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From the Road: Audubon of Florida Executive Director Eric Draper Blogs From Around the State

posted on October 7, 2010 in Chapters,President's Notes

For an Audubon road warrior, yesterday was a treat.   I spent the morning in the Ocala National Forest, then had a discussion on sustainable energy with the famous Hazel Henderson,  gave a talk on the Wildlife Impacts of Light Pollution and ended the day by meeting legendary Florida painter Jackson Walker.

In Ocala, we saw Wild Turkeys in the woods, which always makes me excited about the beauty and surprisingly diverse Wild Turkey by John James Audubonlandscapes of the Ocala National Forest.

Hazel Henderson was the best part of the day.  From her headquarters of Ethical Markets Media, Florida Audubon board chair John H. Hankinson and I listened as Ms. Henderson laid out an alternative economic vision:  one of emphasizing local investments in green technology, energy efficiency and solar power.   I left with a copy of her book Ethical Markets.

Later, I had the opportunity to speak to a panel at the University of Central Florida Daytona Beach on Dark Skies and the challenges of light pollution.  The event was sponsored in part by the Walter and Betty Boardman Foundation and was attended by nearly 100 people,  including a good dozen Audubon members from:

Does Eric know his Night-Herons?The talk, with the exception an embarrassing on stage gaffe of mislabeling a Night Heron on a slide, went very well.  And, I walked away with a nice t-shirt.

The day ended with a meeting at the Deland studio of Jackson Walker, the legendary painter of Florida history.   I got a sneak look at his latest work in progress, a stunning portrait of Guy Bradley.

Many thanks to everyone for a great day around Florida!


  1. I can’t speak for the rest of your day but the workshop on lighting was interesting and informative. Some of the information provided by other presenters there contradicted what I’d read in the past. Especially the part about the colors of lights on towers and their effects on the behavior of migrating birds. Many thanks for the link to our chapter’s merchandise page and its t-shirts. I’ll let you know if we see a spike in online sales.

    Comment by David Hartgrove — October 7, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

  2. The seminar was very good and well run. I felt all the speakers were well prepared and I am glad I came to it. I enjoyed the meeting at Jackson Walker’s studio and am glad you got to see the painting in progress. Jackson is a remarkable artist and I hope you can come back and see the Legendary Florida Collection at the Historic DeLand Courthouse. See you at the Assembly.

    Comment by Arnette Sherman — October 7, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

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