St. Lucie Audubon Society

MONTHLY MEETINGS 2014-2015

When and Where

 

Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7 P.M. at the Oxbow Eco-Center 5400 NW St. James Dr. in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (click for directions) (October through May)

Sponsors Wanted

 

St. Lucie County has a policy of charging Non-profits for use of county facilities. Our cost is $45 a month, payable in advance. We are looking for sponsors to underwrite the cost of using Oxbow Eco-center. In return we will acknowledge individual or company names in our newsletter several times during the ensuing year. If you are interested in sponsoring SLAS's ongoing program, please send checks to St. Lucie Audubon, P.O. Box 12474, Fort Pierce, FL 34979

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

 

Rev. Felicia Bruce, "Climate Realities." After viewing this presentation, the members will have a more informed view of climate changes, how some of these changes are happening, their impact on ALL Living things, and in particular, how they are affecting our lives.

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014

 

Nancy LaFramboise, "Bird Banding Basics and Current Local Research on Painted Buntings." Banding is a research tool used to understand many data points about birds. It can help the researcher understand more about abundance, ages, species diversity, and site fidelity in bird populations. The program in Stuart at the Audubon of Martin County property known as Possum Long has been operating since October 2012 and has provided some interesting information and species. This project has also led to the banding team working with the University of North Carolina on its Painted Bunting Research. In order to help understand this declining species, banding is being used to document birds returning to feeders, where overwintering Florida birds go to breed, what makes a Painted Bunting choose a yard, and much more.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

 

Jim Oppenborn, St. Lucie County Coastal Resources Supervisor, "Creating Fish and Bird Habitats." Jim will be speaking on “Creating Fish (and Bird) Habitats.” Jim is the St. Lucie County Coastal Resources Supervisor of Mosquito Control and Coastal Management Services. Jim's job entails creating fish habitats, which very often double as bird habitats. He will be discussing several of these projects.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

 

Sam Fried, Flights of Fancy Adventures, LLC, "Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Island." Sam will provide a talk with amazing pictures about the birds and animals in Ecuador’s Cotopaxi National Park in the Andes Mountains, plus the natural beauty and laboratory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands. The talk will also showcase Peru’s spectacular Machu Picchu

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

 

Amy Marques, "Wildlife Photography." Amy will be speaking on “Fine Art Bird Photography.” An avid bird and wildlife photographer, Amy has won several photography awards. These included the Audubon Magazine Photo Award in 2010 and the Nature’s Best Winland Smith Rice International Award in 2011. Her winning Nature’s Best photo hung in the Smithsonian in 2011.

Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015

 

Cameron Jaggard, “Fins and Feathers: Why Little Fish Are a Big Deal to Florida’s Coastal Waterbirds.” Forage Fish are small, oily fish that are a critical link in the marine food web, helping turn sunshine into seabirds. As a part of the Forage Fish Initiative, Audubon Florida and Pew recently published a joint report. This report highlights the importance of forage fish as prey for many of Florida’s most beloved and well-recognized birds and it offers four recommendations that would help ensure sufficient amounts of baitfish are left in the water to fulfill their role as prey for birds.

Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015

 

James Currie, Host and Creator Nikon's Birding Adventures TV, will be back. Time and place to be announced. He will be speaking about material in his new book, due out soon. When Eagles Roar - The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer, written with Bonnie J. Fladung.

James’ story begins with his roots in South Africa growing up under apartheid. His love of wildlife and birds, craving for adventure, and his mischievous nature lead him into humorous and life threatening situations. A childhood spent roaming freely on Table Mountain, exciting adventures as a game ranger and birding guide, working as the Managing Director of Africa Foundation and his emotional decision to move to the States to start his own birding TV show are described in detail in this book

He will do a book signing after his alk and will have copies for sale. He said, "My co-author and I are happy to donate 10% of sales back to the society".

Thursday, May 7, 2015

  Crystal Woodward, Ft. Pierce Central High School Marine Science Club: A talk about 2 major topics: our involvement in the community with various volunteer opportunities, and getting active in science with various field experiences (in particular our week long Florida trip).