IRC is excited to announce our first of six volunteer days at the Lake Ida Parcel in Delray Beach on Saturday, October 21st from 9am-12pm! Volunteers will help hand-pull invasive plants and remove debris/trash from the site.
Participants are REQUIRED to wear close-toed shoes (NO FLIP-FLOPS!) and long pants. All volunteers will get a free t-shirt when you check-in! We will provide all necessary tools, gloves, and refreshments. The meeting point is still being determined, so check back soon for info on where to park.
See the flyer below for more info and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and RSVPs.
IRC is excited to announce new job opportunities in Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys! See the flyer below for more information on where to submit your information. Please share with anyone who might be interested!
George Gann Becomes a Member of the North American Plant Red List Authority.
Monday, June 26, 2017
IRC's Acting Director, George Gann, has been invited to join the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) North American Plant Red List Authority. This will make him an official member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), the largest of six commissions in the IUCN.
The SSC undertakes assessments of the status of species, develops species conservation action plans and strategies, prepares technical guidelines and formulates IUCN policy statements. The Commission delivers and promotes this technical knowledge, advice and policy guidance to those who can influence the implementation of conservation actions across the world. The major role of the SSC Red List Authority is to contribute status assessments of species to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, in collaboration with Global Species Programme (GSP) staff in the IUCN Secretariat and the Red List Partner institutions.
IRC Installs Bioacoustics Recorder to Record Bonneted Bat Echolocation Calls in Miami.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
IRC Pine Rockland Initiative Program Coordinator, Maha Nusrat, and IRC Entomologist, Sandy Koi, recently installed a Bioacoustics Recorder at the USCG offices where the instrument will record wavelength data for the next month. IRC will then view the recorded wavelengths to look for bonneted bats echolocation calls at their specific high or low frequencies (19-20 kHz). The goal is to map the areas near and within boundaries of the Richmond tract to verify scientifically that bonneted bats (and probably others) are indeed on this property. If observed in this study, then bonneted bats are likely to be located within the Coral Reef Commons property as well which has not been adequately addressed by RAM developers in their Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).
IRC Awarded Grant From the City of Miami Beach.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
IRC is excited to announce that we have been awarded a $5,000 Environmental and Sustainability Grant from the City of Miami Beach to promote environmental stewardship through a Beach Restoration program. We plan on using volunteers to help us remove invasive plant species and replace them with plants native Miami's dune ecosystem. IRC has a long history of restoring Miami Beach and we are thrilled to continue that work this year.
Stay tuned throughout the next year to find out how you can participate in our volunteer days!
Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Restoration Volunteer Day at Atlantic Dunes Park in Delray Beach!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Mark your calendars! IRC will be holding our next restoration volunteer day at Atlantic Dunes Park in Delray Beach on Saturday, April 8 from 9 am to 12 pm. This event, sponsored by Tina Pugliese of Pugliese Public Relations, will help continue to restore the park by removing invasives, planting natives, and picking up trash/recyclables.
See the flyer below for additional information. Questions and RSVPs can be sent to Cara Abbott (email@example.com and 305-304-6610).
Volunteers Make IRC's Pine Rockland Restoration Day a Great Success!
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Thank you to the 25 volunteers who came out to IRC's Pine Rockland Resoration Event on Saturday! Volunteers of all backgrounds came from Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade County to help restore the beautiful private pine rockland located on the Medloks, participants helped remove invasive plants such as Jasminum fluminense (brazilian jasmine), Schefflera actinophylla (umbrellatree), and Tradescantia spathaceaoyster (Oysterplant). Volunteers also provided maintenance on the trails throughout the 5 acre pineland by trimming back palms. IRC was able to donate approximately 20 pine rockland native plants to the Medloks, thanks to the Connect to Protect Netowork!
For additional photos from the volunteer day, check out the facebook album here.
IRC is pleased to announce the release of “A Gardening Guide to Living on the Barrier Island”. IRC’s Chief Conservation Strategist, George Gann, authored this brochure with Rob Barron of Coastal Management and Consulting thanks to Kimberlee Duke Marshall of the Ocean Ridge Garden Club and Jerry Lower of the Coastal Star. This brochure, which was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ocean Ridge Garden Club, discusses landscaping best practices for living on the barrier island. Specifically, the brochure details how to create a resilient, native dune, which common invasive plants should be removed, how to keep your lighting safe for sea turtles, and more! If interested, you can purchase a copy for $2 at the Ocean Ridge town hall.
IRC's Senior Botanist, Jorge Carlos Trejo, recently presented a talk at the IX Caribbean Biodiversity Congress, a triennial meeting organized by the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Trejo presented on the Puerto Rican web page and data base Plants of the Islands of Puerto Rico and also discussed our Yucatán and South Florida projects.
Below: J.C. Trejo with Jorge Mancebo, Coordinator of the School of Agronomy, posing with the fist tree planted at the Arboretum of the Instituto Politécnico Loyola in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. The arboretum was funded in 1968 by the highly respected priest Julio Cícero, a Yucatecan that lived and contributed to botany for 44 years in the Dominican Republic. Trejo is currently preparing a essay on Cicero's life and botanical contribution in the DR, which is totally unknown in the Yucatán.
We are excited to announce that IRC will be holding a Pine Rockland Restoration Volunteer Day on Saturday, March 4 from 9 am to 12 pm on a private pine rockland in Homestead during National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
This event is unique because we are helping private pine rockland owners who are enthusiastic and passionate about preserving this endangered ecosystem in their own backyard. Unfortunately, they do not have the resources, time, or energy to restore their land. This will be a great opportunity for everyone at the event, including already educated pine rockland enthusiasts, to learn some personal stories about these owner's history with their pine rockland, before, during, and after Hurricane Andrew, which was a significant event that unfortunately impacted the Homestead area significantly.
