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Wilson’s Plovers nesting on Bethune Beach, One chick

Posted by on 17 May 2015 | Tagged as: birding, outreach

DSC_5009In February, Ken started to ask for help in getting stewards on the Bethune Beach section of New Smyrna Beach to monitor the nests of Wilson’s Plovers he expected to see there this year.  They started nesting there last year, I believe one or two nests, and some of the residents were pretty callous about where they walked and where they let their dogs illegally run off leash. Continue Reading »

Sunday Evening on a Tuk Tuk by Ken

Posted by on 21 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: outreach, Wandering Members

Brazilians-in-a-Tuk-Tuk_webI apologize for the length to follow, but this was a blast.

Before we left home for our trip to Singapore and Bangkok, Beth booked us on a Sunday evening Tuk Tuk Tour of Bangkok.  A Tuk Tuk is a colorful version of an unstable, three-wheeled motorcycle.  It goes like the proverbial bat out of hades, turns on a dime, has no seat belts, is open sided and loud.  When we told our son of our intent, his reply was “Well you’ve both lived pretty full lives!”

We met our guide and the other tourists at 7:00 PM at one of the Skytrain stops.  We were the second couple there but the others soon trickled in.  There were nine of us plus the guide – six nationalities.  During the evening we got to know each other a little better and found that our fellow adventurers were really a great bunch.  Plus they all worried about us old folks. Continue Reading »

Sunday Afternoon in Bangkok by Ken

Posted by on 21 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: outreach, Wandering Members

Long-Tail-Boat-Passing-Temple_webBeth and I went to Singapore early March for a month with our two oldest grandkids (and their parents).  We arrived about 1:30 AM on a Friday and left for grandson’s soccer tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, at 3:00 PM.  A questionable cure for jet lag.

Soccer was a loss but we stayed over a few days to “do” Bangkok.  It turned out to be a better experience than Beth expected or than I remembered.  For starters, the city is much cleaner now and a jewel compared to other Asian cities – Singapore excepted. The degree of politeness was also pleasant.  Downside was lack of English skills, even at our five-star hotel. Continue Reading »

SEVAS birdwalk with Volusia County Land Management

Posted by on 02 Mar 2013 | Tagged as: birding, outreach

SEV Audubon guided a bird hike for county land management.During a club outing with her in January, Bonnie Cary, Naturalist at the Land Management department of Volusia County asked if we would guide a birding hike for the county as part of its program of outings on county-owned public lands. We agreed and on February 6th the Domroskis and Maureen and I conducted a guided bird walk at Smyrna Dunes Park. Thirty-three people participated, including a few of our club members and Eli Shaperow from West Volusia Audubon. We saw 29 species including Northern Gannets, two Purple Sandpipers, and a Loggerhead Shrike.

At the end of the walk, we presented Junior Birding Certificates to two youths who participated and identified 15 birds. This is part of the State of Florida’s “Wings Over Florida” program.

Thanks to Eli for the photos of the birds.  Click the picture above to see the slide show.


Lake Ashby Paddle with Volusia County staff

Posted by on 16 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: flowers, outreach

On Friday, Sep 14th, Maureen and I participated in a paddle sponsored by Volusia County at Lake Ashby. It was led by Bonny Cary, and David Griffis, a county extension agent helped out. David runs the Florida Master Naturalist programs for the county. There were about a dozen kayaks and our canoe. We were probably the only newbies on the tour. That fact notwithstanding, everyone made us feel really welcome.

It was a leisurely paddle starting at the boat launch on Commercial Avenue off Lake Ashby Road. We were scheduled to go around the lake to the Wiregrass Prairie Preserve property.
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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 »

MINWR Scrub Jay Festival by Don

Posted by on 20 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: outreach

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge invited SEVAS to have a booth at their annual Scrub Jay Festival on Feb 5. Seven of us participated. We had a great time meeting other exhibitors and many of the over 400 visitors who checked out the festival and its activities. Among the other exhibitors were the FWC, wildlife rehabilitators, Scrub Jay conservationists, and Halifax River Audubon. Nancy and Gail also enjoyed helping young visitors make bird feeders from pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed. Continue Reading »


Posted by on 03 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: outreach

For the umpteenth year, the three Volusia County Audubon groups collaborated to provide judges and prizes for students having projects which meet our environmental/conservation agenda. We did it again on Jan 27th. Judges were Karyn Hoffmann WVAS, Fred Mosher HRAS, and Don Picard SEVAS. We all had a great time interviewing the students and congratulate all of them for achieving the regional level. Special congratulations go to our prize winners. Our winners were:

FIRST PLACE SENIORS (9th-12th grades):
Ryan Brown, Spruce Creek High School
The Effects of Powdered Garlic, Cinnamon, Cloves and Mustard on Escherichia Coli and Bacillus Cereus

Roshan Patel, Spruce Creek High School
What is the Effect of Ground Slope on the Number of Aquatic Plans of the Species Pontedesia Cordata?

FIRST PLACE JUNIORS (6th-8th grades):
Sydney Levy, New Smyrna Beach Middle School
Coast Sand Fence Design: A New Approach, Inspired By Nature

Amanda Fortier, Silver Sands Middle School
Do Oil Spills Affect Plant Growth

Pictures by Karyn