Audubon Florida News

Topic: Birds of Prey Ctr.,Events

Upcoming Events: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

posted on September 24, 2012 in Birds of Prey Ctr.,Events

September 25, 2012 – 6:45 – 8:45 PM. Kissimmee Utility Authority, 1701 W Carroll St. Kissimmee, FL 34741 hosted by Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society.

Audubon EagleWatch uses citizen scientist volunteers to collect information about Bald Eagles, active nest locations and potential disturbances or threats to nesting activities.  Volunteers are needed for the upcoming eagle season (season begins October 1).  Join Matt Smith for an EagleWatch training workshop. Both current and new EagleWatch Citizen Scientists are welcome to attend. Topics  include the status of the Bald Eagle in Florida, general eagle biology, eagle nesting behavior and habits, Bald Eagle management guidelines, and nest observation techniques and strategies.

RSVP to or call 407-644-0190 for more information.


Volunteer Event: Wekiva River Clean up

September 29, 2012 -2PM-5PM, Wekiva Island (1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood, FL 32779).

Join us to celebrate National Public Lands Day by cleaning up the Wekiva River.  Volunteers will remove harmful debris via kayak and on foot.  Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult for kayak.  This event is free; for more information and to register email:  Stay late to visit with our Ambassador raptors at the new Audubon River Bana!  Funded by Toyota, TogetherGreen Volunteer Days events connect people with opportunities to make a difference for the environment within your community.  Follow us on twitter to stay up to date on activities and programs: @audubonCBOP


Save the Date: October 20, 2012 10AM-2PM

Owl-o-Ween – Superstitions and folklore stories link owls and Halloween. Come celebrate Halloween with our owls and learn about these amazing birds of prey. Come H-owl with us. This program is made possible by the generosity of Progress Energy

EVENT: Our Water, Our Future – September 7 – Lake City

posted on September 6, 2012 in Calendar,Events,Water Issues

You are invited to attend a free multi-media evening sponsored by the Florida Gateway College and the Lake City/Columbia County Chamber of Commerce for an evening of inspiration and learning about north Florida’s water.

Having experienced extremes from droughts to floods citizens of North Florida are wanting to learn about how they can protect their valuable resource. The evening will feature nationally recognized photographer John Moran who will share his vision of how things have changed over the years.  Dr. Robert Knight of the Springs Institute will provide the left brain perspective of a scientist with a primer on north Florida’s hydrology and current concerns.  The event will include music, videos, and singing children along with a chance to network with local elected officials and the water centric non-profit organizations of the area.

This event has been spearheaded by Together Green Fellow Jacqui Sulek:

“I have been totally inspired by Cynthia Barnett. Reading her book Blue Revolution – Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, I have come to believe that when we stop pointing fingers and all come together as a community to solve a problem we will create a community where business can grow,  people can prosper and our natural systems will continue to flourish.”

WHEN: Friday, September 7 – 7:00 -9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Alfonso Levy Performing Arts Center at Florida Gateway College, Lake City, FL

Directions at

For more information contact Jacqui Sulek at (386) 497 4187,, or visit


Big Fun at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Back to School Bird Bash

posted on August 23, 2012 in Birds of Prey Ctr.,Events

The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey kicked off the school year in style with a Back to School Bird Bash held Saturday August 18.  This event, sponsored by Progress Energy, hosted more than 90 individuals including students and families for a morning of fun educational activities incorporating different conservation themes.

Check out some of our fantastic activities:

Migration station: Visitors learned about migration patterns of birds, flyways that different species use and the thousands of miles birds travel to reach their breeding grounds.  Participants migrated from 5 counties including some as far as Broward and Duval counties.

The Backyard Habitat station introduced participants of the importance of creating a wildlife friendly yard and community for birds and other wildlife.  Individuals learned about simple ways to make their backyard a haven for wildlife and received sample bird seed packs from Wild Birds Unlimited (thank you Wild Birds!).

The W.E.B and Conservation Station taught individuals about how Water, Energy and Birds are all connected.  Participants learned about steps they can take to conserve water and energy and how it will benefit birds and other wildlife.  Guests could then write what conservation meant to them on our conservation chalk wall.  Individuals received take home tool kits with ideas for saving energy at home and re-usable water bottle as a reminder to reduce waste, recycle and conserve water.

At the Feed Me Station guests got to play a game of bean bag toss with our owl themed boards while learning about the diets of owls and other birds of prey.  Feather me this, Feather me that taught individuals the unique function of feathers, many took home their own feather fan.

The Bird Olympics Station allowed participants compete with the best bird athletes in the world.  Events included wing flapping, wing span measurements and how far away a human can smell a stinky fish.  A challenge for some, however, not if you are a Turkey Vulture.

Our bird ambassadors were out and about at our bird meet and greet area on the gazebo.

Guests were able to get up close with birds such as the Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl and American Kestrel and learn about how water bodies and wetlands are important to raptors. Families had a blast learning about ways they can help birds and the environment. The event was complimentary to guests thanks to the generosity of Progress Energy.

