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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

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!

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

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!

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!

from Audubon Florida — Vote/1 Amendment 1 APPROVED!

Dear Audubon Society of the Everglades

Voters today approved Amendment 1. After two years of volunteer petitions, thousands of contributions, and great effort at the polls, we did it!

Voters made a decision to invest billions in protecting Florida’s water and land. We will leave a true legacy for future generations. . . . → Read More: from Audubon Florida — Vote/1 Amendment 1 APPROVED!

successful ASE CONSERVATION advocacy – Sugar Hill Company Town development proposal

(October 3, 2014) ASE Letter Advocating against Sugar Hill Development – SFWMD recommends AGAINST the development project as detrimental to Everglades Restoration SFWMD_comment_letter sugar hill (September 25, 2014) Letter ASE wrote/signed letter (see pdf for included chart sugar hill sep 25 2014) to advocate prevention of building company town Sugar Hill in Everglades restoration . . . → Read More: successful ASE CONSERVATION advocacy – Sugar Hill Company Town development proposal

Tuesday Sept 16 6:30 pm – Vote/1 open phone town hall w Senator Bob Graham

Florida Conservation Coalition <smarts421@gmail.com> Amendment 1 Telephone Call with Senator Bob Graham

On Tuesday, September 16th, Florida’s Water and Land Legacy is hosting a telephone conversation with Senator Bob Graham to discuss Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment.

Join the call at 6:30 pm to find out how Amendment 1 will help . . . → Read More: Tuesday Sept 16 6:30 pm – Vote/1 open phone town hall w Senator Bob Graham

Conservation advocacy works! TAMIAMI TRAIL project awarded $20 million by DOT

On April 29, 2014, the ASE board approved delivery of an Advocacy Letter Supporting Tamiani Trail – September 12, DOT successfully passed the $20 million project U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $20 Million TIGER Grant for Florida’s Tamiami Trail

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MIAMI – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony . . . → Read More: Conservation advocacy works! TAMIAMI TRAIL project awarded $20 million by DOT

Jay Watch 2014

(see picture of this unique bird below):

contributed by ASE member Jane Wiewora who attended the 2014 Jay Watch training at Jonathan Dickenson Park: On Saturday, May 31, several members of the Audubon Society of the Everglades attended a volunteer training session for the Florida Jay Watch citizen science program at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. . . . → Read More: Jay Watch 2014

Citizen Science Conservation to identify Invasive Species – Yes, There is an App for That

contributed by Jacqui Sulek National Audubon Society:

There is a new smartphone app that makes invasive species reporting user-friendly and fun

An invasive species is any species that is non-native to an ecosystem and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Non-native species often compete . . . → Read More: Citizen Science Conservation to identify Invasive Species – Yes, There is an App for That

Vote Yes on 1 – From ASE Facebook page

From Clyde Butcher on Facebook: Please share this important message with every Florida voter you know! The most important Amendment for the environmental health of our state: VOTE YES on AMENDMENT ONE. PLEASE SHARE THIS.

AMENDMENT ONE continues the important non-partisan legislation that Governor Bob Martinez (R), 1987-91, created called Pr…eservation 2000, and Governor . . . → Read More: Vote Yes on 1 – From ASE Facebook page

URGENT – DEADLINE June 14 for REEF RESCUE

From Clive Pinnock: We are asking for your help to protect the last of south Florida’s near-shore coral habitat. The Army Corp of Engineers (Corp) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a Broward County beach nourishment project (segment II) that is guaranteed to bury ESA protected staghorn coral and essential . . . → Read More: URGENT – DEADLINE June 14 for REEF RESCUE

