Pelican Island Audubon conference, “Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future”


Pelican Island Audubon Society is holding its 3rd conference, “Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future,” on January 25th at the Emerson Center. Learn how to enhance your yard with native plants at this full day conference.

Here is the schedule:

8:00 Registration (Tickets: $25 in advance/$35 after January 18th. Includes a box lunch from Wood’n Spoon. Ask about our HOA Board President Ticket Deal.

8:00 Native plants for sale from native plant nurseries

9:00-9:45AM Dr. Craig N. Huegel, Joy of Native Gardening, Adjunct faculty, St. Petersburg College

9:45-10:30AM Steve Turnipseed, Native Landscaping in an HOA, President of the Villages Chapter of the Native Plant Society, The Villages, FL

10:30-10:45AM Break to visit vendors and booths

10:45-11:30AM Carol Spears, Spiritual Connections in Bringing Native Plant Landscaping to Managed Communities for Wildlife, Chapter Representative, Villages Chapter of the Native Plant Society

11:30-12:00PM Robin Pelensky, Lagoon Gardens to save the Lagoon, Landscape Architect, Surlaterre Landscape Architecture

12:00-12:45PM Box Lunch, Breakout “subject ideas” tables to network and ask more in-depth questions from speakers, Native plants for sale.

12:45-1:30PM Jacqui Sulek, Plants for Birds, Audubon Florida

1:30-2:15PM Scott Davis, Building Native Backyard Habitats to Bring Butterfies and Connections to our Preserved Lands, Botanist, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

2:15-2:30PM Break to visit vendors and booths

2:30-3:15PM Marjorie Shropshire, A Step-by-step Guide to a Florida Native Yard, Author, Sebastian, FL

3:15-4:00PM Stephanie Dunn, Professional Native Landscapes, Cadence Landscape Architect

4:00-4:30PM Dr. Richard Baker, Summary & Discussion: Let’s replace St. Augustine turf grass with native plants and trees for a healthy Lagoon and our precious waters, President, Pelican Island Audubon Society

According to Pelican Island Audubon president, Dr. Richard Baker, “The rate of development in the Indian River Lagoon region is climbing. NOW is the time to help preserve our local environment by transforming our residential and commercial landscapes. Our conference is an opportunity for everyone to learn how to landscape in a way that is sustainable, cost-effective, and helps enhance quality of life for all.  Let’s all be part of the solution!”

Register online at For more information Phone: 772-567-3520 | Email:

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