It is time once again to celebrate the end of another Orange
Audubon Society (OAS) season with the traditional final program
that features entries in the 2013 (25th Annual) Kit and Sidney
Chertok Florida Native Nature Photography Contest. A Silent
Auction has also become a tradition for this end-of-season event
and OAS will furnish tasty and substantial finger foods. Arrive
at 6 p.m. with an appetite for delicious food and beautiful
photography plus your wallet for the silent auction. Any who
wish may also make a small donation ($3 suggested) to help
defray the cost of the event.
The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. The theme for the photo
contest, Florida’s Creatures and Features, elicited outstanding
images from across Florida. You will not want to miss seeing
this exclusive show that will feature eligible entries in the
Youth, Novice and Advanced categories.
Winners of the 2013 contest will be announced and awards and
ribbons presented at the end of the show, but competition will
continue throughout the evening for dozens of Silent Auction
donations (and still counting) from local restaurants, native
nurseries, camera and outdoor retail outfitters, area theme
parks, resorts, spas, our fantastic members and more (see
‘Silent Auction’ article for featured items).
Mark the date and don’t forget to bring three things with you:
an appetite for good food and camaraderie, your checkbook or
cash for our world famous ‘cash-n-carry quickly’ auction (credit
cards accepted, but slower to process!!) and your best party
attitude. Let’s make a fuss over us!
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?"."