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FNPS Mission: To preserve, conserve, and restore native plants and native plant communities.
Learn more by visiting the FNPS website • Check our calendar for upcoming events sponsored by the Pinellas, Nature Coast, and Suncoast Chapters • Not a member yet? Join today!

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Please see details for these events in the newsletter below and check our Facebook Group and website calendar for the most up-to-date information. 
  • Wednesday, 6/1, 6:30 - 7:30 PM:  Zoom Presentation & Membership Meeting - Gardening for Songbirds
  • Saturday, 6/4, 8:30 - 10:30 AM: Fieldtrip - Bird Walk With Clearwater Audubon Society at Largo Central Park
  • Saturday, 6/11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Forrest Bluff Park Native Tree & Shrub Planting, Volunteer Opportunity
  • Monday, 6/13, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Pinellas Chapter Conservation Committee Meeting
  • Saturday, 6/18, 8 AM - 10 AM: Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden, Volunteer Opportunity
  • Saturday, 6/18, 9 AM: Pine Tree Planting at Fort DeSoto - Phase II, Volunteer Opportunity
Gardening for Songbirds
Wednesday, June 1st
ZOOM Presentation Only
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

There will be no -in-person meeting in June. Please join us on Zoom for this presentation.

Songbirds are a joy to have in the garden. Their unique colors, individual songs, and quirky habits make them fun to watch. They are also incredibly important in our ecosystem, helping with pollination, seed dispersal, and eating pests in the garden. What's not to love? This presentation will guide you to create a garden to attract and support diverse songbirds, so that you can enjoy their beauty and their benefits to your space, while aiding in their survival in the face of increasing urbanization and habitat loss. 

Amanda Streets is a lifelong gardener and nature enthusiast. She is a Florida-Friendly Landscape Certified Professional and permaculture designer. She is the owner of Living Roots Eco Design & Garden Shop. Through her work, she helps people learn to take care of the earth in more eco-friendly ways. Amanda enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors with her son, and traveling.

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Meeting ID: 883 7376 5772
Passcode: 307188
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 Fieldtrip: Bird Walk with Clearwater Audubon Society
Largo Central Park Nature Preserve
Saturday, June 4th
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Largo Central Park Nature Preserve (LCPNP) is a 31-acre nature park virtually surrounded by water. The park is home to over 130 species of birds, otters, red fox, American alligator, marsh rabbits and bats. A 5-mile kayak/canoe route begins at the park and ends at Park Boulevard.

Members of the Clearwater Audubon Society (CAS) will lead a walk to help us identify the many specifies of birds that reside here. In addition to the birds, we will also look for native plants!. Climb up the 2-story observation tower to get a great view of the park. We will meet at 8:30am in the parking lot where there is a pavilion, rest rooms and water fountain. Wear closed toe shoes, bring water, bug repellent and your binoculars. Some of the trail is shaded, but be prepared for walking in the sun on the boardwalk. Total distance is approximately 1-1/2 - 2 miles. Total time will be about 2 hours. 

RSVP here if you plan to attend and we will contact you with further instructions.

Forrest Bluff Park Native Tree & Shrub Planting
Saturday, June 11th
10 AM - 12 PM
Volunteers are needed on Saturday June 11th to plant 86 native trees of 16 varieties and 36 native shrubs of 4 varieties at Forrest Bluff Park in St. Petersburg.  Funding for this project was made possible through a Mini-Grant by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

Join us at 10:00 am sharp, along with partners from Keep Pinellas Beautiful, the City of St. Petersburg's Parks and Recreation Department, the City of St. Petersburg's Urban Forestry Committee and Office of Sustainability, IDEAS For Us, the Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association, the Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society and others in helping to enhance the natural diversity of this Park as well as assisting in the improvement of the water quality that it contributes to Tampa Bay.

The park is located at:
4TH ST. S. & 64TH AVE. S.

