Public Programs

woman with falconer's glove holding a short-tailed hawk
Dark morph Short-Tailed Hawk from Avian Reconditioning Center. Photo: Nicola Dronoff-Guthrie

Guest Speakers

Orange Audubon Society’s guest speaker programs are free and open to the public. They take place on the third Thursday of the month, September through June, at 7:00 PM. Most programs are at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando (directions). The October and December programs are aired LIVE on Orange Audubon Society’s YouTube channel. Please consult the OASis or Facebook page for updates.

Third Thursdays in 2023

  • Sept 21 Freshwater Turtles of Central Florida
    • Wayne Osborne
  • Oct 19 Bats, Birds and Bugs
    • Lee Bloomcamp (Online on YouTube LIVE)
  • Nov 16 Restoration of the Kissimmee River
    • Amber Moore
  • Dec 21 TBA (Online on YouTube LIVE)

Third Thursdays in 2024

  • Jan 18 Tips to Create Amazing nature Photography
    • Reg Garner
  • Feb 15 Creating Bird Habitat through Restored Wetlands — Sweetwater and More
    •   Debra Segal
  • Mar 21 The Comback of Lake Apopka
    • Erich Marzolf
  • April 18 Getting to Know our Fabulous Raptors
    • Daisy Fiore
  • May 16 Climate Travels: How Ecotourism Changes Mindsets and Motivates Action
    • Mike Gunter
  • Jun 20 356h Annual Chertok Nature Photography Contest Awards Program with Online Auction
    • Teresa Williams
florida scrub jay in bush
Florida Scrub-Jay. Photo: Mary Keim

Bird Chats

Bird Chats are OAS’ online conversations, featuring expert guest presentations following presentation of a mystery bird quiz and latest bird sightings. Bird Chats are held the first, second and fourth Thursdays from 7:00–8:00 PM with summer break.

To automatically receive receive the Zoom link each week, register at:

Alan Shapiro speaking to a garden club. Photo: Ellen Shapiro

Speaker’s Bureau

OAS has a list of speakers who are willing to address schools and organizations on subjects such as bird-friendly plants and gardening, the environment, and Florida outdoors.

For more information, see here.