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.

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Email Carly@audubonmartincounty.org if you are interested in Volunteering or Donating to the program! For more information visit our 'Volunteer' section. 
 
 

Library Talk

 
Conservationist Jim Howe will tell us lots about the Florida Scrub Jay, as well as the scrub ecosystem itself and how Audubon’s “Jay Watch” program monitors the birds scientifically. The Florida Scrub Jay is Florida’s only endemic species – it lives only here in Florida.
 
Jim is a retired mechanical design engineer and Florida Master Naturalist, who now concentrates on citizen science, endangered species, birds, and other eco-related volunteer efforts. He has logged over a thousand hours in the state parks, working with both Florida Scrub Jays and Sea Turtles. Jim also leads monthly scrub jay walks at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
 

LOCATION: Peter & Julie Cummings Library
                    2551 SW Matheson Ave
                    Palm City, FL 34990
 
DATE: Thursday, February 7, 2019
 
TIME: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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 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.

Field Trip - Archbold Reserve

Climb aboard a swamp buggy for a tour of a Florida cattle ranch and ecology research center. The MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center at Buck Island Ranch, run by Archbold since 1988, is a 10.5 thousand acre cow-calf operation with 3,000 head of cattle. Visitors learn about the ranch's mission of ecological economic, and cultural sustainability while driving through miles of pasture, prairie, and hammock. Visitors often see alligators, caracara, red-shouldered hawks, feral hogs, and deer. Buck Island Ranch is about 20 minute drive east of Archbold Biological Station. The Ranch is only open to visitors with scheduled tours. 
 
After our swamp buggy tour, you are welcome to go and visit the Education Center at Archbold Biological Station down the street as well as the trail!
 
LOCATION: Buck Island Ranch
                    300 Buck Island Ranch Road
                    Lake Placid, FL 33852
 
DATE: Saturday, February 9, 2019
 
TIME: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, sun block, water, camera, lunch
 
The trip is limited to 16 people so sign up today!

Library Talk


Take a fascinating look into the lives of birds with stunning photos of birds bringing food to their young in Ashley Kennedy's program "What Do Birds Eat?". Ashley is a PhD candidate in Doug Tallamy's lab at the University of Delaware's Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. Her dissertation research focuses on bird-insect food webs, specifically, investigating which insects are the most important in birds’ diets, which will help guide avian conservation efforts.

Learn what you can do in your own backyard to attract the insects that are vital to a healthy bird population!

LOCATION: Kane Center 
                    900 SE Salerno Rd
                    Stuart, FL 34997

DATE: Friday, February 15, 2019
 
TIME: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

This is a FREE event but seating is limited to 25!
 
RSVP for this event 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, February 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.
 
RSVP for this event here.

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 pointing 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, February 20, 2019
 
TIME: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
 
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, sun block, water, camera, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses.
 
RSVP for this event here.

Birding at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

 
Conservationist Jim Howe will be conducting a special tour in Jonathan Dickinson State Park highlighting the avian residents such as the Bald Eagle and Florida Scrub Jay. Jim will espouse upon the uniqueness of the Florida scrub ecosystem itself, how fire is essential, pointing out gopher tortoise burrows, and unique plants found only in the park.
 
LOCATION: Jonathan Dickinson State Park 
                    16450 SE Federal Hwy
                    Hobe Sound, FL
 
DATE: Saturday, February 23, 2019
 
TIME: 8:30 am to 11:00 am
 
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, sun block, water, camera, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses.
 
RSVP for this event here.

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