November 13, 2023: Mike Adams hosted the 9th annual birding and eco-tour for 3rd graders from St. Johns Academy, a local Classical Christian school in St. Augustine. The tour was at Adams’ Saturiwa Conservation Area, strategically located along the St. Johns River in rural southwest St. Johns County. The educational event was more than birdwatching – it was also sharing facts and stories about native plants, river ecology, wildlife, natural history, prescribed burning and longleaf pine habitat restoration. This included discussion about Billy Bartram’s 1774 local plant and animal encounters and descriptions, such as gopher tortoise, alligator, rattle snake, moccasin, black bear, bald eagle, sandhill crane, black and painted vultures, barred owl, yellow bream, cabbage palm tree, wax myrtle, tar flower, Bartam’s ixia, and the carnivorous hooded pitcher plant. Mike is enthusiastic about natural history and always thrilled to share his knowledge and educate the next generation.
Our Bartram Trail Society of Florida is committed to historic and natural resources education, research, recreation (hiking, biking and paddling) and preservation, as well as the state-wide unified effort of establishing a meaningful Florida Bartram Trail and contiguous to Bartram’s historical travels throughout the Southeast.