One Buffer Preserve and one Aquatic Preserve. Together their importance is remarkable and the Friends of St. Joseph Preserves are dedicated to assisting in projects to keep them remarkable.

One Buffer Preserve and one Aquatic Preserve. Together their importance is remarkable and the Friends of St. Joseph Preserves are dedicated to assisting in projects to keep them remarkable.

With a humble beginning in 2003 the Friends have grown from a handful of supporters to a group of over 300. While many members live outside the limits of either preserve yet visit here at least once a year, more and more locals are becoming involved and realize the ecological importance and the economical and historical value of protecting the bay.

The SJBS Buffer Preserve provides significant habitat for many rare, endangered and threatened species. Migratory bird species stop off at the Preserves during the spring and fall trans-Gulf migrations. The Buffer Preserve serves as a water recharge area and buffer to St. Joseph Bay, helping to protect the bay’s water quality.

Did you know the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve manages 5,019 acres around St. Joseph Bay? How about 73,000 acres in St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve? Why are these entities important? Join the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves to find out the answers, ask questions, find out ways to help the Buffer and Aquatic Preserves by joining the Friends of the St. Joe Bay Preserves.

It has become a tradition to enjoy homemade chili with all the fixings after the once a year meeting. Be prepared to enjoy different kinds of great chilies with possibly other stews, soups or one-pot wonders. There’s cornbread, various flavors of crackers, and toppings galore to enhance your choices for lunch.

There will presentations by Dylan Shoemaker, Manager of the Buffer Preserve and Jon Brucker, Manager of the Aquatic Preserve. The meeting will be led by Lynda White, President of the Friends of St. Joseph Bay. You will have the opportunity to nominate then vote for new board members for 2017.

You are encouraged to join Friends of SJB Preserves and become an active member in 2017. If you feel like you cannot do much by yourself joining the Friends is a perfect solution. Becoming a part of the group will provide opportunities for you to grow and expand your knowledge of the Buffer and the Bay.

You may 229-1787, Ext. 1 if you have questions. Hope to see you on Saturday.