It’s election time, and our Nominating Committee has prepared the following slate of candidates:
If there are no objections to this slate, and if no one else would like to run for office, these will be your new chapter Officers as of May 2015. Please contact Ed Bowes with any objections by April 2, 2015 at email@example.com
Ed Bowes, Outgoing 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.
APRIL LAUGHING GULL newsletter
TRIP REPORT, Dupuis Wildlife Management Area, Mar. 3, 2015.
NEW! Last Field Trip of the Season, Saturday, May 9, 2015: Paleo Hammock Preserve, 8551 Carlton Road Port St. Lucie. NEW DETAILS.