Welcome to the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead October Webinar Series!

Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead is presenting four exciting webinars starting this October. A grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation is underwriting the series. Each webinar will be 1 hour and be comprised of a 45 -50-minute presentation, followed by a 10 to 15-minute audience Q+A.

Admission is free, but you must register to receive an invitation for each webinar. Click on the registration link below each webinar to access the registration page.

Space is limited, so sign-up today!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Time: 11:00 am to Noon

Host: Rebecca Tasetano, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

Co-host: Pamela Callender, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

Presenter: Tom Heitzman, Owner, Sweet Bay Native Plant Nursery

Webinar Description:  By attending this session you will learn about and discover many Florida native plants to integrate into your garden that are essential for attracting butterflies, birds, and native bees. This presentation will answer many questions you might have about how and why including native plants to your landscape is important. You’ll discover why every plant has a purpose that can bring more life to your yard.

Presenter bio: Tom Heitzman started Sweet Bay Native Plant Nursery in 1995. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Horticulture and has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the culture and landscape use of native plants. Tom is past-president of Serenoa Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, past co-president of FANN and past-president of Manatee County Audubon. He is currently a board member of these organizations volunteering his expertise to improve the local environment.   Sweet Bay Nursery is one of the premier Florida native plant nurseries located in northern Manatee County serving Central Florida since 1995, specializing in native butterfly and wildlife plants, perennial wildflowers, shrubs, trees, ferns, and grasses. Sweet Bay’s mission is to help their customers sustain wildlife, conserve and improve water quality, and preserve our natural history with the use of Florida native plants.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Time: 11 am to noon

Host: Rebecca Tasetano, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

Presenter: Ralph Monti, Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor/Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

Co-presenter: Cathy Duff, Law Enforcement Deputy, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

Webinar Description: If you’re getting back on your bicycle after a lengthy hiatus, or if you’re a seasoned bicyclist and you wish to enhance your crash avoidance and bicycling handling skills, then this workshop is for you. Led by a certified bicycle safety instructor, webinar topics include proper helmet fit, cycling gear and equipment, how to recognize and avoid various trail and road hazards, principles of bicycling traffic laws—plus lots more!

Presenter Bios: Ralph is the immediate past Chair and board member of The League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C. He serves as a committee member of the Sarasota Bicycle-Pedestrian-Advisory Committee and as a League Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor, teaches bicycle safety and maintenance classes in Sarasota and Manatee counties. He is the bicycle activities director of FOJT.

Cathy Duff is a Law Enforcement Deputy from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Time: 11 am to Noon

Program: An FOJT Plein Air Painter Art Exhibit/Critique

Host: Rebecca Tasetano, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

Presenter: Augusto Argandoña, SRQ Plein Air Painters

Co-presenter: Pamela Callender, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

Webinar Description: This online art exhibition will highlight local Plein Air artists’ work created and inspired by the landscape at Osprey Junction Trailhead Park. Plein Air is the practice of rendering nature at the moment and capturing the luminous effects of light and atmosphere. A critique of each piece will address the many styles and techniques that are essential to this distinct method of painting.

Presenter Bio: Augusto Argandoña is a well-known fine artist living in Sarasota. His watercolor paintings are part of private, corporate, and public collections and he has won numerous awards including first place and best in show awards in Florida, Western New York, Ohio. and Pennsylvania. Augusto has a distinctive painting style evidenced by his art of local tourist attractions, wildlife, family portraits, houses, boats, and pets. Visit www.aafinearts.com.

Co-presenter Bio: Pamela Callender is an artist, art curator and educator having roots to Sarasota, Florida from 1972. Since 2011, Pamela has created art exhibitions for SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Eckerd College, Fogartyville Arts Center, Sarasota County’s Osprey Junction Trailhead Visitor’s Center, and various independent artists. She is an adjunct professor of Environmental Art at Eckerd College, St. Pete, a recipient of the John Ringling Towers Grant earning Fellowship with The Hermitage in Englewood, Fl. Pamela earned a Visual Art degree from Eckerd College in St. Pete, Fl. and Master of Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. Her current art materials and study is in the field of native plant restoration.

SRQ Plein Air Painters is a group of artists sponsored by the Renaissance School of Art. The group meets every Wednesday at various locations around the SRQ area (Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice). There is no charge to attend the weekly Paint-Outs. They offer occasional group critiques, competitions, and exhibitions throughout the year.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time: 11 am to noon

Host: Rebecca Tasetano, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

Presenter: Jeanne Dubi, Acting President of Sarasota Audubon

Webinar description: For many people, identifying birds is overwhelming.   Where do you start to look for that “Little Brown Job” that just flew by, on your phone app /bird book?   Was it a sparrow, a flycatcher, or maybe it could have been some type of thrasher? Learning about bird habitat preferences can help you find different species places and help identify birds in the habitat you are enjoying now.  

Presenter Bio: For the past 23 years, Dubi has devoted much of her time to birding and to the conservation of habitat in Sarasota County. In January 1997, she began a survey of the birds of the Celery Fields, a county-owned, 300-acre stormwater retention site east of I-75. By the end of that year, she had tallied 132 species. With that information, she approached the Sarasota Audubon Society with a proposal to protect the Fields from intense public use. With the full support of Sarasota County, the Fields have been designated as an area of passive use, and the bird count now stands at 246 species. The Fields are a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.  Dubi has given numerous presentations to schools, children’s groups, adult centers, and local organizations. She is a board member and past and current president of the Sarasota Audubon Society. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Voice of Sarasota award from Visit Sarasota County.

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