May 7th Panther Refuge Outing Notice

Invitation to: DPI-SIG Members

Outing May 7th at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

Subject: Prairie Orchid photo shoot:

We have been invited to join Larry Richardson to visit the Roger Roth Work Center to photograph orchids Larry the chief biologist at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge has been propagating orchids for the past 11 years as a way of saving one of the most endangered mammals in the U.S.

Larry Richardson’s goal is to raise many thousands of these rare, picky, native plants and to spread them throughout South Florida’s natural lands — the adjacent Big Cypress National Preserve, Fakahatchee Strand, Picayune Strand, and Everglades National Park. But what does raising orchids have to do with saving the panthers?
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We will meet at the Field Office gate on State Road 29 about 1 mile north of I75 exit 80.

Please meet at the gate at 8am. Bring your tripod, and any close-up equipment. And don’t forget water, sunscreen, insect repellant and snacks. We should be finished by noon. Did I mention water?

Directions to Meeting Place: Coming from Naples, head east on I-75 (Alligator Alley) toward Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Drive 21 miles to Exit 80 which is the exit for State Road 29. On SR 29 take a left heading north towards Immokalee (cross over the interstate) and continue for less than one mile. Pass the trail parking lot entrance and look for a black mailbox and address number 13233 on the gate on the left side of the road.

Allow approximately 30 minutes driving time from the Collier Blvd (CR951) & I-75 interchange (Exit 101).
If you intend joining us at 8am for this Outing, please reply to this email. Regrets not necessary.

The Larry Richardson Show will continue throughout the summer.

Naples Zoo photo shoot: In June Larry will led us through the Naples Zoo offering instruction on animal photography. Larry will promote this at our next meeting.

in August, Larry will host an outing for our club again to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge: Larry is hoping to do this after a controlled burn so there will be lots of wild flowers.

Notices will be sent out as details are defined. Our thanks to Larry for offering these outstanding opportunities. He is a great asset to our club. If other outing opportunities surface during the summer, we will offer them in addition.

Les Schwartz
Outing Director


May 7th Panther Refuge Outing Notice — 1 Comment

  1. Les Ford and Jim Loonan will be attending the Prarie Orchid Shoot on Sat.