Our summer is winding down and even though we do not officially meet during this time of the year, there are many people working on projects for us and for our feathered friends. Thank you to them all for their hard work and commitment to our chapter!

The Osprey Platform project where we provided the grant money to build and erect an Osprey Nest Platform has been completed. We partnered with St. Lucie County to build and erect at least one platform on Wesley Island, a County recreational island in the Indian River Lagoon. That was not all, we also provided two Great Blue Heron Poles with nesting arms that will hopefully provide a place for that species to nest. Our project was a great success, and since there are funds left over, we hope to do more in the next year for more Osprey poles in our County.

I am new to this President’s job, but we have such a good team of officers and committee chairs that I am sure we will have a wonderful, educational, and fun-filled season to look forward to. We are looking forward to seeing our northern friends as they migrate back here to Florida (that’s people and birds!).

Please let me know when we see you if there is anything you would like for us to participate in or arrange for you. We are here to serve our community and make birding a great hobby and place to voice our mission:

“To foster knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of nature; to encourage responsible environmental stewardship; and to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity.”

— Ellen Lynch