Audubon Florida News

Topic: Calendar,Climate Change,Renewables

Awards Reception: ‘Honoring Our Pioneers, Heroes and Champions’

posted on March 18, 2010 in Calendar,Climate Change,Renewables

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Pennies For the Planet; Kids Can Make A Difference


Kids can make a real difference for conservation projects across America.

Camouflaged shorebirds along California’s coast need your help. So do the coastal marshes of Louisiana and wetland habitat near the Gulf Coast of Florida. What can you do to help? Join Pennies for the Planet!

Pennies for the Planet is a successful nationwide campaign to help critical conservation projects. It’s powered by kids collecting pennies (and nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars, too!) to help save wild places and wildlife in the United States. Working in classrooms, clubs, Scout troops, other groups, with their families, and on their own, kids have turned pennies into a gold mine for wild spaces and wild species needing protection.

By raising thousands of dollars for conservation, kids have proven that they care about making the planet cleaner, greener, and wilder. Get started now by downloading a Pennies for the Planet kit!

Big O Birding Festival


The Big “O” Birding Extravaganza is a Glades/ Hendry County cooperative event in South Central Florida on the Southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee, the state’s largest lake and it’s happening from March 25th until March 28th.

Glades and Hendry counties are becoming a mecca for bird watching; they’ree home to more than 300 species of birds, including limpkins and migratory swallow-tailed kites, and painted buntings which pass through during October and April. Five Great Florida Birding Trail sites are within the region: Dinner Island Ranch and Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest and Wildlife Management Areas, and Stormwater Treatment Area #5 (STA5) are in Hendry County, and Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area—East & West are in Glades County. You can expect to see ducks such as the Fulvous Whistling-Duck and the Mottled Duck; shorebirds like Black-necked Stilt; waders such as Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork and Least Bittern; and specialty raptors including Crested Caracara, Snail Kite, Short-tailed Hawk and Barn Owl. Plus, they’re always on a quest for that elusive Smooth-billed Ani. Go help them look! More information on the festival here.

Renewable Energy is Florida’s Best Bet for Economic and Environmental Security, Not Offshore Drilling

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Be in Tallahassee March 22nd and 23rd to voice your concerns about this urgent issue. See the invitation for all of the details.

Audubon of Florida is part of the Renewable Energy Alliance, REAL, that brings together environmental and clean business partners to achieve robust renewable energy policy for our state.

Together with our partners, we just launched a new fact sheet that outlines why we need robust renewable energy policy. Solar power, biomass and other renewable sources of energy are affordable, protect Floridians from price shocks, provide reliability to the transmission grid, and create jobs right here in Florida. Read the REAL fact sheet and share it to urge others to add their voices to the chorus of Floridians dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas pollution to protect the environment and ramping up new, sustainable job growth through the development of a renewable energy market.

To take your commitment a step further, join Audubon and its partners in Tallahassee for a lobby day on March 22nd and 23rd.

Clean Energy Advocates & Oil Drilling Opponents,
We Need You March 22 at the Capitol! Register Now

Help Pass Clean Energy Jobs Legislation This Session;
Jump-Start Florida’s Economy and Stop the Threat of Risky Offshore Drilling

Be in Tallahassee March 22nd and 23rd to voice your concerns about this urgent issue. See the invitation for all of the details.

Climate Peril to Birds Demands Action in Florida

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This Royal Tern chick was photographed by Linda Martino at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville in summer 2009. Audubon is working in Northeast Florida to protect these birds and others from human disturbance and to conserve their important beach habitat. Notice where the chick is standing: Young Royal Terns do not thermo-regulate well and so being able to sit undisturbed at the water’s edge helps them keep cool.

Statement of Audubon of Florida on the 2010 State of the Birds Report

The 2010 State of the Birds Report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Audubon and other leading conservation organizations shows that climate change will have an increasing impact on birds and their habitat—and the ecological and other benefits they provide to people. It issues an urgent call for sound energy policy that will reduce carbon emissions, and for strategic conservation investments that will help species adapt to a changing climate. If we can help the birds weather this unprecedented threat, we can help ourselves.

In Florida, some of the most threatened birds include coastal species, such as the red knot and royal tern. The Florida scrub-jay, our state’s only endemic species, as well as the ruby-throated hummingbird, prothonotary warbler and roseate spoonbill, are all at risk from climate-induced habitat changes.

“The report makes it clear that these birds will not survive the human-caused changes to our global climate,” said Eric Draper, Executive Director of Audubon of Florida. “Like canaries in a coal mine, the dangers they face warn of dangers to us as well. It’s up to us to reduce the threat.”

Everglades restoration that achieves ecological benefits, protection of our important beaches and coastal habitats, and putting meaningful renewable energy and energy and water conservation policies into place are all winning strategies that Audubon of Florida is working hard to achieve.

