PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2015/2016
August 31, 2016
Hello Four Rivers Audubon Members,
Are you ready to start a new season? Well we are! Enclosed you will find our schedule of most of activities for the year ahead. However, we will be planning additional programs so in order to keep up to date you will want to join our private e-mail list. Just send me a message if you want to be added to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seventh Annual Alligator Lake Spring Festival was a great success this year drawing a crow of close to 1000 attendees (despite of competition from the air show). We had standing room only for our special feature – Meet the Owls. We have already reserved the park for April 8th 2017 so be sure to mark your calendars. And if you are interested in helping out this year we would love to have you. Send a message to Valerie Thomas at email@example.com.
We did three really terrific programs. Katie Sieving from UF shared how the Tufted Titmouse keeps other birds protected. Nan and Joe Soistman brought their rehabilitated Owls to the Ft. White Library (over 90 people attended) and we got to get up close and personal with the cutest ever live bats at the Lake City Library.
We applied for and received another Collaborative Grant from National Audubon that allowed us to partner with Hearthstone Gardens (a private dream of Judy Mundy, Betsy Martin and friends) to provide native plants for a bird garden.
Several board members were invited to participate in public land management reviews which allowed them to learn, evaluate the programs and speak on behalf of the birds. And we shared our message at the Florida Folks Festival. You are always welcome to participate.
As you can see we have a new look thanks to Lauri Shubert and her talented son. In the year ahead we hope to also add some new activities as well. In order to do so we must first add some new folks to our board and expand our membership. So if you are interested in trying something new, contributing a little time and talent to our efforts please do not hesitate to contact us. In the meantime here are a few of the things that you can do to get involved:
- Join a fun bird walk, an “Alli-Walk”, the first Saturday morning of each month, (expect for September which is the 10th) through May. We have loaner binoculars and this is the best way to learn birds. You might even make a few new friends! For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Join an experienced team and participate in one of our Christmas Bird Counts. Contact email@example.com.
- Participate in the National Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count - become a Citizen Scientist. For details visit www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count.
- Join the team and help us organize and conduct our signature event, the Alligator Lake Spring Festival. If you can’t volunteer, please come out and enjoy a fun, nature-based and educational day in Lake City on April 8, 2016. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Work with other chapter members to enhance Florida’s Special Places, like Alligator Lake or Ichetucknee Springs State Park. Watch for call for volunteers via our e-mail list.
- Spend a day learning about the Florida Scrub Jay through Audubon’s Jay Watch program. http://fl.audubon.org/get-involved/jay-watch. Contact email@example.com.
- Recycle your Audubon magazines and other nature related publications to donate to schools, libraries, and public events such as the Florida Folk Festival and our Spring Festival.
- Learn how to create a wildlife habitat and certify your yard as bird and pollinator friendly. Contact Lauri Shubert at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- If you would like to schedule a birdwalk or program in your town contact us through email@example.com.
- Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FourRiversAudubon/ and share our messages.
On behalf of your Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you soon!