Happy Independence Day 2012!

posted on July 4, 2012 in Events

Imagine a Florida Without Water RALLY – June 23 – Ocala

posted on June 14, 2012 in Events

Make This Father’s Day Special, Give Dad the Gift of Nature

posted on June 13, 2012 in Calendar,Events

It is almost that time again! On June 17, we recognize those special men who serve as fathers. The special bond between fathers and their children is something we all need to celebrate. Show the dad in your life that you care by “adopting” a bird in his honor and support critical conservation work in Florida on his behalf.

No more ties, slippers or cologne. Give a gift that a father can appreciate all year long – the beauty and magnificence of Florida’s natural heritage.

Adopt-a-bird today for your dad, grandfather, or husband that personifies the trait you love him for the most and we’ll email you a handsome printable certificate – redesigned for 2012 – that will look great hanging in dad’s office or workshop.

This year, give the gift he’ll never forget – the gift of nature.


















Meet PAIGE the Bald Eagle at Audubon’s Bird-a-Thon Meet & Greet!

posted on April 4, 2012 in Events

Join the Audubon Florida Policy Team and the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey for our annual Bird-a-Thon Meet and Greet at the Southwood Golf Club House in Tallahassee, Florida. Take this opportunity to have your picture taken with Paige, our resident Bald Eagle, and meet our policy staff and executive director Eric Draper for a family-friendly happy hour.

Free and open to the public; tax-deductible donations welcome!

WHAT: Bird-a-Thon Meet & Greet with Paige the Bald Eagle

WHERE: SouthWood Golf Club – See Map Below

WHEN: 5pm -6:30pm on Friday, April 6, 2012

JOIN: Click here to learn more and to join the event on Facebook!


Report from the 2012 Mid-Winter Shorebird Survey

posted on February 10, 2012 in Birding,Chapters,Events

Audubon’s Northeast Florida Policy Associate Monique Borboen-Abrams reports from her experience with the Mid-Winter Shorebird Survey. Thanks to Monique and all the participants for this year’s event! Enjoy:

It is Friday morning at 10am and I am just about to start my survey route with my team for the 2012 statewide mid-winter shorebird survey.

Toward the south, 25 volunteers with Flagler Audubon Society (who initiated the survey with the US Fish and Wildlife Service a few years back) have been deployed in four teams to cover the county’s beaches. It’s still early, but I have already heard of a Great Lake Piping Plover spotted by a team in Volusia County!

Here in St. Johns County, I have county staff and Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve volunteers surveying the beach north of me. To my south, six other teams are spread on the beaches, a mix of county, State Park and National Park staff, eco-tour operators, and Audubon volunteers. Our year-long beach bird volunteers are being helped by snowbirds, some all the way from Canada. And, as for the past two years, inland chapter members from Santa Fe Audubon are leading Fort Matanzas National Monument’s team.

Our survey of Porpoise Point, a beach bordering St.Augustine Inlet, turns up a few shorebirds but a good flock of terns and gulls. It also illustrates the pressures faced by beach birds. While we are counting the resting flock, three parties of pedestrians, two horses, and one car disturbed the birds. Too many beach-goers still don’t realize how important it is to go around a flock of birds instead of through it. Bird Stewards, we still have work ahead of us educating beach goers and promoting good beach bird etiquette!

Later in the evening, each team had a special moment to share; watching hundreds of gannets behind a shrimp boat, wondering where the skimmers – so abundant in December – went, or worrying about the high number of common loons found dead.

All noticed some laughing gulls getting their black head already: spring is upon us and it’s time to plan for our beach birds nesting season!

Blues on the Hill – Ahhochee Hill – February 25, 2012

posted on February 8, 2012 in Events

Contact Ahhochee Hill at 352-797-3545 or

Audubon of Florida Presents The Everglades Opera – Pahayokee: A Plea for Life

posted on December 21, 2011 in Events,Everglades


Saturday, January 28, 2012

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dressy casual or cruise wear attire

Celebrity Cruises® on board the Constellation

11 a.m.—Boarding and Check-in

Cocktail Reception * Opera Performance

Dessert Reception with the Artists

Hosted by:

Eric Draper * Mary L. Courim * Jud Laird * Doug Santoni 

Bringing back the abundant birdlife of the Everglades is Audubon’s top priority.  With field science, education centers, sanctuaries, policy expertise and grassroots advocacy, Audubonworks in every part of the Everglades ecosystem to restore fresh water flows to benefit birds and the habitats they need. Winged treasures such as the Southern Bald Eagle, Roseate Spoonbill, Everglade Snail Kite and Wood Stork serve as our measure of success for restoration. With many species in decline, we must redouble our efforts so that people and wildlife can flourish together.   

About the Everglades Opera 

The Everglades Opera is a unique nature oratorio about the Everglades and is a fervent call to save one of the most unique environments on earth. Pahayokee features the music of Jack Tamul and Operatic Baritone John David Boehr coupled with piano by David Boehr, lyrical poetry and ambient sounds of the Everglades by Jim Miller, and breathtaking photography by Mac Stone and featured Florida photographers.Audubonof Florida Executive Director Eric Draper introduces the program andAudubon’s Everglades conservation work followed by a performance that transports the audience to the beauty of the Everglades and a plea for its life.  

Limited Availability –  $125 per ticket

To make your reservations, email 

  Reservation deadline is January 16.

Patron packages are available for groups of ten or more. 

A portion of the proceeds support Audubon of Florida’s Everglades conservation work.

 For more information, email or call

(305) 371-6399, ext. 134.


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