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Duda Farms this summer – will try again next year

Several people have asked recently about a trip to Duda Farms flooded fields this summer. If you check your field trip list, you will notice – There are NO TRIPS on the schedule to Duda Farms this year. The person at Duda Farms who was instrumental in helping arrange the Audubon trips into the farms retired last year. We were hopeful to be able to make some arrangements for Duda trips, but that has not worked out. So, ASE will NOT have field trips to DUDA Farms this summer.

Tuesday August 4, 6:30 pm Monthly Meeting MEMBERS’ PHOTOS AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Monthly Membership Meeting: MEMBERS’ PHOTOS AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 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 10 prints or slides per member. We will have a digital projector so . . . → Read More: Tuesday August 4, 6:30 pm Monthly Meeting MEMBERS’ PHOTOS AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

August 2015 Bird of the Month for August: American Kestrel

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

Bird of the Month for August is the American Kestrel by Ben Kolstad’s article in July-August-June KITE.:

Bird of the Month for August: American Kestrel

The smallest member of the falcon tribe, American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) are on the . . . → Read More: August 2015 Bird of the Month for August: American Kestrel

Saturday Aug 1 8:30-3:30 – Sea Level Rise Symposium – ASE will pay 50%, Register by Thurs July 30 5pm

The Board of Audubon Society of the Everglades hopes you, our members, will attend this information packed day. We are offering a 50% ($15.00) reimbursement to any ASE member who attends. See Paton there or send us a copy of your registration slip. Hope to see many of you there!

LOCATION:

Oxbridge Academy

. . . → Read More: Saturday Aug 1 8:30-3:30 – Sea Level Rise Symposium – ASE will pay 50%, Register by Thurs July 30 5pm

ALERT!!! Thursday, July 30 9:00 a.m. – HELP Protect Ag Reserve PBC Commissioners’ Meeting

You’re invited to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Meeting Protect the Ag Reserve Thursday, July 30 9:00 a.m. Commission Chambers 6th floor 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach I f you cannot attend be sure to call or email the county commissioners and tell them how important it is to . . . → Read More: ALERT!!! Thursday, July 30 9:00 a.m. – HELP Protect Ag Reserve PBC Commissioners’ Meeting

Tues July 21 8:30 am – West Palm Beach Rally to save Ag Reserve

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Location: County Commission Building

301 N. Olive Ave.

West Palm Beach

March will be held on the sidewalk in front of the building on N. Olive. Rally to Save Farmland from Rooftops in the Ag Reserve, July 21, 2015

~ West Palm Beach, FL: . . . → Read More: Tues July 21 8:30 am – West Palm Beach Rally to save Ag Reserve

From Florida Audubon – important water budget issue

From Florida Audubon Facebook page:

Please see this important editorial from Eric Buermann, former chairman of the South Florida Water Management District, in The Palm Beach Post: The district’s 2016 budget request seeks only half of what it received in 2007, my first year as its chairman. Over the past eight years, its very . . . → Read More: From Florida Audubon – important water budget issue

July 2015 Bird of the Month – Osprey

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

Bird of the Month for July is the Osprey by Ben Kolstad’s article in July-August-June KITE.:

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is one of our most conspicuous local raptors, both by virtue of its large size and its predictable location: look . . . → Read More: July 2015 Bird of the Month – Osprey

Tuesday July 7, 7 pm Monthly Meeting and Lecture “Grassy Waters and More!” by Penni Redford, City of West Palm Beach Sustainability Manager

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “Grassy Waters and More!” by Penni Redford, City of West Palm Beach Sustainability Manager.

