The Limpkin Times

Apalachee Audubon Society Mission Statement:
Protection of the environment through education,
appreciation and conservation.

August 2018

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting in a room with Apalachee Audubon board members and active volunteers to plot out a vision for the next year. We shared our goals for the chapter and worked out plans to achieve them. I was inspired by what I heard and to say that I'm excited about what's to come would be an understatement. We have many new changes over this next year, including new board members, new programs, and even a new editor of The Limpkin Times. I sincerely hope that you're as excited about what is to come as I am, and look forward to working with you to make Tallahassee a better home for both birds and people. 

-Peter Kleinhenz

In This Issue:

Horseshoe Crabs - Special August Program

Lake Elberta Teen Birdwallk

Volunteers Needed!

Hannah and Erik Go Birding Podcasts

Horn Springs Addition to Natural Bridge Battlefield Public Meeting

Lake Jackson Lecture Series

Bald Point State Park Sierra Club Outing

Joint Program Featuring Horseshoe Crabs

Join us on August 16 at 7:00 P.M. at the King Building for a program about horseshoe crab monitoring by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine biologist, Tiffany Black. We will be co-hosting the program with the Big Bend Chapter of the Sierra Club .

Upcoming Field Trips
Friday, August 31
7:45 am
Elinor-Klapp Phipps Park and Miller Landing
Meet at the parking area for the soccer fields on Miller Landing Rd. at 7:45am. We’ll be targeting Cerulean Warbler and other early migrants.

Please contact Jeff O'Connell at  if you plan to attend.
Saturday, September 15
7:45 am
Western Lake Jackson
Meet at 7:45am at Faulk Dr. Landing, where we’ll be targeting Alder Flycatcher and other migrants. Afterwards, we’ll head to Fred George Basin Greenway, with the possibility of stopping at other sites around Lack Jackson afterwards, time permitting.

Please contact Jeff O'Connell at  if you plan to attend.
Saturday, October 6
7:45 am
J.R. Alford Greenway and Lake Lafayette Heritage Trail
Meet at the parking area at the end of Pedrick Rd at 7:45am. Expect to walk 2+ miles.

Please contact Jeff O'Connell at  if you plan to attend.
Saturday, October 27
7:15 am
St. Marks NWR
Late October is a good time to find vagrants on the refuge, plus a few lingering migrants and returning sparrows and waterfowl. Meet at the Munson Hill Off-Road Bike Trailhead on Woodville Hwy (just south of Capital Circle) at 7:15am, and we'll carpool down

Please contact Jeff O'Connell at  if you plan to attend.

Visit the  Field Trips web page  for information about upcoming trips.
Lake Elberta Bird Walk for Teens, Aug. 19
 There will be a bird walk for teens at the Palmer-Monroe Community Center at Lake Elberta on August 19 from 10 am - 12 noon.

We need volunteers to work with the teens and introduce them to the site.

Please email Peter Kleinhenz at if you are interested in getting involved.
Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville - Snail Kites
On July 28, Apalachee Audubon went a bit further afield for its field trip. The destination was the Gainesville area, the new home of several snail kites that have set up shop in some of its marshes and wet prairies. About 15 of us car-pooled down there early Saturday and first stopped at Sweetwater Wetlands Park.

See the blog for the full report
Volunteers Needed

Going into this next program year, Apalachee Audubon has some needs.

Helen Jelks King is moving out of the area and will no longer be able to serve as our field trip leader. If you would like to help others discover the birds of this area, this is your chance!

Finally, we will have a number of opportunities to work events, help teach students, and enhance local habitat. There's always more we can do. We just need the people to do it.

Please email our new volunteer coordinator, Kathleen Carr, at if you're interested in any of these opportunities. With over 1,000 members, we would love to see more people get directly involved with what our chapter is doing.
Hannah and Erik Go Birding - Podcasts
Hannah and Erik are firm believers that it is never too late to start birding. They work to inspire others to take on the hobby, explore the great outdoors, breathe fresh air, and enjoy watching these fascinating creatures of flight. Hannah and Erik have traveled the world in search of birds and have started a podcast to share their adventures with others, in hopes that they can encourage others to get out and explore. In their podcast, Hannah and Erik Go Birding, they discuss the successes and failures from their recent birding adventures, share related news and anything else that comes to mind. Listen in to learn from their mistakes and find your next birding spot. 
Their most recent adventure includes a trip to Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center (Georgia), Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge (Alabama), and Providence Canyon State Park (Georgia) on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and anywhere else you hear podcasts
Apalachee Audubon Society A North Florida Chapter of the National Audubon Society