Tues April 4 at 6pm: Annual Meeting, Pot Luck Dinner, & Lecture: “The year-round biology of the Swallow-tailed Kite: A hemisphere of conservation challenges and opportunities” by Ken Meyer, Ph.D.,Research Ecologist, co-founder and executive director of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI)

Annual MEETING Pot Luck DINNER and LECTURE: “The year-round biology of the Swallow-tailed Kite: A hemisphere of conservation challenges and opportunities” by Ken Meyer, Ph.D.,Research Ecologist, co-founder and executive director of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI)

Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 p.m. dinner, 7:00 p.m. meeting & lecture

 Join us for a special presentation by Ken Meyer about the biology and conservation of the Swallow-tailed Kite.

Ken Meyer with Swallow-tailed Kite

Ken Meyer with Swallow-tailed Kite

Since 1996, Ken Meyer has served as an adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. He co-founded Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) in Gainesville, Florida, in 1997. Since then, he has held the positions of Research Ecologist and Executive Director at ARCI. In the course of conducting 38 years of field research and producing management and conservation plans, Meyer and his team have studied the behavior and ecology of 16 species of birds of conservation concern in eastern Canada, Maine, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mexico, Belize, Brazil, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. In 2002, and again in 2014, Ken received a Partners in Flight National Research Award for studying the conservation biology of species at risk; and in 2005, a National Wildlife Stewardship Award from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for cooperative studies of Swallow-tailed Kites.

He obtained his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1977; and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1987. From then until 1996, he studied imperiled birds as a post-doctoral and then research associate in the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation,  and as a research biologist with the National Park  Service.

Our By laws state: The notice of the annual meeting shall include a slate of officers and directors due to be elected that year as proposed by the nominating committee under Article VII of these bylaws, and a budget proposed by the board of directors under Article VI for a fiscal year running from April I to March 31. The agenda of the meeting must include election of officers and directors due to be elected that year, and the adoption of the budget.

The Annual Meeting this year will elect Directors (next year will include Officers). The Nominating Committee (Linda Humphries, Lori Pasco and Valerie Brauer) has put forth the following slate of Directors At Large: Anne Hoctor, Linda McCandless, Gerry Felipe, Eric Ray, Vicki Rogerson, Debbie Smith, Susan Snyder, Marcia Yeip, Sean Borak, and Mary Young.  Additional names to be considered for Directors must be received by Linda Humphries (hlinda@aol.com) by April 2nd. Proxies: If you are not able to attend ASE’s annual meeting and wish to vote by proxy, please contact Paton White (prwase@gmail.com 561-818-7574).

Additionally, the proposed budget included in the April Kite will be proposed and adopted by vote.

 Also at the meeting, our expert, Clive Pinnock will speak about the April Bird of the Month, Limpkin.

 Our Annual Meeting will be a pot luck dinner and free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., in rooms 101 and 102 at FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd (near Jog Road) in West Palm Beach. The food will be served at 6:00 p.m., and the annual meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. People with last names beginning with A-J please bring desserts, K-R bring a main dish, S-Z bring salads and veggies. Please bring ready-to-serve food; we have no kitchen. We will supply the drinks. Paton White has donated a large orchid arrangement for a special raffle, and all raffle ticket buyers will receive a surprise gift. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

April 2107 KITE is now on-line

The April 2017 issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

please note that speaker TBD is now Ken Meyer: Annual MEETING Pot Luck DINNER and LECTURE: “The year-round biology of the Swallow-tailed Kite: A hemisphere of conservation challenges and opportunities” by Ken Meyer, Ph.D.,Research Ecologist, co-founder and executive director of the . . . → Read More: April 2107 KITE is now on-line

April 2017 Bird of the Month – Limpkin – GALLERY

April’s Bird of the Month is the Limpkin, and here is the article in the upcoming April 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

Limpkin Aramus guarauna SSC

Eats apple snails. What else do you need to know? Well, it’s on the cover of Stevenson and Anderson’s Birdlife of Florida (1994), which is still the most . . . → Read More: April 2017 Bird of the Month – Limpkin – GALLERY

Balloon releases banned in Palm Beach

Recent article from the Palm Beach Daily News in where the Town of Palm Beach has banned releasing ballons and sky lanterns within the town.

