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September 2015 Bird of the Month: Merlin

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Bird of the Month for September is  the Merlin: below by Ben Kolstad’s article in September  KITE.:

Bird of the Month for Sept: Merlin.

The Merlin (Falco columbarius) is a small falcon, although last month’s BotM, American Kestrel, is smaller. However, they are both small falcons, and are frequently confused by those who don’t bother to count the number of stripes on the mustache: Kestrels have two, merlins have one. Another way to keep them separate in your mind is to think of their scientific names, or even their old colloquial names: the Merlin is the pigeon hawk (columbarius), while the slightly smaller kestrel, frequently called a sparrow hawk back in the day, chases smaller prey.

According to the Cornell Lab’s website, “Merlins are fierce, energetic predators that patrol shorelines and open areas looking for their prey of small birds (and sometimes dragonflies). They fly powerfully, with quick wingbeats, pausing to glide only rarely. They also spend long periods perched in open areas, scanning for prey.”

And, like many other North American birds of prey, the population of Merlin has rebounded from their DDT-caused lows in the 1960s. Their current conservation status is “species of least concern.”

Like the Kestrel, merlins do not nest this far south in Florida; they are strictly winter residents and passage migrants in these parts.

Come to our September meeting to hear more about this bird.

(Photographer’s please note that next month’s October  2015 Bird will be the Peregrine Falcon)

Florida’s Drinking Water – 10,000 signatures needed!

Paton —

We all know the importance of the Everglades to Florida, to our drinking water supply and to our economy. They are so important that three out of four Florida voters cast their ballot last November to invest in projects that will protect and preserve the Florida Everglades. But, Governor Scott and our . . . → Read More: Florida’s Drinking Water – 10,000 signatures needed!

Tuesday Sept 1, 7 pm Monthly Meeting and Lecture ““BIRDING BY SEASON, Right Bird, Right Place, Right Time!” by Paddy Cunningham, Naturalist, Owner Birding Adventures

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “BIRDING BY SEASON, Right Bird, Right Place, Right Time!” by Paddy Cunningham, Naturalist, Owner Birding Adventures, Bird Guide, Science Teacher of Gifted Students.

Tuesday, Sept 1, 7pm

Paddy Cunningham

“BIRDING BY SEASON, Right Bird, Right Place, Right Time”. Discover when and how to find the birds you . . . → Read More: Tuesday Sept 1, 7 pm Monthly Meeting and Lecture ““BIRDING BY SEASON, Right Bird, Right Place, Right Time!” by Paddy Cunningham, Naturalist, Owner Birding Adventures

Sept 2015 Kite is now online

The Sept issue of the Everglade Kite is now online. Please Note James Curie Sept 23 is postponed til Oct 7 – see Calendar tab above.

ASE’s annual 2015-2016 brochure, programs, field trips now available online (.pdf format)

Field trips and Release forms can be found on the tab above the photo, and field trip locations are found in its tab above the photo. The events calendar is found in the Calendar Tab above the photo.

Please Note James Curie Sept 23 is postponed til Oct 7 – see Calendar tab above.

Read . . . → Read More: ASE’s annual 2015-2016 brochure, programs, field trips now available online (.pdf format)

Another Duda Farms Sat 8/22 – local members only – register deadline Thurs 8/20

REGISTER NOW! DUDA Farms Field Trip Saturday 8/22 We were able to make arrangements last week, on very short notice, for a field trip at Duda Farms on Sunday 8/16. This trip filled with a wait list within 24 hours of being scheduled! We are now offering a SECOND DUDA trip THIS SAT 8/22 . . . → Read More: Another Duda Farms Sat 8/22 – local members only – register deadline Thurs 8/20

Duda Farms – this weekend! – deadline Thurs Aug 13

The Duda trip is FULL with a waiting list. There is a Slight chance of a second trip, but we will not know until Monday. People can continue to request RSVP in case there is a second trip. —————————————————— “When you live in Florida, everything is subject to change – just like the weather. . . . → Read More: Duda Farms – this weekend! – deadline Thurs Aug 13

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 . . . → Read More: Duda Farms this summer – will try again next year

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

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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

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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

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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