Orange Audubon Society meetings are normally held the 3rd Thursday of every month (Sept. - June) at 7 pm in the Camellia Room at:

Harry P. Leu Garden
1920 North Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803-1537


For Directions to Leu Gardens please click HERE



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Orange Audubon Society relies on the involvement and support of individuals like you to conserve the birds, wildlife, and natural ecosystems of the Central Florida area.

Interested in becoming a member? Just print and mail this membership form to become part of the Orange Audubon Society.

If you need to RENEW your membership, please wait for National Audubon to mail you the renewal form, please do not use the membership form .

Your basic membership of $20.00 supports our efforts to help safeguard Florida's natural environment, and also entitles you to receive three publications:

Audubon
The Florida Naturalist
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Program: November 20, 7:00 p.m.

Venezuelan Birding

by Bruce Anderson 

 

Venezuela is a country of many habitats including the Caribbean coast, the Andes and lesser mountain ranges, wet and dry savannas, high plateaus, and Amazonian rain forests. Bruce Anderson, renown local birder and Orange County Coordinator for the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas II project, will present a photographic tour of this bird-rich country. He will take us to eastern Venezuela—first along the coast and into the coastal mountains near Trinidad and then south to the Orinoco River and its floodplain. Finally we will vicariously explore La Grand Sabana, the region of high plateaus stretching from Venezuela across its border into northwestern Brazil, where there are many species found nowhere elsewhere.

 

Please join us on Thursday, November 20th to vicariously bird with Bruce in Venezuela seeking favorites such as the Oilbird, Capuchinbird and Guianan Cock-of-the-rock.

 

Orange Audubon Society programs are free and no reservations are necessary. Programs are held in the Camellia Room at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando (directions: http://www.leugardens.org/plan/directions.htm).

 


Upcoming Special Events

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Photographer’s Workshop – November 8th

 


PROGRAMS 2014–2015

All meetings and programs are free and open to the public. They take place on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM (except June, which starts at 6:00 PM) in the Camellia Room at Leu Gardens in Orlando.

 

For directions to Leu Gardens visit:

http://www.leugardens.org/plan/directions.htm

 

Sep 18........Water, Land and Birds Conserving

..................all that Makes Florida Special

..................Eric Draper

Oct 16……..Brown-headed NuthatchSmallest

                  Bird on Orange County's Social

      ............RegisterJim Cox

Nov 20........Venezuelan BirdingBruce Anderson

Dec 18 .......Optics and DigiscopingPanel

     .............with Colonial Photo and Hobby,

     .............Mosquito Creek Outdoors, and Wild

      ............Birds Unlimited

Jan1 5 ........Ephemeral Wetlands and Rare

     .............AmphibiansRebecca Means

Feb 19........Radar Birding 101Angel and Mariel Abreu

Mar 19........Improving your nature photographyVince Lamb

Apr 16.........William Bartram: Puc Puggy's Travels

     .............iin FloridaJ.D. Sutton

May 21........Fins to FeathersDebbie Salamone

Jun 18.........OAS Silent Auction & Hospitality

...................(Starts at 6:00 PM) and 27th Annual

...................Chertok Nature Photography Contest

 

Please join us for these fun and informative programs!

 


Help Protect and Preserve Florida’s

Water, Wildlands and Wildlife

 

  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.

For complete text of the proposed Amendment 1:

http://voteyeson1fl.org/sections/page/amendment

 


 

Orange Audubon Society's

2014 (26th Annual)

Kit and Sidney Chertok

Nature Photography Contest

Winner IS:

 

First Place: Pretty Boy – Painted Bunting

Locale where photographed: Oviedo

Photographer: Jack Rogers, Oviedo

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

Teresa Williams, OASCNPC Chair

 


 

Boy Scouts Build

Chimney Swift Tower

at Orlando Wetlands Park

 

Boy Scouts and OAS Erect Chimney Swift Tower at OWP

A Chimney 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?"."

                                            

Bob Stamps, rhs-oas@att.net

 


 

 

 

Orange Audubon Society

is grateful for your

financial support.

Thank you!


Orphaned or

Injured Wildlife?

What to do if you find a baby bird

In many cases “orphaned” baby birds are kidnapped when they should be left alone, not taken to a rehabber.

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (Raptors Only)
407-644-0190

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
407-568-5138

Fly By Night (Bats Only)
407-414-2142

The Avian Reconditioning Center (Birds of Prey)
407-461-1056

Haven for Injured and Orphaned Wildlife
407-260-6137

Earth Angels' Wildlife (squirrels, raccoons)
407-292-5232 (Nancy)
407-570-7153 (Laurie)
407-349-2889 (Diane)

All wildlife rehabilitators are supported primarily through donations. Please help support their "labor of love".


Speakers Bureau

Orange Audubon Society has a list of speakers who are willing to address schools and organizations on subjects such as birds, plants, the environment, and Florida outdoors.  email

 

Deborah Green

407-637-2525



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