CORRECTION

CORRECTION: The March 11 Natural Areas Festival is at Winding Waters Natural Area

NOT Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve. Winding Waters is located at 6161 Haverhill Road North in WPB next to Dyer Park, and the incorrectly reported location Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve is located at 8264 Northlake Blvd., WPB, just west of Beeline . . . → Read More: CORRECTION

Tues Mar 7 at 7pm: Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “Creative Butterfly Gardening” with Tom Hewitt, freelance writer and creator of the Mounts Botanical Garden’s Butterfly Garden

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “Creative Butterfly Gardening” with Tom Hewitt, freelance writer and creator of the Mounts Botanical Garden’s Butterfly Garden

Tuesday, March 7, 7pm

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March 2107 KITE is now on-line

The March 2017 issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

March 2017 Bird of the Month – Osprey – GALLERY

March’s Bird of the Month is the Osprey, and here is the article in the upcoming March 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

March Bird of the Month: Osprey Pandion haliaetus

By Ben Kolstad

Many people worldwide call this cosmopolitan bird the “fish eagle,” and it’s an apt nickname, although the Osprey is not an . . . → Read More: March 2017 Bird of the Month – Osprey – GALLERY

NEW CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP TRAINING COURSE!

Audubon Society of the Everglades (ASE), in partnership with the IFAS/UF Extension of PBC, will hold its first Conservation Stewardship Training Course from March 27 to May 8 on Mondays from 9am to 1pm. We have engaged 17 excellent instructors/trainers for this 7-week basic environmental education course. Fieldwork at six beautiful natural areas around the . . . → Read More: NEW CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP TRAINING COURSE!

FEB 23 FREE SEMINAR ON BARN OWLS

Here is the link to register for the special seminar on barn owls by Dr. Motti Charter on February 23, 6 pm – 9 pm, Birds Without Borders, at UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E Canal Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Register for this free event online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ birds-without-borders-tickets- 31638573826 or . . . → Read More: FEB 23 FREE SEMINAR ON BARN OWLS

Tuesday FEB 7, 7pm Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “ Florida’s Forgotten Wading Bird: American Flamingo” with Frank Ridgley DMV, Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarian with Zoo Miami’s Conservation and Research Department

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “Florida’s Forgotten Wading Bird: American Flamingo” with Frank Ridgley, DMV, Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarian in Zoo Miami’s Conservation and Research Department

Tuesday, Feb 7, 7pm

Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the resurgence of Florida’s American Flamingo.

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February 2017 KITE is now online

The February 2017 issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

February 2017 Bird of the Month – Brown Pelican – GALLERY

February’s Bird of the Month is the Brown Pelican, and here is the article in the upcoming February 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

February Bird of the Month: Brown Pelican

By Ben Kolstad

Today the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is a familiar character of our coasts, but the population of this large bird was . . . → Read More: February 2017 Bird of the Month – Brown Pelican – GALLERY

ARM Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Water Storage Updates

Recent published from the Palm Beach Daily News regarding Lake Okeechobee water storage needs for the area and from the Palm Beach Post on the status of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

New West Palm Beach Ballparks will attract birds

Recent article from the Palm Beach Post that with the close proximity to the nearby natural areas, some bird species will be fans of the new ballpark.

Tuesday Jan 3, 7pm Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “Getting to Know Pine Jog” with Ray Coleman, Pine Jog Executive Director, and Lauren Butcher, Coordinator of Pine Jog’s Green Schools Recognition Program

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “Getting to Know Pine Jog” with Ray Coleman, Pine Jog Executive Director, and Lauren Butcher, Coordinator of Pine Jog’s Green Schools Recognition Program Tuesday, Jan 3, 7pm

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January 2017 KITE is now online

The January 2017 issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

January 2017 Bird of the Month American Oystercatcher – Gallery

January’s Bird of the Month is the American Oystercatcher, and here is the article in the upcoming January 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatesState Species of Special Concern).

