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SRQ Bird non Alerts 30 August 2007 - SARASOTA AUDUBON SOCIETY 2007/8 Activities

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    I would be happy to provide the 2007/8 activity and contact information for the other Audubon Society chapters and bird watching clubs in Manatee, Sarasota,
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      I would be happy to provide the 2007/8 activity and contact information for the other Audubon Society chapters and bird watching clubs in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, and Hardee Counties.  Below is this information for the Sarasota Audubon Society chapter to include their meetings and trips from now until May 2008.  Peter Rice
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      The Sarasota Audubon Society, Inc.
      P.O. Box 15423, Sarasota, FL 34277-1423, (941) 364-9212, website: www.sarasotaaudubon.org
       
      A Chapter of the National Audubon Society, Inc., 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, (212) 979-3000
       
      Audubon of Florida, 444 Brickell Avenue – Suite 850, Miami, FL 33131-2450, (305) 371-6399
       
      OFFICERS
      President: Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709, jeanne@...
      First Vice President: Rick Greenspun, 346-8535; rick@...
      Second Vice President: Stuart Hills, 922-5261; stuart@...
      Treasurer: Penney Rist, 927-4601; penney@...
      Secretary: Carolyn Primus, 753-9737; carolyn@...
      Members At Large: Julie Byrne, 379-3882; Karen Jensen, 924-2446
       
      The Executive Committee consists of the Officers and Members At Large. The Board of Directors consists of the Executive Committee and the Board Committee Chairs. Board meetings are held each month except June and August.

      STANDING COMMITTEES
       
      Bald Eagle Monitoring
      Dale Nauman, 322-6274; eaglesdn@...
      Beach Monitoring
      Bonnie Samuelsen, bluemrble9@...
      Bird Recorder
      Edith Miller, 364-3637
      The Brown Pelican newsletter
      editor@...
      Conservation
      Wade Matthews, 923-0671; wade@...
      Endowment
      Dick Joseph, 349-6713; endowment@...
      Greeter
      Sara King, 365-1233; greeter@...
      Hospitality
      Maria-Elisabeth Mantius, 363-9029
      Membership
      Lynn Jakubowicz, 364-9212; membership@...
      Programs
      Rick Greenspun, 346-8535; programs@...
      Public Information
      Susie Bowie, 782-7903; publicinfo@...
      Publicity
      Sid Deutsch, 377-3977
      Roberts Bay Watch
      Rick Greenspun, 346-8535; rick@...
      Sales
      Wanda Strickland, 955-0782
      Telephone
      Veronica Tarnowski, 955-2875; veronica@...
      Trips
      Day:   Kathryn Young, 924-5565; kathwren1@...
       Overnight: Karen Jensen, 924-2446; karensarasota@...
      Website
      David Munro, dave@...
      Wetlands Conservation
      Julie Byrne, 379-3882; julie@...
       
      SPECIAL PROJECTS
       
      Celery Fields Conservation
      Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709; jeanne@...
      Celery Fields Walks
      Mark Leggett, 925-7220; mark@...
      Christmas Bird Count
      Coordinators: Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709; Edith Miller, 364-3637
      Birding Hot Spots
      Stuart Hills, 922-5261; stuart@...
       
      MONTHLY PROGRAMS & MEETINGS, 2007-08
       
      Programs and programs are held the second Monday of the month, Oct through May, at 7pm at the Fellowship Hall, First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave, Sarasota (behind the YMCA just north of Bahia Vista)
       
      October 8: Birds of Papua New Guinea World traveler and birdwatcher Carole Breedlove will share incredible photos and remarkable tales of her travels in New Guinea
       
      November 12: Planting for Wildlife Laurel Schiller of Florida Native Plants, Inc. will share her extensive knowledge of native plants and wildlife habitat
       
      December 10: Nature Photography of Larry Allen Enjoy an evening of fabulous photos of birds and wildlife of Florida
       
      January 14: The State of Our Environment Commissioner Jon Thaxton looks toward the future of Sarasota County
       
      February 11: The Celery Fields Peter Peduzzi of Sarasota County discusses the wetlands restoration project and what it will mean for birds and Audubon
       
      March 10: Bird Migration: Trans Gulf and Caribbean Migrants Photos of migrant gems and discussion by experts on the migratory birds that come through Florida every spring and fall
       
