Field Trip Overview
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
6:45am Coffee and Morning Refreshments (Conference Center Entrance)
7:20am Board Buses (Conference Center Entrance)
7:30am Depart Coral Springs Marriott
4:30pm Return to Coral Springs Marriott
5:30pm Dinner Barbecue (Hotel Terrace)
Field Trip Description
We board buses at 7:20am and depart for the Everglades for a first-hand look at the damaging effects of laurel wilt disease on this significant ecosystem. The field trip features several stops to view severe mortality due to laurel wilt including a tour around the Loop Road Scenic Drive at the Big Cypress National Preserve, and a stop near Tree Snail Hammock Trail to see swamp bay affected with a moderate laurel wilt infestation. A later stop provides a better overview of the area with additional opportunities to observe alligators and an outstanding pond cypress with epiphytes. Further on, we will walk along Gator Hook Trail to see examples of cypress stands. Near Monroe Station, we will observe severe devastation from LW. Finally, we will go into the Everglades National Park for a stop at the Shark Valley Visitor Center and then walk to the Tram Tour which will take us to the Observation Tower for a panoramic view of the tree islands.
What to Wear & Bring: Wear comfortable, lightweight attire for the heat, and dress for walking; Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Food Offered: Water, snacks and a bagged lunch will be provided.