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Conservation News May 12, 2016

click here for full pdf version Audubon Society of the Everglades – Conservation Community

Audubon Society of the Everglades – Conservation Community

 

IMPORTANT AG RESERVE MEETING Wednesday April 27 9:30 – 12:30

ag reserve background

The correct date that the Board of County Commissioner will be considering amendments to the Comp Plan is WEDNESDAY, April 27th.

The Ag Reserve agenda item numbers are as follows: 3.C.1 – 3.C.2 – 3.C.3 – 3.C.4 – 3.C.5 – 3.C.6 – 4.B.1 – 4.B.2 The item numbers are needed when you . . . → Read More: IMPORTANT AG RESERVE MEETING Wednesday April 27 9:30 – 12:30

URGENT Wednesday April 6 at 6pm REFUGE meeting at Loxahatchee NWR

From Tabitha Cale: The refuge has been doing the best they can to manage the invasive species, but need more federal funding to combat them. Audubon Florida has been advocating for more federal funding for the refuge and will continue to do so. We are very supportive of the refuge staying a refuge and want . . . → Read More: URGENT Wednesday April 6 at 6pm REFUGE meeting at Loxahatchee NWR

climate change and sea level rise – links

Here is a hand out from the Audubon Assembly on climate change and sea level rise. It was from one of the workshops Marcia Yeip and Gail Tomei attended sealevel rise and climate change Resources Related to Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

 

NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer

A very easy to use tool . . . → Read More: climate change and sea level rise – links

Mac Stone’s TEDxUF talk about the Everglades – link to video

If you haven’t viewed Mac Stone’s TEDxUF talk about the Everglades, gift yourself with the approx. 20 minutes of time to watch this video.

It contains some of his stunning photography and an important message about the Everglades

http://www.ted.com/talks/mac_stone_stunning_photos_of_the_endangered_everglades Susan McKemy

. . . → Read More: Mac Stone’s TEDxUF talk about the Everglades – link to video

Save the Date Monday, Oct 26 9:30 a.m. – upcoming Ag Reserve PBC Commissioners’ Meeting

Notice of an upcoming Comprehensive Plan meeting of the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), where several items affecting the Agricultural Reserve will be discussed. The meeting is scheduled as follows: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 9:30 a.m., 6th Floor Chambers, 301 North Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL Contiguity Amendment Adoption Public Hearing: At this meeting, . . . → Read More: Save the Date Monday, Oct 26 9:30 a.m. – upcoming Ag Reserve PBC Commissioners’ Meeting

Action Alert – OCT 20 Tuesday 10 am FRACKING / COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Note from Paton: I just received this from Tabitha and the meeting is tomorrow. I cannot attend but will contact each commissioner. This is a policy we have voted in favor of as a sign on letter to EVCO. Please take the time to contact your commistioner or use this address to contact all the . . . → Read More: Action Alert – OCT 20 Tuesday 10 am FRACKING / COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Oct 15 PB Post update on State Rd 7 extension/Grassy Waters meeting

as forwarded by Lisa Interlandi Everglades Law Center

click here for article: More than 50 people pack heated hearing on State Road 7 extension

Eagle Watch Training – Sun Sentinel Article by Jan Engoren!

UPDATE after the training: Audubon EagleWatch Training was held at Loxahatchee NWR on Sat 10/10/15. ­ Matt Smith, director of Florida Audubon EagleWatch program conducted the training and brought Frances, an educational eagle to the training. ­ Expected perhaps 30 ­ 40 participants. We had to stop registration at 60 2 days before the event . . . → Read More: Eagle Watch Training – Sun Sentinel Article by Jan Engoren!

ACTION ALERT – contact Congress to restore Land Water Conservation Fund

 

for your Congressional contact info, click here: your representatives

Action Alert: Land and Water Conservation Fund For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped safeguard America’s cherished places. Unfortunately, Congress allowed this landmark law to expire on September 30. Please share this action alert with your members and supporters asking them . . . → Read More: ACTION ALERT – contact Congress to restore Land Water Conservation Fund

URGENT – Floridians for Solar Choice Petition

View this email in your web browser. Giving Floridians a Voice and a Choice on Energy in the Sunshine State

With your help, we’ve collected over 250,000 Solar Choice petitions: THANK YOU! We still need to gather hundreds of thousands more by the end of the year. Did you know that less than 1/10th . . . → Read More: URGENT – Floridians for Solar Choice Petition

Lake Okeechobee hydro history link

Sobczak, Robert <robert_sobczak@nps.gov> wrote:

Here’s an eco-hydro-operational view of Lake Okeechobee over the past 7 and 50 years. http://www.gohydrology.org . . . → Read More: Lake Okeechobee hydro history link

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!

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

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

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

Action Alert – plover chicks & nests imminent danger!

NESTING PIPING PLOVERS AND THEIR CHICKS IMMINENTLY THREATENED Piping Plovers build their nests and raise their chicks on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Modest, science-based protections, put in place in 2008, have helped this endangered bird nest successfully in recent years. Send a public comment to the National Park Service today and . . . → Read More: Action Alert – plover chicks & nests imminent danger!

April 12 Sunday 10 pm CNN – TV Special on Everglades!

Don’t miss “The Wonder List” two-part season finale, an hour on the Alps at 9pm and an hour on the Everglades

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/04/08/wonder-list-skype-everglades-orig.cnn/video/playlists/wonder-list-skype-originals/

, on Sunday, April 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

CNN’s Bill Weir and filmmaker Philip Bloom tell the stories of extraordinary people, places, cultures and creatures at a crossroads. http://www.cnn.com/shows/wonder-list The . . . → Read More: April 12 Sunday 10 pm CNN – TV Special on Everglades!

CONSERVATION UPDATE

1) SFWMD Meeting – April 9 9am

Governor Rick Scott and his appointed water managers are refusing to buy sugar land needed to restore the Everglades and protect the coasts. Tell them it’s not okay. The Governor and the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District are putting . . . → Read More: CONSERVATION UPDATE

Need Everglades support – telephone Tallahassee tomorrow Tuesday Apr 7!

For those who are not able to travel to Tallahassee for Everglades Day in Tallahassee we are hosting a Virtual Lobby Day! Since you won’t be able to meet with your Legislators, you can call them. Even if you have called before, we want to flood the Capitol with calls on Tuesday. Just picture it, . . . → Read More: Need Everglades support – telephone Tallahassee tomorrow Tuesday Apr 7!

CALL FOR ACTION before Wed APRIL 1 – Amendment 1 implementation in jeopardy!

Our Senators must hear from us NOW! The message is clear. Here’s the message: “I am one of 4.2 million voters who voted yes for Amendment 1. I believed when voting for the amendment that it would increase funding for Florida Forever, land conservation, springs, and the Everglades. Please support amendments on the Senate . . . → Read More: CALL FOR ACTION before Wed APRIL 1 – Amendment 1 implementation in jeopardy!

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!!!

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!