WHERE TO BIRD

Birding Field Trips

You will find detailed information on birding field trips on the Events page
and brief mention of the dates and locations on Birding Broward and the Home Page.  We look forward to seeing you on the next Audubon adventure!

Birding Broward County

Looking for a local "do-it-yourself" birding adventure?  Broward County and the surrounding area host a wealth of opportunities for urban and backcountry birdwatching.  Broward County Audubon Society has its favorite birding hotspots.  After checking these out, if you need further information, send an email to the author, Paddy Cunningham Pascatore, birdpaddy@yahoo.com or visit her web site at http://www.birdadventure.com/.

Birding Florida

Florida is on the Atlantic Coast flyway for migrating birds going between the Artic and tropical environments.  Many migrants either cross the Gulf of Mexico on its western side or fly around it during migration. Because of its warm climate year round many birds are residents. Between the Everglades and the panhandle birds find a wide range of desirable habitats: salt marshes, sandy beaches, pinelands, sawgrass marsh, mangrove forests, hardwood hammocks, cypress swamps, and more.  Planning a Florida ecotourism adventure for your next vacation?  The Great Florida Birding Trail documents some of the best bird and wildlife watching in the state.   Stop first on this website at Birding Florida to see what special events are planned for this coming year.
 

Birding the USA

Before traveling to other states, check out sources of birding information in each state.  Read Birding the USA web page for ideas.

Birding the World

Looking for birds on your life list that are not residents or migrants in the USA, enter Birding the World web page to see a list of naturalist led international birding trips.

Advocacy

Audubon Florida organizes its state policy and regional conservation plans to express both our policy agenda and to give members, chapter leaders, board members, staff and the public summary statements of our policy priorities and conservation goals in the form of short resolutions that are approved at the fall Audubon Assembly and subsequently by the Audubon Board. Please note, the Everglades Regional Priority is currently under review.

The 2014 priorities were approved at the recent annual Audubon Assembly held in October 2013.  There are overall statewide conservation priorities and then there are regional priorities which are presented by area. See the table of contents for further explanation. 

(Click on the above linK for more information.)


SFAS is one of four chapters that makes up the Everglades Region,  Our Regional Conservation Priorities are still being finalized because of a requested change at the meeting that is under review.



(See summary below and click on the above link for more information.)  

BUILDING THE FUTURE / THE CHAPTER NETWORK

AUDUBON’S STRENGTH:  CARING FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE


A CONSERVATION NETWORK WITH UNPARALLELED WINGSPAN

THE PROBLEM:

Habitat loss
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Threats to biodiversity
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Legal protections under unprecedented attack
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Narrow base of support for action

THE SOLUTION:
OUR 100+ YEAR LEGACY OF ON-THE-GROUND CONSERVATION / THE AUDUBON NETWORK

HOW WE WORK:
BIRDS LEAD US TO OUR WORK ACROSS THE FLYWAYS


HOW WE WORK:  
OUR FOCUS:  
5 CONSERVATION STRATEGIES

Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds

Sharing Our Seas & Shores

Saving Important Bird Areas

Shaping a Healthy Climate

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

MEASURING SUCCESS: OUR 5-YEAR GOALS
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Increase population and reproductive success of 42 bird species
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Improve habitat of 15.8 million acres 
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Engage 1 million people to take action

AUDUBON ADVOCACY AREAS

Wildlife and Protected Species

The foundation of Audubon, the protection of birds and wildlife, form the basis of all other conservation goals.  Sustaining the populations of native species requires broad-scale efforts to protect habitat and reduce human impact on wildlife populations.  For details on Florida Wildlife Policy and what you can do to help, go to Wildlife

Land Conservation and Public Land Management

From urban development to invasive species, our open spaces and natural ecosystems are in danger.  Through responsible stewardship, we can do our part to reverse this alarming trend.  For information on local, state, and national policies and resources being applied to these issues, click here.  For a list of invasive plants, click here.  For facts on why we need to renew our thinking, click here.



 Water for the Environment



Water is no longer the commodity it once was.  Our desire for clean, safe, and available water resources means we must better understand where water comes from and how it can best be managed and conserved.  We all have a part to play.  For policies of National Audubon and Audubon of Florida as well as Broward County information on this topic, go to
Water




Growth Management and Transportation

Rapid population growth stresses our natural resources and paves the way to new development and new roads.  Through constructive partnerships, we can meet the needs of our society and our environment.  For Audubon of Florida goals related to this issue and National Audubon resource information, click here.



