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Tuesday December 2, Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Parrots in South Florida – Meet the Parrots” by Paul Bithorn

Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Parrots in South Florida – Meet the Parrots” by Paul Bithorn

Tuesday, Dec 2, Dinner 6:00 p.m. Meeting & Lecture 7:00 p.m.

Paul Bithorn

Paul Bithorn

Paul Bithorn, a Miami native, has led birding field trips for Tropical Audubon Society, as well as many environmental and civic groups for over 20 years. He will share his vast knowledge of the parrots and parakeets of South Florida during a one-hour PowerPoint presentation titled: “Meet the Parrots”.

He served for many years as a board member of TAS and is currently a board member of Curtiss Mansion, Inc., an organization dedicated to the restoration and operation of the home of Glenn Curtiss at 500 Deer Run in Miami Springs. Glenn Curtiss was an aviation pioneer and “Father of Naval Aviation”. Paul also served as Mayor of his hometown, the Village of Virginia Gardens, for nine years and encouraged his residents to xeriscape by planting native species of plants and shrubs to attract birds and butterflies.

He has contributed to several bird-finding guides, including the ABA’s A Birders Guide to Florida, Fourth Edition, A Falcon Guide Birding Florida, A Birders Guide to the Bahama Islands, Parrots of South Florida and The Crossley Guide; Eastern Birds. His documentation of parrot species in Miami was featured in the June/July 2008 issue of the National Wildlife Federation magazine and the November 1st, 2008 issue of Birders World.

The meeting is free and open to the public – bring a dish and join us at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, rooms 101 and 102, 6301 W. Summit Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the food will be served at 6:00 p.m. Our annual holiday meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. People with last names that begin A–J will bring main dishes; K-R salads and vegetables; S-Z desserts. Please bring ready-to-serve food, as we have no kitchen. We will supply the drinks. We have great items donated for our traditional Chinese raffle and free magazines with “Audubon in Florida” cover article written by ASE board member Sheila Elliot . Come join in the fun—we look forward to seeing you!

2015 Bird of the Month List – Raptors Seen in Florida

selected by Clive Pinnock, who gives a talk on each bird in our monthly meetings:

Birds of the Month for 2015 Raptors Seen in Florida

January: Bald Eagle

February: (Everglades) Snail Kite

March: Red-shouldered Hawk

April: Broad-winged Hawk

May: Cooper’s Hawk

June: Sharp-shinned Hawk

July: Osprey

August: American Kestrel

September: Merlin

October: Peregrine Falcon

November: . . . → Read More: 2015 Bird of the Month List – Raptors Seen in Florida

2014 December Bird of the Month Ring-necked Duck

Please see picture gallery below – if you have any pix please send to sheilaelliot@yahoo.com)

December Bird of the Month – Ring-necked Duck

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the December Kite: One of our most common winter ducks, the ring-necked, Aythya collaris, is one of those ducks that was obviously named before birding by binoculars . . . → Read More: 2014 December Bird of the Month Ring-necked Duck

Dec 2014 Kite is now online

The December 2014 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.

Nov 13 8am Snook Island, Leader’s Choice Second Thursday Bird Walk- Linda Humphries

November “Second Thursday” Leader’s Choice Field Trip (Linda Humphries leader) Nov 13, Thurs, 8am Join us for a morning visit to Snook Island Natural Area in Lake Worth as we look for shorebirds! Meet at 8am at the entrance to the boardwalk on the north side of Lake Worth Bridge. See you there! Questions? . . . → Read More: Nov 13 8am Snook Island, Leader’s Choice Second Thursday Bird Walk- Linda Humphries

from Audubon Florida — Vote/1 Amendment 1 APPROVED!

Dear Audubon Society of the Everglades

Voters today approved Amendment 1. After two years of volunteer petitions, thousands of contributions, and great effort at the polls, we did it!

Voters made a decision to invest billions in protecting Florida’s water and land. We will leave a true legacy for future generations. . . . → Read More: from Audubon Florida — Vote/1 Amendment 1 APPROVED!

Tues Nov 4, 7 pm (earlier this year!) Monthly Meeting & Lecture “Wading Bird Science and Monitoring: The Cornerstone of Everglades Restoration” by Mark Cook, PhD

Monthly MEETING and LECTURE November 4 “”Wading Bird Science and Monitoring: The Cornerstone of Everglades Restoration” by Mark Cook, PhD

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m. (earlier meeting time this year! Refreshments at 6:30 pm. )

Mark Cook, PhD

Join us Tuesday, November 4 7:00 p.m. (earlier meeting time this year) as Mark Cook, . . . → Read More: Tues Nov 4, 7 pm (earlier this year!) Monthly Meeting & Lecture “Wading Bird Science and Monitoring: The Cornerstone of Everglades Restoration” by Mark Cook, PhD

November 2014 Kite is now online

The November 2014 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.

