My favorite river is in trouble. Kayaking has become all but impossible in many places due to an explosion of aquatic vegetation. Hydrilla is growing at a rate I haven’t seen in years, perhaps decades. Contemplating this every morning as I looked out over a river of grass and weeds was putting me in a major funk, so I contacted SWFWMD staff about my concerns.
CCAS has completed another active year and many members are now heading north to cooler climates! This was my first year as CCAS conservation “coordinator”, and although it has been a rewarding experience, I still haven’t figured out quite what to do with all the somewhat depressing information that has come my way!
Florida Audubon is trying to put a somewhat positive spin on the results of the 2014 Fl. Legislative session by emphasizing the bad conservation bills that didn’t get passed, and looking ahead to 2015. Many editorials and columnists in the last few days have not been as kind, including the Chronicle’s Gerry Mulligan.
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What a great year! Our field trips this season produced 233 species and 59 checklists, not including the Christmas Bird Count. Total species identified in each county were: 113 in Citrus, 111 in Pinellas, 109 in Wakulla, 105 in Brevard, 96 in Marion, 93 in Levy, 87 in Orange, 83 in Alachua, 81 in Polk, 77 in Lake, 60 in Sarasota, 55 in Hernando, 39 in Sumter, 30 in Pasco and 25 Hillsborough. Now, with our eBird reports, not only can everyone access the checklists, we have an easy way to compare seasons, months and locations to help plan future field trips to maximize our species counts, and hopefully plan for trips that will produce new species! The complete eBird report follows with locations, dates and species counts.
The following is a summary of the locations birded and birds identified for April 2014.
Loving Hummingbirds to Death
Can I say fantastic? The field trip to Fort DeSoto was just that. We had a group of 18 for this field trip. Of that group a mother and daughter from south Florida joined us and stayed to the end. Another of the group had their two granddaughters visiting. It is always very gratifying to not only see such good birds, but also to be able to share them and our knowledge with others. As always we welcome all who care to join in the fun and excitement of discovery.
Our first ever Birding Brunch was a success in more ways than one. The morning was perfect, but it took a few minutes for the birds to become active. Some of the highlights were: Northern Bobwhite,Purple Gallinule, Glossy & White Ibis, Limpkin, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded, Black-throated Blue and Prairie Warblers, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireo.
Did I say wow???? What a day! If you missed Cedar Key yesterday, you missed a lot. Although our crowded event calendar for the month prevented us from doing the trip later in April; it did not prevent sightings of some of our favorite birds. We had 25 participants with 88 species!!! That's almost 3 1/2 birds per participant.! A great ratio. There weren't many ducks, but two Mallards and a Red-breasted Merganser were tallied.