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


February 2015 Meeting Minutes



Southeast Volusia Audubon meeting February 12, 2015


Financial Report:

Balance January 1st:            $2,475.88

Expenses:                   $            -61.25     State Division of Corporations

                                  $            -50.00     MDC rent

                                  $         +120.00     Food donations

Balance January 31st:          $ 2384.63


The 50/50 raffle raised $24.00

Our raffle supports the Audubon Adventure program for our schools. Nineteen teachers are taking advantage of this program.  The cost is $17.00 per classroom and this program is looking for sponsors.


Gina Holt is involved with the Swallow-tail kite transmitter study.The monitoring costs $100.00 a month for each bird. They are seeking contributions. Another study involves tagged monarch butterflies. If you see a monarch with a round label on it, carefully try to catch the butterfly without harming it and follow the instructions from the little sticker that has been placed on it’s wing.


Conservation Chair Report by Lamont Ingles:

Amendment 1 is the largest conservation bill ever passed in the Union. The State of Florida’s legislative session begins on March 3rd 2015.  Charles Dean is the chairman of the Senate Group tasked in finding legislation for Amendment 1 which goes into effect on July 1st 2015. There is a website which will ask for citizen input regarding how to protect Florida land and water through acquisition of lands for conservation purposes. The water clean-up portion is done through the local, state and federal government level. Septic tanks are not an Amendment 1 issue.


We have sent people to polls to have Amendment 1 petitions signed to get this Amendment on the ballot. We all have a vested interest so please go to the web-site and make your comments/suggestions known. The website address is:  http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/topics/wlc


The Volusia Conservation Corridor has 79,000 acres from Tiger Bay to the marshes of the St. John’s River. Of this 79,000 acres, 23% remain unprotected and should be purchased with Amendment 1 funds. We must think long term.  


The Lake Apopka 100 year restoration project is proceeding quite well. It is now estimated to be a 50 year project. 60 bird species have been seen including the black faced ibis. There will be a grand opening in the Fall of 2015.


Tiger Bay State Forest was litigated 3 years ago regarding the usage of OHVs (off-highway vehicles). Cities were in favor but the county council knew better and decided this was not the place for OHVs. Now Representative Taylor from Daytona Beach has introduced a bill in Tallahassee to make Tiger Bay State Forrest available to OHVs. The skimmer news has his phone and email address. Please inundate him with emails voicing concern regarding this bill.


The backyard bird count is Feb14 and 15th. Please place results on the eBird.org site.


Field Activities Report:   


The Lake Apopka field trip was led by a guide from the St. John’s Water management group. After mile walk a bob cat was spotted at the end of the road.  Also a bob cat was spotted in the water as well. Duck species such as whistling ducks, teal, coots as well as a white face Ibis were seen. Approximately 60 species.  Clay Island offered a different habitat where a barred owl was seen. This was a 12 hour trip.

On February 27th there will be a local trip to River Breeze and Seminole Rest at 7am

On March 14th there will be a trip to the Orlando Wetlands departing at 7am.

Everyone meets at the Edgewater Plaza south of the new Dunkin Donuts. Pack a lunch and remember that nonmembers are also invited to attend.


Tonight’s Speakers:


Mr. Quinn Zacharias is a student who studied the Rose Bay Restoration.  He realized that from 1991 through 2011 that Volusia County and St. John’s Water Management had acquired data on a quarterly basis but it had never been analyzed and combined.  Quinn’s project created the spreadsheets which show the results of all this available data and how it affected Rose Bay. There was a point in time when the US1 Bridge caused Rose Bay to back up. Since the bridge was redone the bay is now starting to flush as it should. 50 million dollars were spent on Rose Bay and with these spreadsheets we can now prove that funding for the restoration has shown concrete results. Manatees and oyster populations are coming back. In 2007 it was determined that nutrients have decreased to a healthier state. However, water testing was discontinued in 2011 due to lack of state funding.

Project H2O involves the county plan for some of the money earmarked at the state level for waterways. Money that was made available when Florida voters approved Amendment 1 last November by over 75%.



Dr. Fred Mosher from Emery Riddle spoke to us about RADAR and how it can detect bird migration patterns and showed equations that could figure out bird counts as well.  We learned how to recognize many Doppler radar patterns and to verify if the results were birds or if they were clouds by comparing the Doppler image against the satellite image. The websites to look at RADAR and satellite images are listed below:

 Weather.gov         and       wx.erau.edu/data


Thank you to Dr. Mosher and Mr. Zacharias for giving their time and giving us very fascinating and interesting lectures.


Meeting adjourned and refreshments served.      


Happy Valentine’s Day!


Leslie