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INFO for the Flamingo carpool trips!

3/22 update: 
These trips are space limited and there are MORE REQUESTS to attend these trips than there are spaces available. We have added more trips and they are full as well.
 
NEW REQUESTS ARE ALL WAIT LIST ONLY. 
 
PLEASE BE PATIENT for a response as our volunteers process the EXTRAORDINARY VOLUME of requests for these trips.  All requests are processed in the order in which they are received.

Carpool birding trips to see the Flamingos of Palm Beach County! Contact asetripinfo@gmail.com

South Florida Water Management District flamingos in flight May 2014

South Florida Water Management District flamingos in flight May 2014

Flamingos have returned during March and April for at least the last 9 years. Audubon Society of the Everglades (ASE) has entered the only agreement with SFWMD to offer birding trips to see the flamingos before they depart. The primary focus of these trips is to see the flamingos, however, we will also be observing other birds in the area as well. Remember, water levels change and the birds are free to move to another area so there is NO GUARANTEE that flamingos will be seen.

DESCRIPTION:

These trips are SPACE LIMITED with ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

This is a CARPOOL DRIVING TOUR (limited walking/standing required) with 4 PEOPLE PER CAR. You may be asked to take extra people in your car or join someone in another car.

Everyone MUST stay with the group and cannot stop or stay in an area without a leader present. Everyone will enter and leave the area with the group.

DESCRIPTION:

These trips are SPACE LIMITED with ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED for EACH PARTICIPANT.

 
Please modify the list of dates as shown: 
As of 3/22: ALL TRIPS ARE * WAIT LIST ONLY
Sat Mar 28 AM trip * WAIT LIST ONLY

Sat Mar 28 PM trip * WAIT LIST ONLY

Sat Apr 4             * WAIT LIST ONLY

Sun Apr 12           * WAIT LIST ONLY

Sat Apr 18           * WAIT LIST ONLY

Sat Apr 25 AM trip * WAIT LIST ONLY

Sat Apr 25 PM trip * WAIT LIST ONLY

Morning Trips begin at 9:30 am and conclude by 1:00 pm or earlier depending on the birds.

Afternoon trips begin at 2:30 pm and conclude by 6:30 pm or earlier depending on the birds.

 

PRICE: Suggested Minimum Donation $5 per person.

LOCATION:

A map and driving directions will be provided after registration is confirmed

Estimated Distance and Travel times from:

Boca Raton (Glades road at the Turnpike): Approx 60 miles / 1 hour drive

Wellington (west) : Approx 60 miles/ 1 hour drive

Clewiston: Approx 40 miles/ 40 minutes

South Bay: Approx 25 miles/ 30 minutes drive

Weston: Approx 30 miles/ 30 minutes drive

Registration:

ADVANCE RSVP REQUIRED, by EMAIL ONLY to asetripinfo@gmail.com

Please include:

  • First and second choice for date.
  • First and last name for each participant (up to 4 per reservation)
  • Are you a Local Member of ASE? (yes/no)
  • How you heard about these trips

LIABILITY RELEASE – After you receive CONFIRMATION of REGISTRATION for a trip, please Download, Print, Complete and bring the SFWMD LIABILITY RELEASE and bring with you on the date of the trip.

The demand for these trips are very high – PLEASE BE PATIENT for your response.  Reservation Emails are processed in the order in which they are received.  You will receive a response either confirming the date you requested, or indicating you are on the Wait List for that date. Open spaces will be offered to Wait List names in the order they appear on the Wait List.
Since the demand for this trip is very high, please limit your requests to one trip per person.
If you would like to attend additional trips beyond your first trip, you will be put on the Wait List for the additional date until 2 days prior to the trip. If you are on the Wait list, you will receive a notice ONLY IF SPACE becomes available for that trip.

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.

TAKE ACTION – RESTORE AMERICA’S EVERGLADES WATER!

Be social. Share this message: Audubon Florida Restore: March 2015 View in Web Browser Take Action: Stop the Assault on Everglades Restoration Send your comments to the Army Corps of Engineers using our email form. Photo by Mac Stone. The Southern Everglades and Florida Bay contain vital foraging and nesting grounds that Roseate . . . → Read More: TAKE ACTION – RESTORE AMERICA’S EVERGLADES WATER!