January’s bird of the month is an oddly charismatic bird: it has a bright reddish-orange bill shaped like a chisel sticking out of . . . → Read More: January 2017 Bird of the Month American Oystercatcher – Gallery

Snook Islands Restoration Project -2016 update

Snook Islands Restoration Project: If You Build It, They Will Come

By David Carson, Palm Beach County ERM and Ben Kolstad, ASE

 

David Carson of Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) designed and oversaw construction of Snook Islands in Lake Worth (http://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/Publications/SnookIslandsRestoration.pdf). As soon as we began depositing fill in the . . . → Read More: Snook Islands Restoration Project -2016 update

Dec 6, 6pm Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Working Birds of Florida” by Susan Faulkner Davis, Award-winning Bird Photographer, ASE Board Member

Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Working Birds of Florida” by Susan Faulkner Davis, Award-winning Bird Photographer, ASE Board Member

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

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December 2016 KITE is now online

The December issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

December 2016 Bird of the Month Black-bellied Plover– Gallery

December’s Bird of the Month is the Black-Bellied Plover, and here is the article in the December Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola

Although the Black-bellied Plover is described as a medium-sized shorebird, try telling that to all the other plovers. They’d all agree that this, the largest plover in . . . → Read More: December 2016 Bird of the Month Black-bellied Plover– Gallery

The Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

(Click on image for flyer)

Join Audubon Florida, Audubon Society of the Everglades & Conservation Partners for a Community Forum on the Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on:

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30-8:00 pm

FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center 6301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL . . . → Read More: The Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

CONGRATS! ASE RECEIVES TWO STATE AWARDS (media release)

AUDUBON SOCIETY OF THE EVERGLADES RECEIVES TWO STATE AWARDS

West Palm Beach, Fla. (Nov 1, 2016) – The Audubon Society of the Everglades (ASE), a chapter of the National Audubon Society and Florida Audubon, is the proud recipient of the Chapter of the Year Award from Florida Audubon. In addition, ASE Chapter President Paton White . . . → Read More: CONGRATS! ASE RECEIVES TWO STATE AWARDS (media release)

Memorial remembrance of Alan Parmlee on Nov 6

THIS IS WHAT SUSAN SNYDER READ AT ALAN’S SERVICE– CASUAL REMEMBRANCES FROM FRIENDS. Alan Parmalee was a quiet man. He never sought attention—he just went about his business lending a helping hand to whatever group or whatever person needed a helping hand. In the early 1980s there was a move by a group of concerned . . . → Read More: Memorial remembrance of Alan Parmlee on Nov 6

Vote NO on Amendment 1

ON NOV 8, THE AMENDMENT WAS VOTED DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the image or visit VoteNoOn1.org for more information.

November 2016 KITE is now online

The November issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

GOOD NEWS Ben Kolstad to give Nov 1 meeting Lecture “Birds of India: Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi”

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture

Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 pm

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November 2016 Bird of the Month Killdeer – Gallery

November’s Bird of the Month is the Killdeer, and here is the article in the November Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“Our year-round shorebird. Charadrius vociferus. Probably the most widespread, common, and recognizable shorebird in the county (if not the country), the Killdeer doesn’t need a body of water to be comfortable. You can . . . → Read More: November 2016 Bird of the Month Killdeer – Gallery

Oct 4 7pm Meeting & Lecture – “Fall Migration through the Keys,” by Rafael A. Galvez, Director of the Florida Keys Hawkwatch

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “Fall Migration through the Keys,” by Rafael A. Galvez, Director of the Florida Keys Hawkwatch

Tuesday, Oct 4, 7pm

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