2014 November Bird of the Month Northern Shoveler

Please see picture gallery below – if you have any pix please send to sheilaelliot@yahoo.com)

November Bird of the Month – Northern Shoveler

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the November Kite: (coming soon).

November’s bird of the month is another duck in the subfamily Anatinae, Anas clypeata. The ducks in this . . . → Read More: 2014 November Bird of the Month Northern Shoveler

Tues Oct 7, 7 pm (earlier this year!) Monthly Meeting & Lecture “Bird Banding Basics and Current Local Research on Painted Buntings” by Nancy LaFramboise

Monthly MEETING and LECTURE October 7 “Bird Banding Basics and Current Local Research on Painted Buntings” by Nancy LaFramboise

Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. (earlier meeting time this year! Refreshments at 6:30 pm. ) **********Please note we will meet in the regular room tonight!***********

#gallery-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3 .gallery-item { float: . . . → Read More: Tues Oct 7, 7 pm (earlier this year!) Monthly Meeting & Lecture “Bird Banding Basics and Current Local Research on Painted Buntings” by Nancy LaFramboise

successful ASE CONSERVATION advocacy – Sugar Hill Company Town development proposal

(October 3, 2014) ASE Letter Advocating against Sugar Hill Development – SFWMD recommends AGAINST the development project as detrimental to Everglades Restoration SFWMD_comment_letter sugar hill (September 25, 2014) Letter ASE wrote/signed letter (see pdf for included chart sugar hill sep 25 2014) to advocate prevention of building company town Sugar Hill in Everglades restoration . . . → Read More: successful ASE CONSERVATION advocacy – Sugar Hill Company Town development proposal

Tuesday Sept 16 6:30 pm – Vote/1 open phone town hall w Senator Bob Graham

Florida Conservation Coalition <smarts421@gmail.com> Amendment 1 Telephone Call with Senator Bob Graham

On Tuesday, September 16th, Florida’s Water and Land Legacy is hosting a telephone conversation with Senator Bob Graham to discuss Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment.

Join the call at 6:30 pm to find out how Amendment 1 will help . . . → Read More: Tuesday Sept 16 6:30 pm – Vote/1 open phone town hall w Senator Bob Graham

October 2014 KITE is now on-line

The October 2014 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.

Conservation advocacy works! TAMIAMI TRAIL project awarded $20 million by DOT

On April 29, 2014, the ASE board approved delivery of an Advocacy Letter Supporting Tamiani Trail – September 12, DOT successfully passed the $20 million project U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $20 Million TIGER Grant for Florida’s Tamiami Trail

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MIAMI – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony . . . → Read More: Conservation advocacy works! TAMIAMI TRAIL project awarded $20 million by DOT

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21 starts at noon CLIMATE DAY OF ACTION – DELRAY BEACH

CLIMATE DAY OF ACTION – DELRAY BEACH – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21 2014 We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. Join us on Sunday, September 21 for 2 events as we demand effective action to address the challenges of climate . . . → Read More: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21 starts at noon CLIMATE DAY OF ACTION – DELRAY BEACH

Sept 11, Thurs, 4:30pm – “Second Thursday” Leader’s Choice Field Trip (Paton White)

September “Second Thursday” Leader’s Choice Field Trip (Paton White leader) Sep 11, Thurs, 4:30pm Join us for an afternoon visit to Snook Island Natural Area in Lake Worth as we look for migrating shorebirds! Meet at 4:30pm at the entrance to the boardwalk on the north side of Lake Worth Bridge. See you there! Questions? . . . → Read More: Sept 11, Thurs, 4:30pm – “Second Thursday” Leader’s Choice Field Trip (Paton White)

2014 October Bird of the Month American Wigeon

Please see picture gallery below – if you have any pix please send to sheilaelliot@yahoo.com)

October Bird of the Month – American Wigeon

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the October Kite:

According to Arthur Cleveland Bent, the name “wigeon” or “widgeon” is what hunters back in the day would call duck species . . . → Read More: 2014 October Bird of the Month American Wigeon

Saturday Sept 27 Florida Bay Trip Cancelled

Sept. 27 Fl Bay trip canceled because a suitable boat cannot be found. We will reschedule when/if a boat is found.