Tuesday, July 7, 7pm

Penni Redford, City of West Palm Beach, Sustainability Manager, will speak at the July 7 meeting. As past manager of Grassy Waters she will bring us up to date on . . . → Read More: Tuesday July 7, 7 pm Monthly Meeting and Lecture “Grassy Waters and More!” by Penni Redford, City of West Palm Beach Sustainability Manager

July/August Kite now online

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

ACTION ALERT – Stop the Bird Killer Amendment

STOP THE BIRD KILLER AMENDMENT This rider is so sweeping that if it had been in effect when the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout occurred, BP would not have been subject to prosecution for the killing of millions of birds. Tell your U.S. Senators to reject this dangerous rider. TAKE ACTION ›

Dear Audubon . . . → Read More: ACTION ALERT – Stop the Bird Killer Amendment

Action Alert – now for Amendment 1 funding to ACTUALLY happen

Dear Audubon Society of the Everglades Members,

Lawmakers are back in Tallahassee to pass the state budget. You can help make sure they finish the job on Amendment 1. But time is short. Budget negotiations are happening now. Your voice needs to be heard by those who will determine how much money goes to . . . → Read More: Action Alert – now for Amendment 1 funding to ACTUALLY happen

Sierra Club invitation to Saturday June 20 “Big Sugar Summit” in WPB

You are cordially invited to the “Big Sugar Summit” on Saturday, June 20 at the Embassy Suites West Palm Beach: http://www.eswestpalmbeach.com/

The Summit, presented by the Sierra Club, will be a teach-in of sorts. Our intention is to dig as deeply as we can, in one day, to uncover just how profoundly . . . → Read More: Sierra Club invitation to Saturday June 20 “Big Sugar Summit” in WPB

Info – conservation Turkey Point letter ASE signed with other groups

NGO Letter to NRC USACE 5-15 NRC-2009-0337 click here to see the letter ASE signed May 22 along with other conservation groups

ACTION ALERT – Wed JUNE 3 5-7pm at Fairgrounds to stop State Rd 7 thru Grassy Waters

 

Come out to fight the State Road 7 Extension This Wednesday, FDOT is holding an “open house” to talk about their State Road 7 plans. IF YOU OPPOSE THE ROAD, MAKE SURE THEY KNOW IT!! The meeting is this Wednesday, June 3rd at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from 5:00pm . . . → Read More: ACTION ALERT – Wed JUNE 3 5-7pm at Fairgrounds to stop State Rd 7 thru Grassy Waters

National Audubon article about Palm Beach Flamingoes

click here to see full article with large picture & comments https://www.audubon.org/news/wild-flamingoes-return-florida

Birding

Wild Flamingoes Return to Florida

After a century-long absence, the elegant pink waders are back in the Everglades. But where did they come from?

 

By Amy Kraft

June 01, 2015

Birds in This Story

 

American Flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber

Popular Stories

. . . → Read More: National Audubon article about Palm Beach Flamingoes

Note – June July August 2nd Thurs. leader’s choice walks are cancelled.

we are canceling all the future 2nd Thurs. leader’s choice walks. Paton

ACTION ALERT -Saturday May 30 – 11AM – Stuart or Miami – for Amendment 1 spending

from Tabitha Cale, PhD

Hi All, I wanted to let you know there will be 9 simultaneous Amendment 1 events this Saturday. These events will be right before the special session starts and we want to send legislators back to Tallahassee with a clear message about how Amendment 1 money should be spent. The ones . . . → Read More: ACTION ALERT -Saturday May 30 – 11AM – Stuart or Miami – for Amendment 1 spending

Citizen Science JAY WATCH Volunteers needed: training Sat May 30

Citizen Science JAY WATCH Volunteers needed: training May 30 — please see flyer for details

Martin – JDSP training flyer

Tuesday June 2, Monthly Meeting and Lecture on Wildlife Lake Worth Lagoon & Shorebird Alliance by Ricardo Zambrano, Regional Biologist FFWCC

Monthly Meeting and Lecture “Wildlife Use of New and Restored Habitat in the Lake Worth Lagoon and the FSA (Florida Shorebird Alliance).” By Ricardo Zambrano, Regional Biologist Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Ricardo Zambrano with Masked Booby

Join us Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. as Ricardo Zambrano speaks to us . . . → Read More: Tuesday June 2, Monthly Meeting and Lecture on Wildlife Lake Worth Lagoon & Shorebird Alliance by Ricardo Zambrano, Regional Biologist FFWCC

