South Florida Audubon Society, based in Broward County, fosters conservation through local, regional, national, and global environmental advocacy and activities throughout South Florida focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
'A Fierce Green Fire' at Cinema Paradisio, Saturday, February 15, 2014. A new documentary by award winning filmmaker Mark Kitchell of “Berkeley in the Sixties,” Click (for the flyer)
Record Number of Countries Join the Great Backyard Bird Count
South Florida Audubon Society - Sea Turtle Conservation Program partnering in Broward County, Florida has availability for volunteers to work with us during the 2014 turtle nesting season. Interested volunteers are required to meet the following requirements:
Be at least 18 years of age
Complete a 4-hour training course and pass the exam with 90% or higher
Attend at least 1 hour on-the-beach training (in April)
Complete a 4-hour shift minimum at least one night per seven-day week. This means that volunteers will be prepared to walk in 'beach sand' during a 4-hour shift, checking on multiple sea turtle nests in one area / zone.
Sign a commitment agreement to abide by volunteer requirements in order to receive basic volunteer supplies (at no cost) for the sea turtle nesting season.
Click here to read Florida Fish and Wildlife's General Information for activities involving marine turtles.
Those interested in volunteering should contact Doug Young by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 7, 2014
An on-line application will be available here shortly.
Click here to download this information as a PDF Flyer.
Action Alerts & News
2013 Florida Legislative Report
Click here to see the status of legislation related to conservation from the Florida Legislation for 2013.
Project Perch -- Burrowing Owl Cam
The new webcam for Burrowing Owls is now up and ready for daily views of the behaviors of these owls. Click here to access it. This BuOwl Cam is hosted on EarthCam and is the result of a partnership among Project Perch/South Florida Audubon Society, James Currie ofBirding Adventures, NatureScape Broward, and Broward County Schools.
Details are available on the new Project Perch pages on this website. See Project Perch
Digitized Recordings of Wild Sounds
The Macaulay Library has digitized its archived analog recording of Wild Sounds and these are now available to all ears. The archives go back as far as 1929. Click here for the website. Pat Leonard is the media contact for this endeavor. He can be reached at (607) 254-2137 or email@example.com.
Cornell Guide to Bird Sounds: Master Set for North America has been released. Click here for samples and ordering information.
Wading Bird Nesting Decreased
According to a recent report by South Florida Water Management District from research over a ten year period, the wading bird nesting is South Florida is down 39%.
Bird Deaths from Oil and Gas
Bird deaths are down but still significant in areas uncovered at oil and gas waste pits. Read details by clicking here.
Communication Towers & Birds
Millions of birds die from collisions with communication towers. With the efforts of the American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and National Audubon Society working with the communication industries such as CTIA and PCIA and the Federal Communications Commission that licenses towers changes are expected. In July, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed changes that have since been approved. This includes use of tower lights that are inexpensive, reduce energy and maintenance costs, and reduce bird collisions significantly. Visit Fewer Lights Safer Flights website at Michigan State University to learn further details.
2012 Audubon Annual Report
The Audubon Annual Report highlights successes and the passionate individuals behind these from Audubon's extensive network of chapters, centers, state and national programs. Click here to access the 2012 Annual Report online.
National Audubon News
The National Audubon Society provides chapter leaders and members varied resources to keep them informed. See samples by clicking on the titles next. Visit their website for more information.
Join members of the South Florida Audubon Society for monthly meetings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month from September to April. The location alternates between Fern Forest Nature Center (FF) in Coconut Creek and Anne Kolb Nature Center (AK) in Hollywood.
The SFAS February Meeting will be Thursday, February 20, Anne Kolb Nature Center at 7:30 p.m. There will be two speakers: Barb Jensen, coordinator of activities for Osprey Watch of SE Michigan and Cameron Jaggard, Senior Associate, U.S. Oceans,
The Pew Charitable Trusts on "Little Fish, Big role: Protecting Florida's Forage Fish." Click here for more information.
The SFAS March Meeting will be Thursday, March 20th, Fern Forest Nature Center at 7:30 p.m, The speaker will be Diana Umpierretopic of IDA on the topic, "South Florida's vanishing natural night sky: why should we care?" Click here for more information.
Visit our Events page to see dates for upcoming local and state events as well as further details on upcoming SFAS meetings when these are available
Eco-Movie Events are available on the fourth Tuesday by UF/IFAS Broward Education Extension Office. The temporary location is Tree Tops Satellite Administration Building, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave.,Davie, FL 33328 954-357-5270.
These eco-movies are being co-sponsored by South Florida Audubon Society, Broward County Environmental Education Council (EEC), and the Green League of Broward in conjunction with Sawgrass Nature Center.
The films represent many hours of research and production to help educate the community about the ecosystems around us. After each movie, there is a panel discussion on ways to make a positive impact based on the topic of the day.
Publications on Birding
Princeton Press has new publications on birding and nature ranging from The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors to the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees. Click here for the spring and summer 2013 titles and click here for the 2012 publications on birds.
AUDUBON ACADEMY will be
April 11–13, 2014
“Walking the Walk – Making Conservation Real” For more information Click Here
Follow the above links for more information about what to do in the event that you come across an injured wild bird or animal.
Looking for birding opportunities?
Whether you are looking for local or far-away adventures, check our birding section for local, state, USA or world events, such as the one below
Birding Cruise - March 3, 2014 till March 14th (11 nights)
Join Carefree Birding on an exciting birding cruise to six different countries.
When you become a passenger Carefree Birding will donate $100 per person to South Florida Audubon Society . Passengers receive the lowest group price and other benefits by going with Carefree Birding. During the last cruise customers saw over 240 different species of birds. The sailing dates are March 3, 2014 till March 14th. If interested you need sign up by Sept 20th, to get the group pricing.
For more information and registration instructions click here.
See Birding Florida for list of all Florida Birding Festivals, September through May.
Birding Field Trips
South Florida Audubon Society participates in local field trips as well as special birding events in South Florida from Fall to Spring. For birding hotspots in Broward County click here and for birding festivals in Florida click here. For international birding click here.
Review our NEW page devoted to Birding Field Trips by clicking here .
Tropical Audubon Society provides one day and weekend birding field trips farther south. They also maintain a blog on sightings of rare birds in South Florida. Click hereto visit their website.
Audubon Society of the Everglades provides a series of birding field trips. Click here for their calendar of events.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology News
Cornell Lab of Ornithology gathers information on bird distributions and conducts research projects on varied bird populations. They offer citizen science opportunities as well as a wide range of resources.