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GIFT OF RARE Audubon Prints to ASE & Audubon Exhibition

As announced by new ASE President Paton White at the Annual Meeting April 1, “The board is thrilled to announce that the Audubon Society of the Everglades has received a donation of three framed antique Audubon prints from an anonymous benefactor for fundraising and educational purposes. These are from the rare Chromolithography edition by J. Bien, New York: 1858, Purple Grackle; 1860, Redwinged Starling; and 1860, Purple Martin; each is approximately 38” x 25” vertical format and handsomely framed. As the donation is currently crated and archived, we will include facsimile images here of this important gift. Watch each Kite and the ASE web site and Facebook Page for monthly updates and historical information about these prints.  We are grateful to our anonymous donor for this generosity.”

 

 

The fundraising effort will likely be scheduled for Fall-Winter 2014-2015 and concluded at the next Annual Meeting; in the meantime, we will be posting articles in each of the upcoming Kite newsletters about Audubon, his paintings and the prints created from his artwork, and about our prints in particular. Please contact sheilaelliot@yahoo.com with questions you’d like answered in these upcoming articles.

Meanwhile, for you “Snowbirds”, there is a “once in a lifetime” exhibition of Audubon’s original bird paintings at the New York Historical Society – it’s well worth a visit, even if you need to go out of your way while traveling north to get there.NYHS continues its acclaimed series of exhibitions celebrating John James Audubon’s legendary original watercolors, “Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown (Part II of The Complete Flock)” on view through Monday May 26. All but 25 of the 132 watercolors on display depict water birds or waders, many of which are among Audubon’s most spectacular and largest birds, such as the Great Blue Heron and the Whooping Crane. You’ll see the Atlantic Puffin from his trip to Labrador and from the southeast, the Magnificent Frigatebird, a spectacular male Snowy Egret in flamboyant “aigrettes” breeding plumage, and our familiar local White Ibis, Brown Pelican, and Purple Gallinule – not to speak of seemingly ubiquitous Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Gulls and Terns ranging north from here ….The NYHS exhibit also features audio birdcalls and songs of each species provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as well as video footage, to demonstrate the importance of birdsong for species identification and to underscore Audubon’s extensive field observations. iPads will feature the Havell plates for comparison with the watercolors (in some cases the printer was expected to complete the distant background, for example). Also on view will be a variety of objects drawn from NYHS’s rich Audubon collection, the largest single repository of Auduboniana in the world, and a video record of Part 1, last year’s exhibition of the first 175 Audubon bird watercolors. Accompanying the exhibition is the lavishly illustrated book Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for “The Birds of America” by Roberta J.M. Olson, Curator of this monumental show.

Above  are color images of facsimiles of the donated Audubon prints and links to information about the New York Historical Society’s Audubon Birds exhibition. http://audubon.nyhistory.org  http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/audubons-aviary-parts-unknown-part-ii-complete-flock and http://www.nyhistorystore.com/shop/audubon/audubons-aviary-original-watercolors-birds-america-book-hardcover

 

 

April 26-27, Ft. DeSoto-Spring Migration Adventure

click here for information: Ft.DeSoto April 26-27, Ft. DeSoto-Spring Migration Adventure – sponsored by ASE Ft. DeSoto is one of the top birding places in the country for spring migration. If the weather is right (storms) there can be fall outs with up to 20 species of warbler. Other songbirds that can also be present . . . → Read More: April 26-27, Ft. DeSoto-Spring Migration Adventure

Tuesday Apr 1 6:30 – Annual MEETING Pot Luck Dinner and LECTURE Eric Draper, Executive Director Audubon Florida, “Water, Land and Birds – Conserving all that makes Florida Special”

Annual MEETING Pot Luck Dinner and LECTURE Eric Draper, Executive Director Audubon Florida, “Water, Land and Birds – Conserving all that makes Florida Special”

Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 meeting & lecture

Eric Draper, Executive Director Audubon Florida

Eric Draper is Executive Director of Audubon Florida. Audubon owns Florida’s premiere ecotourism destination . . . → Read More: Tuesday Apr 1 6:30 – Annual MEETING Pot Luck Dinner and LECTURE Eric Draper, Executive Director Audubon Florida, “Water, Land and Birds – Conserving all that makes Florida Special”

2014 APRIL Bird of the Month – White Ibis

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April Bird of the Month – White Ibis

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the April Kite: “

April’s bird of the month was known to early settlers of southwest Florida as “the Chokoloskee chicken” because of its size, . . . → Read More: 2014 APRIL Bird of the Month – White Ibis

Wednesday Mar 26 6:30 Main Library – Writers LIVE! presentation & Book Signing by David Allen Sibley, author of “The Sibley Guide to Birds”

Sibley book

Writers live iIndividual flyers 2014 sibley (click here for flyer)

