Our Mission

Our mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Thank you to all that attended our events and trips over the 2014-15 season. A special thank you to those volunteers who organize and lead all of our events! Planning for the 2015-2016 season is underway; and we are happy to welcome new volunteers at any time -- the more volunteers, the better the events! Please contact us if you would like to  participate in field trip and event planning .

Christmas Bird Count

OUR PRE-CBC MEET & GREET GATHERING IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 6:30 PM at the Audubon of Martin County office at 621 Palm Beach Road, Stuart, FL .  We plan to be there for a while so if you cannot make the 6:30 start time come anyway so you can meet the leaders, see the circle areas (habitats) and we can get you on the right team. 
The Stuart CBC, will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2016.  The pre-count meeting is set for Tuesday, December 8 at AOMC office.  We invite guest birders to participate.

 Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

The 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will commence nationally December 14, 2015 through January 5, 2016.  The Stuart CBC, will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2016.  The pre-count meeting is set for Tuesday, December 8 at AOMC office.  We invite guest birders to participate.

Follow the CBC Stuart circle on FACEBOOK at “Stuart CBC” for CBC information and last minute updates. 

You may contact the Stuart Co-compilers directly at Laurie Odlum, lodlum@att.net  or Nancy Price at nprice7047@aol.com .

For more than 100 years, in the United states and other countries, birders at all levels, from inexperienced to advanced, have joined together to count the number of birds of each species in a specified area.

There is a specific methodology to the CBC, and all participants must make arrangements to participate in advance, with the circle compiler for the established circle, but anyone can participate.

Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally--all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that entire day.  That does not mean you need to be out all 24 hours.  Many participants get up early for Morning song (an hour before sunrise) on their count area through 10 AM or so then take a break and regroup in their count area an hour before sunset to observe the birds returning to roost for the night.  Some also stay out for owls and other night birds.

If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.  Birders of all levels are invited to participate bringing a variety of skills, such as: vehicle driver who knows the local roads, boater w/ local knowledge, bird spotter, statistics recorder, photographer, etc.  The more eyes the better.

If your home is within the boundaries of the CBC circle, you can opt to stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day as long as you have made prior arrangement with the count compiler prior to December 8.  



Audubon CBC results from Last Year

Jan. 2, 2015 115th count
Stuart CBC results
Count Date = January 2, 2015

Elizabeth Hailman, Compiler
Reported Feb. 6, 2015

First of all I'd like to thank my co-compiler for the Stuart Christmas Bird Count, Bin James of Sailfish Point. For years he has done the important and tedious job of entering the list of birds seen and the participants on the National Audubon Society CBC site.

Thank you for participating in the Stuart CBC this year on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. I am pleased to announce that two experienced participants, Laurie Odlum and Nancy Price, will be replacing me as co-compilers.

The weather on count day was very warm, up to the middle 80's, and mostly sunny. This is warm for this time of year and may have contributed to the fatigue of some of the counters. There were 79 participants in 21 parties. This year's totals were 125 species, which included one exotic, and 1 domesticated, and 31,812 individual birds, as compared to 119 species and 26,136 individuals last year.

We added a species to our species list for count week, Pomarine Jaeger, seen by Peter Grannis on Jan. 6. Also Laurie Odlum's party found two species of sparrows, Swamp Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow; no sparrows have been reported in several years.

The new high counts and count week birds are indicated on the list below.

500 Black-bellied Whistling Duck New high
70 Muscovy Duck
44 Wood Duck
6 American Wigeon
12 Mallard (wild)
45 Mallard x Mottled Duck hybrid New high
420 Mottled Duck
31 Blue-winged Teal
2 Green-winged Teal
157 Ring-necked Duck New high
615 Lesser Scaup
48 Red-breasted Merganser
8 Wild Turkey
60 Pied-billed Grebe
450 Brown Pelican
260 Double-crested Cormorant
210 Anhinga
42 Magnificent Frigatebird
1 Least Bittern
145 Great Blue Heron (blue form)
207 Great Egret
99 Snowy Egret
168 Little Blue Heron
79 Tricolored Heron
344 Cattle Egret
10 Green Heron
7 Black-cr. Night-Heron
11 Yellow-cr. Night-Heron
2300 White Ibis
676 Glossy Ibis
12 Roseate Spoonbill
76 Wood Stork
220 Black Vulture
410 Turkey Vulture
183 Osprey
10 Bald Eagle
3 Northern Harrier
5 Cooper's Hawk
34 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk
9 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Crested Caracara
2 Sora
1 Purple Gallinule

194 Common Gallinule
146 American Coot
27 Limpkin New high
99 Sandhill Crane
13 Black-bellied Plover
194 Killdeer
13 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Greater Yellowlegs
9 Willet
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
15 Ruddy Turnstone
102 Sanderling
3 Least Sandpiper
4 Dunlin
4 Wilson's Snipe
400 Laughing Gull
500 Ring-billed Gull
6 Herring Gull
15 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Caspian Tern
10 Forster's Tern
29 Royal Tern
28 Rock Pigeon (Rock Dove)
32 Eurasian Collared-Dove
5 White-winged Dove
370 Mourning Dove
14 Common Ground-Dove
32 Monk Parakeet
1 Eastern Screech Owl
5 Great Horned Owl
1 Burrowing Owl
1 Chuck-will's-widow
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male)
1 Archilochus sp.
40 Belted Kingfisher
97 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
15 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern (Yel-shafted) Flicker
7 Pileated Woodpecker
49 Eastern Phoebe New high
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
23 Loggerhead Shrike
4 White-eyed Vireo
5 Blue-headed Vireo
149 Blue Jay
5 Florida Scrub-Jay
61 American Crow
6700 Fish Crow New high
1243 Tree Swallow
14 Carolina Wren
1 House Wren
72 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10300 American Robin New high
118 Gray Catbird
120 Northern Mockingbird
3 Brown Thrasher
385 European Starling
4 Northern Parula
340 Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler
11 Yellow-throated Warbler
35 Pine Warbler
4 Prairie Warbler
345 Palm Warbler
10 Black-and-white Warbler
28 Common Yellowthroat
1 Summer Tanager
4 Savannah Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
140 Northern Cardinal
20 Painted Bunting
20 Red-winged Blackbird
10 Eastern Meadowlark
252 Common Grackle
455 Boat-tailed Grackle
133 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 House Finch
59 House Sparrow
8 Egyptian Goose
1 Blue-winged Goose
Exotic from Ethiopia:
1 Crested White Duck