Dec 6, 6pm Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Working Birds of Florida” by Susan Faulkner Davis, Award-winning Bird Photographer, ASE Board Member

Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE “Working Birds of Florida” by Susan Faulkner Davis, Award-winning Bird Photographer, ASE Board Member

Tuesday, Dec 6, Dinner 6:00 p.m. Meeting & Lecture 7:00 p.m.

 Our speaker’s statement:

“I found nature photography after a career in design…my way to escape the urbanization that plagues coastal south Florida.

 As the child of a career Army soldier I grew up moving between the wild arid lands of central Texas and the lushly manicured farms of Germany’s southernmost state of Bavaria. My grandmother, a school teacher and amateur biologist, introduced me to the plants and animals of my native northern Pennsylvania hills at an early age. In time, the woods, fields, creeks, marshes and their inhabitants became my haven and a place to learn and explore. Each time my family moved it was easy for me to adjust since I found commonality in every new landscape. As a result, I have always seen nature as my true home.

Florida is, in many ways, a paradise. Living at the northeast corner of the Everglades, I am focused on the many water and wading birds and animals that live here. My goal is to learn as much as I can about every species I encounter and to understand their part in our environment. I like to show others the great intricacy I witness in each animal I capture with my camera.

My photography has directed me along a new path in the past two years. I increasingly felt that I was simply cataloging the demise of species as I worked. I joined Audubon as a way to learn more and to see how I could help reverse that trend. Now actively involved in conservation, I serve as an ASE board member and also as a member of Project Perch, an organization that aids our native Burrowing Owls.

The ultimate goal of my photography is to show you the beauty that I see so that you will do your utmost to act to preserve our precious natural earth and her inhabitants.”

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 main dishes; K-R salads and veggies; S-Z desserts. 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 6 MEETING: Bird of the Month: Black-bellied Plover. Come learn from Clive Pinnock about this bird.

December 2016 KITE is now online

The December issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

December 2016 Bird of the Month Black-bellied Plover– Gallery

December’s Bird of the Month is the Black-Bellied Plover, and here is the article in the December Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola

Although the Black-bellied Plover is described as a medium-sized shorebird, try telling that to all the other plovers. They’d all agree that this, the largest plover in . . . → Read More: December 2016 Bird of the Month Black-bellied Plover– Gallery

The Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

(Click on image for flyer)

Join Audubon Florida, Audubon Society of the Everglades & Conservation Partners for a Community Forum on the Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on:

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30-8:00 pm

FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center 6301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL . . . → Read More: The Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

CONGRATS! ASE RECEIVES TWO STATE AWARDS (media release)

AUDUBON SOCIETY OF THE EVERGLADES RECEIVES TWO STATE AWARDS

West Palm Beach, Fla. (Nov 1, 2016) – The Audubon Society of the Everglades (ASE), a chapter of the National Audubon Society and Florida Audubon, is the proud recipient of the Chapter of the Year Award from Florida Audubon. In addition, ASE Chapter President Paton White . . . → Read More: CONGRATS! ASE RECEIVES TWO STATE AWARDS (media release)

Memorial remembrance of Alan Parmlee on Nov 6

THIS IS WHAT SUSAN SNYDER READ AT ALAN’S SERVICE– CASUAL REMEMBRANCES FROM FRIENDS. Alan Parmalee was a quiet man. He never sought attention—he just went about his business lending a helping hand to whatever group or whatever person needed a helping hand. In the early 1980s there was a move by a group of concerned . . . → Read More: Memorial remembrance of Alan Parmlee on Nov 6

Vote NO on Amendment 1

ON NOV 8, THE AMENDMENT WAS VOTED DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the image or visit VoteNoOn1.org for more information.

November 2016 KITE is now online

The November issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

GOOD NEWS Ben Kolstad to give Nov 1 meeting Lecture “Birds of India: Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi”

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture

Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 pm

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“Birds of . . . → Read More: GOOD NEWS Ben Kolstad to give Nov 1 meeting Lecture “Birds of India: Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi”

November 2016 Bird of the Month Killdeer – Gallery

November’s Bird of the Month is the Killdeer, and here is the article in the November Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“Our year-round shorebird. Charadrius vociferus. Probably the most widespread, common, and recognizable shorebird in the county (if not the country), the Killdeer doesn’t need a body of water to be comfortable. You can . . . → Read More: November 2016 Bird of the Month Killdeer – Gallery

Oct 4 7pm Meeting & Lecture – “Fall Migration through the Keys,” by Rafael A. Galvez, Director of the Florida Keys Hawkwatch

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: “Fall Migration through the Keys,” by Rafael A. Galvez, Director of the Florida Keys Hawkwatch

Tuesday, Oct 4, 7pm

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October 2016 Bird of the Month gallery – Spotted Sandpiper

October’s Bird of the Month is the Spotted Sandpiper, and here is the article in the October Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“The lone North American representative of a two-bird genus, Actitis macularius is the most widespread sandpiper on the continent. (Its congener, A. hypoleucos, is a Eurasian bird.) Despite their near ubiquity according . . . → Read More: October 2016 Bird of the Month gallery – Spotted Sandpiper

October 2016 KITE is now online

The October issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

Tuesday Sept 6, 7pm, Monthly meeting & Lecture, “Shorebirds and Warblers – Two Difficult Groups Made Easier” by Paddy Cunningham

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture

Tuesday, Sept 6, 7pm

Shorebirds and Warblers – Two Difficult Groups Made Easier by Paddy Cunningham

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September 2016 Bird of the Month – Solitary Sandpiper

September’s Bird of the Month is the Solitary Sandpiper, and here is the article in the September Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“In the last article we discussed a vexing species pair of sandpipers in the genus Tringa: Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. In the next two articles, we discuss how to ID a pair . . . → Read More: September 2016 Bird of the Month – Solitary Sandpiper

September 2016 Kite is now online

The September issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

Tuesday, Aug 2, 7pm – Monthly Membership Meeting & Three 20 min Presentations – at PBC LIBRARY this month!

