Orange Audubon Society
Thursday,December 15, 2016 (7-9 PM)
Impacts of Urbanization and other Human Influences on Bears
by Dr. Daniel Smith
Bears in Central Florida freely move between the Ocala National Forest and Wekiva River Basin in one of the best expanses of habitat in the state. Nearly 1200 bears are estimated to live in this area, which is rapidly being threatened by the effects of encroaching development. On Thursday, December 15th, Dr. Daniel Smith, a Research Associate and Wildlife Biologist at the University of Central Florida, will present information from a recent two-year research project examining habitat use, movement and behavior of bears in the upper Wekiva River Basin will be presented. Dr. Smith will share rare photographs and videos as well as insights on bear activity in the wildland-urban interface. This program will leave you knowing more about bears, their movements, behaviors, and the challenges they face.
Orange Audubon Societies programs are free and no reservations are necessary. Programs are held in the Camellia Room of Leu Gardens,1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando (for directions, visit http://www.leugardens.org/plan/directions.htm). For additional information, call 407-637-2525.
North Florida Birding and Botany Field Trips &
North American Wolf Encounter
December 9–11, 2016
Orange Audubon Society (OAS) will lead a weekend trip to the Florida Panhandle’s Red Hills region, called one of America’s "last great places" by The Nature Conservancy. The weekend includes 4 birding/botany field trips, other natural history activities and a private, hands-on tour at Seacrest Wolf Preserve, Dec 9–11, 2016. Weekend and birding/botany-only participants should arrive Thursday, Dec 8, 2016. Seacrest-only participants should arrive at Seacrest on Friday, Dec 9 around 11:30 a.m. CST (time zone changes). Field trips are summarized below. Final details provided on registration.
See the Winners of
Orange Audubon Society's
2016 (28th Annual)
Kit and Sidney Chertok
Nature Photography Contest
Chimney Swift Tower
at Orlando Wetlands Park