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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her web site at http://www.birdadventure.com/.
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.
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Global climate change is the result of worldwide temperature increases and changes in precipitation patterns over the 20th century. The scientific community strongly agrees that the increased emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is contributing to higher temperatures and the risk of extreme weather events.
Carbon dioxide is released by industrial processes and fossil fuel emissions (such as vehicle exhaust). Trees are a natural air cleaner, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Around the world trees are being cleared for development and farming. This deforestation means that these harmful gases are not being filtered, further contributing to global warming trends.
Global warming is of special concern to South Florida. Most of the state is low lying and susceptible to rising sea levels and increasing tropical storm activity. South Florida must play a leadership role in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to set an example for the rest of the country and the world.
To become better informed on this subject, read books such as Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World written by Gary Braasch. For middle school age youth read How we Know What we Know about our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming. Also visit Broward County's website for local information on global warming and local action (http://www.broward.org).).
AUDUBON OF FLORIDA
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Support alternative energy. Much of our electricity comes from coal-burning power plants, a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. The Florida Power and Light Sunshine Energy program is one example of a corporate initiative to promote cleaner electricity generation as well as the development of new renewable sources of electricity.
Replace old appliances with energy efficient ones. According to ENERGY STAR, Americans with the help of ENERGY STAR products, saved enough energy in 2005 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 23 million cars and saved $12 billion on their utility bills.
Perform as many errands as possible in one trip. Instead of making many small trips, plan your schedule and route to complete several errands at once. You'll save money on fuel consumption and reduce exhaust emissions.
Change your habits. Little things mean a lot. Turning off lights and using timers, using long-lasting compact florescent light bulbs, taking shorter showers and other energy conserving measures have a big impact when repeated over time and across communities.
Take global climate change seriously. It is a real issue. Make a real difference today and leave a lasting legacy.
Join Audubon if you have not already done so.
Talk to friends and neighbors about the importance of conserving energy and reducing vehicular emissions.
Lend your voice to those of other members and communicate with congressional leaders about the importance of doing all we can to reduce greenhouse gases.
Stay up to date on environmental issues by signing up for Action Alerts (http://www.audubonaction.org/).