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

March 2013 Speaker

Our March speaker will be Stacey Bell from Volusia County Environmental Management.   The meeting will be held at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, starting at the usual time of 7:00 PM.

Stacey grew up in south Florida and worked at Sea World while attending University of Central Florida.   She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Environmental Studies and went on to earn her Masters in Coastal Studies.  She worked in Big Pine Key before relocating to Volusia County and joining the county staff.  She began as the Education Coordinator at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet ten years ago and is now the Beach Habitat Conservation Plan Field Coordinator.   Stacey has two small children and is an avid birder.

Volusia County is dedicated to the protection of sea turtles and other beach wildlife and the habitat which we share with them.  For over ten years, the county has actively protected coastal wildlife by implementing our HCP on the thirty-six miles of County-managed beach. This program encompasses a variety of protection measures and programs approved for use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Stacey will discuss the HCP and associated programs and discuss our coastal wildlife during the presentation.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn how each of us impacts the beach and what we can do to help lessen the negatives of those impacts.