February 2012

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Birding at Lake Apopka

Posted by on 29 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: birding

FEBRUARY 18, 2012

ReflectionsNine birders including guests Tom and Doris from Vermont enjoyed a very productive morning at Lake Apopka Restoration Area. Our guide, Jim Peterson, had already picked out several sites where birds were active so our time viewing was maximized. We saw approximately 70 species within the restoration area including several Krider’s Red- tailed Hawks. This pale color morph of the Red- tailed Hawk was new to most of us. We traveled a few miles further west on hwy 48 and found the Say’s Phoebe that has been visiting the same area for several years. This was a life bird for some including our president, Don Picard, who found the bird in a small pine tree.
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February meeting: Gina Holt and her Raptors

Posted by on 17 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: birding, outreach

American KestrelOur February speaker was Ms. Gina Holt, a raptor rehabilitator and environmental educator.  She has been involved in bird rescue and rehabilitation for over ten years and providing environmental education classes with live birds for the last five.

The rescue of her first raptor was a life-changing event for her. She decided she wanted to work closely with raptors. She first volunteered and then became a staff member at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.  She learned all she could about the care of these birds and finally got her permits to have raptors for environmental education programs.  About five years ago, she started her company, Wild About Birds, Inc., dedicated to environmental education, conservation and preservation of habitats for the benefit of Florida’s birds and other wildlife. Continue Reading »

2012 Winter Shorebird Survey

Posted by on 06 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: birding

Observers at the beachWe had an excellent winter shorebird survey this year; if the weather had cooperated more, we would have had an even better one as the wind most certainly reduced the number of birds on the beach.

Thank you to everyone for your participation, to the boat and car owners for donating their vessels and vehicles and to the Marine Discovery Center for loaning us two kayaks. Special thanks to Capt Bill Rostock of Turtle Mound Enterprises for volunteering his time and boat to take Don and Nancy G. into Mosquito Lagoon. Continue Reading »

Gull Fly-in at Daytona Beach Shores

Posted by on 05 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: birding

Michael introducing the walkWe went to the gull fly-in  at Daytona Beach Shores.  Over 40 people participated from 4 Audubon clubs. There were representatives from West Volusia, Halifax River, Flagler, and of course SEVAS.  Once again, Michael Brothers proved to be a wonderful guide and teacher.

The fly-in consists of about 100,000 gulls that spend their daytime at the landfill and other places where they eat.  They come to the beach for a few hours and then spend the night in the water just beyond the breakers.  It is the largest concentration of gulls anywhere in the U.S. Continue Reading »