February 2010

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Orlando Wetlands Park feb 20, 2010 by Don

Posted by on 28 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: birding

Nineteen people, including four friends from Halifax River Audubon gathered on a brisk morning for a trip to the Orlando Wetlands Park. Though I had organized with the park biologist, Mark Sees, a hayride through the park, none of us knew in advance how great this experience would be. Our main guide was Gary Coleman. On seeing the size of our group and how tight it would be on the wagon, Gary obtained an eight-passenger golf cart and two volunteers, Bob Rope and Jim Hulbert. This was not just a hayride, but a full guided three-hour tour of the park. They showed us over eight miles of park roads and 62 species of great birds including the White-faced Ibis and a pair of Crested Caracara. Our thanks to these fine folks for a great morning of birding. After lunch, we went to the BioLab Road for some more great birding. Continue Reading »

What it is all about, by Don

Posted by on 14 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: birding

Birding isn’t always about counting birds or seeing new birds.. Often it is about meeting new people who share your interests and the awe they all feel together when they all discover something new in bird behavior. That became clear during the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. If you take a few field trips, you will certainly meet new people. They come from all walks of life and are of all ages. From Steve who is in his mid-twenties, has a pre-med degree but now got bitten by the ecology bug and is looking for work in biology to prepare for a Master’s Degree program, to Matt, who comes down four months a year to escape the Ontario winters. They all have their stories to tell. And now they have new ones. Continue Reading »

Trip Report From Panama by David Hartgrove

Posted by on 03 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: birding

In the early morning hours of November 18th, our group came together at the Orlando Airport for our flight to Panama. We were scheduled to spend 7 days birding there at both Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge. Our flight down was pleasant, with a tasty breakfast and “Julie & Julia” as the in flight movie. Panama is in the same time zone. So there was no jet lag and no watches to reset.

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