What Florida Audubon is doing complements innovative federal efforts to help species adapt; efforts that come with new investments that will create jobs and protect beautiful and sensitive habitats across America. And we’re part of ongoing Audubon efforts to pass ground-breaking climate and energy legislation to control the emissions that cause climate change while there’s still time to make a difference.”

As Glenn Olson of the National Audubon Society said at the news conference announcing the findings, “If you love nature and care about the health of our planet, there is no time to lose. This isn’t just about birds; it’s about our chance to shape our future.”

Important Vote to Keep the River of Grass Opportunity Alive


On Thursday, the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will decide whether to extend its current contract to purchase almost 73,000 acres of land from U.S. Sugar Corp.  The land will provide additional water storage and water quality treatment that is essential to complete ongoing Everglades restoration plans, and reduce harmful discharges of water to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries.  Proceedings currently before the Florida Supreme Court will determine the SFWMD’s authority to issue Certificate of Participation bonds to fund the purchase.

Audubon is urging the SFWMD Governing Board to vote in favor of extending the contract. A vote to extend the contract, keeps the deal alive until the Court decides whether bonds can be used to fund the purchase.  Audubon’s goal is to ensure this land is purchased and incorporated into restoration of the Everglades. Proper use of this land and water will result in reemergence of the abundance of native birds and other wildlife.

Show Your Support for the River of Grass

When: Thursday, March 11th at 10:00 AM

Where: Florida Seminole Veterans Building, Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation
800 E. Harney Pond Road, Okeechobee, Florida 34974

What: South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Meeting

For more information on the benefits of the monumental River of Grass acquisition, view Audubon of Florida’s fact sheet “River of Grass Land Acquisition: Securing Florida’s Future for People and Nature.”

Clean Energy Advocates & Offshore Drilling Opponents Needed!

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Clean Energy Advocates & Offshore Drilling Opponents
We Need You on March 22nd and 23rd 2010!
Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee
Register Now
Help Pass Clean Energy Jobs Legislation This Session
Jump-Start Florida’s Economy and Stop the Threat of Risky Offshore Drilling

Did you know that Florida could generate nearly 20 percent of current electricity sales from already available renewable energy technology?  This session, the Florida State Legislature will decide Florida’s energy future.  Will our elected officials choose to unleash a clean energy economy in our state that will bring much needed jobs and opportunity or will they decide to sell off our coasts to the oil industry?

Renewable energy in Florida is poised to expand the state’s economic base and create good jobs while reducing global warming pollution.  Last year, the Florida Public Service Commission delivered a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) rule to the Legislature for ratification that adopted Governor Crist’s goal of 20% renewable energy by 2020.  It’s an exciting time for those who value environmental and consumer protection as well as economic growth.

The good news is that Florida has immense renewable energy resources that can exceed Governor Crist’s goal of 20% renewable energy by 2020.  The bad news is that the opportunity for renewable energy stands to be undermined by oil industry lobbyists and that want to open up Florida’s shores – 10 miles to the shore – to drilling.

Be in Tallahassee March 22nd and 23rd to voice your concerns about this urgent issue. See the invitation for all of the details.

Legislative Session 2010: Stay Informed with the Advocate


Legislative Session 2010 is upon us. One of the best ways to stay informed during these next few, fast-paced months is with the Advocate and the Florida Conservation Network. Subscribing to the Advocate is free and it gives you the timely information to help make a difference on behalf of Florida’s economy and environment. Know what is going on and how you can personally make a difference.

Check out the latest Advocate released last week. Subscribe to the Advocate and receive it automatically. What you will find in last week’s Advocate:

  •  Florida Springs Day Takes Over Capitol
  •  Florida Forever and Everglades Funding
  •  Water Quality Legislation
  •  Jobs For Florida–What’s Really at Stake?
  •  House Continues to Consider Nearshore Drilling
  •  Unfinished Business with Renewable Energy
  •  Bills That Address the Python Issue

Latest Advocate Released! Catch It Now

sign_upCheck out the latest Advocate released a little while ago. You can always access the archives for past and recent messages, but it would be so much simpler for you if they just showed up in your email box free and on time.

Latest Raptor Flew to Email Inboxes Around the State and Beyond

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Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Florida Raptor News, February 2010

Welcome to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Florida Raptor News!   This quarterly publication will inform you on activities, programs and events with Audubon Center for Birds of Prey.  We invite you to share with other friends, birders and conservationists the exciting events and opportunities going on in Central Florida.

baby eaglet (Custom)In This Issue:
•  Heading Into 2010
•  Species Spotlight
•  Check Out What’s New at the Center
•  Events & Programs
•  TogetherGreen Volunteer Days
•  Volunteer Corner
•  Get Out and Get Birding!

Open up and read the latest Raptor. To receive the Raptor automatically and freely, consider signing up with Audubon’s Florida Conservation Network. You can choose only to receive the Raptor from the Center of Birds of Prey, but you can also choose to receive information and alerts from several other publications that deal with Florida conservation issues and Everglades restoration.

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