2nd Thursday Special Event on third Thursday, May 21, 7:30 am

Be one of the first fifteen people to sign up for a very special morning at Katie Antoniou’s. Katie has a very large pond which she has fenced in to protect her collection of ducks. A huge flock of mottled ducks fly in every morning for their breakfast and she has many wood duck boxes . . . → Read More: 2nd Thursday Special Event on third Thursday, May 21, 7:30 am

June 2015 Bird of the Month – Sharp-shinned Hawk

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

Bird of the Month for June is Sharp-shinned Hawk by Ben Kolstad’s article in May-June KITE.:

Rangewide, the population of this small accipiter (Accipiter striatus) appears to be stable, although here in Palm Beach County they seem to have become . . . → Read More: June 2015 Bird of the Month – Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sat May 9 is Cornell Ornithology Lab “Global Big Day” – here’s link

http://ebird.org/globalbigday/

GLOBAL BIG DAY SAT 5/9! In our ongoing effort to push the boundaries of a Big Day, we’re inviting everybody around the world to join together and participate in our Global Big Day to support global conservation. How many species can we see on a single calendar day? 3000? 4000? More? With your . . . → Read More: Sat May 9 is Cornell Ornithology Lab “Global Big Day” – here’s link

Action Alert – plover chicks & nests imminent danger!

NESTING PIPING PLOVERS AND THEIR CHICKS IMMINENTLY THREATENED Piping Plovers build their nests and raise their chicks on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Modest, science-based protections, put in place in 2008, have helped this endangered bird nest successfully in recent years. Send a public comment to the National Park Service today and . . . → Read More: Action Alert – plover chicks & nests imminent danger!

May 2015 Bird of the Month – Cooper’s Hawk

Please see picture gallery below – if you have any pix please send to sheilaelliot@yahoo.com Bird of the Month for May: Cooper’s Hawk by Ben Kolstad’s article in May-June KITE.:

This month’s bird is a medium-sized accipiter (Accipiter cooperii) that appears, at least anecdotally, to be undergoing a population explosion in recent years, although when . . . → Read More: May 2015 Bird of the Month – Cooper’s Hawk

Tuesday May 5, Monthly Meeting and Lecture on Artificial Reef Pgm by Janet Phipps, PhD ERM

Join us Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. as Janet Phipps, PhD speaks to us about the county’s Artificial Reef Program ERM.

Dr. Janet Phipps has been with the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) since 1991 and has been in her position as Coral Reef Ecologist since 2003. She has been . . . → Read More: Tuesday May 5, Monthly Meeting and Lecture on Artificial Reef Pgm by Janet Phipps, PhD ERM

Safety warning for birders — as seen on yahoo group (auduboneverglades)

From: Luis Alberto Matheus lamatheus@gmail.com [auduboneverglades] <auduboneverglades@yahoogroups.com>Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:52 AMSubject: [auduboneverglades] Delray Oaks – low numbers of birds, 1 too many burglar…To: auduboneverglades@yahoogroups.com

Hi,

Had my car broken in at Delray Oaks just now. Police say it keeps happening about every two weeks, targeting cars also at Lake Ida and along . . . → Read More: Safety warning for birders — as seen on yahoo group (auduboneverglades)

James Currie WSJ article here!

Our friend and supporter James Currie had an article written about him in the Wall Street Journal. Here is the link:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/travel-with-bird-watching-on-the-brain-1427303274

May-June KITE is now online

The May-June 2015 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.

April 12 Sunday 10 pm CNN – TV Special on Everglades!

Don’t miss “The Wonder List” two-part season finale, an hour on the Alps at 9pm and an hour on the Everglades

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/04/08/wonder-list-skype-everglades-orig.cnn/video/playlists/wonder-list-skype-originals/

, on Sunday, April 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

CNN’s Bill Weir and filmmaker Philip Bloom tell the stories of extraordinary people, places, cultures and creatures at a crossroads. http://www.cnn.com/shows/wonder-list The . . . → Read More: April 12 Sunday 10 pm CNN – TV Special on Everglades!