Conservation and Research Initiatives at the Florida Aquarium
Dr. Kathy Heym
Coral reefs are some of the most
diverse and valuable ecosystems on earth. However, they face
many threats to their survival due to natural factors such as
climate change and disease as well as human impacts. This talk
will highlight the research endeavors that The Florida
Aquarium’s Center for Conservation and its collaborators have
undertaken related to coral conservation efforts in the Florida
Keys. From microbes to gametes and boulder corals to branching
corals, the Florida Aquarium’s team has studied many different
facets of maintaining, propagating, and transplanting healthy
corals for restoration efforts. Join us as Dr. Kathy Heym,
Veterinarian at The Florida Aquarium, discusses their
adventures, research findings, and future endeavors related to
preserving these important ecosystems.
Join us May 16th for this informative program. Orange Audubon
Society programs are free and no reservations are necessary.
Programs are held in the Camellia Room at Leu Gardens, 1920 N.
Forest Avenue, Orlando — for directions visit
Society’s (OAS) May field trip, Sat. May 18th, will be a
reserved group trip (minimum of 15 required) to the Florida
Aquarium and its 90-min Wild Dolphin Cruise. The Aquarium opens
at 9:30 and we will plan to arrive there shortly before opening
to check in and get our admission materials; then all will be
free to do an on-your-own visit of the Aquarium prior to
boarding the cruise. Two cruises (12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.) are
available on a first-come, first-served basis and your seats
will be reserved as your payments are received by OAS. Once your
cruise is over, you may return to the Aquarium or head back to
Each person reserving a spot for the trip will ‘donate’ $3.05 to
OAS to defray handling costs, as well as paying the group
admission rate for the Aquarium plus the Cruise. Group fees,
including the OAS contribution, are:
to 2 yrs).
$6 per vehicle.
the cruise is somewhat limited; please call the Aquarium
[813-273-4000] if this could be a problem for you.
A location in Orlando will be chosen for meeting and carpooling
and will be announced in the May OASis. If you wish to reserve a
space, please contact Loretta at 407-886-2925 or
LNSemail@example.com for payment
Boy Scouts Build
Chimney Swift Tower
at Orlando Wetlands Park
Boy Scouts and OAS Erect Chimney Swift Tower at OWP
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?"."