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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

Mark Cook, PhD

Join us Tuesday, November 4 7:00 p.m. (earlier meeting time this year) as Mark Cook, PhD begins his 4-part Everglades Series with “Wading Bird Science and Monitoring: The Cornerstone of Everglades Restoration”. (Check ASE web site www.auduboneverglades.orgfor his Nov 9, Dec 6, and March 14 field trips/lectures that complete this series.)

Dr. Mark Cook is Lead Scientist for the Everglades Systems Assessment Section of The South Florida Water Management District where his research focuses on wading birds, with a particular focus on how wetland processes such as water levels and nutrient run-off affect wading bird foraging and reproductive success. This research will help restore and manage wading bird populations in the Everglades. Mark has studied the ecology of wild birds for over 20 years, including post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley studying nesting strategies of a Neotropical passerine, the Pearly-eyed thrasher, in the rainforests of Puerto Rico. He has spent the past ten years studying wading birds in south Florida, where he has authored and co-authored 22 peer reviewed scientific publications and 20-plus professional reports on birds, fishes, crayfish and exotic animal species. He is the chief editor of the South Florida Wading Bird Report, collaborating with other wading bird scientists in south Florida, including those from Audubon Florida He has a PhD in Avian Ecology from Glasgow University, Scotland, and a Master’s Degree in Ecology from the University of Durham, England, where he studied, respectively, the nesting behavior of nesting Black Guillemots and Atlantic Puffins on remote Scottish islands. His Bachelor of Science is in Marine Zoology from the University of Bangor, Wales.

Join us for this entertaining and educational program in the Gallery, right before our regular rooms 101 and 102 at FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd, (near Jog Road) in West Palm Beach. Refreshments at 6:30 pm. Meeting is free and open to the public.

Also at the meeting, Clive Pinnock will talk about November Bird of the Month, Northern Shoveler.

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!***********

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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

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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.

Vote Yes on 1 – From ASE Facebook page

From Clyde Butcher on Facebook: Please share this important message with every Florida voter you know! The most important Amendment for the environmental health of our state: VOTE YES on AMENDMENT ONE. PLEASE SHARE THIS.

AMENDMENT ONE continues the important non-partisan legislation that Governor Bob Martinez (R), 1987-91, created called Pr…eservation 2000, and Governor . . . → Read More: Vote Yes on 1 – From ASE Facebook page

Monthly MEETING and LECTURE July 1, 7:30 pm “Pre-Columbian Everglades Inhabitants” by Christian Davenport, Archeologist

Monthly MEETING and LECTURE July 1 “Pre-Columbian Everglades Inhabitants” by Christian Davenport, Archeologist

Tuesday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.

Christian Davenport, Archeologist Palm Beach County

“People of the Water: Pre-Columbian Everglades Inhabitants.” Program by Christian Davenport, Historic Preservation Officer/Archaeologist, Palm Beach County

Join us as Chris takes us back 3000 years to hear about the . . . → Read More: Monthly MEETING and LECTURE July 1, 7:30 pm “Pre-Columbian Everglades Inhabitants” by Christian Davenport, Archeologist

2014 JULY Green-winged Teal Bird of the Month

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

July Bird of the Month – Green-winged Teal

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

It’s the drake that catches the eye; hens are cryptically colored, brown and resembling the . . . → Read More: 2014 JULY Green-winged Teal Bird of the Month

TANNER WATERS WINS ASE $3000 SCHOLARSHIP 2014

For more than forty years Audubon Society of the Everglades has supported conservation. Ruth and Seymour Miller were visionaries and realized that the conservation of habitats and wildlife is an ongoing responsibility. ASE honored their legacy at the Palm Beach Post’s Pathfinder Awards by awarding this $3000 scholarship to a science nominee with outstanding achievement . . . → Read More: TANNER WATERS WINS ASE $3000 SCHOLARSHIP 2014

ASE awards $500 to Jupiter Middle School

At the Green School Awards Luncheon, ASE gave a $500 Judge’s Choice award for HABITAT RESTORATION to Jupiter Middle School. This grant rewarded their efforts to create an outdoor learning lab in a 2 and1/4 acre wetland and natural area between school property and Military Trail. The mission of the outdoor classroom is to provide . . . → Read More: ASE awards $500 to Jupiter Middle School

URGENT – DEADLINE June 14 for REEF RESCUE

From Clive Pinnock: We are asking for your help to protect the last of south Florida’s near-shore coral habitat. The Army Corp of Engineers (Corp) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a Broward County beach nourishment project (segment II) that is guaranteed to bury ESA protected staghorn coral and essential . . . → Read More: URGENT – DEADLINE June 14 for REEF RESCUE

East Coast Climate Change Endangers Audubon’s Maine Puffin Project

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-change