About Us

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Orlando Wetlands Park. Photo: Brian Miller

About OAS

Orange Audubon Society (OAS) works to connect people with nature in central Florida. OAS has approximately 2000 member households in the Orlando metro area east to the St. Johns River and west to Clermont.

OAS holds many field trips and field classes throughout the year, conducts outreach activities, and offers educational programming to K-12 schools and educators in our area. OAS also holds weekly Bird Chats on Zoom at 7 p.m. on most Thursdays. Link to register for Bird Chats.

OAS is an all-volunteer chapter, with the exception of our part-time Education Coordinator hired in January 2022. The OAS board meets September through May at 5:45 p.m. immediately preceding our monthly programs at Leu Gardens, with a summer planning meeting in July. Any current OAS member may attend board meetings. To become more involved, participate in one of OAS’ committees. Contact the chair of the committee (listed below) or complete the volunteer survey (link).

OAS monthly guest speaker programs are held on the third Thursday of the month, September through June, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. They are free, open to the public and, with a few exceptions, are held at Leu Gardens in the Camellia Room, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando. For any changes and more details, check the OASis newsletter. To receive the 8-10 page pdf of the OASis newsletter as a link, join our mailing list.

OAS’ Facebook page also has details on upcoming events.

Many of OAS’ monthly in-person programs are recorded, along with our weekly Bird Chats. All are posted on our’ YouTube channel, which now has over 100 videos, sorted into playlists by topic. LInk to OAS’ YouTube channel.

Working with Audubon Florida staff and other local conservation organizations, OAS follows local issues. To the extent possible with volunteers, we work to protect the environment of Central Florida. We hope you will join and donate towards our efforts.

photo of birders looking into trees
Pine Meadows Field Trip at NORTH SHORE BIRDING FESTIVAL. Photo: Craig Watson

The Orange Audubon Mission

The purpose and dedication of Orange Audubon Society (OAS) is to promote public understanding of, and an interest in, wildlife and the environment that supports it.

Conserving
Ecosystems

We are committed to conserving birds and the ecosystems that support them, in central Florida and beyond.

Getting
Outdoors

We lead field trips and workshops for all ages throughout the year.

Lifelong
Learning

We offer educational programs for adults and children, both in schools and outdoors.

Connecting
Communities

We help connect people to local birding information and to broader community/citizen science research.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

OAS follows National Audubon’s efforts toward Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts in 2021-2023 included:

  • The Future Leaders for Equity, Diversity and Justice (FLEDJE) Program, sponsored by Audubon Florida and National Audubon, provided EDIB training to OAS volunteers. OAS secured a $1,000 FLEDJE grant and purchased binoculars for an after-school nature club at Zellwood Elementary, a Title One School. OAS’ Education Coordinator visits this school monthly.
  • Outreach to Hispanic Population: For several years OAS has provided Spanish-speaking Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Ambassadors the during Latino Conservation Week in July. In the annual Buscando Pajaros field trip, an Orlando Wetlands Park volunteer, who enjoys hosting tours in Spanish, leads a tram ride. In an expansion of this effort, the same talented guide leads trips for the NORTH SHORE BIRDING FESTIVAL and bi-annual Orlando Wetlands Festival.
  • Recruiting younger participants:
    • OAS’ Young Birder’s Club is for young people ages 9 -17 from Orange, Seminole and Brevard Counties. The group holds monthly field trips and works with the Florida Young Birders Club, which is sponsored by the Florida Ornithological Society. Check our Field Trips Listings.
    • To engage college-age participants, OAS partners with Audubon Florida on the Conservation Leadership Initiative. OAS volunteers serve as mentors each year for local college students, incorporating them into our activities. OAS’ NORTH SHORE BIRDING FESTIVAL also recruits many young trip leaders, hosts trips targeting younger participants and charges half price to students for most field trips. Scholarships to defray travel costs, supported by donations of our members and festival participants, also assist out-of-town students to participate in the festival.
  • Access: OAS is evaluating our birding sites for wheelchair accessibility and submitting our information to the Birdability website. See section under Field Trips.
  • If you can help us toward securing participation in OAS activities that reflects the demographics of our community, please email us at info@orangeaudubonfl.org.

