Thank you to everyone who participated in our chapter’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! We had 10 great teams out in the field for up to 11 hours on December 20, 2014. The weather was perfect—no rain, not too hot, not too cold, and very little wind. Some participants thought the numbers might be down this year, and the American Robin count was low. I will be compiling the results and presenting them at a General Meeting in the near future.
Highlights included sightings of 6 Crested Caracara, 5 Bald Eagles, a multitude of Common Gallinules, and 3,500 Turkey Vultures! Of course, the vultures were at the dump. Two other special sightings were a Magnolia Warbler at 10-Mile Creek and a Black Scoter in the Indian River Lagoon. The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology use CBC data to track bird populations and migration patterns. Citizen scientist volunteers who participate in the CBC provide crucial information that guides bird conservation programs.
Ed Bowes, Acting President, St. Lucie Audubon Society
ADAMS RANCH BREAKFAST & TOUR, SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2015. Details now available. Limited space.
NEW! Merritt Wildlife Refuge and Viera Wetlands, Jan. 3, 2015, trip report.
JANUARY LAUGHING GULL newsletter (Above: Black-necked Stilt)
FIELD TRIP REPORT.West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, Vero Beach, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
SCHEDULE CHANGE: Meeting speakers for February & March have switched dates.
FIELD TRIP REPORT. Indrio Savannah Preserve, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
James Currie, Host and Creator Nikon's Birding Adventures TV, will be back April 2, 2015. Time and place to be announced. He will be speaking about material in his new book, due out soon.
MEETING, THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015. Cameron Jaggard, “Fins and Feathers: Why Little Fish Are a Big Deal to Florida’s Coastal Waterbirds.