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

April 2019 VP's Corner

What's next for the Chapter

Our official Audubon plan for the 2018-19  roster of speakers, field trips and meetings comes to closure with the upcoming Chapter get together. Ongoing activities  and planning for next year continues, however.  We will be welcoming a new slate of officers in the 2019-20 season as well, and with them;  new ideas, style, direction, and priorities.

Late in this program year,  SEVAS became involved in several initiatives.The first was  derived  from the Civic Leadership Forum held in Daytona in March. We are now a part of the “Dream Green Volusia” effort at initiating  and supporting active, local environmental efforts. NSB Mayor Russ Owen had earlier identified  3 local priorities he  felt were appropriate for governmental attention: water quality (IRL especially), natural environments, and plastics management. Following a vote of numerous environmental agencies and interests, the plastics issue was ID’ed as #1. within this Volusia area.

Our Chapter is currently establishing a Taskforce to identify the whens,hows, whos and priories of our on- going response to this endeavor.  Don Picard has agreed to chair the effort. Since that time, he has written a strategy paper on plastics management control.  SEVAS was also well represented on a plastics presence inventorying boat excursion on the IRL. Did you know that plastics do not break down, they only break up; and photo-degrade? Micro-plastics, almost at the molecular level, result. An estimated 35% of shellfish (and we assume Oystercatchers );   and 25% of fin fish ( we assume Brown Pelicans and Ospreys) have been found to contain micro- plastics. Aboard the boat, we took water samples of IRL’s Chicken Island area (across from Outriggers Restaurant) for lab testing. Results - stay tuned!

The other recent effort to allow us to make a difference was brought to closure April 3ed. We were unsuccessful. Jeniffer Parker, with an environmental platform, lost the Edgewater runoff election. A 200 vote margin was that difference. It remains to be seen whether a more energetic and focused effort on membership’s part would have altered the outcome.       

Have a good Summer!