Monday Mar 16 7pm lecture Everglades Restoration: The Big Picture by Shannon Estenoz

Paton White will be attending – if you want to carpool call her at 561-818-7574 St. Gregory’s Free Lecture Series Monday, Mar. 16. 7:00 pm Everglades Restoration: The Big Picture Shannon Estenoz Shannon Estenoz is the Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives for the US Department of the Interior. Ms. Estenoz will give us an . . . → Read More: Monday Mar 16 7pm lecture Everglades Restoration: The Big Picture by Shannon Estenoz

Saturday March 14 9am with James Currie – Pledge to Fledge!

Pledge to Fledge

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 AM

Green Cay Wetlands, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach

Birders of all ages and abilities have the opportunity enjoy birding with South Florida’s finest birders including TV personality James Currie! This is an event for children from 5 to 85. It will start with a Birding 101 . . . → Read More: Saturday March 14 9am with James Currie – Pledge to Fledge!

SFWMD meeting TOMORROW Mar 12 9am WPB – come help or send online messages!

Governor Scott and the South Florida Water Management District have a historic opportunity to buy land . . . → Read More: SFWMD meeting TOMORROW Mar 12 9am WPB – come help or send online messages!

2nd Thursday March 12 7:30 am Vicki Rogerson’s Home for Painted Bunting Banding

The March 12 trip for the 2nd Thursday is going to go to Vicki Rogerson’s Home for Painted Bunting Banding. Nancy LaFramboise is going to be at Vicki’s house to band her Painted Buntings at 7:30 am. Nancy will explain, and show us her banding techniques as we watch her record valuable information on the . . . → Read More: 2nd Thursday March 12 7:30 am Vicki Rogerson’s Home for Painted Bunting Banding

YOU CAN HELP AG RESERVE NOW – petition

YOU can help the Ag Reserve NOW!. As you know we have been fighting to save the Ag Reserve for farming and as a buffer to our treasured ARM National Wildlife Refuge. This is one easy way for you to have your voice heard.

Click here for the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/517/179/130/protect-our-nations-food-security/

 

. . . → Read More: YOU CAN HELP AG RESERVE NOW – petition

Rare Ornithology book for $191,000!

Click here for book listing: http://www.abebooks.com/rare-books/most-expensive-sales/ever.shtml?cm_mmc=nl-_-nl-_-C150305-h00-birdbkBH-123324GN-_-01cta&abersp=1

 

Tuesday Mar 3, Monthly Meeting and Lecture on Environmental Law by Richard Grosso, Esq.

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 . . . → Read More: Tuesday Mar 3, Monthly Meeting and Lecture on Environmental Law by Richard Grosso, Esq.

Free Passes for Families at Nation’s Public Lands!

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.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/19/let-s-get-every-kid-park

For the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, like . . . → Read More: Free Passes for Families at Nation’s Public Lands!

March 2015 KITE is now online

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

Do you have any birding binoculars you no longer use?

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?

FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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

March 2015 Bird of the Month – Red-shouldered Hawk

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

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

Thurs Feb 12 9am West Palm Beach — WE NEED YOU !

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 !

Deadline 11pm Wed Feb 11 !!! — Audubon’s Urgent Request for Public Comment on Ag Reserve

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

URGENT: all day T.M.Goodwin/Broadmoor field trip rescheduled to Thursday, February 12, as the 2nd Thursday Leader’s Choice trip.

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.

Tuesday Feb 3, Monthly Meeting and Lecture “Sea Turtle Conservation” by David Anderson

Monthly MEETING and LECTURE February 3 “Boca Raton Sea Turtle Conservation”

by David Anderson, Marine Turtle Specialist Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

David Anderson

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

2015 February Bird of the Month SNAIL KITE

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

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

IMPORTANT Conservation Calendar through March 2015

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. patonrwhite@aol.com

Tonight 1/28 Pam . . . → Read More: IMPORTANT Conservation Calendar through March 2015

Some Vote/1 heroes you should know

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

Take Action – make sure VOTE/1 is implemented as voted!

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!

Field Trip report: Pondhawk Natural Area

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

ASE Issues a Full Page Open Letter in Town Crier on Development in the Agricultural Reserve

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.

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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

February 2015 Kite is now online

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

Vote/1 Implementation – Make your voice heard before Jan 20

(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

Jan 8 – 2nd Thursday “Leader’s Choice” Field Trip DETAILS!

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!

URGENT CALL to ATTEND Thurs Jan 8 Ag Reserve Hearing – NEED ALL OF YOU!

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!