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

November 2013 speaker: Deborah Ferraro

Our November speaker will be Deborah Ferraro.  Deborah is a seventh generation Tennessean and holds degrees in Animal Science, Chemistry and Education. In 2007, she retired as a technical associate chemist from Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee.  She and her husband, Joe, also a chemist, are avid RVers and after retirement, began switching their home base every six months between Tennessee and The Great Outdoors RV Resort in Titusville, Florida.

Deborah and Joe volunteer with a number of organizations, including Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, where Deborah became interested in the Florida Panther.  She put together this talk about the panther and routinely presents it  at the refuge.  She has also been a presenter for the last three years at the Space Coast Birding Festival. In addition to her work at the refuge, Deborah is a certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor and equine specialist in mental health and learning.


The wild Florida Panther population is slowly beginning to recover from a low of 30 individuals in the 1990s to around 160 cats today. This presentation will discuss the natural history and life history of the Florida Panther, along with some AWWW-inspiring kitten photos.  She will discuss the recovery of the panther and the issues that are affecting its future.

Don’t forget the meeting is at 7:00 PM November 14 at the Marine Discovery Center.  Come and bring a friend(s).  Meetings are open to the public at no charge.