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Read Audubon Florida’s 2016 Conservation Action Agenda

posted on November 18, 2015 in Assembly,Chapters

Audubon_ConservationPriorities_2016_CoverImage_approvedEach year, Audubon members come together at the Audubon Assembly to approve our annual conservation agenda. Our conservation priorities are expressed in twelve state and regional resolutions.

The conservation priorities are approved by the Audubon Florida Board of Directors and guide our positions and work. Thank you to everyone who helped draft this important document.

Click here to download.

Audubon Florida’s 2014 Conservation Action Agenda Approved

posted on October 28, 2013 in Assembly,Chapters

Audubon_ConservationActionAgenda_2014_CoverAudubon Florida’s 2014 Conservation Action Agenda was approved at the Audubon Assembly in Innisbrook, Florida.

Thank you to all the RCC leaders for helping to put together this important document.

Please note, the Everglades Regional priority is still currently under review.

Click here to download Audubon Florida’s 2014 Conservation Action Agenda.

Assembly Keynote: Dr. Reed Bowman

posted on September 6, 2013 in Assembly

ReedBowman_speaking_webAudubon is proud to announce that Dr. Reed Bowman, Director of the Avian Ecology Program at Florida’s celebrated Archbold Biological Station, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Audubon Assembly in Palm Harbor!

Reserve your tickets right now to ensure you don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be part of Dr. Bowman’s presentation, “Citizen Science, JayWatch, and the Pursuit of Successful Conservation Strategies.

Dr. Bowman has worked on Florida Scrub-Jays for most of his professional career. He was one of the two founders of JayWatch and has served as the program’s Scientific Advisor since its inception. He has authored over 80 scientific papers and book chapters, has edited two books, and is an author of the forthcoming book, Florida Bird Species. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists Union, past President of the Florida Ornithological Society, and President-Elect of the Association of Field Ornithologists.

For Dr. Bowman, keynoting the Audubon Assembly is a bit of a homecoming, as he began his career in Florida in 1985 as a biologist for Audubon at our historic Everglades Science Center in Tavernier, leaving in 1989 to pursue his PhD.

We are so excited about Dr. Bowman’s keynote that we are now offering a special Friday Evening Banquet Only Assembly ticket for those that have limited availability that weekend. Take advantage of this opportunity to invite your citizen scientist and conservation volunteer colleagues to join you at this special event. Please click the register now button below for more information on ticketing.

limited quantity of early-bird tickets are available, you are encouraged to reserve your seat right now. The early-bird ticket includes all Assembly programs, including all field trips, Friday luncheon, learning sessions, cocktail reception (cash bar), awards banquet, Saturday luncheon, conservation priority session, and all workshops.

We are honored to have Dr. Bowman as the keynote speaker at the 2013 Audubon Assembly – his presentation is sure to be the can’t miss event of the weekend!

Audubon’s Conservation Leadership Initiative a Hit with Students

posted on November 29, 2012 in Assembly,Chapters

For the past two years, Audubon Florida has led the “Conservation Leadership Initiative” (CLI) at the annual Audubon Assembly. This program matches up young conservationists and students with experienced Audubon leaders for a day at Assembly. The 2012 CLI was nothing short of a success and we are so proud to have Juliana Sierra, one of this year’s students, discuss her recent experience with Audubon and her mentor, Larry Rosen. Thank you to Juliana and please enjoy her report:

My involvement with Audubon began through an internship at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. I spent all summer in their rehabilitation clinic learning and helping with the recuperation of native Florida raptors. I continue to volunteer at here and, most recently, I have joined the Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society.

In October, I had the honor of receiving a scholarship to attend the Conservation Leadership Initiative as part of the Audubon Assembly. Students were paired with a mentor from local chapters. My mentor was the president of Kissimmee Valley Audubon, Larry Rosen. As part of CLI, we attended a walking workshop where we went out to the field. This was my absolute favorite as I am a strong believer in hands-on learning. Students were also offered a leadership session. We had highly encouraging speakers who motivated us to become environmental leaders in our communities. Our activity during this session placed our thinking skills to the test; we were asked to create our own conservation project applicable to our school campus!

