Programs and Education
- Monthly General Meetings
- Audubon Resource Center at Lettuce Lake Park (a.k.a. 'ARC in the Park')
- Volunteer Training for work at 'ARC in the Park'
Tampa Audubon Monthly Meetings
Tampa Audubon's Monthly General Meetings run from *September through May (no meeting in January) the 1st Thursday of each month and are open to members and non-members alike. Meetings are held at the Hillsborough County Extension Office located at 5339 CR 579, Seffner, (1/2 mile south of exit 10 on I-4).
*Note: There is also an annual joint meeting held every July with the Suncoast Native Plant Society and Tampa Sierra Club. Location is announced as we move closer to July.
The General Meeting schedule is as follows:
- 6pm - Photo Club meets
- 7pm - Potluck, Birdsightings, Announcements
- 7:30pm - Speaker
Tampa Audubon 2015-2016 Programs
- August - no program
- September 3 - Ann Paul presents "Beginning Birding"
This program will take you from how to chose and use binoculars to basic bird ID skills. Learn from our very own expert, how to view and appreciate the treasure of Florida's birds!
Ann Paul is the Tampa Bay Regional Coordinator for Audubon Florida's Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries. From 1991 through 2002 she was Assistant Manager of the Sanctuary. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Cornell University and her master's degree in biology from Trinity University in San Antonio. She worked for the Texas Nature Conservancy as Assistant Land Steward, and the Hillsborough County Resource Management Office, managing conservation lands. She is past president of the Tampa Audubon Society, past board member of the Florida Ornithological Society, and on the board of the Tampa Bay Conservancy, a local land trust. She served as a Governor's Appointee on the Board of the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute and is a Governor’s Appointee for the Non-Mandatory Phosphate Lands Reclamation Board. Ann is an expert on the colonial waterbirds of Florida and management of nesting colony sites.
- October 1 - Mike Mullins presents "An Introduction to Ecological Systems of Florida"
- November 5 - Steve Backes presents "Hummingbirds in Florida"
- January 7 - Joel Jackson presents "Landscaping with Native Plants to Attract Wildlife"
- February 4 - Stanley Kroh, Tampa Electric Co presents "The Florida Conservation and Technology Center- a Unique Partnership Between Tampa Electric Company, the Florida Aquarium and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission"
- Check back for details on upcoming programs in 2016
ARC AT THE PARK
The Tampa Audubon Society, in cooperation with the Hillsborough
County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, has established
the Audubon Resource Center at
Lettuce Lake Regional County Park (ARC at the PARK) located at 6920 E. Flectcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33637. Mike Mullins is the Director at the center. The Resource Center was created to help foster a culture of conservation
and an environmental ethic in the Tampa Bay region and to encourage
community involvement in the Audubon mission. Check out the Nature Museum in the Visitor Center.
ARC at the Park:
- Provides a variety of environmental education programs and field trips for all ages.
- Displays wildlife native to the Hillsborough River watershed.
- Promotes Audubon Society membership and sponsorship for "Audubon Adventures" environmental education materials for local elementary schools.
- Assists park visitors with wildlife and plant identification.
We are in urgent need of additional volunteers to staff the facility. Volunteers commit to one Saturday or Sunday afternoon per month, from 1-5 p.m. Training is simple and available. The only skills you need is a love for the environment and a willingness to share a friendly smile with the visiting public. These 4 hours you spend a month are hugely rewarding. Please visit the ARC or email Mike Mullins if you are interested. If you know anyone that would like to become an active ARC volunteer, please share this with them.
Tampa Audubon is happy to offer this wonderful series of classes through USF OLLI for the winter 2015 schedule. A series of 8 classes runs from Jan 27- Mar 17, Tuesday mornings 10 am -12 pm. You must register through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USF. www.conted.usf.edu/seniors/membership.html.
The mission of Tampa Audubon is "to conserve and restore our ecosystems, focusing on birds, wildlife and their habitats through education, advocacy and community involvement." This year's adventure consists of a series of one-hour lectures followed by a one-hour field trip walk within Lettuce Lake Park. Develop an understanding of how to access and enjoy some of the unique features of the great outdoors of Hillsborough County. Topics include: introduction to birding, wildlife of the park, wetlands, bluebirds and boxes, birds of prey, wildlife habitats, herons and egrets.
Bring a $25 check for donation payable to the Tampa Audubon Society, to the first meeting. An additional charge of $2 per vehicle at the gate, per day covers parking and park entrance fee. Please bring binoculars to class.
Note: Each class includes an hour-long walk in the park. Participants must be able to stand and walk for an hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Sandra Reed is VP of the Tampa Audubon Society. She will coordinate a series of instructors who will share their knowledge on many facets of natural Hillsborough County. The instructors have expertise in birds, wildlife, native plants, wetlands, habitats, geology and wildlife areas