By Jim McGinity
Florida Young Birders Club
Photos by Charles Law and Jim McGinity
In the last year, our new, state-wide initiative started to pick up some steam.
The monthly “Jay Chat” series offered quality avian conservation speakers (including our own, Heather Levy) and is building an audience. This program allows the young birders to learn about current bird conservation issues and introduces them to possible careers.
The group had its first combined field trip to Orlando Wetlands. Members from all three chapters (Tampa, Orlando, & St. Augustine) were in attendance and all had a good time. The group saw a variety of interesting birds and even had a rare Cassins Kingbird flyover and a Red-shouldered Hawk steal a frog from an American Bittern right in front of us!
The members of the club are also starting to learn how to lead bird walks and organize outreach opportunities at places such as Circle B Bar Reserve (Lakeland) and Raptor Fest (St. Petersburg).
This is just the beginning for the club, and we can’t wait to welcome many more interested young birders into the group. If you would like to help with the effort, donations are welcome through the FOS website and the group could use assistance with a variety of tasks/projects. Contact Jim McGinity at: email@example.com