Orange Audubon Society meetings are normally held the 3rd Thursday of every month (Sept. - June) at 7 pm in the Camellia Room at:

Harry P. Leu Garden
1920 North Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803-1537


For Directions to Leu Gardens please click HERE



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Orange Audubon Society relies on the involvement and support of individuals like you to conserve the birds, wildlife, and natural ecosystems of the Central Florida area.

Interested in becoming a member? Just print and mail this membership form to become part of the Orange Audubon Society.

If you need to RENEW your membership, please wait for National Audubon to mail you the renewal form, please do not use the membership form .

Your basic membership of $20.00 supports our efforts to help safeguard Florida's natural environment, and also entitles you to receive three publications:

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Orange Audubon Program:
Thursday, May 15th—7:00 p.m.

The Green Swamp

Heart of the Floridian Aquifer

by Peggy Cox

Because there is constant development pressure on this largest natural habitat core in Central Florida, Orange Audubon Society again listed it in our 2013–2014 Annual Plan as a regional habitat on which we will concentrate efforts to protect, preserve and/or restore. The Green Swamp has a vast array of wildlife and it provides important water recharge to the Floridian Aquifer, the source of drinking water for most of the State’s population.


Peggy Cox is currently a member of the Lake County Water Authority Board of Directors (an elected position), and is both a past president of Orange Audubon Society and a member of the Board of Directors of Florida Audubon Society. Peggy has been a leader in helping to protect the Green Swamp, the “liquid heart of Florida”, for decades. At this program she will explain the regional ecological value of the Green Swamp—which led to its designation by the Florida Legislature as an Area of Critical State Concern—and discuss the newest threat to the swamp and the four rivers that originate in it, and how we can help protect it.


Please join us at 7:00 p.m. at Leu Gardens on Thursday, May 15th for this fascinating presentation.


(directions: http://www.leugardens.org/plan/directions.htm).

Loretta Satterthwaite, Programs Chair


On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Ethos Vegan Kitchen donated 5% of its sales to Orange Audubon Society. So drop by and say "Thank you," and have another meal. For more information CLICK HERE!


Help Protect and Preserve Florida’s

Water, Wildlands and Wildlife

 Vote “YES” on Amendment 1 on the November 2014 ballot

The Florida Water and Land Legacy Campaign is an effort to get a dedicated source of funds to protect Florida’s environment—to have 33% of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents go into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund “to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands”.  This is not a new tax and these monies have historically gone to land acquisition.  The language in the amendment prohibits the legislature from raiding this trust fund for other purposes.

In Florida, we depend on our natural systems for clean drinking water, unpolluted rivers, lakes, and streams, and the unspoiled natural beauty that makes our state unique.  Because Florida relies on its beaches, springs, rivers, lakes and parks as a key part of our tourism economy, we can’t afford not to protect our land and waters.  Florida has many critical funding needs, including education, health care, public safety and transportation—but water and land conservation are a vital component of Florida’s future.  When the state budget is more than $60 billion, this amendment would set aside less than 1 percent for water and land conservation.  This isn’t a matter of cutting other vital services; the amendment would take an amount that had been used for water and land conservation and dedicate it for that same purpose, but with constitutional protections.  The amendment would have very little real impact on existing state funds for other services.

For complete text of the proposed Amendment 1:

http://floridawaterlandlegacy.org/pages/126/the-florida-water-and-land-conservation-amendment/

 


 

Click on photo

for a look at the 2013 winners of

Orange Audubon Society's

2013 (25th Annual)

Kit and Sidney Chertok

Nature Photography Contest

 

First Place: Swallow-tailed Kites Handoff

Locale where photographed: St.Petersburg

Photographer: Marina Scarr, Tampa, FL

 

Teresa Williams, OASCNPC Chair

 


 

Boy Scouts Build

Chimney Swift Tower

at Orlando Wetlands Park

 

Boy Scouts and OAS Erect Chimney Swift Tower at OWP

A Chimney Swift tower was recently constructed and installed at Orlando Wetlands Park (OWP) in Christmas, Florida, by members of Boy Scout Troop 125.  Robert Grieger, an Eagle Scout candidate, and his fellow scouts and troop leaders erected the tower next to the environmental education building at OWP.  This was a cooperative project with Orange Audubon Society (OAS) and OWP.  Chimney Swifts in North America are very dependent on man-made chimneys like this since far fewer chimneys are accessible to swifts nowadays than in the past.  "Thanks to the City of Orlando and funding from the Griegers and a special Audubon collaborative grant, two low-light video cameras have been installed in the tower.  Now we wait to see "We have built it, will they come?"."

                                            

Bob Stamps, rhs-oas@att.net

 


 

 

 

Orange Audubon Society

is grateful for your

financial support.

Thank you!


Orphaned or

Injured Wildlife?

What to do if you find a baby bird

In many cases “orphaned” baby birds are kidnapped when they should be left alone, not taken to a rehabber.

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (Raptors Only)
407-644-0190

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
407-568-5138

Fly By Night (Bats Only)
407-414-2142

The Avian Reconditioning Center (Birds of Prey)
407-461-1056

Tom's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (small wildlife)
407-737-0015

Haven for Injured and Orphaned Wildlife
407-260-6137

Earth Angels' Wildlife (squirrels, raccoons)
407-292-5232 (Nancy)
407-570-7153 (Laurie)
407-349-2889 (Diane)

All wildlife rehabilitators are supported primarily through donations. Please help support their "labor of love".


Speakers Bureau

Orange Audubon Society has a list of speakers who are willing to address schools and organizations on subjects such as birds, plants, the environment, and Florida outdoors.  email

 Cynthia Amoruso,

suncyn1031@mac.com


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