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 eagle. This is the only North American raptor that feeds almost exclusively on fish, and it’s the only one that dives into the water for them. Our “other” white-headed fish-eating eagle merely plucks fish from the surface, when it bothers catching them itself rather than bullying the more skilled Osprey out of its catch.

In flight, the Osprey is the hawk that looks like a gull—although it’s not a hawk, either. It’s in a genus all its own, neither hawk nor kite nor eagle nor falcon—in fact, it’s the sole member of its taxonomic family, the level above genus. It holds its large wings in a gull-like bend, giving it a completely different flight silhouette from the otherwise potentially confusing Bald Eagle, which holds its wings so straight that its flight silhouette has been described as looking like a pair of two-by-fours nailed together. The Osprey’s flight is slow and buoyant, whereas Baldy flies straight and level. Like kestrels, some kites, and especially kingfishers, the Osprey is capable of hovering in place while searching for prey close enough to the surface for a successful dive. According to the FWC, in Florida, Ospreys commonly capture saltwater catfish, mullet, spotted trout, shad, crappie, and sunfish from coastal habitats and freshwater lakes and rivers.

The bird is entirely dark brown above, except for its white cap; the dark brown eyeline/mask separates the white cap from the white underparts. If you’re close enough, the bright yellow eye (darker and orange-colored in juveniles) gleams prominently out from the dark mask. The dark-brown and white contrast of the underwing in flight is diagnostic.

Much of the species’ success is due to its unique adaptations for a life of fishing. From the spines on the pads of its feet that enable it to grip the scales of a fish to the reversible rear toe that enables it to fly with a fish in its grasp, this is a highly specialized bird. And these specializations have enabled it to conquer most of the world—at least, those parts near water. Only the Peregrine Falcon, among raptors, has a wider global range. And, like that of the Peregrine Falcon and many other large predatory birds, the Osprey’s population rebounded with the ban of DDT in 1972.

Here in Florida, the population is resident, although there is some evidence that post-breeding birds drift northward. Nevertheless, Florida birds winter here, while more northern breeders overwinter in South and Central America.

(Photographer’s please note that next month’s April 2017 Bird will be the Limpkin)

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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October 2016 Bird of the Month gallery – Spotted Sandpiper

October’s Bird of the Month is the Spotted Sandpiper, and here is the article in the October Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“The lone North American representative of a two-bird genus, Actitis macularius is the most widespread sandpiper on the continent. (Its congener, A. hypoleucos, is a Eurasian bird.) Despite their near ubiquity according . . . → Read More: October 2016 Bird of the Month gallery – Spotted Sandpiper

October 2016 KITE is now online

The October issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

Tuesday Sept 6, 7pm, Monthly meeting & Lecture, “Shorebirds and Warblers – Two Difficult Groups Made Easier” by Paddy Cunningham

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture

Tuesday, Sept 6, 7pm

Shorebirds and Warblers – Two Difficult Groups Made Easier by Paddy Cunningham

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September 2016 Bird of the Month – Solitary Sandpiper

September’s Bird of the Month is the Solitary Sandpiper, and here is the article in the September Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“In the last article we discussed a vexing species pair of sandpipers in the genus Tringa: Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. In the next two articles, we discuss how to ID a pair . . . → Read More: September 2016 Bird of the Month – Solitary Sandpiper

September 2016 Kite is now online

The September issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

Tuesday, Aug 2, 7pm – Monthly Membership Meeting & Three 20 min Presentations – at PBC LIBRARY this month!

Monthly Membership Meeting & Three 20 min Presentations

Tuesday, Aug 2, 7pm

Location: MAIN SUMMIT BLVD LIBRARY (this month only)

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August 2016 Bird of the Month: Greater Yellowlegs

August’s Bird of the Month is the Greater Yellowlegs, and here is the article in the July-August Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“In May we concluded our profiles of the sandpipers in the genus Calidris (aka “the peeps”). In June we began our discussion of the genus Tringa, starting with the largest of the . . . → Read More: August 2016 Bird of the Month: Greater Yellowlegs