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Hike with a Biologist: St. Johns River Grasses

  • Rivertown Park St Johns, FL 32259 (map)

Join Aquatic Biologist Robert Burks for a walking tour along the vegetation of the St. Johns River shoreline, also known as the “riparian zone,” to identify the native species and how they are important to the health and ecology of the river. Learn why each is unique and valuable to the St Johns River ecosystem, including fish, crabs, shrimp, manatee, etc. The information will be presented in a manner that relates to every day life and health.

Some of the talking points:
– ecology of riparian zones, and why they are important for river health
– vegetation highlights that are unique to Florida, and this part of the river
– underwater grasses (SAVS) that are unique to this part of the river, and their benefits
– dock/pier issues and the impacts with light/experimental docks on aquatic grasses
– importance of submerged native vegetation and how it interacts with native aquatic species
– impacts of aquatic vegetation on water quality
– interesting stories on the history of native vegetation unique to that area.

Robert Burks is a member of the St. Johns Riverkeeper River Patrol, and lead designer of the “Know your Bloom” algae bloom awareness and sampling program. He has over 10 years of professional experience in this section of the River. This walk will last approximately 1 hour.

After the hike, head over to Bartram Bash, a festival celebrating the naturalist life and work of William Bartram at Alpine Groves Park . Food trucks, live music, ecological vendors and activities are scheduled from 10:00am – 3:00 p.m.

Robert Burks has spent 10 years leading an environmental aquatic science research team focusing on this area of the St. Johns River.

Contact Robert Burks, stormpath@gmail.com with questions.

Earlier Event: May 11
Water Ceremony