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
Our January speaker will be Mr. David Hartgrove, Conservation Chair for Halifax River Audubon and a dedicated grandfather, naturalist, conservationist and avid birder.
David was born in High Point, North Carolina in 1947 but grew up in Miami and attended school there, graduating from Hialeah High School in 1965. In August of that year he went to work for Florida Power & Light Company. By 1972 he had served a tour in Viet Nam with the US Navy Seabees, risen through the ranks of FPL to become a lineman, was a divorced father of two children and had just returned to Miami after a year in Titusville. Last year, David retired from FLP after nearly a half century of helping to keep our lights on.
His birding epiphany came in 1973 when he saw a small bird dispatch and consume an even smaller bird in order to feed its nestlings. The bird on the menu was a House Sparrow and the consumer was a Loggerhead Shrike. In 1986 he became a volunteer with the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas Project and during the next six years spent a substantial amount of time in the field with some of the most experienced birders in Florida. This activity was the impetus for what could now rightly be called an obsession to observe birds whenever possible. In 1994 he became the Volusia County Compiler for the North American Migration Count, & has served in that capacity to the present. In 1996 he reestablished the Daytona Beach Christmas Bird Count & continues as its compiler. Since 1987 he has been the Conservation Chair for Halifax River Audubon in Daytona Beach. He has led many field trips for Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival & other groups.
In December, 2014 David organized a birding trip to Cuba under the auspices of Down East Nature Tours. Twelve avid birders from around Florida, including three from SEVAS, joined him and a Down East guide for thirteen days on the island. Several of the group were accomplished photographers and everyone sent their photos to David. He has organized them into a presentation which captures both the flavor of the island and the diversity of the birds seen. He calls the presentation, “Birding Cuba, A Trip To That Beautiful Land To Our South.”
Refreshments will be served.