Join us Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. (earlier meeting time this year) as Richard Grosso, Esq speaks to us about the environmental law in his lecture “The Environment, Politics, the Law and You: Observations of a Green Lawyer”
Richard Grosso, Esq; Environmental Law
Richard Grosso is a law professor at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, where he teaches land use and environmental law, and Florida Constitutional Law, and directs the Environmental and Land Use Law Practice Clinic. Professor Grosso is a recognized legal expert, practicing lawyer and policy advocate, with 28 years of experience litigating and advocating on environmental issues. He has successfully litigated a number of significant and precedent setting cases, and lectures and publishes extensively in the area. Mr. Grosso has been widely recognized for his work on behalf of Florida’s environment.
Join us for this important and educational program in 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 March 3 meeting: Bird of the Month: “Red-shouldered Hawk”. Come learn from Clive Pinnock about this remarkable bird.
Big news: President Obama just announced his plan to help every kid enjoy America’s great outdoors. Starting this fall, every 4th-grader in America will get a one-year pass for free admission to all of our National public lands for them and their families.
For the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, like . . . → Read More: Free Passes for Families at Nation’s Public Lands!
The March 2015 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.
JCI Miami is collaborating with the City of Miami Gardens to establish a bird and butterfly garden at Parkview Elementary. We will be holding a volunteer day on February 28th to plant native bird and butterfly attracting plants in and around a remnant patch of oak hammock located on the school grounds. This area will . . . → Read More: Do you have any birding binoculars you no longer use?
Upcoming Saturday festivals –
Feb 21, 2015 6 to 9 pm dark sky festival Okeeheelee Nature Center. Feb 28-Gumbo Limbo Sea Turtle Day-9AM to 4PM-Boca Raton; Mar 14-Naturescaping McArthur Beach State Park-North Palm Beach-9am to 3pm; (Wednesday) April 2 earth day festivals one in Lake Worth and one in Okeeheelee Park (date may change – . . . → Read More: FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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March Bird of the Month – Red-shouldered Hawk From Ben Kolstad’s article in the March Kite:
Animals with wide ranges or disjunct ranges can look remarkably different from one of the range to another, or from one population to another. . . . → Read More: March 2015 Bird of the Month – Red-shouldered Hawk
WHAT: South Florida Water Management District Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:00am
WHERE: SFWMD Headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406
WE NEED YOU!
Join us at the Water Management District meeting and sign up to speak during General Public Comment (item #31 on the agenda). Together . . . → Read More: Thurs Feb 12 9am West Palm Beach — WE NEED YOU !
Dear Audubon Friends and Supporters of the Agricultural Reserve: In preparation for the Agricultural Reserve Roundtable to be held on February 17, Palm Beach County has established a web site where the public can comment on the radical and dangerous proposals under consideration. The vast majority of these proposals would effectively kill the Agricultural . . . → Read More: Deadline 11pm Wed Feb 11 !!! — Audubon’s Urgent Request for Public Comment on Ag Reserve
Due to weather conditions on the originally scheduled day, we have rescheduled the all day T.M.Goodwin/Broadmoor . . . → Read More: URGENT: all day T.M.Goodwin/Broadmoor field trip rescheduled to Thursday, February 12, as the 2nd Thursday Leader’s Choice trip.
Monthly MEETING and LECTURE February 3 “Boca Raton Sea Turtle Conservation”
by David Anderson, Marine Turtle Specialist Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Join us Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. (earlier meeting time this year) as David Anderson speaks to us about the Boca Raton Sea Turtle Conservation program.
As a team specialist . . . → Read More: Tuesday Feb 3, Monthly Meeting and Lecture “Sea Turtle Conservation” by David Anderson
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February Bird of the Month – Snail Kite From Ben Kolstad’s article in the February Kite:
Now and then people ask me why the ASE newsletter is called the Everglade Kite. After all, the Everglades are plural, and the bird . . . → Read More: 2015 February Bird of the Month SNAIL KITE
What can you do? Attend the roundtable session 2/17, our March general meeting and the BBC meeting 3/24. Contact all the commissioners (look at ASE website if you need contact info http://www.auduboneverglades.org/county-commissioners/ ) and email me to tell me you are interested so I can contact you as things come up. email@example.com
Tonight 1/28 Pam . . . → Read More: IMPORTANT Conservation Calendar through March 2015
Amendment 1 Debate Continues at Capitol Make your voice heard. Tell the Florida Senate that Amendment 1 calls for renewed state spending on water and land conservation. This week marked the second round of legislative committee meetings and turned out to be an excellent time to do a little bit of myth busting. Many legislators . . . → Read More: Some Vote/1 heroes you should know
Please visit our Legislative Action Page today!
After the thrilling passage of Amendment 1 last Nov 4, there are obstacles we face in implementing Amendment 1: special interest groups that didn’t help pass Amendment 1, but now want to influence where the money will go. They are urging legislators use Amendment 1 to fund water . . . → Read More: Take Action – make sure VOTE/1 is implemented as voted!
