Audubon Society of the Everglades:
Connecting Palm Beach County With Nature
Audubon Society of the Everglades (ASE) is located in Palm Beach County, Florida. The chapter has been active since at least the 1950s. Alexander Sprunt Jr, in his 1954 volume, Florida Bird Life, refers to ASE as one of 8 “branches” of the Audubon Society in Florida. Incorporated in 1966, ASE serves communities from Jupiter and Tequesta south to Boca Raton; in other words all of Palm Beach County. Our purpose is to promote the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment and to advance human understanding of our place in the total ecological system.
We offer a variety of events in which everyone may participate. Field trips are helpful to children and adults interested in birds. Monthly meetings, on the first Tuesday of each month, always have an informative program.
An active conservation group keeps constant vigil on the continuous assault on our natural resources and intervenes when necessary to protect the environment.
Education is an integral part of Audubon’s program. We sponsor many Audubon Adventures Clubs in area schools. Students learn about the environment by exploring school yards, taking field trips, and studying classroom materials that we provide. We furnish judges and awards for the Regional Science Fair. Scholarships are given to teachers for ecology workshops and summer courses. We sponsor students attending environmental education and conservation camps each summer. Every year we sponsor and award a Pathfinder Scholarship in Environmental Science to an outstanding high school graduate who will be studying environmental science in college. We are also a co-sponsor of the annual Everglades Day festival at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, a free event that highlights the importance of this outstanding ecosystem.
Our monthly newsletter (10 issues a year), the Everglade Kite, keeps members informed about the activities of the Society. Exhibits at special events keep our purpose squarely before the public.
Our news page on this site provides up-to-the-minute (well, almost) updates of interest to ASE members. This area of the site allows for registered users to post feedback and comments. As with all online communities, civility and decency are the keys; off-topic or injurious comments will not be posted.
In 1979 we donated funds to Palm Beach County to establish an Ornithological Library at the main library on Summit Blvd in West Palm Beach. Grants, bequests and donations fund this ongoing project. Books are selected by our Library Committee and make excellent memorials for loved ones. This has become one of the largest publicly accessible ornithological collections in the Southeast.
We hope you will join us, perhaps as a result of finding an activity of interest, and become a permanent part of our organization. Everyone is welcome. Yearly memberships to ASE are available for $15.00 per person, which entitles you to receive 10 issues (a full year’s worth) of our newsletter, the Everglade Kite.
Members who wish to join through our national organization pay $20/year, which also includes membership in Audubon of Florida. This membership entitles you to 12 issues of the award-winning National Audubon Society publication Audubon magazine, as well as our own timely and informative chapter newsletter, the Everglade Kite. Most importantly, as a member of the Audubon Society you will help the cause of environmental action remain strong.