      April 14: Sarasota’s Butterflies Catherine LaBrie and Stu Hills of the Sarasota Butterfly Club will show us slides of nature’s most beautiful creatures Annual General Meeting in which officers are elected for the coming year
       
      May 12: Nesting Shorebirds with Ted Mase Great photos and information about the endangered and threatened birds that allow us to share their beaches
       
      TRIPS, 2007-08
       
      All day trips meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) unless otherwise noted. Field trips are open to anyone interested in birding, wildlife watching or exploring Florida's natural areas. A suggested donation of $2 for members and $4 for non-members is most welcome. NO RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. For more information, contact each individual Trip Leader. Log onto www.sarasotaaudubon.org for directions to each day trip site. NOTE: Checks for paid day trips are deposited after the completion of the trip. In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be made to the issuer of the check only. Deposits/Payments for overnight trips are made right away.
       
      TRIP WAIVER: Participation is on condition that Sarasota Audubon Society and its officers and volunteers will not be held liable for damage or injury to persons or property.
       
      Roberts Bay on the Carefree Learner with Sarasota High School students to monitor breeding birds on the mangrove islands. Members more than welcome. Two trips on most days: 9:40 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Boat is docked next to Le Barge at Marina Jack’s. Call Rick Greenspun at 346-8535 to secure a spot. Dates will be posted each month in The Brown Pelican.
       
      SPECIAL CLASSES:
      Introduction to Birding—5 Sessions Two classroom sessions with handouts, slides, and tips for beginners, followed by three field trips to practice skills. First two sessions will be held on Mondays, Jan 21 & 28 in the Bee Ridge Park building (on Wilkinson between Swift and Beneva), Room D, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Field trip locations will be determined but will be held on Friday, Jan 25; Thursday, Jan 31; and Saturday, Feb 2 all at 8 a.m. Cost of the classes is $50 for members; $65 for non-members. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Send a check made out to SAS and mail it to Sarasota Audubon Society, P.O. Box 15423, Sarasota, FL 34277. Mark the envelope “Birding Class”. Call Jeanne Dubi at 355-1709 for more details.
       
      Recapturing Habitat: Friday, Feb 8/Saturday, Feb 9: 9 to noon, FREE. Twin Lakes Park Two identical workshops. Take back the wilderness! Help in the drive to recapture wildlife habitat by making your backyard friendly to the birds and the bees. Local native plant and wildlife habitat experts will provide material and tips. Each participant will receive a 10’ x 10’ plan for a backyard wildlife plot and a free plant to get started. We will be giving away one free 10’ x 10’ backyard makeover; winner will be selected at random from the list of participants.
       
      FESTIVALS
      SARASOTA READING FESTIVAL: Saturday, Nov 3 Sarasota’s annual event to stimulate reading. Famous authors in attendance. Come visit our table.
       
      E-FEST, Lakewood Ranch Polo Grounds: All day Saturday, Nov 17 SAS will have a booth to help in the effort to spread the green and environmental word. Thousands of visitors expected at this collaborative event.
       
      PINECRAFT FEST: Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. to noon Join SAS members and various local kids’ groups and schools for a great morning working together to rid this tiny park of exotic plants and garbage. This is a sponsored event with prizes for the ugliest, biggest, longest, smallest air potato. We need donated prizes suitable for kids, such as gift certificates to B&N, Target, movies or new books and games. Call Jeanne Dubi at 355-1709 to help in any way you can.
       
      EARTH DAY AT OSCAR SCHERER: Sunday, April 20 This annual event draws huge crowds. Check out plants and critters. Fun for kids. Visit us at the SAS booth.
       
      CELERY FIELDS
      Celery Fields Walks Explore birdlife with a different leader on the second Saturday of each month, Oct through April. Oct 13; Nov 10; Dec 8; Jan 12; Feb 9; Mar 8; Apr 12. Meet at the gazebo (Palmer & Raymond) at 8 a.m. Coordinator: Mark Leggett, 925-7220.
       
      Celery Fields Cleanup Help us keep our adopted road free of garbage. Tuesdays: Nov 13; Jan 22; Mar 18; Apr 22. Meet at the gazebo (Palmer & Raymond) at 8 a.m. Coordinator: Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709.
       
      CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
      Christmas Bird Count: Myakka River SP, Monday December 17 Coordinator Ken Alvarez, kencalverez@.... Sarasota: Saturday, January 5 Coordinators Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709, and Edith Miller, 364-3637.
       
