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Topic: Birds of Prey Ctr.,Central Florida,Events,TogetherGreen,Volunteering



Flight Barn Gets Facelift as Volunteers from Audubon and Disney Flock Together for TogetherGreen Volunteer Days

Teaming up on a project that’s literally “for the birds,” volunteers from Walt Disney World Resort joined staff and volunteers at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey to overhaul the Center’s Magic of Flight barn and surrounding landscaping on Saturday October 9, 2010.

The flight barn was built in 2001 through the volunteer efforts and sponsorship of Walt Disney World and was in need of roof repair, pressure cleaning, replacement of food boards, prey boxes and re-wrapping the very large perches that are in the flight enclosures.  The barn contributes to the conservation and rehabilitation of raptors such as eagles, hawks, owls and ospreys, so they can ultimately be released back into the wild.  Over the years, this structure has played an important role in conserving and protecting wildlife by helping thousands of birds build up their strength and stamina so they could return to their natural habitats.

Hard at Work courtesy of Disney“Disney has worked with Audubon in a variety of ways over the years.  We are excited to pitch in this weekend to help spruce up the Center for Birds of Prey which provides so many services to both community and wildlife” states Nancy Gidusko, Director of Community Relations, Walt Disney World.

Working Hard courtesy of DisneyThis event kicked off the Center’s third year of TogetherGreen Volunteer Day events.  TogetherGreen is a nationwide Audubon initiative designed to connect people with ways to make a conservation difference in their local communities. Projects are about engaging people to make a difference by acting today to shape a healthier tomorrow.  Upcoming Volunteer Day events include Project FeederWatch, wetland clean ups, birdhouse bonanza and more.

Visit www.audubonofflorida.org or www.togethergreen.org/volunteer to learn how to get involved.

Pennies For the Planet; Kids Can Make A Difference

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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!

Broward County Audubon Wrapped Up TogetherGreen Volunteer Days Activities

posted on April 21, 2009 in Chapters,TogetherGreen,Volunteering

lloyd-videoBroward County Audubon had a wonderful sixth (of six) volunteer day as part of their partnering with TogetherGreen and Kids Ecology at John U. Lloyd State Park over the weekend. As part of the Earth Day themed volunteer effort, more than 200 volunteers planted 1,200 mangroves, 1,000 sea oats and 16 sea grape trees–coastal vegetation that prevents erosion and provides wildlife habitat. There was truly a remarkable turnout. Read more about the event at the Sun Sentinel and watch a short clip highlighting Kids Ecology, Broward Audubon and all of the volunteers’ efforts.

Reminder: Earth Day Event – Volunteer at Beautiful John U. Lloyd State Park

posted on April 16, 2009 in Calendar,Chapters,TogetherGreen,Volunteering

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Join Audubon Broward and The Kids Ecology Corps for the TogetherGreen Volunteer Earth Day event at John U. Lloyd State Park on April 19th from 9am until 1pm. Hundreds of volunteers will be helping to clean-up beaches, plant red mangroves, sea oats and other native plants, protect and restore vital habitat and nursery grounds for fish and bird life in South Florida. Read more about this wonderful volunteer opportunity.

Earth Day Event: Volunteer at Beautiful John U. Lloyd State Park

posted on April 7, 2009 in Calendar,Chapters,TogetherGreen,Volunteering

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Join Audubon Broward and The Kids Ecology Corps for the TogetherGreen Volunteer Earth Day event at John U. Lloyd State Park on April 19th from 9am until 1pm. Hundreds of volunteers will be helping to clean-up beaches, plant red mangroves, sea oats and other native plants, protect and restore vital habitat and nursery grounds for fish and bird life in South Florida. Read more about this wonderful volunteer opportunity.

