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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

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.

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

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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

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!

Jan 10 James Currie Fundraiser is full – call Linda 586-854-0145 if you want to be on waiting list

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

January 2015 Kite is now online

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

POSTPONED Ag Reserve Meetings – Dec 17, 19, and Jan 9 – need ASE member support!

(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!

Tuesday January 6, Monthly Meeting and Lecture “Bird Island” by Greg Braun

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

2015 January Bird of the Month Bald Eagle

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

DEC 11 – 2nd Thursday “Leader’s Choice” Field Trip DETAILS!

Paul, Parrots and other Miami Exotics!

Dec 11, 2015 . . . → Read More: DEC 11 – 2nd Thursday “Leader’s Choice” Field Trip DETAILS!

Dec 15 Monday 7pm Author Presentation at Pine Jog

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

Tuesday December 2, Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Parrots in South Florida – Meet the Parrots” by Paul Bithorn

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

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

2015 Bird of the Month List – Raptors Seen in Florida

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

July: Osprey

August: American Kestrel

September: Merlin

October: Peregrine Falcon

November: . . . → Read More: 2015 Bird of the Month List – Raptors Seen in Florida

2014 December Bird of the Month Ring-necked Duck

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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

Dec 2014 Kite is now online

The December 2014 issue of the Everglade Kite is now available online.