Check out the flyer below for more info!
IRC Moderates Breakout Session at 32nd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference.
Monday, January 30, 2017
IRC's Chief Conservation Strategist, George Gann, moderated a breakout session titled "Plant and Animal Biodiversity: Including a Critical Element of Everglades Restoration" on Friday, January 6 in Ft. Myers. Panelists included Todd Hopkins of Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Sandy Koi of Tropical Audubon Society, and Jennifer Rehage of Florida International University.
The session was well attended and resulted in great dialogue between panelists and attendees about making biodiversity a priority in Everglades Restoration as the water is sent south. To see additional pictures, click here. To read more about the Everglades Coalition, click here.
The topic of "Rare Plants and Everglades Restoration" was also presented by George Gann at the Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society January meeting.
Only 2% of the original Pine Rockland ecosystem remains in Miami-Dade's urban corridor and the enduring fragments stand vulnerable to habitat destruction, invasive pest plants and lack of fire. IRC continues its dedication to long-term habitat restoration of this imperiled ecosystem by actively working to minimizing these threats. We implement the Pine Rockland Initiative Program and own and manage two pinelands in southern Miami-Dade County. In December, Craig van der Heiden, through a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service completed a prescribed burn on our John Kunkel Small pineland in Homestead. Fire is a fundamental management tool in Pine Rockland restoration. We look forward to monitoring the vegetation regrowth after the fire.
To see additional photos from the burn, click here.
To kick off IRC’s Pine Rockland Initiative Program, IRC completed a restoration project at Coral Pines Park this November. The IRC restoration team worked on the three-acre site to remove twenty exotic species which included FLEPP Category I and II invasive plants such as Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius), Woman’s Tongue (Albizia lebbeck), and Shoebutton Ardisia (Ardisia elliptica). To see additional before and after pictures from the project, click here. The team also held a volunteer restoration day for passionate and curious community members, who were eager to learn more about an endangered ecosystem and lend their helping hands to remove the oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea) infestation that was taking over the complete north side of the plot. By clearing out the area of the hundreds of oyster plants, we were able to discover some native understory such as coontie (Zamia integrifolia) and saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) from under the limestone rock outcropping, as well as finding pineland fern (Anemia adiantifolia) after removing all the invasive Burmareed (Neyraudia reynaudiana).
The Coral Pine Park pine rockland is also habitat for two threatened plant species, Crenulate leadplant (Amorpha herbacea var. crenulata) and Florida southern sandmat (Euphorbia pergamena). Also known as the Miami lead-plant, A. crenulata is endemic to Miami-Dade County, Florida. Crenulate lead-plant was listed as endangered on July 18, 1985. It has been almost entirely eliminated by agriculture, urban, and commercial development in it’s pine rockland habitats (USFWS 1997). In addition, fire suppression, invasion by exotic plant species, and drainage threaten the survival of the plant species thus possibly disrupting the flowering and seed production of the species (Roncal 1996). Today, threatened species like the Crenulate lead-plant and others continue to be in danger of extinction unfortunately due to development and urbanization, the primary causes for the imperilment of the threatened pine rocklands. IRC will continue to monitor Coral Pine Park as a means to maintain the beautiful pine rockland site and keep abreast of the presence of the threatened species at Coral Pines Park. To find the complete plant list for Coral Pine Park, please click here.
Photos © Maha Nusrat.
IRC’s Landmark Publication "Rare Plants of
South Florida : Their History, Conservation, and Restoration" Now
Available in a Free Electronic Book
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The complete manuscript of
IRC’s landmark publication "Rare Plants of South Florida : Their
History, Conservation, and Restoration" is now available in a free electronic book.
This critically acclaimed document, which includes data on all of the
regionally extinct and imperiled plant species in South Florida, was
originally published as a printed book in 2002. Not only is this
manuscript now available for free, but also all 1081 pages of the
electronic pdf are fully searchable.
For nearly 15 years, "Rare Plants of South Florida : Their History, Conservation, and Restoration"
has been a tool for conserving, restoring and understanding the history
of rare native plants and their habitats in South Florida. As always,
we hope that you will consider supporting our work as we continue expanding our conservation efforts.
"Rare Plants of South Florida : Their History,
Conservation and Restoration" authors, Steve Woodmansee (left), George
Gann (middle) and Keith Bradley (right) in the premier issue of Orion
Afield in 1997.
IRC’s Chief Conservation Strategist, George
Gann, Attends 2016 NatureServe Network Conservation Conference in San
Juan, Puerto Rico
Monday, May 23, 2016
IRC’s Chief Conservation Strategist, George
Gann, recently attended Biodiversity Without Borders: The NatureServe
Network Conservation Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
NatureServe is a network of over 1,000 conservation professionals that
have collaboratively assessed over 70,000 species and mapped over 1,600
ecosystems. The conference hosted a select group of leading
conservationists for a week of plenaries, symposiums, workshops, panels,
presentations, and field sessions focused on conservation and
biodiversity trends in the western hemisphere.
Gann was an active speaker at the conference and gave presentations
titled “Improving species selection for restoration: global context,
resources and tools” and “Plants of the island of Puerto Rico: an
innovative web-based conservation tool for scientists and enthusiasts”.
Additionally, Gann served as a panelist on “Developing a protocol for
assessing the regional conservation status of species” and “Present and
future priorities for plant conservation in Puerto Rico and the Virgin
Islands,” the latter at a one day workshop held at the Doña Inés
IRC’s participation in this conference helped fortify our
international presence and relationships with scientists at the
forefront of global biodiversity conservation.
Participants of the Biodiversity Without Boundaries
Workshop including George Gann, past IRC board member Joyce Maschinski,
and Director the Doña Inés Botanical Garden Christian Torres Santana.