Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6pm – 7:30pm at the North Port Library, located at 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL. This is free and open to the public. Kate Borduas, Florida Master Naturalist, will share about the charming Florida Scrub Jay, Florida’s only endemic bird, and the fact it is in real danger of extinction. Numbers of these social, highly specialized birds have plummeted due to habitat destruction and urban sprawl. Is it possible to turn this around?
Join Borduas as she explores how things got to be so bad so fast and what is being done to help the surviving FSJ populations. Learn what YOU can do to help save what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has called a “Species of the Century.”
Borduas is a self-described 'adult-onset' naturalist. A transplant from the rocky coast of Maine, Kate is now a Florida Master Naturalist and a Certified Interpretive Guide. Kate gives numerous 'nature' talks and also leads frequent walks in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties with specific focus on Scrub Habitat (itself endangered) and the endemic Florida Scrub Jay. Kate's program aims to educate the general public into ways that they can help these critically endangered birds.
Saturday, March, 2018, 10:30am - 11:45am at the "NEW" North Port Shannon Staub Library, located at 4675 Career Lane, North Port, FL, North Port Friends of Wildlife will provide a talk by Mr. Allen Stewart on fostering a healthy economy AND a healthy natural environment. This event is free and open to the public.
Below please find a summary of Mr. Stewart's discussion along with his bio:
“What is the relationship between effective environmental management and a viable stable economy? Initial discussion will revolve around consideration of short-term and long-term economic gains, and the difference between economic growth and economic balance. Ultimately the question is what is the nature of our obligation to future generations—our posterity—and how we strive for sustainability—that is long term survivability. Included will be review of economic thinking oriented toward capital economics as typified by Milton Friedman’s perspective, and a comparison of this with ecological economists such as H.T. Odum and Paul Hawken. Finally, the audience will be encouraged to offer insight and suggestions related to sustainable economics and how it can be incorporated into comprehensive land-use planning and economic development.”
E. Allen Stewart III P.E.
E. Allen Stewart III served as principal engineer and vice president of HydroMentia, Inc. of Ocala, Florida, from 1996 until his retirement in 2012. He is a native Floridian, having been born in St. Petersburg and reared in Cocoa. He presently resides in Punta Gorda. His career of 40 years has been exclusively in Florida, including involvement in the development of environmental regulations and in the technical review of major environmental restoration programs in central and south Florida. He has been a lifetime advocate of environmental preservation and reclamation, and has been particularly involved in projects associated with the protection and restoration of Lake Apopka, Lake Okeechobee, The Indian River Lagoon, and The Everglades.
Mr. Stewart is trained in both engineering and the biological sciences, and has extensive experience in the development, design, and full-scale operations of impaired surface water and advanced wastewater treatment facilities based upon Managed Aquatic Plant Systems (MAPS), extending back to the mid 1970’s. These facilities target the removal, recovery and reuse of the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus.
In addition he has considerable design and construction management experience in the arena of more conventional wastewater treatment systems, including secondary and advanced wastewater treatment, sludge management and water reuse. He has developed practical sizing and design models for specific MAPS technologies, including the Algal Turf Scrubber® (ATS™) and the Water Hyacinth Scrubber (WHS™). He has served as project manager for large scale regional wastewater treatment systems, and has negotiated and implemented contracts for design, build operate (DBO) facilities. He also served as project manager and operations manager for a large recirculating aquaculture facility owned and maintained by HydroMentia near Okeechobee, Florida. This facility targeted the cultivation of hybrid striped bass, with production approaching 1 million pounds annually. Mr. Stewart is a registered Professional Engineer (FL23577) in the State of Florida.
Since retirement Allen has continued consultation with HydroMentia and others, and has provided Pro-Bono services to select non-profit organizations. He maintains an interest in the role of the scientist and engineer in the development of a truly sustainable society, including consideration of new economic paradigms. He is an avid kayak fisherman and student of Native American History.
Education1976 MS. Engineering and Environmental Studies, University of Central Florida (Recipient of 1987 Alumni Professional Achievement Award)
1971 B.S. Zoology, University of Florida
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6pm – 7:30pm at the North Port Library, located at 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL. NPFOWL will sponsor a talk about our conservation lands like the Carlton Reserve to include their history, wildlife, plant life, etc. by Debbie Blanco, Environmental Specialist at Sarasota County Government.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6pm – 7:30pm at the North Port Library, located at 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL. NPFOWL will sponsor a talk on Ocean Acidification. What is it? What do we do about it? By Drew Martin of Lake Worth, who serves as conservation chair for the Loxahatchee Group, Sierra Club.
Below shares some fun where a gopher tortoise burrow is being inspected by a young visitor. The City of North Port Public Works department has been great environmental stewards which has been demonstrated by their care to protect the city's tortoises.