      TRIPS & EVENTS
      Nov 1-3: Audubon Assembly, Cocoa Beach Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, www.hiltoncocoabeach.com. Special hotel rate of $119 per night if you register by Oct 2.
       
      Saturday, Nov 3: Sarasota Reading Festival Check FESTIVALS for details
       
      Wednesday, Nov 7: Laurel Landfill Check out this very birdy landfill site in Laurel. Leader: Mark Leggett, 925-7220. Meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 8 a.m.
       
      Wednesday, Nov 14: Plant Walk Nancy Edmondson, land manager for Sarasota County, will lead a plant/nature walk at Lemon Bay Preserve in south Venice. Meet in the parking lot of the preserve at 8 a.m. Contact: Kathryn Young, 924-5565.
       
      Saturday, Nov 17: Rye Wilderness A very nice Manatee County park that hosts scrub-jays and wintering warblers and sparrows. BRING LUNCH. Leave McDonald’s at 8 a.m. Leader: Lynn Jakubowicz, 355-4073.
       
      Saturday, Nov 17: E-FEST at Lakewood Ranch Polo Grounds Check FESTIVALS for details
       
      Monday, Nov 19: SRQ Water Treatment Plants Check out the birds at our local water treatment plants with Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709. Leave McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 8 a.m.
       
      Tuesday, Dec 4: Holiday Lunch at Misty Creek Country Club Join SAS board members and friends for a lunch to celebrate the holidays. Fun slide show too. Three course lunch $21, 11:45 a.m. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Contact: Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709.
       
      Thursday, Dec 6: Snook Haven Boat Ride & Lunch/Birding at Jelks Preserve Kathryn Young (924-5565) & Mark Leggett. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Cost $20 per person for the boat ride only. Lunch at your own expense. Leave McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 8 a.m.
       
      Wednesday, Dec 12: Myakka River SP This wildlife preserve always provides great birding. Meet at 8 a.m. in parking lot inside park (fee.) SR 72, 9 miles east of I-75. Leader: Owen Comora, 378-5166. BRING LUNCH.
       
      Christmas Bird Count: Myakka River SP, Monday December 17 Coordinator Ken Alvarez, kencalverez@.... Sarasota, Saturday, January 5 Coordinators Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709, and Edith Miller, 364-3637.
       
      Tuesday, Jan 1: New Year’s Day at Sleeping Turtle! Join leaders Mark Leggett (925-7220) and Kathryn Young on a New Year’s search for birds at this new county park. Meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 9 a.m. BRING LUNCH & A TREAT TO SHARE.
       
      Thursday, Jan 3: TECO Plant and George Simmons Park Join leader Stu Hills, 922-5261, to see manatees at the TECO plant in Apollo Beach and shorebirds at Simmons in southern Hillsborough County. Meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
       
      Tuesday, Jan 8: North Longboat Key Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot opposite the Chevron station at the very north end of LBK. Leaders: Betty & Wade Matthews, 923-0671. Optional lunch at Moore’s restaurant.
       
      Tuesday, Jan 15: Phosphate Mines, Polk County Privately-guided tour of the phosphate reclamation ponds near Lakeland. Guide is Paul Fellers of Lake Audubon. Short-tailed Hawks (possible), wintering warblers and thousands of shorebirds. Leave McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 7 a.m. Contact: Rick Greenspun, 346-8535. LUNCH INCLUDED. Bring snacks and drinks for an all-day outing. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. A donation of $5 to Lake Audubon on the day is recommended.
      Monday, Jan 21, 28, Friday, Jan 25, Thursday, Jan 31, & Saturday, Feb 2: Introduction to Birding. See SPECIAL CLASSES for details.
       
      Wednesday, Jan 30: Clay Gully & Sidell Roads Round trip behind Myakka SP. This area is good wintering habitat for specialties such as Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Leader: Owen Comora, 378-5166. Meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
       
      Tuesday, Feb 5: Venice Rookery, Manasota Scrub, Lemon Bay Park Great photo; great birding. Mark Leggett, 925-7220. Leave McDonald’s at 7:30 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
       
      Friday/Saturday, Feb 8/9, 9 to noon: Recapturing Habitat Two identical workshops on creating backyard habitat. See SPECIAL CLASSES for more details.
       