East Coast Climate Change Endangers Audubon’s Maine Puffin Project

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-change

June 10 Tues, 2 – 3 p.m. lecture PBC ERM Tech Talk Sea Turtle Research

PBC ERM Tech Talk Sea Turtle Research in Lake Worth Lagoon: 2005 – 2013 Dr. Jonathan C. Gorham, Inwater Research Group, Inc. June 10, 2014 (Tuesday) ~ 2 – 3 p.m. PBC ERM ~ Vista Center ~ 1st Floor Room 1E-58/59 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach Join us as guest speaker Dr. Jonathan . . . → Read More: June 10 Tues, 2 – 3 p.m. lecture PBC ERM Tech Talk Sea Turtle Research

FLORIDA CONSERVATION Legislation Report 2014 as of May 5

Don’t miss this – fascinating and important!

http://fl.audubonaction.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=41301.0&pgwrap=n

(report courtesy of Audubon Florida)

 

 

call for volunteers Saturday May 31 2014 – Scrub Jay Monitoring Training

Scrub Jay Watch Citizen Science Training Session FACEBOOK Jay Watch Citizen Science Training Session PDF FLIER scrub jay flier 2014 Hi scrub jay volunteers, The training this year is May 31. If you are interested in monitoring in Palm Beach County this year please let me know so I can let the trainers know . . . → Read More: call for volunteers Saturday May 31 2014 – Scrub Jay Monitoring Training

ASE Position Statements

You can always find our position statements under the “Conservation” tab at the top of the page:

ASE Position on Wind Turbines in the EAA

Audubon Society of the Everglades supports and promotes the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment. ASE opposes Wind Turbines in the Everglades Agricultural Areas (EAA). The EAA is . . . → Read More: ASE Position Statements

Need to contact your commissioner? See here.

ASE’s County Commissioner page can be found under the “Conservation” tab; all their phone numbers and email addresses at your fingertips. Can’t find the tab? See the screenshot below (which is clickable and will take you right to the page), or click this link to go directly to the page.

. . . → Read More: Need to contact your commissioner? See here.

Threat to John D. MacArthur State Park

First it was a chain of 5 branded golf courses in state parks, with Jonathan Dickinson SP (JDSP) specifically targeted in the proposed legislation. That was a LONG haul, and tough battle, with big newspapers across the state supporting the public outcry against it. Florida actually has a glut of golf courses, many in financial . . . → Read More: Threat to John D. MacArthur State Park

New documentary about bees screening in Miami next weekend

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A new documentary about colony collapse disorder among bees worldwide will be screening at the O Cinema in Miami at the end of the month (May 27th-29th). Here is part of the press release about the movie:

Queen of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global . . . → Read More: New documentary about bees screening in Miami next weekend

Everglades Day Program now online

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The schedule of events for Everglades Day is now viewable. See below! The full program, with map and more information, is available as a PDF at this link.

Speakers, walks, etc:

Everglades Day just around the corner

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Sat., Feb 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everglades Day, ARM Loxahatchee NWR.

SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY FEB 12, 2011!

Who: Come one, come all —free, family friendly, for public of all ages! What: 12th Annual Everglades Day Festival — “FOREVERGLADES” Where: Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, . . . → Read More: Everglades Day just around the corner

Bird mortality

According to a New York Times article yesterday,

“Five billion birds die in the U.S. every year,” said Melanie Driscoll, a biologist and director of bird conservation for the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Flyway for the National Audubon Society. That means that on average, 13.7 million birds die in this country every day.

That’s . . . → Read More: Bird mortality

12th Annual Everglades Day, Feb 12, 2011

Saturday February 12, 2011 8am-4pm

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road , Boynton Beach

12th Annual Everglades Day Festival – “Foreverglades ”

PRESCRIBED BURN – 12 Noon (WEATHER PERMITTING)

As we focus on SCIENCE this year, “Foreverglades”, the 12th Annual Everglades Day Festival at A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, is bringing . . . → Read More: 12th Annual Everglades Day, Feb 12, 2011

Everglades Day, February 12, 2011

It’s never too early to plan for Everglades Day, the annual showcase event at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. This season’s event takes place on February 12, 2011. The theme is “Foreverglades.” This free festival runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, see our Everglades Day webpage, or download . . . → Read More: Everglades Day, February 12, 2011