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December 5 at 6pm Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Audubon’s Fight for the Everglade Snail Kite and the Everglades” by Paul N. Gray, Ph.D., Audubon Florida Science Coordinator

Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Audubon’s Fight for the Everglade Snail Kite and the Everglades” by Paul N. Gray, Ph.D., Audubon Florida Science Coordinator
Tuesday, Dec 5, Dinner 6:00 p.m. Meeting & Lecture 7:00 p.m.

Paul N. Gray, Ph.D.

Join us for Dr. Paul Gray’s presentation about the status of the Everglade Snail Kite. Snail Kites suffered a 75% population decline in the early 2000s but have rebounded strongly since. The rebound is the good news; the bad news is that this rebound is due almost entirely to exotic invasive apple snails that create their own side effects. Meanwhile, native Florida apple snail populations remain very low, indicating ongoing water management problems. Paul will cover the biology of the Kites and the political battles Audubon must wage to protect our ecosystems and Snail Kites from human damage.

Dr. Gray, Science Coordinator of Audubon of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee Watershed Program, provides technical support to Audubon’s policy teams. He is working with various agency technical and policy teams to design and implement restoration and stewardship plans in the region. Paul has been working in this area for more than 20 years. His educational background includes a BS from the University of Missouri, an MS from Texas Tech University, and a PhD from the University of Florida in 1993. He is currently the Co-chair of the Snail Kite Coordinating Committee.

“Florida is a biologist’s paradise and I like being with an effective conservation group and being part of the good we do. My hobbies are reading, gardening, kayaking, hunting and fishing. Join me for a presentation mixing ecology, history, hydrology, politics AND KITES!” said Paul.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a dish and join us at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, rooms 101 and 102, 6301 W. Summit Blvd in West Palm Beach. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the food will be served at 6:00 p.m., and our annual holiday meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. People with last names that begin A–J will bring salads and veggies; K-R deserts; S-Z main dishes. Please bring ready-to-serve food since we have no kitchen. We will supply the drinks. There are great items donated for our traditional raffle. Come join in the fun – we look forward to seeing you!

ALSO AT THE Dec 5 MEETING: Bird of the Month: Eastern Meadowlark. Come learn from Clive Pinnock about this bird.

2018 Bird of the Month List by Clive Pinnock – Birds of the Everglades

2018 Bird of the Month List by Clive Pinnock Birds of the Everglades

The 2018 list covers several species of birds that call the Everglades home, with permanent residents covered the first six months and migrants covered the latter half of the year.

Jan – Roseate Spoonbill

Feb – American Bittern

Mar – Least Bittern

. . . → Read More: 2018 Bird of the Month List by Clive Pinnock – Birds of the Everglades

Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday Donate Today

Your donation here will go to the Florida Burrowing Owls and the Purple Martins

Giving Tuesday – The Purple Martins

The Purple Martins Story

While the Purple Martin is one of America’s most well-loved songbirds and is a common summer resident throughout Florida, its population is currently declining . . . → Read More: Giving Tuesday

December 2017 KITE is now online

Eastern Meadowlark (c) 2015, Susan Faulkner Davis all rights reserved

The December 2017 issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

December 2017 Bird of the Month – EASTERN MEADOWLARK

Eastern Meadowlark (c) 2015, Susan Faulkner Davis all rights reserved

December’s Bird of the Month is the Eastern Meadowlark, and here is the article in the upcoming December 2017 Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

We conclude this season of bird-of-the-month articles with the blackbird that isn’t. Imagine a female Red-winged Blackbird plumped up in all directions—long, pointy bill on a slender head (very distinctive . . . → Read More: December 2017 Bird of the Month – EASTERN MEADOWLARK

2018 Conservation Stewardship Training Course – Registration Opens Now

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TREAT YOURSELF TO A LEARNING ADVENTURE: THE 2018 CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP TRAINING COURSE!

Once again, Audubon Everglades is offering you an opportunity to explore and learn about the beautiful habitats surrounding you in Palm Beach County. Sixteen expert instructors will engage participants in understanding how these fragile, natural ecosystems and the Greater Everglades function and . . . → Read More: 2018 Conservation Stewardship Training Course – Registration Opens Now

Birding Field Trips and Hurricane Irma Update – 11/7/17

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Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, some sites where the birding field trips are held are not ready to be open to the general public.

To date, the following trips have been canceled:

November 10 Fri (8:30 AM-10:30 AM) Wakodahatchee (Clive Pinnock) October 01 Sun (8:00 AM-10:00 AM) Spanish River Park (Luis . . . → Read More: Birding Field Trips and Hurricane Irma Update – 11/7/17