Spring migration will be starting soon for all our winter visitors and summer residents. The American Robins have been feasting on berries getting ready to move further north. American Goldfinches are visiting before continuing their journey. Our beautiful Swallow-tailed Kites are due back in March to start nesting. The Sandhill Cranes are busy romancing and will soon be sitting on nests. All the wading birds are busy nesting. We saw a great deal of nesting activity on our recent field trip to the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. What a beautiful sight!
Take advantage of this birding bounty and visit our parks and preserves in St. Lucie County. This is one of the best times of year to bird locally—not too hot and not too wet! Participate in our upcoming Bird-A-Thon! Learn about the local wild lands and wildlife, and how it all intertwines to make the Florida environment.
Liz Dunleavy, President, St. Lucie Audubon SocietY
March 2017 will mark the 6th annual Bird-A-Thon held by our chapter. The Dottie and Hank Hull Bird-A-Thon serves two purposes; one, it is a chapter fundraiser. Two, is 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 register to participate, then 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, per species sighted. Sponsors may also place a ceiling on their tax-deductible donation; for example, $25, $50, or $100. All proceeds go to the St. Lucie Audubon Society.
Participants solicit as many sponsors as they can, then either Saturday or Sunday the weekend of March 25 and 26, 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 Ruth Neese via the email email@example.com. Participants then collect the money from their sponsors and send the finds to the SLAS. A list of the total species seen will be posted on the SLAS Web page and FB Page. There are prizes, too! Prizes will be awarded for the individual and team with the highest species count and that raises the most money. Winners will be notified via email and announced at the April chapter meeting. Sponsor forms and a bird checklist are available below.
*Please send registrations to Ruth Neese at firstname.lastname@example.org
IN FULL-COLOR BOOK ...
Birding in a Hart Beat is a compilation of SLAS field trip leader and columnist Hart Rufe's columns from the beginning to mid-2015. The 292-paste full-color large format (8.5x10.75 inches) book was produced at the request of his brother Bob as a birthday gift. It is edited by SLAS webmaster Mary Dodge.
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AUDUBON FIELD ACADEMY SCHEDULE, 2016-17. Classes scheduled by Audubon of Martin County at Savannas Preserve State Park and Oxbow Eco-center. (pdf)
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