Plants, People and Yes, Birds: The Pelican Island Audubon Society

“Snow birds” aren’t the only birds to flock to Florida in winter. So, when my husband and I recently visited Vero Bea
ch, we went birding.

One of our stops was the Pelican Island Audubon Society. The visit wasn’t what I expected. I thought I’d see trails and birds. Instead, there were plants and people. The people were enthusiastic, knowledge and so friendly that I was ready to become a volunteer.

The Gardens

One of the people we met was Ken Gonyo, Pelican Island’s volunteer coordinator. A volunteer himself, he gave us a tour of the gardens, which he designed.

The gardens in front of the society’s two buildings have a formal style, reflecting the tastes of many home gardeners. It becomes less formal the further into the grounds you walk.

In the back, there is a lovely butterfly garden recently created by Gonyo. His focuses on butterflies for two reasons: he loves them and they are an effective way to introduce students to nature.

The garden features native plants.  Tropical sage, Salvia coccinea, attracts Florida’s native Zebra longwing butterflies, Heliconius charitonia. The flower’s range extends from southeastern Canada through the eastern and southwestern United States and part of south America. They are a wonderful addition to any garden in the Northeast. Continue reading Plants, People and Yes, Birds: The Pelican Island Audubon Society

Love the Bay? Be Bay-Wise


The MD Bay-Wise Program focuses on the quality of the Chesapeake Bay’s water. Most residents live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream or river, and most of those waterways drain into the bay.

How we maintain our landscapes can affect the health of local waterways (drainage ditches, streams, and rivers), the bay and our environment. By changing a few landscape practices, we can often make or keep Maryland communities healthier. Continue reading Love the Bay? Be Bay-Wise

Save The American Chestnut – Planting 1000 Trees

 Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration and Regional Science Coordinator Supervisor, is planning a large progeny test planting at Red Clay Reservation (northern Delaware)  Thursday, April 13 – Saturday, April 15. 

They are planting close to 1000 trees, so need your help! Continue reading Save The American Chestnut – Planting 1000 Trees

Trees & Water Go Together Like…

A half-day workshop will be held Saturday, April 8, by Maryland’s Carroll County Forestry Board. The event will focus on the importance of reforesting land adjacent to bodies of water.

After the workshop, free seedlings will be handed out. Subsidized tree shelters and stakes will be sold. If you would you like to attend, print out the attached application and mail it to the address on the brochure. If you are purchasing tree shelters and stakes, make your check payable to CCFB and include it with your application.

There is a $5 registration fee. Details and registration are available  at this link. Please disregard the application due date.

Fun with Native Plants