      Friday/Saturday, Feb 15/16: Station 5 in Hendry County Overnight Friday in Clewiston, then an early visit to the water treatment plant to view all kinds of birds in these remote marshes. Trip is led by Margaret England of Hendry-Glades Audubon. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Hotel at own expense. A donation of $5 to Hendry-Glades Audubon on the day is recommended. Contact Kathryn Young, 924-5565.
       
      Saturday, Feb 23: Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, Ruskin Jeanne Dubi (355-1709) & Lynn Jakubowicz will lead a trip to this newly reclaimed and restored environmentally sensitive area in southern Hillsborough County. This is a reliable spot for Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Leave McDonald’s at 7:15 a.m. sharp. BRING LUNCH.
       
      Saturday, Mar 1: Pinecraft Fest Check FESTIVALS for details.
       
      Tuesday, Mar 4: Red Bug Slough Ken Pearlman (587-5992) will lead us on a walk through pine and oak hammocks. Meet in the parking lot of Red Bug Slough, just south of Proctor on Beneva, at 8 a.m.
       
      Wednesday-Friday, Mar 12-14 Two-night trip to Winter Park. Jeanne Dubi and Karen Jensen (924-2446). See GETAWAY TRIPS for details.
       
      Thursday, Mar 20: Potter Park & Stoneybrook Park Edith Miller and Kathryn Young (924-5565) will help us find wintering birds at these two small parks in mid-Sarasota County. Meet in the YMCA parking lot on Central Sarasota Parkway at 8 a.m.
       
      Saturday, Mar 29: Carlton Reserve Join Charlie Sample and Carolyn Edmunds of Venice Audubon, 497-6463, for a rare opportunity to bird the back country of the reserve. Meet in the Carlton parking lot. Jacaranda Blvd exit off I-75; east onto Jacaranda, right onto Border Road, left at the end. Field trip is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Kathryn Young at 924-5565 if you want to carpool from McDonald’s. BRING LUNCH.
       
      Apr 4-6: Audubon Academy, Vero Beach Workshops and seminars for chapter leaders and future leaders.
       
      Tuesday, Apr 8: Emerson Point This wonderful park has woodlands, shoreline, and mangroves. Depart McDonald’s at 7:30 a.m. Optional lunch at Crab Trap II restaurant. Leaders: John Ginaven, 798-9829, and Stuart Hills, 922-5261.
       
      Tuesday, April 15: Ft DeSoto Join leader John Ginaven (798-9829) on a quest for migrants at this marvelous park and premier birding hotspot. Leave the first rest area just after the tollbooths on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1-275) at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
       
      Saturday, Apr 19: Ft DeSoto Leader Edith Miller (364-3637) will help us find migrants at this wonderful birding spot. Leave the first rest area just after the tollbooths on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (I-275) at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
       
      Sunday, Apr 20: Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park Check FESTIVALS for details.
       
      Monday, April 28: SRQ Triple Loop Join Rick Greenspun (346-8535) and Jeanne Dubi in search of migrants at our local hot spots. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Phillippi Estate Park, west side of U.S. 41 at Constitution Blvd.
       
      Saturday, May 3: Butterfly Walk Join butterfly enthusiasts Stu Hills and Jeanne Dubi on a walk to locate and ID local butterflies. Location to be determined. Meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 10 a.m. Contact: Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709.
       
      GETAWAY TRIPS
       
      WINTER PARK Wednesday-Friday, March 12-14 Two-night trip to Winter Park. Birds of Prey Center, Morse Museum to view Tiffany glass, birding in Mead Gardens and Leu Gardens, boat ride on Chain of Lakes and lunch/dine in charming Winter Park. Jeanne Dubi and Karen Jensen (924-2446). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
       
      STATION 5, CLEWISTON AREA Friday/Saturday, Feb 15/16 Optional overnight Friday, then meet at the McDonald’s in Clewiston at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for an escorted driving trip to view all kinds of birds in the remote marshes of Hendry County’s water treatment facility. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Hotel and meals at your own expense. Contact: Kathryn Young, 924-5565.
       
      ALASKA CRUISE May or June 2008 Join us and members of nearby Audubon chapters for a 7-night cruise along Alaska’ spectacularly scenic inside passage with additional nights on the mainland. Call Karen Jensen (924-2446) for more details.
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      Peter Rice
       
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