Orange Audubon Program:
Thursday, March 20th
Winter in the Southeast
Fred Dietrich banded a
Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufuson January 13th, 2010
in Tallahassee, Florida. He recorded basic information about the
bird that he then reported to the Bird Banding Laboratory in
On Monday, June 28th, this hummingbird was recaptured near
Chenega, Alaska. A distance of nearly 4000 miles! This is the
greatest distance between banding site and recapture for the
Rufous Hummingbird we could find records for. Fred wrote in a
message on the Florida Listserv.
"While it has long been
believed that the birds that winter in the Southeast states
may have come from as far away as Alaska, this is the first
time that we have been able to document it on both ends of
the migration route."
Please join us at 7:00 p.m. at Leu Gardens on Thursday, March
20th for this fascinating presentation.
A Weekend Field
Trip to the ‘Red Hills’ of the Panhandle
Orange Audubon Society (OAS) is sponsoring a weekend trip to
Tallahassee, FL to explore Tall Timbers Research Station (TTRS)
and nearby Birdsong Nature Center (Birdsong) in the ‘Red Hills’
area of the Panhandle.
Arrive Friday, March
28th; enjoy birding and guided tours Saturday at TTRS
and Sunday morning at Birdsong; depart Sunday after lunch.
Space is limited to 40 people and reservations are required.
For the guided field trips contact Teresa:
or (407) 644-0796 by March 20th for reduced
rate; final deadline for registering is March 25th.
For lodging at the recommended Cabot Lodge, call (850) 386-7500
by March 14th and mention OAS for special
rate; note that a limited number of rooms have been blocked for
Weekend birding activities include a guided ‘wagon’ tour of TTRS.
Saturday’s birding guide is Jim Cox, TTRS’ scientist and
Vertebrate Ecology Program Director who also promises to provide
‘front row seats’ for banding of Brown-headed Nuthatch,
Bachman’s and wintering sparrows, and (optionally) Red-cockaded
Woodpeckers. A picnic lunch on the grounds will be followed by
guided tours of the historic Beadel House and onsite museum that
houses a number of rare specimens.
About nine miles from TTRS across the GA line is Birdsong Nature
Center, where naturalist Wilson Baker will be our guide on
Sunday morning. Afterwards those who wish may enjoy Birdsong’s
mesmerizing bird window before departing for home (bring a lunch
if you’d like to eat with the group).
Early bird field trip cost is $40 for Audubon members, $55 for
non-members and $15 for youths ages 4-17 accompanied by paid
adult (after March 20th please add $5 each person),
which includes donations/admission fees to TTRS and Birdsong,
lunch Saturday and snacks during socials on Friday and Saturday
evenings before dinner. For full details including itinerary,
Cabot Lodge information, some other hotel, camping options and
area dining information,
to download the Itinerary and General Information form directly
from this link:
February 22, 2014, Ethos Vegan Kitchen donated 5%
of its sales to Orange Audubon Society. So drop by and say
"Thank you," and
have another meal. For more information
Help Protect and Preserve Florida’s
Water, Wildlands and Wildlife
“YES” on Amendment 1 on the November 2014 ballot
The Florida Water and Land Legacy Campaign is an effort to get a
dedicated source of funds to protect Florida’s environment—to
have 33% of net revenues from the existing excise tax on
documents go into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund “to acquire,
restore, improve, and manage conservation lands”. This is not a
new tax and these monies have historically gone to land
acquisition. The language in the amendment prohibits the
legislature from raiding this trust fund for other purposes.
In Florida, we depend on our natural systems for clean drinking
water, unpolluted rivers, lakes, and streams, and the unspoiled
natural beauty that makes our state unique. Because Florida
relies on its beaches, springs, rivers, lakes and parks as a key
part of our tourism economy, we can’t afford not to protect our
land and waters. Florida has many critical funding needs,
including education, health care, public safety and
transportation—but water and land conservation are a vital
component of Florida’s future. When the state budget is more
than $60 billion, this amendment would set aside less than 1
percent for water and land conservation. This isn’t a matter of
cutting other vital services; the amendment would take an amount
that had been used for water and land conservation and dedicate
it for that same purpose, but with constitutional protections.
The amendment would have very little real impact on existing
state funds for other services.
Boy Scouts and OAS Erect Chimney Swift Tower at OWP
Swift tower was recently constructed and installed at
Orlando Wetlands Park (OWP) in Christmas, Florida, by
members of Boy Scout Troop 125. Robert Grieger, an Eagle
Scout candidate, and his fellow scouts and troop leaders
erected the tower next to the environmental education
building at OWP. This was a cooperative project with Orange
Audubon Society (OAS) and OWP. Chimney Swifts in North
America are very dependent on man-made chimneys like this
since far fewer chimneys are accessible to swifts nowadays
than in the past.
"Thanks to the City of Orlando and funding from the Griegers
and a special Audubon collaborative grant, two low-light
video cameras have been installed in the tower. Now we wait
to see "We have built it, will they come?"."