Our monthly meetings run from September through May on the 1st Thursday of each month and are open to members and non-members alike. An annual joint meeting is held each July with the Suncoast Native Plant Society and Tampa Sierra Club; the date and location will be announced in early summer. Scroll down to see speaker schedule below.
Until further notice, our meetings will continue to be broadcast and recorded via Zoom and posted here to the website. Scroll down to view past meetings.
The General Meeting schedule is as follows:
6:00 pm - Photo Club meets: To participate in the Photo club meeting:
Limit photos to what can be shown in 5 mins or less (about 8 images).
Send photos as individual JPGs only. Do NOT include them in Word, PowerPoint or any other file format.
Label each photo file with your last name and the species (Name_Species, such as Smith_Spoonbill, Smith_Warbler, etc) before you email them to Joel.
Be ready to tell us about your photo during the meeting.
7:00 pm - Sightings/Announcements, Educational Presentation
* Meetings will be held at the Tampa Garden Club in south Tampa,
except for those dates marked with an asterisk (*), which will be
held at the Woodmont Clubhouse in Temple Terrace.
*December 2 - Manatee C.S.I. (Brandon Bassett) and Photo Contest Winners
February 3 - Endemic Birds of Cuba (Soledad Pagliuca & Nana Royer)
March 3 - Prescribed Fire: How and Why We Do It (Chris Kiddy, County Parks Dept)
*April 7 - Bird Migration and Banding (Jim McGinity)
Watch Past Meetings:
Jeff Liechty, a coastal biologist with Audubon Florida, speaks about the biology of the charismatic American Oystercatcher -- including its life history, nesting ecology, behavior, habitat use and banding studies -- as well as Audubon Florida's work to conserve bird species in the Tampa Bay region and the colonial waterbirds that nest and roost at Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries islands.
Jeff manages and monitors colonial waterbird nesting islands throughout the Tampa Bay region at Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries. He previously served as Tampa Bay Rooftop Nesting Biologist with Audubon Florida, where he helped conserve imperiled beach-nesting birds nesting on gravel rooftops in urban areas. Jeff’s M.S. research focused on the nesting ecology of terns on Louisiana’s barrier islands.
Brandon Basset , a Marine Biologist for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (aka FWC) explains their manatee rescue and rehabilitation program and their "C.S.I." program (carcass salvage and necropsy). Determining cause of death helps biologists and lawmakers craft measures and policies for their conservation and protection.
Shawnlei Breeding is the EagleWatch project manager for the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, Florida. Shawnlei came to Audubon from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she was a birdkeeper at their Avian Research Center. She has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Central Florida. Her experience includes organizing wintering shorebird surveys, mapping sea turtle nests and maintaining strategic partnerships with local, regional and national organizations to leverage conservation effectiveness.
Dr. Shelly Johnson is a State Specialized Agent in Natural Resources at the University of Florida's IFAS Extension, as well as affiliate faculty in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at UF. In this presentation, Dr. Johnson provides an overview of bat species and bat habitat in Florida, clears up some misconceptions and myths, explains their importance to the ecosystem and tells us how we can help conserve them.
Dr. Reed Bowman, Director of the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station, talks about the rare Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, their population status and the forces that led to its rarity. Learn about the aggressive recovery effort by the USFWS, FWC, Fla. Park Service, Archbold Biological Station and Audubon Florida.
In July, we held our annual joint meeting between the Tampa Audubon Society, the Sierra Club of Tampa Bay, and the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. This year's speaker was Stanley Kroh, Manager of Land and Stewardship Programs at the Tampa Electric Company. Stanley TECO's ongoing conservation efforts.
In May, we held our general elections for voting in new Board members and Officers. Thank you, Mary, for 5 years of service as President, and welcome and thank you to our new Board members and Officers.
We also shared a success story for our artificial burrowing owl nests, as well as the contestants and winners of the photo contest. And don't forget to sign up for our FREE online Natural Hillsborough class, an 8-week series starting May 11!
As unfettered development continues to replace natural Florida with traditional developed landscapes, it becomes increasingly important that we replace that lost habitat in the places where we live and work if we are going to preserve our rich wildlife heritage. Creating a living landscape to provide habitat for birds, pollinators and other wildlife involves making a paradigm shift in how we choose plants and how we view landscape design. These landscapes need not be "wild", but their foundation needs to be based on plants that provide ecological function. In this program, Dr. Huegel provides practical tips on how to create a living landscape.
Genetic diversity has declined across the state as Florida Scrub‐Jay populations have grown smaller and progressively more isolated. Smaller numbers of scrub‐jays persisting at small, isolated scrub sites may hold a key to regenerating genetic diversity in larger populations. This presentation will cover the roles of habitat condition, genetic isolation, and the role of translocation of scrub‐jays in restoring genetic diversity in Florida’s only endemic bird species.
Unlike many raptors, Swallow‐tailed Kites are social throughout their annual cycle, in all aspects of their behavior. By nesting and roosting in neighborhoods, forming large pre‐migratory communal roosts, and foraging in large aggregations, they assist each other in locating ephemeral food sources, detecting predators, and synchronizing departures for their long, dangerous migratory flights. Learn just how important this distinctive sociality is to Swallow‐tailed Kites, and how vital the undisturbed persistence of pre‐migratory roost is to the survival of these amazing raptors.
Mic will be showing us both the hardware (scope adapters, blue tooth shutters, headlamps, personal locater beacons, etc.) and software (field guide apps [beyond Sibley’s & Merlin], software for the computers, web resources [sites and podcasts]) available to enhance your birding experiences, whether you’re out hiking the backwoods or sitting at your kitchen window.
Ann Paul teaches us about two of Florida’s rarest wading birds -- Reddish Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills. Exquisitely designed to forage in diverse ways, learn how this has affected their biology, behavior, and physical structures. Ann will talk about conservation status, nesting activities and population, along with efforts by Audubon Florida and local, state and federal agencies to promote and protect these birds.
Mornings in North Tampa
Tampa Audubon has added TAS North, a series of morning meetings that run from September through May on the 2nd Monday of each month from 11 am to noon. This meeting is open to members and non-members alike. Meetings are held at Concordia Village at 4100 E. Fletcher Ave. in north Tampa in the Crystal Dining Room on the first floor near the Marketing Office.
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