My mentor and I also attended a learning session on Water for the Everglades. This tied in perfectly to the theme of the assembly: Conserve Water to Sustain Life. It focused on the history of the Everglades as a water source to its surrounding counties in the past and the trouble this poses for conservation efforts and water management of the Everglades in the future.

What a great way to learn more about Audubon and our Florida ecology!

I am fortunate to have been able to attend such a great program, learn more about the Audubon community and their involvement opportunities. I look forward to more programs like CLI where young audiences can network, apply their skills and become involved in the quest for awareness of environmental issues and conservation.

Audubon Assembly: My “Ah Ha” Moment with Audubon Birders

posted on November 17, 2011 in Assembly

Audubon supporter Joan Landis submits this beautiful report from her experience at the 2011 Audubon Assembly. Did you attend this year’s gathering in Lake Mary? What was your experience like? We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to seeing you next year! Enjoy:

OK, I admit it.  I have reservations about birders in general having seen some pretty peculiar bird watchers wandering Florida trails.  I just don’t understand all those funny lenses, binoculars, scopes, journals and straps.

Scrub Jay by RJ WileyNonetheless, I support Audubon initiatives and wanted to meet like-minded people so I decided to attend the 2011 Audubon Assembly in Lake Mary, Florida. I also decided to join a bird outing to Seminole State Forest thinking a morning hike would be fun.

I piled into a car with the birders and almost immediately birds were being sighted, named and discussed. I was entertained and clearly in another world – most of the birds they saw I couldn’t even track, much less name!

This behavior happened all along the trail, the birders huddling with binoculars up, calling birds, discussing specifics and jotting down notes.  I was amused watching such a funny caricature of birders.

But something changed when we arrived at Florida Scrub-jay habitat.  The energy level electrified when several jays were sighted.  Voices were hushed with everybody straining to see.   I knew the Florida Scrub Jay was Florida’s only endemic species and highly endangered, but I didn’t grasp just how special it was to see them in the wild.  Until I admitted out loud I had never seen one.

Out of the blue a pair of binoculars was thrust at me and everyone insisted I take a look.  Self-consciously, I took the binoculars and breathlessly watched the rare, exquisite beauty.  Swept up in awe it hit me:  what a spectacular experience, what a beautiful bird, and what cool people!

That was my “Ah Ha” moment.  The moment I realized serious Audubon birders can be pretty funny to watch, but if you get closer and move with them, you’ll find they’re a professional, generous and interesting flock.

Available Now: Audubon’s 2012 Conservation Action Agenda

posted on November 10, 2011 in Assembly,Publications

Each year, representatives from our 44 chapters work together with staff to create a document that will serve as our organization’s focus for the coming year. At our yearly Assembly, participants debate and vote to pass the various priority resolutions – comprising of 3 statewide priorities and one for each of our 6 regions. On October 15 in Lake Mary, the 2012 Conservation Action Agenda was passed by Assembly attendees and then ratified by our Board Members. Please take a moment to read and study what will be our focus for the coming year.

Would you like to participate in the crafting of this document for next year? Contact your local chapter leaders to find out how you can have a say in Audubon of Florida’s conservation agenda. We are a chapter-driven organization that values member input. Join your local Audubon Society and help make a difference for Florida.

Download a copy of our 2012 Conservation Action Agenda here.

Audubon Assembly 2011 Program Now Available

posted on October 8, 2011 in Assembly

Jacqui Sulek of Fort White, Audubon of Florida Chapter Conservation Manager, looks for birds at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park, Gainesvilile. Florida. Photo by Lucy Beebe TobiasIn less than a week, Audubon supporters, staff, and volunteers will join together in Lake Mary, Florida to Take Action for Florida’s Special Places! Have you reserved your seats at Florida’s premiere conservation event? You can do so right now by clicking here and then download the Assembly Program  to learn exactly what to expect at this year’s gathering. Take a moment to read about what learning sessions you want to attend and plan which field trips you want to join.

Most of all, get excited to re-energize yourself to conservation in Florida!

See you next week!

Senator Bill Nelson To Be Recognized at Audubon Assembly

posted on October 5, 2011 in Assembly

We are excited to announce that Florida’s Senior US Senator Bill Nelson will be recognized at the Audubon Assembly with Audubon’s prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Award.

