Dec 1, 2009. Atlantic Flyway Initiative.
National Audubon is concerned about the loss of
habitat from global climate change and rampant development along the
Eastern Seabord. As a result, they are initiating a grass-roots,
science-based program to map and protect important areas for birds and
other animals, with emphasis on those that migrate seasonally.
For more information, read the Atlantic Flyway Initiative document.
Dec 1, 2009. December meeting set.
The December meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec 16. Our speaker will be Gary Knight, Director of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory.
Dec 1, 2009. Good news on Farmton!
The Farmton project for Brevard County was denied by the DCA
with many of the same reasons we had. They will now take up the
Volusia County part and are expected to decide by Dec. 24.
Nov 18, 2009. Letter to DCA on Farmton.
The Farmton project sailed throught the Edgewater City Council and the Volusia County Commission. Here is our letter to the Florida Department of Community Affairs denouncing the project.
Nov 18, 2009. November meeting minutes and presentation.
The November meeting minutes
are on line. Dr Mosher, meteorologist and Prof at Embry-Riddle
University gave an engaging and technical presentation on global
climate change. A pdf version of his presentation is here. It is 13Mb, so a broadband connection is useful for the download.
Nov 16, 2009. Lee Bidgood elected Conservation Chair Emeritus.
recognition of his past service to the club and the environmental
community, Lee Bidgood has been elected to the post of
Conservation Chair Emeritus. Congratulations, and thanks for all
you have done and will continue to do.
Nov 6, 2009. The November eSkimmer is on line.
Get it here.
Nov 6, 2009. Climate change the subject of the November meeting.
guest speaker will be Fred Mosher, Ph.D., a meteorologist for the last
30 years and now Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle University.
For more about his background and his topic, click here.
Oct 12, 2009. The October eSkimmer is on line.Get it here.
Sep 26, 2009. Club supports National Estuary Day.
Saturday, the club celebrated the National Estuary Day by participating
in an event sponsored by the Marine Discovery Center at their facility
in NSB. Dick, Gail, Fern and Don manned a booth and had
conversations with lots of people hoping to engage them in our
organization’s pursuits. Dick’s son, Richard, made a banner for
our booth. Mayor Sally McKay read a proclamation from the City of
NSB proclaiming the necessity of preserving and protecting the
Indian River Lagoon as one of the most diverse estuaries in the country
and a nursery for the ocean. She also graced our booth with her
presence. Click the image for a larger view.
Sep 25, 2009. September meeting minutes posted online.
minutes will no longer be read at the meetings in order to shorten the
length of the business meeting. Check out the September meeting minutes
to see what you missed. It is a Microsoft Word .doc file.
Sep 11, 2009. September eSkimmer is online.
Sep 7, 2009. Announcement of Meetings.
first meeting of the season will be on the 16th of September at the
Edgewater Library at 7 p.m. NOTE the change. Meetings will
be on the third Wednesday of the month this year. Meeting nights
and presenters are on the Meetings
page. Some of them are already posted. Field trips will be
posted shortly. Join us in educational and engaging events.
Aug 9, 2009. Tell us your birding stories.
hosting service provides the capability to use the blog on our site.
I am using it as a forum for members to tell their birding
stories. It is live and there are stories from Ken and me.
It allows pictures and movies too. So please send me your
stories and I will post them. You can see it by clicking the Birding Story blog in the menu at the left.
Aug 9, 2009. Old stuff archived.
The site was getting a little long so I decided to cut it off and archive the old stuff. You can find it by clicking the News Archives link on the menu bar.
Jun 2, 2009. Plovers at Smyrna Dunes Park.The
Wilson's Plovers at Smyrna Dunes Park are apparently doing quite well.
We saw two today, one female and the other is believed to be a
juvenile. Check out the video clip. Note: It is a Quick Time movie and about 4 Mb. Let me know how it worked for you.
Jun 2, 2009. Myrtle Avenue Park butterfly garden.Remember
the Myrtle Avenue Park butterfly garden? We had our last meting
of the year at the NSB Middle School. It is the Science Club, under the
direction of teacher Barbara Hawes who will be doing it. Ray
Jarrett from the State Dept of Agriculture attended and provided some
great insight to the students on the way ahead. We will start
planting in the fall when the students return to classes. All the
approvals have been obtained.
May 19, 2009. Spring Migratory Bird Count results.The
Spring count was held on the 9th of May. It was a beautiful day
to be outdoors. The participants counted 3812 birds from 89
species. Our thanks to all who participated. To see the
tally sheet, click here.
Apr 2, 2009. Venue change for next year's meetings.Ken
Gunn attracted a lot of high-powered talent to give programs last
season, but the number of members attending has not kept up with the
stature of the presenters. Many of them were PhD's. In an
attempt to get more members to meetings, I wonder if a change in time
and location might be appropriate.
