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Wetland Ecosystems of North Florida (Wednesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm)   NEW!

Florida’s diverse wetlands are demonstrated by Panhandle examples. The course starts with flowing-water wetlands, where water first seeps laterally from stream valley sidewalls to form carnivorous plant bogs and other bog types, and then progresses down-gradient over ever-increasing stream volume and ending in the floodplains of the three major types of Coastal Plain rivers: alluvial, blackwater, and spring-run. Standing-water wetlands will be featured, beginning with the geological origin of Florida's karst lakes such as Lakes Jackson, Iamonia, and Miccosukee and comparing them with a man-made impoundment, Lake Talquin, and the high biodiversity of temporary ponds. The process of organic decomposition is explained, as is its relationship to peat accumulation and swamps such as the region's largest, the Okefenokee Swamp. This course addresses all the emergent communities between open, freshwater aquatic environments and true, dry upland soils.

Suggested Reading: PRICELESS FLORIDA, Natural Ecosystems and Native Species, by Ellie Whitney, D. Bruce Means, and Anne Rudloe. 2004. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 423 pp. FLORIDA MAGNIFICENT WILDERNESS, State Lands, Parks, and Natural Areas, by James Valentine and D. Bruce Means. 2006. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 145 pp. STALKING THE PLUMED SERPENT, and Other Adventures in Herpetology, by D. Bruce Means. 2008. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 238 pp. FLORIDA’S UPLANDS, Volume 1. High Pine, Scrub, Prairies, Hardwood Forests and Dunes, by Ellie Whitney and D. Bruce Means. 2014. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 166 pp. FLORIDA’S WETLANDS, Volume 2. Seepage Wetlands, Interior Marshes, Interior Swamps, Coastal Intertidal Zones, Mangrove Swamps, by Ellie Whitney, D. Bruce Means, and Anne Rudloe. 2014. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 166 pp. FLORIDA’S WATERS, Volume 3. Lakes, Ponds, Streams, Estuaries, Seagrass Beds, and Sponge Communities, by Ellie Whitney, D. Bruce Means, and Anne Rudloe. 2014. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 142 pp. FLORIDA’S MAGNIFICENT WATER. Volume 1 in Magnificent Florida Series, by James Valentine and D. Bruce Means. 2014. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 64 pp. FLORIDA’S MAGNIFICENT LAND. Volume 2 in Magnificent Florida Series, by James Valentine and D. Bruce Means. 2014. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 64 pp. FLORIDA’S MAGNIFICENT COAST. Volume 3 in Magnificent Florida Series, by James Valentine and D. Bruce Means. 2014. Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL. 64 pp.

Maximum Class Size: 110.

 

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