OAS’ Recent Recognitions

2022: OAS wins Audubon Florida’s Chapter of the Year

2020: OAS recognized by the St. Johns River Water Management District with the Bob Owens Award for Volunteer Service

2019: OAS president, Deborah Green, wins the prestigious National Audubon Society Dutcher award

Committee Chairs

Birding Festival

Deborah Green

(407) 637-2525

Chertok Nature Photo Contest

Teresa Williams

(407) 718-1977

Conservation, including Climate

Susan Thome-Barrett

2904susan@gmail.com

Education

Susan Ledlow

sledlow.oas@gmail.com

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

David Bottomley

michamocha18@yahoo.com

Field Trips

Alan Shapiro

alangrandiflora@gmail.com

Finance

Lee Ann Posavad

lposavad.oas@gmail.com

Hospitality

Marian Lichtler

(775) 293-0969

Mead Garden

Larry Martin

lmartin5@msn.com

Membership

Deborah Green & Teresa Williams

(407) 637-2525 and (407) 718-1977

Nature & Environmental Education Center

Deborah Green

(407) 637-2525

Nominating

Linda Gaunt

(941) 704-1189

OASis Editor

Deborah Green

(407) 637-2525

Online Auction

Linda Gaunt

(941) 704-1189

Orlando Wetlands Park

David Bottomley

michamocha18@yahoo.com

Plants for Birds

Alan Shapiro & Susan Ledlow

alangrandiflora@gmail.com & sledlow.oas@gmail.com

Programs

Alan Shapiro

alangrandiflora@gmail.com

Publicity

Jack Horton

jhorton@mac.com

Speakers’ Bureau

Linda Carpenter

lcarpenter003@cfl.rr.com

Website

Sonia Stephens

webmaster@orangeaudubonfl.org

Wildlife Surveys

Kathy Rigling

riglingkathy@gmail.com

OAS Officers

Deborah Green

President

(407) 637-2525 or
info@orangeaudubonfl.org

Jack Horton

1st Vice President

jhorton@mac.com

Alan Shapiro

2nd Vice President

alangrandiflora@gmail.com

Teresa Williams

Treasurer

(407) 718-1977

Linda Gaunt

Secretary

(941) 704-1189

Education Coordinator

Kathy Rigling

(407) 488-9559 or
education@orangeaudubonfl.org

Board of Directors

Rick Baird

rbaird4@att.net

David Bottomley

michamocha18@yahoo.com

Linda Carpenter

lcarpenter003@cfl.rr.com

Linda Gaunt

(941) 704-1189

Deborah Green

(407) 637-2525

Jack Horton

jhorton@mac.com

Susan Ledlow

sledlow.oas@gmail.com

Marian Lichtler

(775) 293-0969

Brian Miller

brianjaymiller@yahoo.com

Brent Mobley

brentmobley@outlook.com

Lee Ann Posavad

lposavad.oas@gmail.com

Alan Shapiro

alangrandiflora@gmail.com

Sonia Stephens

webmaster@orangeaudubonfl.org

Susan Thome-Barrett

2904susan@gmail.com

Teresa Williams

(407) 718-1977

National Audubon Society and Audubon Florida

OAS is one of about 450 chapters of the National Audubon Society. Headquartered in New York City, National Audubon has a staff of about 600 people nationwide. Audubon coordinates many community (citizen) science efforts, like Christmas Bird Counts and Great Backyard Bird Counts, works on nationwide and regional conservation issues and federal legislation and publishes Audubon magazine.

Audubon Florida, the statewide organization, assists the 45 state chapters and runs several nature centers and sanctuaries, including Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland where raptors are rehabilitated. Audubon Florida’s policy staff works in Tallahassee and around the state to positively influence environmental protections, including the state’s conservation land-buying programs. The chapters in the Central Florida region—from Daytona Beach to Sebring, including OAS—meet quarterly as Audubon Florida’s Regional Conservation Committee. Audubon Florida also coordinates the Conservation Leadership Initiative program that matches college students with chapter leaders in a year-long immersion in Audubon.

When you join Orange Audubon Society, you have a three-way membership in OAS, Audubon Florida and National Audubon Society, and will receive publications from all three. Joining directly through Orange Audubon Society makes your membership “chapter-generated,” and the $20 base membership is returned to OAS. Renewing through OAS allows your local chapter to keep all but the annual base $20 membership dues.

Join Us

Interested in joining OAS? Click on the button below for our online membership form. Need to renew your membership? Just check the “renew” box on the form. To find out your expiration date or if you have any other questions, email membership@orangeaudubonfl.org.

Alternatively, you can print and fill out this form, and mail it to OAS with your payment.