The Palm Beach County Library System is hosting a special Writers LIVE! presentation by David Allen Sibley, author of “The Sibley Guide to Birds”. In conjunction with the publishing of the 2nd edition of this book, he will be speaking at . . . → Read More: Wednesday Mar 26 6:30 Main Library – Writers LIVE! presentation & Book Signing by David Allen Sibley, author of “The Sibley Guide to Birds”

Tues Mar 4, 7:30 pm – Monthly Meeting and Lecture Melinda Moore , Fine Art Photographer

Come join us on Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. to hear Melinda Moore, Fine Art Photographer, speak on “Wings of Inspiration”

Melinda Moore

Melinda Moore, Photographic Artist, Wings of Inspiration, in her own words:

“Light is the essence of spirit in its purest form, so it is a key ingredient . . . → Read More: Tues Mar 4, 7:30 pm – Monthly Meeting and Lecture Melinda Moore , Fine Art Photographer

Trip Report: Yamato Scrub

A small but dedicated group of birders braved the sunny and warm conditions on Sunday, February 23 to listen to that crazy trip leader Ben Kolstad provide a lecture on the natural and human history of the Yamato Scrub (after all, the trip leader, not being crazy, did not expect many birds and had to . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Yamato Scrub

2014 March Bird of the Month American Coot

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March Bird of the Month – American Coot

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the March Kite: “

Although you’ll hear many spectators at our local wetlands boardwalks call these birds “ducks,” you of course know better: the bird of . . . → Read More: 2014 March Bird of the Month American Coot

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Audubon of Florida News Everglades Day at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

posted on February 19, 2014 in Chapters,Events,Everglades

The 15th annual Everglades Day was held February 8 at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

Audubon Society of the Everglades, located in Palm Beach County, is one of the main organizers of this family-friendly annual event. Over . . . → Read More: ASE at Everglades Day – Florida Audubon Blog!

EVERGLADES DAY SUCCESS

Good weather and an outstanding program brought 2,950 visitors to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge for the 15th Everglades Day. The theme, Everglades-Then and Now, featured People of the Lake Panels and presentations by Clewiston Museum and Belle Glade speakers. Archaeological digs have discovered many interesting facts about the prehistory era . . . → Read More: EVERGLADES DAY SUCCESS

FINAL Schedule for Saturday Feb 8 EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

Click here for the schedule for the upcoming Feb 8 Saturday EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL LoxEvergladesDay2014Schedule

February 2014 Kite

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

Field Trip report: Pondhawk Natural Area, Boca Raton

A group of about a dozen birders, a good mix of locals and out-of-towners from near and far, met Sunday morning in the parking lot of Spanish River Library in Boca Raton to take a two-hour walk through Pondhawk Natural Area. While birds were the primary target of the trip, everyone was introduced to a . . . → Read More: Field Trip report: Pondhawk Natural Area, Boca Raton

Tues Feb 4, 7:30 pm – Monthly Meeting and Lecture Charlie Pelizza speaks “Establishing Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex”

Come hear Charlie Pelizza speak on ”Establishing Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex“ at our monthly Meeting & Lecture on Tuesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.

Charlie Pelizza

Charlie Pelizza is the Project Leader for the recently established Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Complex consists of Pelican Island Refuge, the Nation’s first . . . → Read More: Tues Feb 4, 7:30 pm – Monthly Meeting and Lecture Charlie Pelizza speaks “Establishing Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex”

2014 February Bird of the Month Purple Gallinule

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February Bird of the Month – Purple Gallinule

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the February Kite: “

This month’s bird is one of the stars of our local wetland areas. It’s always fun to see this . . . → Read More: 2014 February Bird of the Month Purple Gallinule

Saturday Feb 8 – KIDS programs at EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday February 8, 2014 8am to 4pm rain or shine. 15th Annual Everglades Day Festival Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, free (except for food) family fun and educational outdoor festival! Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach US 441/State Road 7 – 2 miles south of Boynton Beach . . . → Read More: Saturday Feb 8 – KIDS programs at EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday Feb 8 – MUSEUM programs at EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday February 8, 2014 8am to 4pm rain or shine. 15th Annual Everglades Day Festival Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, free (except for food) family fun and educational outdoor festival! Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach US 441/State Road 7 – 2 miles south of Boynton Beach . . . → Read More: Saturday Feb 8 – MUSEUM programs at EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

Friday Jan 31 10am lecture “Bringing Nature Home” Dr Douglas Tallamy

Friday January 31st at 10:00 a.m. at the Society of the Four Arts, Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building. No charge for admission, reservations are required. For reservations please call (561) 805-8562, email campus@fourarts.org or use information link below to reserve online. Sponsored by Florida Audubon and the Palm Beach Garden Club.

