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


October 2017 

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If you aren't going birding with us in this beautiful weather, we hope you're doing something exceptionally-awesome! Otherwise, there is no excuse!
AAS Needs You!

Want to make a difference in this troubled world we live in? Volunteer with Apalachee Audubon! We have many opportunities available and you can volunteer as little or as much time as you wish. Don’t have much time? Spend a couple hours working as a greeter for the AAS table at a local festival. You can chair our membership committee, send welcome letters to new chapter members, introduce birding to children at Pineview Elementary, or help organize our May 2018 Banquet. (See below for more details about the last two items.)

To learn more about our volunteer opportunities and sign up, visit our  AAS Volunteer webpage  or send an email to  apalacheeaudubon@gmail.com .
November Program
Rivers, Birds, and Water Wars with Dr. Todd Engstrom

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Social 7:00 PM, Program 7:30 PM
The King Life Sciences Building
319 Stadium Drive, Room 1024

Summary:

Increasing human demand for freshwater has affected flow seasonality and volume of rivers around the world. The Apalachicola River drainage with records of over 330 species of birds is examined to document how river health affects bird life.  

Presenter Bio:

After receiving his PhD at FSU in 1986, Todd’s first job was with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology working on avian monitoring programs. He came back to Tallahassee to be a staff ecologist at Tall Timbers Research Station, where he focused on conservation biology of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, response of vertebrate populations to prescribed fire, and animal communities in old-growth longleaf pine forests.

He left Tall Timbers to direct the Greenwood Project for The Nature Conservancy in Thomasville, Georgia, and, after conducting a search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker on the Apalachicola River, he had a short stint as Associate Director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Currently he is an independent researcher and a Research Associate at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and Courtesy Faculty in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University.  
Program Field Trip

Sunday, November 19
The Nature Conservancy's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve

Join Todd Engstrom for a hike on the well-known Garden of Eden trail to search for birds, unusual ecosystems, and scenic views. The trail can be steep in places and is three miles round trip.

Participants will meet at the parking lot off of Highway 12 just north of Bristol, Florida at 9:00 PM Eastern.
Other Upcoming Field Trips
Saturday, October 28
Eastern Lake Jackson Landings

A few months ago we explored the western landings of this large lake. This time we will tackle the Eastern landings. Meet at 8 a.m. at Rhoden Cove Landing,located off Meridian Road. We will be carpooling, so please indicate if you are a willing driver. Also, there will be minimal walking required.

Contact:

Please email Helen Jelks King at  thekingsom@gmail.com if you plan to attend or want more information.
Saturday, November 4
Hinson Conservation Tract

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Pilot Gas Station at the intersection of US 90 West and I-10. If time permits, we may also visit Florida Caverns State Park. We will be carpooling so please indicate if you are a willing driver.

Contact Helen Jelks King at  thekingsom@gmail.com  if you plan to attend.
 
Saturday, November 4
Lakes Clean-up Event

Killearn Homes Association will hold their second semi-annual Lakes Clean-up Event. Participants will gather at the Shannon Lakes North Park  at 10 a.m . and break into small teams and mobilize around the lakes to clean up litter. The city will provide bags and gloves. Killearn Homes Association will provide refreshments and snacks. Everyone who attends will get an  "I ♥ Killearn Chain of Lakes"  T-shirt.   
Friday, November 17
Lake Elberta

Meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot of Lake Elberta located on Lake Bradford Rd. If time permits, we may also visit Robert Williams Trail and/or Lake Henrietta.

Contact Helen Jelks King at  thekingsom@gmail.com  if you plan to attend.
Visit the  Field Trips web page  for information about upcoming trips through November.
Audubon Members Explore Spring Canyon

Seventeen Audubon members joined landowners Helen and Tom Roth for a tour of the 100 acres they are restoring in the Upper Apalachicola Basin. Click here to find out more about their restoration efforts, the unique property they manage, and one of the largest cottonmouths you'll ever see!
Pineview Pilot Program

Several Audubon members recently visited Pineview Elementary School for their first program of the year where they taught students at this Title 1 school about birding. Read more to learn how it went!

Next visits are:

11/3
11/17
12/1
12/15

Contact Peter Kleinhenz at pnkleinhenz@gmail.com if you're interested in helping out!
Help Us Plan Our Annual Banquet

Our annual banquet in May is a long way away, but it's not too early to plan. We are looking for someone to help us coordinate the planning of the banquet to ensure that it's a success. Please contact Sean McGlynn at mcglynnlabs@gmail.com if you are interested.
We want to hear from you! Send us your reports from the field, your photos, and birding/conservation related events in the community. 
Apalachee Audubon Society A North Florida Chapter of the National Audubon Society