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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 all the happenings at Grassy Waters. Penni will also speak about West Palm Beach’s efforts to become more sustainable. In fact, under her stewardship, the city has just received an award from the U. S. Dept. of Energy for being one of only two cities that has reached their energy savings SIX years ahead of schedule. Penni recently traveled to Washington D. C. to receive the award for the city from U. S. Dept. of Energy Undersecretary, Lynn Orr.

Also known as the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area, Grassy Waters Preserve (GWP) is managed by the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department and provides fresh drinking water to over 130,000 people in West Palm Beach, the Town of Palm Beach, Town of South Palm Beach, and surrounding areas. The preserve includes nature center pavilions, meandering boardwalk trails, hiking, canoeing, programs, entertainment, and more! Eighteen federally listed plant and wildlife species occur within the project area, two of which, the Everglade snail kite and the eastern indigo snake, are species of special concern because little is known about their life histories within this project region.

As the Sustainability Manager, City of West Palm Beach, Penni directs programs community-wide, including the development of Rethink Paradise: West Palm Beach, Sustainability Action Plan; design, implementation, and management of a $6.8-million Energy Performance Contract; design and management of a $1.08-million Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant program; and initiation of the West Palm Beach Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Penni is happy to have helped West Palm Beach become the first State of Florida partner for the Better Buildings Challenge. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Horticultural Science from the University of Georgia.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for light refreshments in rooms 101 and 102 at FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center , 6301 Summit Blvd, (near Jog Road) in West Palm Beach. Meeting is free and open to the public.

Also at the meeting – June & July Birds of the Month : Sharp-shinned Hawk & Osprey Come to our July meeting to hear more about these fascinating birds from our expert, Clive Pinnock.

 

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!

CONSERVATION UPDATE

1) SFWMD Meeting – April 9 9am

Governor Rick Scott and his appointed water managers are refusing to buy sugar land needed to restore the Everglades and protect the coasts. Tell them it’s not okay. The Governor and the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District are putting . . . → Read More: CONSERVATION UPDATE

Need Everglades support – telephone Tallahassee tomorrow Tuesday Apr 7!

For those who are not able to travel to Tallahassee for Everglades Day in Tallahassee we are hosting a Virtual Lobby Day! Since you won’t be able to meet with your Legislators, you can call them. Even if you have called before, we want to flood the Capitol with calls on Tuesday. Just picture it, . . . → Read More: Need Everglades support – telephone Tallahassee tomorrow Tuesday Apr 7!

Tuesday Apr 7, 6:00pm – Annual MEETING Pot Luck Dinner and LECTURE John J. Lopinot, “What Makes a Great Photograph?”

Annual MEETING Pot Luck Dinner and LECTURE John J. Lopinot, “What Makes a Great Photograph?”

Tuesday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. dinner, 7:00 meeting & lecture. Audubon Society of the Everglades will hold its annual membership meeting, which includes election of new board members and approval of the budget.

Come join us on Tuesday, April 7 . . . → Read More: Tuesday Apr 7, 6:00pm – Annual MEETING Pot Luck Dinner and LECTURE John J. Lopinot, “What Makes a Great Photograph?”

April 2015 Bird of the Month – Broad-winged Hawk

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

April Bird of the Month – Broad-winged Hawk From Ben Kolstad’s article in the April Kite: This small chunky raptor migrates from its breeding grounds in northern and eastern North America to its wintering grounds in Florida, Southern Mexico, an . . . → Read More: April 2015 Bird of the Month – Broad-winged Hawk

CALL FOR ACTION before Wed APRIL 1 – Amendment 1 implementation in jeopardy!

Our Senators must hear from us NOW! The message is clear. Here’s the message: “I am one of 4.2 million voters who voted yes for Amendment 1. I believed when voting for the amendment that it would increase funding for Florida Forever, land conservation, springs, and the Everglades. Please support amendments on the Senate . . . → Read More: CALL FOR ACTION before Wed APRIL 1 – Amendment 1 implementation in jeopardy!

INFO for the Flamingo carpool trips!

The flamingo trips for 2015 have ended – to receive information when 2016 trips are forming, please sign up on the email list for “flamingo” trips Sign up for the ASE Email List ___________________________________________________________________________________ (Note – Minors (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult on all ASE field trips.) 3/22 update: . . . → Read More: INFO for the Flamingo carpool trips!

Action Alert: March 24 meeting is TOMORROW!!!

Help Stop the Destruction of the Agricultural Reserve

On Tuesday, March 24, the Palm Beach County Commissioners will hold the final workshop on allowing increased residential and commercial development in the Agricultural Reserve. A large turnout of public speakers is critical for this final hearing in a year-long series. (A final vote could take place . . . → Read More: Action Alert: March 24 meeting is TOMORROW!!!

April 2015 KITE is now on-line

The April 2015 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.