Please join us on March 13, 2014
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
At 10th Street Recreational Center,
724 E. 10th Street in Stuart, West off Palm Beach Road one block South of the Audubon House and Possum Long Nature Preserve
Valerie Sparling, Wildlife Biologist with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at Dupuis WEA on Kanner Road in Martin County will speak to us on the
“THE DUPUIS WILDLIFE ENVIRONMENTAL AREA RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER RE-INTRODUCTION PROGRAM”
St Mark's Refuge - by Mike Shaw -
Roseate spoonbill at lakeside STA
Thanks to Sam Fried for leading our trip to the Wakulla Springs and St. Marks Wildlfie Refuge area of the Florida panhandle (South of Tallahassee) . Our bird count for the trip was 102 species with a good view of a bird that is rare to Florida, the Lark Sparrow. This is despite the fact that we had one very rainy day. However we kept busy on that rain day watching the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" which was filmed in the early 50's at the springs and directly in front of our lodge. it is still a scary movie! We also had the opportunity to tour tanzania with Sam' photos of a recent trip. On theway home, westopped at several spots along the Gulf Coast to look for ocean and shore birds.
We also want to thank three organizations which toured Lakeside Stormwater Treatment Area in the last few weeks - the Everglades Foundation, St. Lucie Audubon and Harbour Ridge Birding Club. These groups were treated to a good number of Roseate Spoonbills,a flock of White Pelicans, Snail Kites and Northern Harriers amongst 60 or more other species.
LAKESIDE STORMWATER TREATMENT AREAS TOURS
MARCH 15 BIRD IDENTIFICATION GUIDED TOUR
MARCH 29 PHOTOGRAPHERS'S DAY - ALL WELCOME
Swamp Buggy trip at Dupuis on March 8th is full.
Butterflies, Birds,Wildflowers and Alligators April 5th- reserve with Bill Grow at 772-600-8752
Thank you to Allie and Sam Comer for their warm welcome at their home, Hackberry Hammock, on our February 22nd trip. Thank you to Ann Powell, our leader.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT. RESULTS can be found on the national Audubon website. THANKS TO OUR COMPILER, LIZ HAILMAN.
MARCH 13,2014 "THE DUPUIS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER RE-INTRODUCTION PROGRAM" WITH VALERIE SPARLING OF FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES. 6:30 P.M. AT 10TH STREET RECREATIONAL CENTER 724 E 10TH STREET IN STUART CLOSE BY AUDUBON HOUSE, POSSUM LONG NATURE CENTER.
April members' meeting will be held on Saturday, April 5th noon to 2 p.m. No reservations required
"My Favorite Bird" Young Audubon awards potluck picninc will be held on Saturday, Apr. 12th 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Possum Long Nature Center.
THANKS TO HART RUFE FOR VISITING OUR PAINTED BUNTING BANDING STATION IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY. READ HART'S BLOG AND VIEW HIS PHOTOS ON ST. LUCIE AUDUBON WEBSITE.
Happy Birthday Boo - another great blog is
www.owlguyy.blogspot.com . Live camera - see baby Boo!
This is such a special place, a gem in the Indian River Lagoon, and it’s right in our local waters.
Bird Island, also known as Spoil Island MC-2, is a 1.6 acre island located East of Sewells Point. The former spoil island now serves as one of Florida's top 10 nesting sites for brown pelicans, magnificent frigate birds, wood storks, blue herons, many ibis and other federally and state listed endangered wading bird species.
photo by Chris Tippins
photo by Chris Tippins
Sixty species were seen on a recent trip at Lakeside, more Roseate Spoonbills seem to be arriving every day. We now have a flock of White Pelicans and a flock of Sandhill Cranes. There is a pair of nesting Great Blue herons visible for the West berm. A Snail Kite was seenon the property, as well as several other raptors. We are fortunate on this STA to have treed areas on the property. You can park and walk in these areas to see songbirds. Tree Swallows have taken up residence - over 2000 estimated. The Bald Eagles have one chick which is easily seen from the berms. Still no repeat siting of the Burrowing Owls.Other wildlife include Alligators, Hogs and Gopher Tortoise. This property is becoming the best birding site in Martin County. Don't miss it, sign up for one of our tours. Excellent opportunity to photograph not only the birds but the Florida wetland habitat. After only two years of restoration from ranchland to wetland, the habitat is rich with wetland plants and fish.
Audubon of Martin County (AoMC) is fortunate to be working with South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) in a cooperative agreement to conduct tours at Lakeside STA in a five year project.