ASE’s annual 2014-2015 brochure, programs, field trips now available online (.pdf format)

PLEASE NOTE MEETING TIMES ERROR on PRINTED brochure; CORRECT TIMES ARE: DOORS OPEN 6:30 P.M. MEETING BEGINS 7:00 P.M.

2014-15_brochure

Field trips and Release forms can be found on the tab above the photo, and field trip locations are found in its tab above the photo.

We will update the events calendar with 2014-2015 field . . . → Read More: ASE’s annual 2014-2015 brochure, programs, field trips now available online (.pdf format)

September 2014 Kite is now online

The September issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.

Tues Sept 2 6:30pm – Monthly Meeting SPECIAL film showing !

A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING

NOTE: Registration is currently full, but the library will let people into the movie showing if registered ones don’t show up

Join us for a special event monthly meeting at the Palm Beach County Library Main Branch at 3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach where we will screen this full-length . . . → Read More: Tues Sept 2 6:30pm – Monthly Meeting SPECIAL film showing !

2014 September Bird of the Month – Northern Pintail

Please see picture gallery below – if you have any pix please send to sheilaelliot@yahoo.com)

September Bird of the Month – Northern Pintail

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the July-August Kite:

This month’s bird, Northern Pintail – Anas acuta, continues (but does not conclude) our duck theme. Found nearly worldwide, at . . . → Read More: 2014 September Bird of the Month – Northern Pintail

Tues Aug 5, 6:45 pm Monthly Meeting: MEMBERS’ PHOTOS AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Monthly Membership Meeting: MEMBERS’ PHOTOS AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Tuesday, August 5, 6:45 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite meeting of the year — Ice cream followed by a picture show! Bring your best nature photos and tell us your stories. Limit your photographs to around 12 prints or slides per member. We will have a digital projector . . . → Read More: Tues Aug 5, 6:45 pm Monthly Meeting: MEMBERS’ PHOTOS AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

2014 August Bird of the Month – Blue-winged Teal

(Please see picture gallery below – if you have any pix please send to sheilaelliot@yahoo.com)

August Bird of the Month – Blue-winged Teal

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the July-August Kite: “August’s bird is the counterpart to July’s: Anas discors, the blue-winged teal, is only considered large when next to his cousin A. crecca; . . . → Read More: 2014 August Bird of the Month – Blue-winged Teal

EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL 2015 – save the date

Everglades Day

Saturday February 14, 2015 8am to 4pm rain or shine

16th Annual Everglades Day Festival Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge -“ROMANCE OF THE EVERGLADES”

Exciting speakers, workshop programs, and guided activities, including representative from the Seminole Nation, and Ron Magill from the Miami Metro . . . → Read More: EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL 2015 – save the date

URGENT: final results for June Challenge must be submitted by Jul 1.

from the ASE Yahoo Group “auduboneverglades”

Hi PB Birders,

Thank you all for sharing your great finds in the past week! It is exciting to have the unexpected sightings of Bananquit and Smooth-billed Ani !

We have arrived in the final week of the June Challenge…

There is still time to get out there and . . . → Read More: URGENT: final results for June Challenge must be submitted by Jul 1.

Deadline Friday June 27 2014 – bird locations request from NAS

Dear Audubon friends,

Our National Board member Jeff Goodby is a co-founder of Goodby and Silverstein, a San Francisco-based advertising firm that has done many famous campaigns, including the iconic “Got Milk” ads.

He’s looking to help us promote birds through videos that use new technologies and approaches that we’ll roll . . . → Read More: Deadline Friday June 27 2014 – bird locations request from NAS

Jay Watch 2014

(see picture of this unique bird below):

contributed by ASE member Jane Wiewora who attended the 2014 Jay Watch training at Jonathan Dickenson Park: On Saturday, May 31, several members of the Audubon Society of the Everglades attended a volunteer training session for the Florida Jay Watch citizen science program at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. . . . → Read More: Jay Watch 2014

Citizen Science Conservation to identify Invasive Species – Yes, There is an App for That

contributed by Jacqui Sulek National Audubon Society:

There is a new smartphone app that makes invasive species reporting user-friendly and fun

An invasive species is any species that is non-native to an ecosystem and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Non-native species often compete . . . → Read More: Citizen Science Conservation to identify Invasive Species – Yes, There is an App for That

July/August 2014 KITE is now online

The July August 2014 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.