Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

May 2018 Prez Sez

Thanks for a great year.  Looking forward to next season

It is hard to believe that another year has passed.  It was a great season with superb speakers and lots of fun field trips. Of course, the last meeting resulted in another re-election of all officers.  Thanks to all of them who are willing to serve once again.  

And thanks as well to the folks who volunteered to take on some of the other tasks to support the club.  It really helps to spread the wealth around.  These include coordinating the Tomoka Regional Science Fair and the Winter shorebird survey, “Get to Know Your Island” birding beach walks for the city of NSB, and taking on the membership program.  

And thanks to all the members who make camaraderie and the teaching and learning during meetings and field trips the rich club that it is.

We had a goal of three new active members for the year.  We got more than three new members, but none have yet turned to active. That will continue to be our focus next year.

John did get the Youth Outreach Committee going, with Maureen, Gail and Nancy taking part.  They have already gotten interest from scouting and YMCA, as well as the NSB library.  Maureen made contacts with the Florida FWC for materials and they are thrilled to have an Audubon group help re-energize their “Wings Over Florida (WOF)” program.  

WOF is a program where the FWC issues beautiful certificates to people who show they have seen and identified a certain number of birds in Florida.  Certificates are issued for 25, 50, 100, 200, 300 and 400 Florida-sighted birds.  Many years ago, we worked with the program and were allowed to sign and issue certificates, but that has changed.  

Maureen made some flip books and John took the program on the road in April to the Marine Discovery Center’s Lagoonacy and we took it to Turtle Day at the Marine Science Center.  Our next outing will be at the the NSB library which is sponsoring a “How-To Festival” on Saturday, May 19th.  We will do a “How to Birdwatch” segment from 1:45-2:45 p.m.  Come check us out.

I hope you all have a great summer and hope to see all of you in the Fall.

Happy birding,