Sign-up for the project by linking to Waiver – Tree, Inc. ( and also by filling out and turning in (on the morning of the planting) a completed copy of the City of St. Petersburg's waiver formPlease remember to fill out both of these forms!

For more information on this event, please email or call William Moriaty, President of the Tampa Bay Reforestation and Environmental Effort, Inc. (TREE, Inc.) at 813-514-3941.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Moccasin Lake Butterfly Garden Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, June 18th
8 - 10 am

Join a team of volunteers in maintaining the Butterfly Garden at Moccasin Lake. This is a great opportunity to learn more about which plants attract and host our local butterflies, what conditions they grow in and how to prune them.

Please bring hand tools (if you have them), work gloves and a reusable water bottle. The chapter will provide trash bags.

We really appreciate the City of Clearwater allowing us to use the classroom at the park for our monthly meetings, and volunteering in the park is our way of showing it.

RSVP with your mobile number for further instructions.

June Volunteer Opportunity: Pine Tree Planting at Fort DeSoto - Phase II 
Saturday, June 18th

After an extremely successful Pine Tree Planting in February, the Florida Suncoast Sierra Club and Keep Pinellas Beautiful are holding a second phase of plantings, with a goal to plant about 100 trees! This event is limited to the first 50 to sign up, so please pre-register here. 👈

Free entrance into the park for all volunteers, just tell the ranger at the park's entrance gate you're there for the Pine Planting. Then follow the signs upon entering the park!

Please wear/bring:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Water
  • [Please bring a shovel if you have one but it's not required to participate. We want you to plant trees!]

Sponsors of this event include: WunderFarms, Pinellas County Parks, Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Suncoast Sierra Club, and Ideas For Us.

Questions? Email Ray Wunderlich at


Volunteer Opportunities

The Pinellas Chapter has several volunteer opportunities that will allow you to channel your passion for native plants and conservation into helping the chapter fulfill its mission. Many volunteer positions require just a few hours a month, and most duties can be performed at your home. If you are interested in applying or would like more information, email

Volunteer Committee Member
  • Recruiting volunteers for special projects and the speakers bureau utilizing social media, emails, and special events.
  • Collecting volunteer contact information, availability and skills, and maintaining a volunteer database.
  • Keeping new and existing volunteers informed about the organization’s volunteer opportunities, matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skill sets, and ensuring they understand their responsibilities and receive the proper training.
  • Keeping records of volunteers' hours and reporting them to FNPS.
  • (2 to 4 hours per month)

Marquette McManus
Volunteer Chair
(727) 776-2794

Thank You To Our Business Members

City of Dunedin Parks Department
City of St. Pete Beach
Hort and Soul Landscape Design
Living Roots Eco Design
Rebecca Wellborn, Realtor, Coastal Properties Group
Sunshine City Law 
Vision Ace Hardware - Oldsmar
Toftegaard Design
Wilcox Nursery & Landscape
Wild Floridian LLC

Wise Hands Professional Gardening Services

Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society
2022 Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs

All chapter members are invited to attend Board meetings, normally held via Zoom the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Email the President for information about the next meeting, and/or if you have an issue that you would like addressed.
President - Davis Byrkit
Vice President - Jane Graham
Secretary - Andrea Andersen
Treasurer - Robin Peacock
Past President  - Michael Coleman
Director / Chapter Representative - David Perkey
Director / Membership Chair - Ginger Brengle
Director / Programs Chair - Pam Schrader
Director / Communications Chair - Jessica Palenchar
Director At Large - Vicki Thomas
Director At Large - Sari Wood
Social Media and Email - Rebecca Wellborn
Newsletter Editor - Nataly Capote
Webmaster - Patty Perkey

Florida Native Plant Society Mission

The Mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

The Society fulfills this mission through:
  • Support for conservation land acquisition
  • Land management that enhances habitat suitability for native plants
  • Education
  • Public policies that protect our native flora, especially rare species
  • Research on native plant species
  • Encouragement of local landscaping practices and policies that preserve Florida's native plant heritage
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