Wonders” guided walk on Saturday, featuring the sand hills, oak hammock and marsh at May’s Prairie.
The Wetland Wonders’ guided ¾-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road in Brooksville.
Participants will be introduced to formation of the basin marsh within the sand hills of the Brooksville Ridge.
“While at the basin marsh, we will look at the plants and animals and probably hear a chorus of frogs such as the pig frog and southern cricket frog,” said Pamela Murfey of the Chinsegut Conservation Center.
Murfey said the wetlands have several critical functions. They:
♦ Filter pollution as plants absorb excess nitrogen.
♦ Act as floodwater retention areas, especially during heavy rains associated with hurricanes and tropical storms.
♦ Provide habitat, nesting and resting areas for sandhill cranes, wood ducks and other birds, as well as opportunities for people to observe nature.
Participants on the guided walk can expect to see many types of dragonflies and wildflowers, including migratory dragonfly species such as black saddlebags and green darners, along with common dragonfly species such as blue corporals, blue dashers, and eastern pond hawks.
“Along the shore grow many wildflowers such as redroot, pale meadow beauty, hat pins, bog buttons and pink sundews, duck potato, floating hearts, pickerelweed and fragrant white water lilies can be found growing in the water,” Murfey said.
Binoculars are optional; some are available on loan. Participants should wear appropriate clothes for wet conditions, sun protection and bring insect activity. There will be plenty of opportunities for photography, so people may bring cameras.
For more information contact (352) 754-6722 or visit www.myfwc.com/chinsegut.
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