“Magic Under the Mangroves” Committee “Plants” Seeds on the Christopher B. Smith Preserve at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center
Members of the “Magic Under the Mangroves” committee met recently to continue planning for the March 8, 2012 fundraiser to support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since this year’s event is focused on celebrating our natural wild spaces, the committees “plants” the “Blazing Star” (liatrus) seed mix on the Christopher B. Smith Preserve at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The native Blazing Star’s pink-purple and white flowers are a veritable butterfly magnet, and when mixed with other seeds, provide a foraging feast for the gopher tortoises on the Christopher B. Preserve at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The seeds were included as part of the invitation tin to the “First Magic of the Season” kick-off meeting for the Committee in November. Magic Committee members were asked to bring the Blazing Star seed mix contained in the “First Magic” invitation to the December 5, 2011 Magic Committee meeting for planting.
Over the past seven years, the supporters of Magic Under the Mangroves have raised over $2.6 million to support the Conservancy mission. Northern Trust is the presenting sponsor of the 2012 event. “Magic Under the Mangroves” returns to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center campus. The “land-themed” celebration on March 8 will begin with cocktails, scrumptioushors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. A live auction follows the delectable and sustainable seated dinner, provided by “Windows,” an award-winning “green” caterer. Guests who participate at the Patron Level will also experience the “magic” of the February 12, 2012 Patron Party at the private Keewaydin Club on Keewaydin Island, along with exclusive and convenient Patron Parking at the main Magic event. Patron packages are available by calling 239.403.4200. More info at www.conservancy.org/magic.
About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida began in 1964 when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay.
The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region — water, land and wildlife. This is accomplished through the combined efforts of environmental education, science and research, policy and advocacy and wildlife rehabilitation. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic treats more than 2,400 injured, sick and orphaned animals each year and releases about half back into their native habitats.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Nature Center is located in Naples, Florida at 1450 Merrihue Drive, off Goodlette-Frank Road at 14th Avenue North. The Conservancy Nature Center will reopen in early 2012. Administrative offices and the Wildlife Clinic remain open for business.
For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or www.conservancy.org.