Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems

Take a Walk on the Wilder Side this fall

For the second consecutive year, New College Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Dr. Meg Lowman, in association with Sarasota County Natural Resources, will conduct a series of nature walks. Lowman, along with her students of Conservation Biology at New College, will demonstrate how scientists measure the landscape and sample insects, bird songs and the treetops of southwest Florida.

Three walks will be offered in September and October:

* 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, It’s a Bug’s Life—Biodiversity in Our Own Back Yards, at Red Bug Slough Preserve, 5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota. Walkers will meet in the parking lot on Beneva Road.

* 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Life in the Treetops–Nature at the Canopy Walkway, at Myakka River State Park, 13207 State Road 72, Sarasota. Walkers will meet in the parking lot of the park’s walkway.

* 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, A Bug’s Eye View–Life Around a Wetland, at Carlton Reserve, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice. Walkers will meet outside the ranger’s hut near the main parking area.

According to Professor Lowman, the hikes are being offered at different times this fall to accommodate a range of guests, from seniors to families and students. Lowman said the hikes will not be cancelled for rain, unless lightning threatens.

Walks are limited to 50 people, so call to reserve a space. If a walk is filled, guests may choose the next available walk. Walkers should bring a light jacket, camera, sturdy shoes, a hat, sun screen, bug repellent and drinking water.

For more information or to reserve space, contact the Sarasota Call Center at (941) 861-5000 and ask about Professor Meg Lowman’s upcoming nature walks.