Orange Audubon Society’s Spring 2015

Beginners’ Bird Watching Class

Saturdays – March 7, 14 and 21, 2015

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Our April program will be J.D. Sutton impersonating
William Bartram: Puc Puggy's Travels in Florida
April 16th—mark your calendar now!


OAS Co-sponsors 15th Annual Orlando Wetlands Festival


The 15th annual Orlando Wetlands Festival will be held on February 21, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ft. Christmas Historical Park (1300 N. Ft. Christmas Road). While parking and vendors will be at Ft. Christmas Historical Park, shuttle buses will take visitors to nearby Orlando Wetlands Park. The City of Orlando, Orange County Parks and Recreation and Orange Audubon Society (OAS) sponsor the event. OAS members lead nature and photography hikes as well as nature bus tours through Orlando Wetlands Park. OAS will also be selling nature-oriented merchandise including t-shirts, tote bags, signs and mugs (cash, check and credit cards accepted). Follow this link to download the flyer:


OAS needs your assistance!  To volunteer at the kids’ art table, OAS Outreach table and/or to sell merchandise, please contact Teresa at or (407) 644-0796. No experience is necessary.        


Central Florida AUDUBON ACADEMY 2015

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

University of Florida/IFAS’ Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC)

2725 South Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703-8504

Chapters Making a Difference for Florida

Registration costs for Academy are kept as low as possible and include a box lunch ($15 per person if done by Friday, Feb. 20th; $20 for late registration, deadline Wednesday, Feb. 25th).  In addition, some chapters underwrite attendees, so check with your own chapter to see if reimbursement is possible.  Academy registration also includes the field trip and all workshops.

(Click here for Academy Program and Schedule)


Fill out a separate form for each participant.

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REGISTRATION FORM (Please print legibly)

Participant‘s Name (for name tag)________________________________________________________


City & State______________ ZIP code_______ Phone___________


Audubon Chapter Name____________________________________

Indicate your box lunch preference (beverages will be provided, but please bring your own cup/mug):

Sandwiches†-include chips OR fresh fruit (indicate your preference) & cookie

Wraps‡-include chips OR fresh fruit (indicate your preference) & cookie


bread type




wrap type



Breast of Turkey




Breast of Turkey




Dijon Chicken Salad




Ham and Cheese




Egg Salad




Tuna Salad




Ham and Cheese




Roasted Veggie




Tuna Salad




Mediterranean – hummus, tabouleh, fresh greens & vegetables




Indicate Kaiser roll (K), rye (R), or whole wheat (W)

Indicate sundried tomato (S) or wheat (W)

Registration amount ($15 if paid by Feb. 20th, $20 after that)

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Complete a separate form for each participant, one payment should be made for all your participants;


To pay by check:

Make check payable to “Orange Audubon Society” and send with all the above completed forms to: 


Loretta Satterthwaite

6330 Plymouth Sorrento Road

Apopka, FL 32712


To pay on line:

You may also pay on-line by using the ‘Pay Now’ button here.


If you pay online, please send the above completed forms to:


Loretta Satterthwaite

6330 Plymouth Sorrento Road

Apopka, FL 32712


Please phone (407) 886-2925 or email if you have questions or to confirm that space is still available.


If you want to stay overnight

here are some possibilities

CAMPING:  Tent and RV camping is available at several local county and state parks.  Orange County’s Magnolia Park is next door to the meeting site, is on the east shore of Lake Apopka (LA), and is connected to the LA Loop Trail (Magnolia Park/Lake Apopka).  Orange County’s Kelly Park (Kelly Park/Rock Springs) features a free-flowing natural spring and is 13 miles/19 minutes from the meeting site.  Wekiva Springs State Park (Wekiwa Springs State Park) is about the same distance and time from the meeting place.  In addition, there are a number of private parks in the area.

LODGING:  There is a Hampton Inn in Apopka about 15 minutes away from MREC (Hampton Inn Apopka).  There is a Holiday Inn Express (Holiday Inn Express Apopka) next door to the Hampton Inn.  There is also an older, less expensive, independent motel, Crosby’s Motor Inn (Crosby’s Motor Inn) just 5 miles from MREC.

LOCAL AREA NATURAL AREAS Birding/nature locations nearby include the sites mentioned under CAMPING and many others.  For example, the Lake Louisa State Park and the St. Johns River Water Management District’s (SJRWMD) Lake Norris Conservation Area are only about 30 minutes away from the meeting site.  Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, SJRWMD’s Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area, the City of Orlando’s Wetlands Park and many other birding/wildlife viewing areas are less than an hour from the meeting site.  Check out the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail website (Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail) for more ideas.  Don’t forget your binoculars, field guides, hat, insect repellent, water bottle, and sunscreen.

CONFIRMATION:  Will be sent via e-mail

REFUND POLICY:  If you need to cancel your registration, you must do so by February 25th to get a refund.

HOST CHAPTERS:  Thanks to Orange Audubon Society and Pelican Island Audubon Society volunteers.


Bob Stamps,; (407) 718-2489

Loretta Satterthwaite,; (407) 886-2925 or (407) 421-9437 (mobile)

Jacqui Sulek,, (386) 497- 4185 (home office) or (850) 251 -1297 (mobile)

Audubon Florida Website:

Audubon Florida News Website:

Orange Audubon Society Website:



Florida Native Plant and Wildlife-Friendly

Yard Tour Saturday – April 11, 2015

Central Florida landscapes are deserts for wildlifewasting water on environmentally-unfriendly plants, using pesticides and fertilizers that leach into water bodies, Yet some homeowners have learned that native, wildlife-friendly plants draw wildlife to their yards, and conserve water.

Orange Audubon Society and the Florida Native Plant Society will host a Native Plant and Wildlife-Friendly Yard Tour on April 11, 2015 from  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This collaborated tour will showcase some home yards that are wildlife-friendly and attractive.  

For more information, CLICK HERE or contact Deborah Green at or (407) 637-2525. 




Orange Audubon Society's

2015 (27th Annual)

Kit and Sidney Chertok

Nature Photography Contest

CLICK HERE for details



September 2014 June 2015

All meetings and programs are free and open to the public. They take place on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM (except June, which starts at 6:00 PM) in the Camellia Room at Leu Gardens in Orlando.


For directions to Leu Gardens visit:


Sep 18........Water, Land and Birds Conserving

..................all that Makes Florida Special

..................Eric Draper

Oct 16……..Brown-headed NuthatchSmallest

                  Bird on Orange County's Social

      ............RegisterJim Cox

Nov 20........Venezuelan BirdingBruce Anderson

Dec 18 .......Optics and DigiscopingPanel

     .............with Colonial Photo and Hobby,

     .............Mosquito Creek Outdoors, and Wild

      ............Birds Unlimited

Jan1 5 ........Ephemeral Wetlands and Rare

     .............AmphibiansRebecca Means

Feb 19........Radar Birding 101Angel and Mariel Abreu

Mar 19........Improving your nature photographyVince Lamb

Apr 16.........William Bartram: Puc Puggy's Travels

     .............iin FloridaJ.D. Sutton

May 21........Fins to FeathersDebbie Salamone

Jun 18.........OAS Silent Auction & Hospitality

...................(Starts at 6:00 PM) and 27th Annual

...................Chertok Nature Photography Contest


Please join us for these fun and informative programs!


Boy Scouts Build

Chimney Swift Tower

at Orlando Wetlands Park

Click here for more information