Monthly Membership Meeting & Three 20 min Presentations

Tuesday, Aug 2, 7pm

Location: MAIN SUMMIT BLVD LIBRARY (this month only)

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August 2016 Bird of the Month: Greater Yellowlegs

August’s Bird of the Month is the Greater Yellowlegs, and here is the article in the July-August Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

“In May we concluded our profiles of the sandpipers in the genus Calidris (aka “the peeps”). In June we began our discussion of the genus Tringa, starting with the largest of the . . . → Read More: August 2016 Bird of the Month: Greater Yellowlegs

Tuesday July 5, 6:30 pm, Monthly meeting, Ice Cream Social & Photo Sharing

Everyone’s favorite meeting of the year – JULY this year rather than our usual August, due to scheduling at Pine Jog.

Ice cream followed by a picture show! Bring your best nature photos and tell us your stories. Limit your photographs to 8 prints or slides per member. We will have a digital projector so . . . → Read More: Tuesday July 5, 6:30 pm, Monthly meeting, Ice Cream Social & Photo Sharing

July 2016 Bird of the Month: Lesser Yellowlegs

July Bird of the Month is the Lesser Yellowlegs, and here is the article in the July-August Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

In May we concluded our profiles of the sandpipers in the genus Calidris (aka “the peeps”). In June we began our discussion of the genus Tringa, starting with the largest of the . . . → Read More: July 2016 Bird of the Month: Lesser Yellowlegs

July-August 2016 KITE is now on-line

The July-August issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

Climate Report by Susan Davis, from Sea Level Rise Symposium at Florida Gulf Coast Audubon Academy

For full report, click here Climate Change report

Sun Sentinel June 15 – Water district might take over management of refuge – op ed by Susan Davis

Don’t take away our refuge Shirley Decurcey and_Telma Rodriguez, both of Pompano Beach, ride a Canoe at ARM Loxahatchee Refuge during the 17th Annual Everglades Day on Feb. 20, 2015 (Orit Ben-Ezzer /) by Susan Davis

. . . → Read More: Sun Sentinel June 15 – Water district might take over management of refuge – op ed by Susan Davis

Site reorganization

You might have noticed that the website was getting a bit “busy.” I’ve been busy, too, reordering and reorganizing the pages to make the site a bit “cleaner.” All the page links are still there, but they’ve been reorganized a bit. If one of your favorite page tabs is missing, try pulling down one of . . . → Read More: Site reorganization

Link to NBC Today Show “Flamingos Are Back” segment, with Susan McKemy wearing ASE hat

click here for the show clip

part of the bird footage was ASE member Steve Siegel’s Flamingo Footage (Steve Siegel) (ambient sound) or version with music

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TUNE IN!!! This Saturday 6/11 8:30am – NBC News TODAY SHOW covers Palm Beach County Flamingos

MARK YOUR CALENDAR –

The “Palm Beach County Flamingos”, filmed by the NBC News for the TODAY SHOW, is scheduled to be aired as a closer this Saturday June 11— we hope you can tune in a catch the broadcast around 8:30 am EDT.

Palm Beach County is fortunate and unique . . . → Read More: TUNE IN!!! This Saturday 6/11 8:30am – NBC News TODAY SHOW covers Palm Beach County Flamingos

Our new eBay store – give a gift to ASE while you give a Father’s Day gift!

Just in time for Father’s Day – Audubon Society of the Everglades has a new eBay web site for buying 100% donation silk Fortier ties! Come visit us at www.ebay.com/usr/audubonsocietyoftheeverglades

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Flamingo ties

Butterfly ties

Polo player ties

Tuesday June 7, 7pm, Monthly meeting & Lecture, “Scrub Jay Update” by Natasha Warraich, Park Services Specialist at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Monthly Membership Meeting & Lecture: Tuesday, June 7, 7pm “Scrub Jay Update” by Natasha Warraich, Park Services Specialist at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

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June 2016 Bird of the Month: Willet

June Bird of the Month is the Willet, and here is the article in the May-June Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

With the arrival of summer and the departure of most of the shorebirds from our area, we begin our investigation of some common larger shorebirds of Palm Beach County, genus Tringa. First up is . . . → Read More: June 2016 Bird of the Month: Willet

“Florida Today” Article about the ASE tour STA 2 tour to see the Flamingos!

Winsten: Where do all the flamingos go? Keith Winsten, FOR FLORIDA TODAY10:34 a.m. EDT May 27, 2016 Buy Photo

(Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY file photo)

Nothing screams Florida like pink flamingos. But how many of you have ever seen a wild flamingo in Florida? I’m guessing it’s very few. That’s because American Flamingos . . . → Read More: “Florida Today” Article about the ASE tour STA 2 tour to see the Flamingos!