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Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah and Arthur R. Marshall Foundation

joined together at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on

Sunday, January 11, 2009

'Our Florida Everglades - Now and Forever'

Over 100 people attended the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah’s Green Team Field Trip to Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, January 11th. We were welcomed by Sherryl Zigler and her Green Team Co-Chairs Marcia Werby and Charlotte Zimmerman. The weather was glorious, the group enthusiastic and after bagels and coffee, were treated to talks by three experts about this most northern enclave of the Everglades.

They used charts and video to explain the complex problems the protected refuge faced such as evasive plants and pollution challenges from the neighboring environment. They explained that this was not a national park which has concerns for its visitors, but a refuge which has as its number one priority the plant and animal inhabitants of the area. 

The group was split into four teams, each with a knowledgeable leader and went into the Refuge. We walked slowly looking at ‘mother nature’ and listening to the sounds of her creatures. We walked through a natural hammock on a drier island and a wet marsh area. We noted the differences between the two habitats as well as the plants and animal population and took many photos.

Everyone agreed that this was a wonderful experience. Some participants commented that they would be coming back to this natural paradise to soak in its peace, quiet and uplifting ambiance. The Green Team urges each of you to take a moment from your busy schedule and commune with nature at this “neighborhood gem.” The Refuge is open daily from sun up to sun down and is located on Highway 441, 2 miles south of Boynton Beach Boulevard 

By Fran Sachs 

       Sherryl Zigler, Serena Rinker,                             Judy & Mickey Weinberg
       Loxahatchee National Fish & Wildlife
       Services Rangers & Charlotte Zimmerman







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