March 14, 1 PM: Calling all Wetland Weed Warriors.

posted on February 24, 2009 in Birds of Prey Ctr.,Calendar,TogetherGreen,Volunteering

audubon_tg_logoWe need your strength, sweat and swamp gear to help us clean up our wetland. Removing non native plants helps drastically improve the functioning of a wetland, helping to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife. Bring your boots, suntan lotion and bug spray and get involved in hands on conservation work. All volunteers will be rewarded with cold drinks, an up-close visit with a raptor and various raffle prizes. Registration is required–please contact Lynne or call 407-644-0190 to reserve your spot. This volunteer event is part of the TogetherGreen program; a new Audubon conservation initiative made possible by funding and assistance by Toyota. Learn more here.

January 24, 1 PM: Calling all Wetland Weed Warriors.

posted on January 12, 2009 in Birds of Prey Ctr.,Calendar,TogetherGreen

audubon_tg_logoWe need your strength, sweat and swamp gear to help us clean up our wetland.  Removing non native plants helps drastically improve the functioning of a wetland, helping to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife.  Bring your boots, suntan lotion and bug spray and get involved in hands on conservation work.  All volunteers will be rewarded with cold drinks, an up-close visit with a raptor and various raffle prizes.  Registration is required–please contact Lynne or call 407-644-0190 to reserve your spot.  This volunteer event is part of the TogetherGreen program; a new Audubon conservation initiative made possible by funding and assistance by Toyota.  Learn more here.

More good news from TogetherGreen.

posted on December 17, 2008 in Chapters,TogetherGreen

180px-fireworks_2Forty of the nation’s most promising conservationists will advance their environmental vision and conservation leadership skills as recipients of the first TogetherGreen Fellowships. Awarded by the new conservation alliance of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, Fellows were selected from scores of applicants across the country by an advisory board of environmental leaders. The fellowship provides $10,000 to each recipient to work on a Conservation Action Project of their choosing within their community. Three of the 40 people selected are from the state of Florida – Jennifer Seitz, who works with IFAS in Gainesville, Penelope Bodry-Sanders, who works with the Lemur Foundation in Myakka, and Amy Gilboy Meide, Land Management Coordinator for St. Johns County.

Florida TogetherGreen Awards.

posted on November 20, 2008 in Chapters,TogetherGreen

National Audubon Society developed an extensive partnership with Toyota, titled TogetherGreen and funded through a 5-year $20 million grant.  A significant component is their Innovation Grants Program. This Program funds creative and ambitious projects to engage diverse audiences in efforts ultimately contributing to measurable conservation outcomes. One-year grants are offered for projects in urban, suburban, or rural areas that:

* Meet the conservation goals of TogetherGreen
* Engage new and diverse audiences in conservation action
* Inspire and use innovative approaches and technologies to engage people and achieve conservation   results
* Build the capacity of conservation professionals within the Audubon network and beyond

We are very pleased to announce that four Audubon Chapters here in Florida were awarded these much sought-after grants:

Collier County Audubon Society – Reduction of Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Two Cities – $5,834.

St.Petersburg Audubon Society – Sharing the Habitat: A Model Using Bird Stewards to Protect Nesting Birds on Busy Beaches – $9,081.

West Volusia Audubon Society – Rain Garden Workshop – $5,036.

Audubon Society of the Everglades – Greening Children, Schools, Community: Pine Jog’s Residential Native Landscape – $15,000.

In addition to these Innovation Grants, we received $7,000 each for four Volunteer Days – two hosted by Audubon Centers, and two hosted by Audubon Chapters:

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey – Wetland maintenance, lake front clean up, water quality monitoring.  Partnering with local African American community organizations.

Blair Audubon Center at Corkscrew Swamp – Revert old agricultural lands to native wetland/upland habitat; restore native plants and animals. Recruiting from churches/universities.

Broward County Audubon Society – Recycling; community eco-action projects, beach clean ups, mangrove swamp restoration, climate change workshops. Partnering with American Express.

Manatee County Audubon Society – Remove invasive species, restore marsh habitat, and improve water quality at several preserves. Build native plant garden. Partnering with local schools.

These awards are a wonderful endorsement of the dedication and hard work going on here in Florida.