We have a very special meeting coming up in April, so plan to attend! It is a joint meeting with Audubon of Martin County and our speaker will be James Curry. James will be speaking about his new book When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Adventures of an African Wildlife Adventurer. The date is Thursday, April 2, 2015. Time is 7 PM and the location is the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on U.S. 1 and Walton RD.
James is a very dynamic and engaging presenter, capable of keeping everyone riveted by his tales of wildlife encounters in Africa and other locales. He will be signing copies of his book after his presentation, and a percentage of book sales will be donated back to the societies. Be sure to add this event to your schedule!
Ed Bowes, Acting President, St. Lucie Audubon Society
April will mark the Fourth Annual Bruce Bardsley Memorial Bird-A-Thon held by our chapter. The Bird-A-Thon serves two purposes: One, it is a chapter fundraiser and two, it provides an opportunity to survey springtime bird populations in St. Lucie County. We use this information to identify local trends and to update the county-specific bird checklist available on our Web site.
A Bird-A-Thon works much like a walk-a-thon. Participants solicit sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money. Where a walk-a-thon pledge is by the mile, a Bird-A-Thon pledge is by the species. Sponsors would be asked to fund participants on a species basis, pledging a specified amount, such as $.25, $.50, or $1.00, per species sighted. Sponsors may also place a ceiling on their tax-deductible donation; for example, $25, $50, or $100.
Participants solicit as many sponsors as they can, then either Saturday or Sunday the weekend of April 11 & 12, they go out and count birds. The rules are very simple. First, all counting must be done inside the St. Lucie County line. Second, birds are counted by the species, not the number of individuals sighted. Participants can travel around the county, spend the day at a single park or preserve, or count birds from the comfort of their living room; the choice is theirs. You may take part as an individual or gather a team of likeminded birders. All ages and abilities are welcome!
Individuals and teams tally the number of species seen and report this information to their sponsors and to Adella Blacka. There are prizes, too! Prizes will be awarded for the individual and team with the highest species count and that raises the most money.
Green Cay Nature Center and Wakodahatchee Wetlands trip report.
FIELD TRIP, SATURDAY, MAR. 7, 2015. Dupuis Wildlife Management Area, Canal Point. DETAILS REVISED 2/14. (May have to refresh Field Trips page)
MEETING, THURSDAY, MAR. 5, 2015. Amy Marques, "Wildlife Photography."