The 2nd Annual Air Potato Raid will be held on January 22nd at Lower Wekiwa River Preserve State Park and Seminole County Environmental Studies Center.
The air potato is a pesky vine that’s native to tropical Asia. Due to its ability to displace native species and disrupt natural processes such as fire and water flow, the air potato has been listed as one of Florida’s most invasive plant species since 1993.
At last year’s PGB Air Potato Raid event, 60 people turned out to collect a total of 700 pounds of potatoes! This year, the Pangea Gives Back team of volunteers will once again visit the site(s) within the park where there is an air potato problem. Each team will collect the tubers (potatoes) and remove the vines. Various prizes for largest potatoes and biggest basket of spuds will be awarded. The round-up lasts just a few hours and is a super way to get involved in natural areas restoration and beautification efforts.
The roundup begins at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park at 9am. For more info, or to sign up as a volunteer or site caption, contact Amy Clifton, Wekiwa Springs State Park Biologist at 407-884-2006 or Amy.Clifton@dep.state.fl.us or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.