Dedicated to the protection of birds, other animals, and their habitats through education and activism
Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; president@SEVolusiaAudubon.org
Happy New Year to all. Your executive hopes you had a great holiday season and wishes you the best in health and happiness in 2015.
Now is the traditional time for us to make New Year’s resolutions. I keep saying that I make resolutions so that I will have something to give up for Lent. Oftentimes, resolutions go by the wayside because they do not become priorities. And that is the difference between individuals and organizations. Organizations set priorities. Take for example the Florida Audubon.
At the Audubon Assembly in 2014, the assembled throng voted and approved a set of Conservation Priorities for 2015 for Florida Audubon. Some of these have a direct effect on us in Volusia County.
• Water for the environment. Protect water at its source in aquifers, springs, lakes, and wetlands.
• Florida Special Places. Identify critical habitats for birds and other wildlife. Protect and restore conservation lands through acquisition and conservation easements.
• Greater Everglades. Restore water flows through the Everglades and manage water for the benefit of the environment.
• Coastal Conservation and Stewardship. Enlist coastal bird stewards to monitor and guard important coastal bird habitats.
• Climate Change and Sea Level Rise. Support federal and state policies that lead to reduced emissions of greenhouse gases including renewable energy and efficiency rules.
The first two are the essence of Amendment 1: To purchase and manage lands for the recharge of aquifers, protection of springs and wildlife corridors. We had an election recently and we need to hold our local and state elected officials accountable for the efficient discharge of the intent of Amendment 1.
I have been asking for help with the fourth one for the last two months in the eSkimmer News. Volunteers to man a table near nesting sites of Wilson’s Plovers, Least Terns and Black Skimmers to inform the public about the nesting behaviors of these listed species. So far, I have received only one email.
Although Edgewater averages 8-12 feet above mean sea level, we are still subject to strong storm surges during major hurricanes. They may become more likely as global warming increases.
The bottom line is that we must remain vigilant to the actions of our legislators and other elected representatives. And the best way of dong that is to join an action network like the Florida Audubon Action Network. You can sign up for their newsletters here.
In addition. there are other organizations that operate on a national level such as National Audubon, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, etc. Getting their newsletters and action alerts can help us all work together to achieve a better environment for the future.