Welcome to the Class of 2018!

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area

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Welcome to the 2018 Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) Volunteer Nature Stewardship Class for the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA), shown above the south ORCA entrance near the FMEL Boathouse. Special thanks to FMEL Director Dr. Jorge Rey for welcoming the class to the FMEL and to Indian River County Historian Ruth Stanbridge who spoke on behalf of the Indian River County Historical Society.

This is the twenty-first free nature stewardship class conducted by FMEL and is underwritten by the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area Environmental Education Fund, an endowment held by the University of Florida Foundation.

The green strappy growth of the Florida butterfly orchids (Encyclia tampensis) — for which the barrier island in Indian River County is named Orchid Island — were full and lush, despite the recent travails of Hurricane Irma. Lots of the terrestrial toothpetal false reinorchid (Habernaria floribunda) was flowering …