Gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species because they dig burrows that provide shelter for hundreds of other animals. Without the gopher tortoise, many of these species would not exist. Search for the reptiles during a guided hike through the scrub habitat in Lyonia Preserve.
Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, which is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.
Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.