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

Oct 2014 Meeting Minutes

Minutes for October 9th, 2014 SEVAS meeting

Financial report:

6/2013 Balance              2684.37
Rent                                -300.00
Expenses                        -441.25
Income                           +675.88
Current  balance            2619.00                  

50/50 raffle will help support Audubon Adventures for 4th and 5th grade classes.
Individuals can also sponsor a class if desired.  The amount is $16.00 per class.  Unknown amount of classes at this time.

Lamont’s conservation chair report:

How climate change is affecting bird species. At least 314 species are on the brink
due to shifting ranges.  We need to create bird strongholds. Developing bird habitats in your back yard is a good way to help.

Great information regarding this can be found online at

Field activities report by Gail and Dick:

We enjoyed 2 field trips in September, however both were rained out.  A good time was had in spite of the weather.

Smyrna Dunes Park trip species seen near board walk were Prairie warblers, thrashers, shrikes and a yellow crown heron was seen on the beach.

The Audubon Park trip changed to a trip down Highway 3 to view the eagle nest.
Scrub jays, catbirds and an oriole were also seen on Boat Ramp Road.

The next outing will be held on October 10th at Washington Oaks State Park in Palm Coast. The cost is $5.00 per car load. Meet in Edgewater near the new Dunkin’ Donuts
in Florida Shores Plaza at 7am.

The Christmas Bird count will be held January 3rd, 2015
This count has provided 40 years of wonderful scientific data which shows how climate change is impacting the bird habitats. Some will disappear. There is encroachment. 314 species will lose 50% of their habitat by the year 2050.
Florida is considered a stronghold for birds and bird habitat. It is important to get informed, involved, and to create back yard habitats for birds to utilize. The full report
can be found here:

The FWC will be starting a beach stewards program by next March 2015. If you are interested in helping to protect the nesting birds, their eggs and chicks, please let Don know and he will pass your name to the appropriate county and FWC personnel.
If interested his email address is   

There has been a request by Ken Gunn for beach stewards to protect the nesting plovers that have been coming to Bethune Beach for the past 2 years. Folks from
Audubon have been instrumental in providing information at Ponce Inlet when the skimmers were nesting.  Now the Plovers need our help.

Florida Water and Land Legacy Campaign still need dollars and volunteers.
More information may be found on their Facebook page which is called
Florida Water and Land legacy.

Unwanted cellphones and tablets can be brought to our November meeting and Ken Gunn will collect them and send them to Dian Fossey’s field workers in Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. These workers use them to keep field notes on the gorillas. They may also sell them to raise funds. All in all it is a very good cause.

We had a very interesting and entertaining speaker about mushrooms, title “What is the fungus among us” given by Dr. Jay Barnhart. He has quite the bio: He gives tours at the Enchanted Forest in Titusville, Sebastian Inlet State Park, the barrier Island Preserve and numerous sites during the Space Coast Birding Festival. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, an MD and a Medical Specialty Board Certification in Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathology. Since retiring from his second career as Dade County Medical Examiner he has received certification in two of the Florida master Naturalist Programs. His favorite activities are fishing, playing the piano, and giving presentations showcasing our local natural treasures. He belongs to the North American Mycological Association, whose members are referred to as “Mycophiles” or “Fungus Lovers.”

This presentation was very informative and very interesting. He even brought many mushroom species for us to view. We need to start looking down when there are no birds around. The ground holds many interesting macro-fungi. Mushrooms have a spore print which is one of the identifying characteristics of a mushroom. Dr. Barnhart provided mushroom data forms and has requested mushroom hunters provide him with local mushroom data, include digital photos if possible. His email address is

The Florida native plant society will have a fall landscape tour on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9am-3pm to showcase some of the Ormond Beach landscapes that utilize native plants.
Seaside Gardens 9-12pm (Ormond by the Sea)
Hammock Gardens 1-3pm (Ormond Beach mainland)

Tickets are $5 for the full day of events and are available at Pawpaw Chapter meetings and at Full Moon Natives & Herbs in Port Orange the day of the event, or contact 904-863-5943.

The 50/50 raffle was held and then the meeting adjourned at 830pm.

Leslie Sachs, Secretary