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

December 2019 Prez Sez

Getting Things Done Through Partnerships

At the recent Audubon Assembly we were introduced to the many activities and accomplishments of the Florida Audubon Society during the year. Many of the activities/accomplishments were as the result of work in partnership with the local Audubon chapters. Here is a partial list of some of the work being done throughout the state.

Roseate Spoonbills, over 20 of them, were netted, satellite tagged and then released by Audubon researchers. This is to study their foraging and habitat use, which will reflect the effects of the ongoing Everglades restoration. Spoonbills have been identified as one species that will be most effected by climate change and in need of habitat adaptation. A study like this will provide  necessary information for future protection of these beautiful birds.

Shorebirds and seabirds on the Florida coasts had a successful nesting season despite damage to their habitat from hurricanes. One Audubon chapter provided more "no landing" signs on Little Talbot Island ( a favorite spot for boaters to land) which added protection for the fledging of 5 species of sea and shore birds.

In Hillsborough Bay near Tampa, Audubon worked to help restore and maintain a living shoreline in the Alafia Bird Bank Sanctuary. This sanctuary, which is composed of 2 man-made islands, is the nesting site for many birds including gulls, terns, skimmers, brown pelicans and reddish egrets. The islands are owned by Cargill Fertilizer and leased to Florida Audubon for operation of this diverse nesting site. Yet another example of Audubon chapters working together with Florida Audubon to protect and ensure longevity of critical habitat.

As you can see there are many small projects throughout the state that local chapters are participating in. These small projects result in a larger impact.  SEVAS is committed to reducing single use plastic in the county by supporting Dream Green Volusia. There are opportunities to help them by surveying local businesses to see about their compliance with single use plastics. And next month the shovels hit the ground as we begin to fulfill our commitment for the recently received Plants for Birds grant.  Two more small projects that when completed will add to the bigger picture. SEVAS is committed to working to preserve our birds, their habitat and our environment.  Please jump in and volunteer when possible!

Bill and Marsha