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Preserves to highlight wildflowers, wildlife in August

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PINELLAS COUNTY -- Brooker Creek Preserve and Weedon Island Preserve both have exciting programs and events that focus on wildflowers and wildlife during the month of August.

Brooker Creek Preserve

The Brooker Creek Preserve is located at 3940 Keystone Rd., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekprserve.org. Programs include:

• Aug. 9 — Introduction to Plant Identification: A local UF/IFAS Extension specialist will lead an examination of the basics of plant identification. An emphasis will be placed on flowering plants and ferns. All materials will be provided. Recommended for adults. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon.

• Aug. 30 — Wildflower Garden Club: Join the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Participants should bring garden gloves and hat. Morning snacks are usually provided. Free; registration required. 8 to 11 a.m.

Weedon Island Preserve

The Weedon Island Preserve is located at 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. Programs include:

• Aug. 2 — Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping: During this 2-hour program, UF/IFAS Extension Agent Brian Niemann will provide information on basics of landscaping and composting. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; registration required.

• Aug. 7 — Weedon Island Lawn and Garden Help Desk: Get answers and solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn and landscape care. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. This session will be held again on Aug. 22.

• Aug. 16 — Botany 101: How do plants work? How do they interact with the environment? How do they defend themselves? This class is an introduction to the complex plant kingdom. Recommended for adults. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required.

Other locations

• Aug. 13 — Wetland Wildflowers: Freshwater wetlands are home to some amazing wildflowers. Experts from UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Services will introduce participants to these denizens of the swamp. 10:30 to noon. Free. St. Petersburg Main Public Library, 3745 9th Ave. North. St. Petersburg.

• Aug. 14 — Attracting Backyard Wildlife: Florida has a diverse wildlife population. By making some basic changes to a landscaping plan, participants can create a yard that will provide habitat for a variety of birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Free. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

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