This morning two intrepid birders, Luke and Fred, joined leader Ben Kolstad on a chilly walk through one of the nicest natural areas in southern Palm Beach County: Pondhawk. Located on Spanish River Blvd (apologies to those of you who were searching for the entrance on Yamato!) right next to the city library, this concrete . . . → Read More: Field Trip report: Pondhawk Natural Area
Audubon Society of the Everglades is launching a public awareness campaign to keep the public abreast of the rapidly evolving threats to the preservation of farmland in the Agricultural Reserve. Below is the first of many future updates.
Why Audubon Is Fighting for Sound Development Practices in the Agricultural Reserve
The Audubon Society . . . → Read More: ASE Issues a Full Page Open Letter in Town Crier on Development in the Agricultural Reserve
(For full report click here http://fl.audubonaction.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=62722&em_id=50641.0&pgwrap=n)
From the Audubon Florida Advocate
Make your voice heard. Tell the Florida Legislature that Amendment 1 calls for renewed state spending on water and land conservation.
The Senate Environmental Preservation & Conservation committee met on Wednesday, January 7 before a standing room only crowd and heard a staff . . . → Read More: Vote/1 Implementation – Make your voice heard before Jan 20
Instead of LOOKING at birds, this month we will PROTECT our birds by assembling together at the Ag Reserve Hearing at 9:30 am in West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County’s Ag Reserve lands protect the vital Loxahatchee Refuge by acting as a buffer between development and natural Everglades environment. Print off suggested talking points here . . . → Read More: Jan 8 – 2nd Thursday “Leader’s Choice” Field Trip DETAILS!
January 8, 2015 Hearing Time and Location: 9:30 a.m. Governmental Center, 6th floor Commission Chambers, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach. Be sure to ask a staff person when you arrive for a card to indicate you want to speak. Write the name “Valencia Cove” at the top of the card where it . . . → Read More: URGENT CALL to ATTEND Thurs Jan 8 Ag Reserve Hearing – NEED ALL OF YOU!
Our fund raiser at STA 1E with James Currie will start at 7:00 am. The gates will open at 6:30 am. We will drive around the water impounds as usual, stopping to observe and discuss the birds we see. We will car pool into 6 vehicles. There will be 23 people plus James making a . . . → Read More: Jan 10 James Currie Fundraiser is full – call Linda 586-854-0145 if you want to be on waiting list
(Dec 16) Please be advised that due to a second scheduling conflict, the January 9th Agricultural Reserve Roundtable is POSTPONED. The tentative new date is Tuesday, February 17th; we anticipate the session will be scheduled for most or all of the day. Notice of the new date and specific times will be provided as . . . → Read More: POSTPONED Ag Reserve Meetings – Dec 17, 19, and Jan 9 – need ASE member support!
Monthly MEETING and LECTURE January 6 “BIRD ISLAND, Florida’s Newest Critical Bird Area” by Gregg Braun, Professional Consulting Ecologist
Join us Tuesday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. (earlier meeting time this year) as Greg Braun speaks to us about Bird Island.
Greg Braun, who was instrumental in establishing the newly protected and restored Bird Island, . . . → Read More: Tuesday January 6, Monthly Meeting and Lecture “Bird Island” by Greg Braun
January Bird of the Month – Bald Eagle From Ben Kolstad’s article in the January Kite:
Even if no one can spell its taxonomic name without triple-checking it, everyone is familiar with Haliaeetus leucocephalus, the official bird and animal of the United States of America. This iconic raptor is widespread across the continent nowadays, . . . → Read More: 2015 January Bird of the Month Bald Eagle
Paul, Parrots and other Miami Exotics!
Dec 11, 2015 . . . → Read More: DEC 11 – 2nd Thursday “Leader’s Choice” Field Trip DETAILS!
An Author Presentation By: James Kushlan & Kirsten Hines on Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens Monday, December 15, 2014 – 7:00 pm
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS: Pine Jog Presentation dec 15 2014
Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Parrots in South Florida – Meet the Parrots” by Paul Bithorn
Tuesday, Dec 2, Dinner 6:00 p.m. Meeting & Lecture 7:00 p.m.
Paul Bithorn, a Miami native, has led birding field trips for Tropical Audubon Society, as well as many environmental and civic groups for . . . → Read More: Tuesday December 2, Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Parrots in South Florida – Meet the Parrots” by Paul Bithorn
selected by Clive Pinnock, who gives a talk on each bird in our monthly meetings:
Birds of the Month for 2015 Raptors Seen in Florida
January: Bald Eagle
February: (Everglades) Snail Kite
March: Red-shouldered Hawk
April: Broad-winged Hawk
May: Cooper’s Hawk
June: Sharp-shinned Hawk
August: American Kestrel
October: Peregrine Falcon
November: . . . → Read More: 2015 Bird of the Month List – Raptors Seen in Florida
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December Bird of the Month – Ring-necked Duck
From Ben Kolstad’s article in the December Kite: One of our most common winter ducks, the ring-necked, Aythya collaris, is one of those ducks that was obviously named before birding by binoculars . . . → Read More: 2014 December Bird of the Month Ring-necked Duck