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Recap - Cedar Key April 3, 2014

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:19 -- Fred Hileman

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.

March Madness: an update on Conservation issues that CCAS has been following this past month

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:24 -- Lynn DeLong

Last week’s scoping meeting on the Sabal Trail gas pipeline in Dunnellon played to a standing room only crowd, few of whom seemed pleased with the idea of a pipeline in their back yard. Fl Audubon’s Eric Draper has even penned a letter to FERC explaining why the proposed route through Halpata is a big loser, and suggesting a better route. Many attendees strongly objected to allowing this shale gas pipeline to enter Florida at all.

Recap - Spring Break Children's Bird Walk Mar 27, 2014

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:52 -- Fred Hileman

Citrus County Audubon led a “Spring Break Children’s Bird Walk” to Red Fish Hole which is a salt marsh off Ft Island Trail. The birds were not very cooperative in the marsh, but the kids enjoyed the marsh edges and identifying shells and animal tracks along the way.  They were given a brief history of the flora by Cyndy Holliday who is a Florida Conservation Resource Management Technician. Ft Island Beach was our next stop where birds and the sand were a bit more exciting. Gulls, Loons, Double–crested Cormorants, Sandpipers and Grebes were in abundance.

Recap - Rainbow Springs Bird Walk March 29th, 2014

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 08:02 -- Fred Hileman

The threat of rain must have been a deterrent to birders Saturday morning.  We were just four.  But the birds were there!  A fallout took place in the Butterfly Garden.  Warblers were busy in the oaks gleaning insects from the moss and under the leaves. Summer Tanager, Great-crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed,Yellow-throated and White-eyed Vireos, Swallow-tailed Kite, Worm-eating, Black & White, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded, and Northern Parula Warblers were in evidence.  The best photo op came with the two Prothonotary Warblers that posed by the springs for many pics and a video.

Update on first two weeks in the Florida Legislature

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 06:35 -- Lynn DeLong

Florida Audubon is keeping a close eye on several important water and conservation bills this session. One is Senator Charlie Dean’s Springs bill, which has now been filed as  SB 1575, along with a  companion House bill 1313. As of this writing the bill was still being “tweaked” to its final version. Fl. Audubon has been involved in the process.

Recap - Emeralda, Haines Creek, Venetian Gardens Mar 14, 2014

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 10:32 -- Fred Hileman
Seventeen participants enjoyed the trip to Emeralda that included Venetian Gardens as well as a new spot, Haines Creek.  Spotting ducks on this trip was a difficult task.  As it has been on many of our past trips, so it was with this one.  It seems that ducks are missing from many hot spots around the state. The Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were very active and we were not diasappointed by a non appearance of a Sora.  One spectacular sight was the "cauldron" of American White Pelicans.

“ Senator Springs” to the rescue? Let’s hope so. This battle is too important to lose!

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 11:53 -- Lynn DeLong

Our own State Senator Charlie Dean, who chairs the Senate’s Environmental Committee and is in the last three years of his political career, stated recently in the Chronicle “ I love my cattle, I love my John Deeres, but I love my water first.”  Even those who have been critical of Dean in the past seem convinced of his sincerity when it comes to Florida’s water. Indeed, Florida Audubon gave him an award for his efforts at their Assembly last year, and Executive Director Eric Draper even labeled him “ Senator Springs”.

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