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

November 2018

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President's Message

Finally, we have proof that our region isn't a baking oven the entire year. Cooler temperatures make it more appealing to get outside and visit some of our local natural areas. Fortunately, this coincides with a whole new wave of birds arriving in our area. This is a great time to dust off your binoculars and hiking boots. 

It's also a great time to join us at our events. We have fascinating programs coming up, field trips for both beginning and advanced birders, our first-ever youth Christmas Bird Count, and the first planting/invasive plant removal at Lake Elberta. It's a busy, but exciting, time to be an Apalachee Audubon member. We hope to see you soon.

-Peter Kleinhenz
President, Apalachee Audubon

In This Issue:

Lake Elberta Cleanup

Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve Bioblitz

Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Public Meeting

Youth Christmas Bird Count

Donations Needed

Other Events

Upcoming Field Trips
Lake Talquin
Saturday, November 10, 2018,
7:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Meet at the parking area at the end of Williams Landing Road at 7:45am. We’ll hit a few of the interesting and under-birded hotspots around the shores of Lake Talquin. 

Please contact Jeff O'Connell at  if you plan to attend.
Westminster Oaks
Beginning Birding
Saturday, November 10, 2018
8:00 AM
An introduction to birding for beginners. Binoculars will be provided.

Please contact Jake Hartung at .
Lake Jackson
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
We will return to the western end of Lake Jackson, but we’ll be birding different hotspots than we hit in September. This time, we’ll meet at Okeeheepkee Prairie Park at 7:30am. This is the best place in Leon County to find marsh specialities like American Bittern, Marsh Wren, Sora, and Virginia Rail. Afterwards, we’ll head to Crowder Road landing, with the possibility of stopping at either Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park or Canopy Oaks Community Park, depending on time and interest. 

Please contact Jeff O'Connell at  if you plan to attend.
Westminster Oaks
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
8:00 AM
An introduction to birding for beginners. Binoculars will be provided.

Please contact Jake Hartung at .

Visit the  Field Trips web page  for information about upcoming trips.
Chapter Programs
Bird Conservation, Changes and You
Cindy Fury, Leader, Florida/Caribbean Migratory Bird Field Office, USFWS
Thursday, November 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
King Life Science Building
319 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee (see map below)

More than ever before, birds need conservation and protection on local, regional, and global scales. Cindy will share some recent changes to protections for migratory birds and point out ways that we can all can make a difference and work together to promote bird conservation.
Visit the Chapter Programs web page  for information about upcoming events.
Lake Elberta Cleanup
The four Lake Elberta interns have been busy planning and preparing for the first big event at Lake Elberta. They organized a trash clean-up last week, the City of Tallahassee has prepared the site for planting, and all of our native wildflower seed is ready to go into the ground. We will have an event from 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. on November 25 to put seed into the ground, do some birding, remove some invasive plants, and enjoy some music courtesy of local high schools and colleges. Come join us to plant the seeds of change in this park, while having a great time and interacting with members from the South Side community. This is an event not to be missed and we hope to see many of you there. If you'd like more information, please email .

Biking Responsibly

Tallahassee and its surrounding network of bike trails and road provide excellent opportunities for biking. Read more to learn how to have a minimal impact on nature while enjoying one of the most popular outdoor activities in Tallahassee.
Youth Christmas Bird Counts
For the first time ever, Apalachee Audubon is organizing a youth Christmas Bird Count! Up to five teams of young birders, their families, and at least one Apalachee Audubon volunteer will fan out from Lake Elberta Park on December 16 to find as many birds as possible over the span of a couple hours. Birders will explore Lake Elberta itself, Tallahassee Junction, Lake Henrietta, and communities on the South Side to document as many birds as possible.If you are interested in volunteering as a group leader, please email or . For more information, click here
Donations Needed
We would like to present prizes to Youth Christmas Bird Count groups for highest species count, most interesting species, and most ground covered. Currently, one of our interns is offering a free tennis lesson and Peter is offering a field trip to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. We would like to offer a pair of binoculars to each participant of the teams with the highest species count. To accomplish this, we will need donations of either binoculars or funds to purchase some. Quality binoculars can be purchased for as little as $50. If you are interested in helping with this, please send an email to

We also have needs for our invasive plant removals at Lake Elberta Park. The City of Tallahassee has asked us to provide gloves, loppers, trash bags, and flagging tape (to mark large trees for removal). If you have any of these materials to spare for our events or would be interested in purchasing some, please email . We greatly appreciate your help!
Other Events
Mission San Luis Winter Solstice Festival, Tallahassee, December 15, 2018
Apalachee Audubon Society A North Florida Chapter of the National Audubon Society