 


 Global Climate Change and Energy

Global climate change is the result of worldwide temperature increases and changes in precipitation patterns over the 20th century.  Find out more about this issue and what you can do to help by clicking here

For links to other websites discussing this issue, click here.






ADVOCACY AND LAWS

For a description of how laws are made and changed as well as information on Federal and state environmental laws related to our natural resources, click here.  

FLORIDA POLICY BILLS

Audubon Action at Audubon of Florida tracks policy bills being presented to  the Florida  legislators.  Here are sample bills tracked in 2009.

Audubon Florida News Blog / Advocate Newsletter also covers legislative and Advocacy issues for Florida.

Favorable bills that passed

Crescent Loophole Fix
(SB 2430)

Seagrass and Coral Reef Protections  
(HB 1423/SB 2618)

Conservation Lands - Amendment 4
(HB 7157/SB 2244) 

Favorable bills that did not pass

Springs Legislation  
(SB 274, SB 2120)

Clean Car Standard
(SB 1994)

Open Beach Access 
(SB 488/HB 527)


Unfavorable bills that passed

Growth Management
(SB 360)

Airports and Wildlife
(HB 1065/SB 1864)

Reducing Public Comment on Wetlands Permits and Water Management Land Acquisition (SB 2080)

HB 73 shortens decisions on environmental permits from 90>45 days


Unfavorable bills that did not pass

Limited Federal Wetlands Review
(HB 1123/SB 2016)

Near Shore Oil Drilling
(HB 1219) 

Public Interest End-run on Wetlands
(HB 1349)

Public Land Management Privatization and Transfer of CAMA to FWC
(HB 1355/SB 2636)



NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
Sample Recommendations to a New President and New Congress

Statement by former President/CEO John Flicker regarding issues needing attention by the New President and New Congress.

"Voters in this historic election cast their ballots not only for change,  but for a new era of hope for our environment, and the people, birds, and other wildlife that depend on it.  Washington has been ignoring critical environmental issues for too long.  President-elect Barack Obama and a more environmentally aware Congress offer the promise of leadership and fundamental change that could usher in new protections for America's great natural heritage, and a new lease on life
for species in decline.

Despite real reason for optimism, we cannot take conservation gains for granted.  Audubon is committed to helping the new Administration and Congress to live up to their great promise; and to make conservation, clean energy and green jobs part of America's path to a brighter tomorrow.

Through our local chapters, state offices and national grass roots efforts, Audubon will join with others in the environmental community to ensure that our newly elected leaders lead the way on issues vital to our environment, our economy and diversity of life on Earth." 

NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY(sample recommendations continued)

Presidential Appointments

President Obama should start by appointing to key environmental positions within his Administration qualified leaders who will defend our clean air and water, protect habitat and endangered species, aggressively address global warming, and steward our great natural heritage for future generations.

Scientific Integrity

The Department of the Interior should systematically review and reverse decisions made by the past Administration under the Endangered Species Act that were influenced by political considerations and not based on sound science.

President Obama should send a clear signal to everyone in his administration to restore and respect scientific integrity in all environmental decisions.

Global Warming and Renewable Energy

President Obama has said that:  "We cannot afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake."  He's right.  We welcome the opportunity to help him deliver his promised $150 billion plan for clean energy technologies that would protect our environment and stimulate the economy, creating up to 5 million new green jobs.

The Congress should pass legislation providing significant incentives for development of renewable energy such as a strong Renewables Portfolio Standard and a long-term extension of the Production Tax Credit, and pass significant legislation to address global warming with a comprehensive cap-and-trade program.

The new Administration and Congress must lead a transformation in American energy production and use through investments in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.  This can minimize the fluctuation of gas prices while protecting our beaches, coastal ecosystems and the Alaskan landscape from the threats of oil and gas drilling.

Endangered Species Conservation

We'll work with the Administration to secure reversal of the Bush administration's weakening of the Endangered Species Act, such as the controversial decision to allow agencies to self-consult regarding the impacts of federally-approved projects on endangered species.

Congress should pass new tax incentives to encourage private landowners to work toward recovery of endangered species.

Bird and Habitat Conservation

The Administration and the Congress should reinvest in the National Wildlife Refuge System and address the unacceptable $3.5 billion maintenance backlog crippling this critical tool for conservation.

The Congress should pass legislation to conserve neotropical migratory birds and address the steep declines in America's common birds that are disappearing from parks, farms, and backyards across the country.

Ecosystem Restoration

The Administration and the Congress should fund significant new restoration projects to improve the status of America's great natural ecosystems:  The Mississippi River, the Everglades, Long Island Sound, and the Great Lakes.


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