Please help us decide by
answering the following questions. Would you be more likely to
attend a meeting if it were cloder to NSB? Would you be more
likely to attend if it were on a different night? Please send
your response in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have any other comments about the club or meetings, please include them. Thanks. Don
Apr 1, 2009. Field trip schedule for next month.Ever
wanted a guided birding trip to Tomoka State Park, Canaveral National
Seashore or the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine? Those are our
next three. Check out the field trips page for more info.
Apr 1, 2009. Bird Migration Workshop.
birding enthusiasts Jeff Bouton, Monique Borboen, Roger Clark and Dr.
Ken Meyer as they provide insight on the where, when and how of bird
migration! This exciting event is scheduled for Wednesday, April
22 at the Center for Marine Studies located at Whitney Lab in St.
This event is a fundraiser for St. Johns County Audubon Society. Look here
for more information.
Mar 27, 2009. The April eSkimmer is online.
Check it out here.
Mar 15, 2009. Great sighting during the Lake Ashby trip.
had a great field trip to Lake Ashby. It started with a large
group of Cedar Waxwings seen from the parking lot. One of the
park maintenance staff showed us the location of two three-week old
Barred Owl chicks. That was definitely the highlight of the
day. Check out my pics of the owls here.
Mar 10, 2009. Smyrna Dunes Park festival.
was an interesting event at the Smyrna Dunes Park a couple of weeks
ago. It was a ribbon cutting ceremony highlighting the new rules
for dogs using the boardwalk and including dog-related
activities. At the end of the event, we conducted a bird walk of
the park. Mayor McKay graced our booth with her presence.
See my report along
with a picture of the mayor and her dog at our booth. You can
also see the email that I sent to Joe Nolin thanking him for the
progress on protected nesting and resting shorebirds and giving
suggestions on other things that still need to be done. A special
thanks to Nancy and all the other folks who participated.
Feb 25, 2009. March eSkimmer is online.
Check it out here.
Feb 15, 2009. SEVAS to participate in Smyrna Dunes Festival.
club will participate in a festival sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna
Dunes Park on March 7, 2009. We will have a booth and conduct at
least one birding tour for visitors. Admission to the park will
be free on that day. If you would like to assist, please contact
NOTE: This will replace the field trip to Orlando Wetlands Park, originally scheduled for that day.
Jan 29, 2009. The February eSkimmer is on line.
Get it here.
Jan 28 2009. Announcing the Great Backyard Bird Count for 2009.
next big citizen science event of the year is the Great Backyard Bird
Count February 13th through 16th. This one is really as easy as
1-2-3 since it can be in your own backyard. This is a great way
to get your children or grandchildren involved in. You can also
use a park or other area to count birds in. And don’t forget
large store parking areas. Help the kids learn the names of some
species. Get friends involved, especially if they have yards with
good natural areas or have feeders because they enjoy watching birds at
the feeders. For more information, check out the eSkimmer or
click here or here.
Jan 28, 2009. February meeting details announced.
February meeting will be held at the Edgewater library at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, February 4th. Our speaker will be Dr. Gabriel Vargo,
Associate Professor Emeritus at the College of Marine Science,
University of South Florida and the Florida’s Seabird Ecological
Assessment Network (SEANET) coordinator. SEANET is a volunteer
based program designed to provide information that can be used to
assess threats to sea and shore birds and to the near shore
ecosystem. For Dr Vargo’s bio, click here.
and bring friends. SEANET would very much like to enlist some
volunteers in Volusia County. Remember – free cookies.
Jan 28, 2009. Christmas Bird Count results posted.
of the most important things we do as Auduboners is citizen science,
and the biggest event of the year is the Christmas Bird count, which
was just completed. As we joined tens of thousands of other
enthusiasts in counting and reporting birds, we participated in
developing a huge database of information which scientists around the
world can use to determine the health of bird populations and,
indirectly, of our environment.
All in all, Southeast
Volusia Audubon volunteers reported over 38,000 individual birds
covering 131 species. Dick and Gail Domroski coordinated the our
CBC and also compiled the data into the National Audubon
database. Our thanks to Dick and Gail for their hard work and to
all the volunteers who gave their time and energy and gas to support
For a summary of our efforts and those of the other Volusia and Flagler clubs, check out this link .
Jan 7, 2009. The January 2009 eSkimmer is online.
Check it out here.
Jan 7, 2009. Happy New Year.
executive committee wishes you and your loved ones a happy and
prosperous 2009. Make a New Year's resolution to become more
involved in the chapter's activities and conservation issues in general.