South Florida Audubon Society, based in Broward County, fosters conservation through local, regional, national, and global environmental advocacy and activities throughout South Florida focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. South Florida Audubon Meetings
Join members of the South Florida Audubon Society for monthly meetings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month from September to April. The location alternates between Fern Forest Nature Center (FF) in Coconut Creek and Anne Kolb Nature Center (AK) in Hollywood.
The next SFAS Meeting will be on The third Thursday September, (September 18, 2014) at the Anne Kolb Nature Center. For more details and dates of meetings see our Calendar of Events. Click here to download a SFAS 2014/15 Educational Meeting Schedule. Check the Events Calendar for edits and changes.
Restore the equilibrium of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem – here
SEA TURTLE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
South Florida Audubon Society - Sea Turtle Conservation Program partnering in Broward County, Florida has availability for volunteers to work with us during the 2014 turtle nesting season. Interested volunteers are required to meet the following requirements:
Be at least 18 years of age
Complete a 4-hour training course and pass the exam with 90% or higher
Attend at least 1 hour on-the-beach training
Complete a 4-hour shift minimum at least one night per seven-day week. This means that volunteers will be prepared to walk in 'beach sand' during a 4-hour shift, checking on multiple sea turtle nests in one area / zone.
Sign a commitment agreement to abide by volunteer requirements in order to receive basic volunteer supplies (at no cost) for the sea turtle nesting season.
Click here to read Florida Fish and Wildlife's General Information for activities involving marine turtles.
Those interested in volunteering should contact Doug Young by email at email@example.com. Inquiries are still being accepted. An on-line application will be available here shortly.
Click here to download this information as a PDF Flyer.
Project Perch -- Burrowing Owl Cam
The new webcam for Burrowing Owls is broadcasting live behaviors of these owls. Click here to access it. This Owl Cam is hosted on EarthCam and is the result of a partnership among Project Perch/South Florida Audubon Society, James Currie of Birding Adventures, NatureScape Broward, and Broward County Schools.
Details are available on the Project Perch pages on this website.
See Project Perch
IN THE NEWS
We at South Florida Audubon Society work in partnership with many individuals and organizations to achieve our conservation and wildlife goals. Recently, Kelly Heffernan of SFAS's Project Perch helped to coordinate the release of a rehabilitated burrowing owl "back into the wild" of a Davie owl park. The owl appropriately received the spot light in this news broadcast by Channel 7 News. The actual burrow was installed by Project Perch and sat empty for a time waiting for just the right owl resident.
Release of Juvenile Bald Eagle
SFAS Member, Helene Grundler and volunteer at Busch Wildlife Center in Jupiter, FL had the honor and pleasure of releasing a juvenile Bald Eagle on May 16, 2014. She dedicated the release to her son, Derek's memory.
Derek was born on May 23, 1978 and died several years ago. Ms Grundler is the lead eagle-watcher for the Quiet Waters Park Bald Eagle nest in Pompano, runs a business and also volunteers at Busch Wildlife Center where she works with eagles, many who cannot be released. See the article and news video about the release.
Digitized Recordings of Wild Sounds
The Macaulay Library has digitized its archived analog recording of Wild Sounds and these are now available to all ears. The archives go back as far as 1929. Click here for the website. Pat Leonard is the media contact for this endeavor. He can be reached at (607) 254-2137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Guide to Bird Sounds: Master Set for North America has been released. Click here for samples and ordering information.
Wading Bird Nesting Decreased
According to a recent report by South Florida Water Management District from research over a ten year period, the wading bird nesting is South Florida is down 39%.
Bird Deaths from Oil and Gas
Bird deaths are down but still significant in areas uncovered at oil and gas waste pits. Read details by clicking here.
Communication Towers & Birds
Millions of birds die from collisions with communication towers. With the efforts of the American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and National Audubon Society working with the communication industries such as CTIA and PCIA and the Federal Communications Commission that licenses towers changes are expected. In July, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed changes that have since been approved. This includes use of tower lights that are inexpensive, reduce energy and maintenance costs, and reduce bird collisions significantly. Visit Fewer Lights Safer Flights website at Michigan State University to learn further details.
National Audubon News
The National Audubon Society provides chapter leaders and members varied resources to keep them informed. See samples by clicking on the titles next. Visit their website for more information.
Princeton Press has new publications on birding and nature ranging from The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors to the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees. Click here for the spring and summer 2013 titles and click here for the 2012 publications on birds.
Follow the above links for more information about what to do in the event that you come across an injured wild bird or animal.
Looking for birding opportunities?
Whether you are looking for local or far-away adventures, check our calendar for local, state, USA or world events.
Seeour SFAS calendar for information about Florida Birding Festivals, September through May.
Birding Field Trips
South Florida Audubon Society participates in local field trips as well as special birding events in South Florida from Fall to Spring. For birding hotspots in Broward County click here and for birding festivals in Florida, Birding and Nature Field Trips, see our calendar.
Tropical Audubon Society provides one day and weekend birding field trips farther south. They also maintain a blog on sightings of rare birds in South Florida. Click hereto visit their website.
Audubon Society of the Everglades provides a series of birding field trips. Click here for their calendar of events.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology News
Cornell Lab of Ornithology gathers information on bird distributions and conducts research projects on varied bird populations. They offer citizen science opportunities as well as a wide range of resources.
September 30, 2013 News Release: Infidelity in an Australian Bird May Be Keeping a Species Together. Click Here for more information.
New Video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology / Thank You for Inspiring a New Generation of Bird Lovers
Hummingbirds of South Florida
by Alicia Caraballo
It’s difficult for any bird enthusiast not to love hummingbirds. Even though many of us in South Florida have not had the rare opportunity to witness these exceptional marvels of flight, hummingbirds are actually very common in our area. Florida is a home for 11 of the 12 species that winter in North America; and the hummingbird population of over 300 species are only found in the western hemisphere. As one of the smallest flying birds in the world, most weighing one tenth of an ounce, hummingbirds are named so for their ability to flap their wings about 12-80 times per second, which causes a humming sound. They are the only birds known to fly up, down, left, right, backwards, and even upside down. Most bird lovers admire hummingbirds’ ability to hover, which is done by circling their wings in a figure-8 pattern. These special birds have vibrantly iridescent feathers that most species are named for, but perhaps their most well known characteristic is their long bill, which finds nectar in long flowers.
Besides nectar, hummingbirds are known to eat small insects, tree sap, and pollen. Because of their rapid heart rate (1,260 beats per second) and breathing rate, hummingbirds need to eat very often. In their typical swift style, hummingbirds use their long tongues to lick nectar from flowers up to 13 times per second. However, many species of hummingbirds are now endangered because of habitat loss and destruction. The South Florida Audubon Society is committed to bringing awareness in our community of the hummingbirds’ shrinking territory.
Luckily, hummingbird’s are loved and admired in the U.S, and many gardeners and birders enjoy catching a glimpse of them. They plant flowers that attract the birds and put out feeders so that the hummingbirds can find adequate food for their long migrations. You can help these beautiful birds by putting up a hummingbird feeder or planting flowers that many South Florida visitors can enjoy.
Once you’ve set everything up, keep a look out for these and many more South Florida migratory hummingbirds: