The mission of AoMC:

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.

Scrub Jay Walk

The Jonathan Dickinson State Park Florida Scrub Jay walk meets less than 1/4 mile from the park entrance, along the road to the Pine Grove Campground. We will take a once well-paved road, that is now for foot and bicycle traffic only. The walk is between 1/4 and 1/2 mile in length, on gently rolling, open scrub terrain. There is no water or restrooms right there, and the walk can get hot quickly - even in January. The path is a well-documented spot where scrub jays have congregated for years, and the federally-threatened birds are seen on most outings but not assured - they are wild animals. Any lightning close enough to hear thunder will cause immediate cancellation of the tour. Your guide, Jim Howe, will also accentuate the Florida scrub ecosystem itself and why fire is essential, while pointint out gopher tortoise burrows and unique plants found only at JDSP.
LOCATION: Jonathan Dickinson State Park 
                    16450 SE Federal Hwy
                    Hobe Sound, FL
LEADER: Jim Howe
DATE: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
TIME: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, sun block, water, camera, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses.
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Field Trip: Adams Ranch

Founded in 1937, Adams Ranch is a fourth-generation cattle business operating in St. Lucie, Madison, Okeechobee and Osceola Counties, headquartered in Fort Pierce, Florida. Cattle ranching has been an Adams family passion for 4 generations. The ranch today encompasses approximately 40,000 acres of Florida pasture and is the now the 12th ranked cow calf ranch in the country and is ranked nationally in the top 50 seed stock ranches.
This is a bus tour around the Adams Ranch property, looking for birds and critters. There is a limited head count so book early!
LOCATION: Adams Ranch 
                    26003 Orange Ave
                    Ft. Pierce, FL
DATE: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
TIME: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, water and camera
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Blake Library Talk - "Troubled Waters" Film

John Nelson will discusses the research behind his film Troubled Waters: The History of the St. Lucie River. The film will explore the history of the river from the 1880's -1920's. Nelson will present the early pioneers of the Treasure Coast and their efforts to open the river for commerce and public safety. Learn about the hurricane of 1928 and the local, state, and federal government’s efforts to dike and control Lake Okeechobee by draining excess water into the St. Lucie River. John discusses the role of the environmental pioneers who forewarned of the environmental disaster that was destined to occur. 
LOCATION: Blake Library 
                    2351 SE Monterey Rd
                    Stuart, FL
DATE: Thursday, January 10, 2019
TIME: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
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Elliott Museum Lunch & Lecture Series

Lunch on the Fly
with John Nelson
Held the second Monday of
January, February, March and April
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Audubon of Martin County President, John Nelson
— photographer, videographer and voice of The Audubon Moment on WQCS — talks about local birds and the environmental issues that affect them. Talks are held from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm followed by an optional lunch in the art studio.
Lecture cost is $10 for Audubon of Martin County Members, $20 for non-members.
Additional information and registration can be found here.

Birding at Lakeside Ranch STA

Take a guided tour of the 2600 acre Lakeside Ranch STA (Stormwater Treatment Area). The birding tour offers everyone an opportunity to see dozens of species of birds in an environment that is unique to this area. Managed by the South Florida Water Management District, public access is managed by Audubon of Martin County. It's a great opportunity to learn how to identify birds from our expert birding guides.
LOCATION: The Lakeside Ranch STA
                    9400 SE 126th Blvd. (Route 15B)
                    Okeechobee, FL
DATE: Saturday, January 19, 2019
TIME: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
DIRECTIONS: From I-95, take Route 714 west, turn right on Route 710, go 1/4 mile and turn left turn on Route 15B. The Lakeside Ranch STA is immediately after the milk production plant on the left.
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, spotting scopes, sun block, reference books, water and snacks, camera, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and protective wear.
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Birds & Butterflies Children's Workshop Saturday, Jan 19

Fun for the whole family! Come out and enjoy the Possum Long Nature Center while you and your kids learn about local birds and butterflies.

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