Roosevelt, the nation’s first conservation President, was a founding member of Florida Audubon Society and established the first National Wildlife Refuge at Pelican Island.

The very name Theodore Roosevelt stands for resilienceresolve and courage in the face of fire.

No public figure in Florida embodies those values like Senator Bill Nelson, who has fought to protect the nation’s coasts from oil drilling, to restore the Everglades and to keep our water clean. For three decades Bill Nelson has been the most reliable champion of Florida’s environment. Now, he is a leading voice for the RESTORE Act to allocate primarily to the environment the penalties from the BP Oil Spill.

For everything that Bill Nelson has done we say thank you. And for standing up to the bullies, we say Bully Bill!  

The Assembly registration package is only $120 per person if booked before October 8.

Early-bird tickets are going fast – ensure your place and register today!

Special Program: Conservation Tools for Florida’s Private Special Places

posted on September 29, 2011 in Assembly

The annual Audubon Assembly is scheduled for October 14 and 15 in Lake Mary, Florida.  This premier environmental event draws hundreds of conservation-minded people from throughout the state. It is a time when business and conservation leaders, Audubon chapter members, scientists, educators and environmentalists gather to engage in learning sessions, field trips, keynote presentations and networking events.

The theme for this year’s Audubon Assembly is Take Action for Florida’s Special Places. In keeping with the theme, Audubon is highlighting the value of Florida’s private working landscapes that often provide ecosystem services such as critical wildlife habitat, flood storage, carbon sequestration, water filtration and water supply storage.

We have organized a special private lands track during the two-day assembly, Friday, October 14 from 1:30 to 5:45 p.m.  The first session focuses on the value of ecosystem services on private lands. Using incentives to protect and restore ecosystems and the many services they provide is an up and coming conservation tool. Hear about success stories in Florida and around the world. Learn the mechanics of how ecosystem markets work.

The second session highlights how ecosystem services provided by working landscapes, neighborhood parks and even suburban backyards can play a role in protecting significant habitats and wildlife corridors.

A facilitated networking session follows encouraging participants to discuss how to expand the use of ecosystem services markets inFlorida.

For more information, please click here.  For help with registration, please contact Jonathan Webber at or (850) 222-2473.




Join the Flyway Fiesta at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

posted on September 22, 2011 in Assembly,Birds of Prey Ctr.,Events

Migrate to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey to kick off the annual Audubon Assembly. Join us for an international evening to discover the importance of flyways. Flyways are migration routes used by birds to reach breeding or wintering grounds. Early birds can join staff and volunteers for a special behind the scenes  tour of the premier raptor rehabilitation facility east of the Mississippi. Learn about Florida’s raptor species, the habitats that support them the unique flyways several of these species use to reach their breeding areas. Click here to purchase your tickets right now!

When: Thursday, October 13, 2011 — 4pm Behind the Scenes Tour, 5-7pm Reception

Where: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751

What: Join Audubon staff and volunteers at the Center for Birds of Prey for this one-of-a-kind experience, including a special presentation by Audubon of Florida’s Director of Wildlife Conservation Julie Wraithmell on the “Magic of Raptor Migration in Florida.” Tickets to this limited event are $25.

  • Arrive early for a special behind-the-scenes tour.  (Tours begin promptly at 4pm)
  • Bring your camera for up close and personal visits with Florida raptors.
  • Reception from 5-7pm.
  • Latin-themed tapas will be served.
  •  Sangria and Beer will also be available for our guests’ enjoyment.

Learn more about the Center: The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey is dedicated to promoting a stewardship ethic towards Florida’s birds of prey and their habitats through medical rehabilitation, interactive education and practical research. For more than 30 years, the Center has been recognized as a leading raptor rehabilitation facility treating between 500-600 birds of prey annually specializing in Bald Eagles. To date, more than 425 rehabilitated Bald Eagles have been released back into the wild.

Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with some of Florida’s most amazing raptors! Purchase your tickets today!
Please contact Jonathan Webber with any questions or call 850-222-2473. Please note on your registration form if you intend to join the behind-the-scenes tour.

Please feel free to download and share our invitational flyer to this one-of-a-kind event!

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