ST. PETERSBURG - Events with a focus on history and nature make March a lucky one for visitors to at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center. Most programs are free, however registration is required.
On Thursday, March 6, from 7 to 8 p.m., Florida Sea Grant agents John Stevely and Libby Carnahan will discuss recent fish barotraumas, a condition effecting fish reeled up from a depth in excess of 40 feet, research and methods to increase fish survival rate.
Lose the pests without hurting the environment. On Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Urban Horticulture agent Theresa Badurek illustrates how to manage Florida vegetable gardens in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Learn about integrated pest management, scouting for garden pests, harmful and beneficial insects and common weeds.
On Friday, March 14, assist in an annual checklist of Weedon Islandís bird population and learn the identifying marks and behaviors of the year-round feathered residents and seasonal visitors while enjoying a hike at Weedon Island from 8 to 10 a.m.
On Saturday, March 15, from 8 to 10 a.m., grab a camera and hike the preserve in search of that perfect photo. After a brief classroom session, preserve volunteers highlight seasonal features of the preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve.
Want to get some delicious seafood, but worried about selecting the healthiest and safest choice? A Pinellas County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, along with Pinellas County Sea Grant agent will be out at Weedon Island on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon talking about possible consumer seafood concerns.
On Thursday, March 20, the Archaeology Lecture Series continues with a session on outside influences along the Gulf Coast, Weedon Island to Safety Harbor. The lecture will be 7 to 8 p.m. and cover traits that the Manasota/Weeden Island people picked up from the Mississippian culture.
See what the buzz is about in Beekeeping 101 on Saturday, March 29. From 9 a.m. to 4 pm., Pinellas County Extension and the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab at the University of Florida will cover everything from honey bee anatomy to beekeeping equipment and much more. Live bee colonies are available on site for hands-on learning and tools and protective gear will be provided to all.
Every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Wee-time at Weedon treats children to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. This program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. This activity is recommended for ages 3 to 5. Advance registration requested.
Visitors to Weedon Island Preserve can learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. The guided hikes are offered every Saturday in March from 9 to 11 a.m. Registration is required.
Connecting People and Place is an art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit of the areaís history, ecology and people at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. The center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. It is closed all Pinellas County holidays.