Evenings in East Tampa
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.
Speaker 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.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD ONLINE!
Tampa Audubon's Monthly General Meetings run from September through May the 1st Thursday of each month and are open to members and non-members alike. Prior to COVID, meetings were held at the Hillsborough County Extension Office in Seffner, but then we started holding them online. We are currently looking for a new meeting space. An annual joint meeting is held each July with the Suncoast Native Plant Society and Tampa Sierra Club. The location is announced in early summer.
The General Meeting schedule is as follows:
6:00 pm - Photo Club meets: Bring some of your recent best photos to share with the group, or just come to enjoy the pictures. Bring photos on a flash drive.
7:00 pm - Potluck Dinner, Bird Sightings, Announcements: Bring something to share if you can.
7:30 pm - Educational presentation begins
2021-2022 LECTURE SERIES: to be determined
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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.
2020-2021 LECTURE SERIES:
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