Palm Beach sits along . . . → Read More: Friday Jan 31 10am lecture “Bringing Nature Home” Dr Douglas Tallamy

Saturday Feb 8 – LIVE PYTHONS programs at EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

15th Annual Everglades Day Festival Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday February 8, 2014 8am to 4pm rain or shineSaturday February 8, 2014 8am to 4pm rain or shine

WORKSHOPS WITH LIVE PYTHONS AT EVERGLADES DAY in the Pavilion:

11am Ed Mercer PYTHON HUNTER ***** 3pm Jenny Novak PYTHON PATROL

#gallery-6 . . . → Read More: Saturday Feb 8 – LIVE PYTHONS programs at EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday Feb 8 – JAMES CURRIE to speak at EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

15th Annual Everglades Day Festival Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday February 8, 2014 8am to 4pm rain or shine

JAMES CURRIE, Birding Adventures TV, will present “Birding Around the World” at 2pm in the Theater. The program will include his video journeys of some of the world’s most unusual and sought-after birds.

. . . → Read More: Saturday Feb 8 – JAMES CURRIE to speak at EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday Feb 8 EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL details

Saturday February 8, 2014 8am to 4pm rain or shine

15th Annual Everglades Day Festival Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge -“EVERGLADES THEN & NOW”

Exciting speakers, workshop programs, and guided activities, including representative from the Seminole Nation, will highlight this year’s theme – Everglades Then & Now.

New this year, to enhance this . . . → Read More: Saturday Feb 8 EVERGLADES DAY FESTIVAL details

call for action: WIND POWER and Eagles by David Yarnold, National Audubon

Call for action!

http://www.audubonaction.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=35981.0&dlv_id=44724

All, As you know, Audubon took a strong stand in the wake of Friday’s announcement by the Interior Department of a new rule that would grant wind energy companies 30-year permits to kill Bald and Golden eagles. Since the media coverage reflects a stronger tone than most of our balanced messaging . . . → Read More: call for action: WIND POWER and Eagles by David Yarnold, National Audubon

Saturday Jan 11 BIRDING WORKSHOP details and pre-registration

Saturday, January 11, 2014***8 AM to 1 PM***Pine Jog Environmental Center

6301 Summit Boulevard (on the corner of Summit Blvd. and Jog Road)

This workshop is a fundraiser for our annual ASE $3000 scholarship program for a graduating high school senior focusing on environmental studies. Come join the fun!

8:00-8:15 Registration

8:15-9:15 Hawks . . . → Read More: Saturday Jan 11 BIRDING WORKSHOP details and pre-registration

January Kite now online

The January 2014 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online. Happy New Year!

Jan 11 BIRDING WORKSHOP details and pre-registration

Saturday, January 11, 2014***8 AM to 1 PM***Pine Jog Environmental Center

6301 Summit Boulevard (on the corner of Summit Blvd. and Jog Road)

This workshop is a fundraiser for our annual ASE $3000 scholarship program for a graduating high school senior focusing on environmental studies. Come join the fun!

. . . → Read More: Jan 11 BIRDING WORKSHOP details and pre-registration

LOCAL MEMBERSHIP FORM TO PRINT AND MAIL OR USE PAYPAL and to join National as well

Each of you makes our Audubon of the Everglades chapter what it is today. We have the largest membership in Florida and one of the most active chapters. Unlike many other chapters, we are a 100% volunteer organization and we serve all of Palm Beach County, the largest county in Florida.

you can still print . . . → Read More: LOCAL MEMBERSHIP FORM TO PRINT AND MAIL OR USE PAYPAL and to join National as well

Donate to ASE, a tax deductible 501-C-3 organization #59-6019854

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE AN AMOUNT BY PAYPAL, PLEASE CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON:

Otherwise please mail a check made out to “Audubon Society of the Everglades” to

The Audubon Society of the Everglades, Inc. PO Box 16914 West Palm Beach, FL 33416-6914

(To pay for your MEMBERSHIP, . . . → Read More: Donate to ASE, a tax deductible 501-C-3 organization #59-6019854

SAVE THE DATE – January 11 Saturday – ANNUAL BIRDING WORKSHOP

ASE is excited to announce that we have put together another excellent Birding Workshop. It will be on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:00 a.m., at Pine Jog Environmental Center. Our guest speakers will be James Curry, from TV show Nikon’s Birding Adventures, “Birding Travels Around the World”; Clive Pinnock “Hawk Ecology (new program)”, come . . . → Read More: SAVE THE DATE – January 11 Saturday – ANNUAL BIRDING WORKSHOP

Tues Jan 7, 7:30pm – Monthly Meeting & Lecture – “Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Potential Impacts on Water Resources Management” by Jayantha Obeysekera,

Come hear Jayantha Obeysekera (Obey) speak on ”Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Potential Impacts on Water Resources Management” at our monthly Meeting & Lecture on Tuesday, Jan 7, 7:30 p.m.

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2014 January Bird of the Month Gallinule

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January Bird of the Month – Common Gallinule (Common Moorhen)

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the January Kite: “What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Purple Gallinule’s cousin, Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)? That must mean you’ve started birding within the . . . → Read More: 2014 January Bird of the Month Gallinule