Felts Audubon Preserve islocated in Palmetto4600 24th Avenue East Corner of 24th Avenue East and 49th Street East (Experimental Farm Road).Open Houseon First Saturday of the monthWork Dayon Last Saturday of the month
By Barbara Singer
Sightings at Felts
By Tami McNally, Secretary
American Kestrel American Robin Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Cedar Waxwing Common Grackle Eastern Bluebird Great Horned Owl Indigo Bunting Mottled Duck Northern Harrier Palm Warbler Pine Warbler Prairie Warbler Red-winged Blackbird Roseate Spoonbill Sandhill Crane
Wood Duck Wood Stork Yellow-rumped Warbler
Felts Preserve: Celebrating Earth Day
Our sixth annual Earth Day Celebration
to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 25 atthe Felts Audubon Preserve in Palmetto will feature Critters from Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary,
face painting and crafts for children, guided nature walks—and the chance to spend the day in a
beautiful outdoor nature preserve. Admission is free, and there is ample parking at the 30-acreFelts Preserve, located at 4600 24th Avenue (Experimental Farm Road and 24th Avenue East).
We will open with volunteers planting a new garden section
designed to attract butteries.
The planting will begin at 9 a.m. and those who help may win a gift for their efforts. The devel-
opment of the buttery garden is a TogetherGreen Volunteer project sponsored by the NationalAudubon Society with a generous grant from Toyota. Speakers will discuss ways to attract
native planting for birds and butteries and landscaping for climate change.
Manatee Audubon will sponsor an exhibit
of its various activities and offer Earth Day T-shirtsfor sale for $12 each. Water and snacks will be available for sale. More than a dozen exhibitorswill focus on a range of products and services, such as recycling, electric bicycles, bird andnature related items, wildlife photographs, and the various nature tours available in our area.
The Bradenton Herald, Manatee County’s newspaper since 1922
, sponsors Felts Earth Day.
For more information about Felts Preserve, the Manatee Audubon Society and this year’s Felts
Earth Day Celebration, visit the society’s website at www.manateeaudubon.org or call our phone at 941-729-2222.
For those who would like to help
at the Felts Preserve, the work days are always the last Satur-
day of the month, except during April, when the work day is Saturday April 18, one week early.
This way we can get things ready for Earth Day, which will be on the last Saturday of the month
on April 25. The work days this month and every other month are a great time to come out and
help improve the property. We have tasks for all levels, from pulling a few weeds, picking up
trash or pulling out invasive plants. As we get ready for our annual Earth Day Celebration 2009,
we have lots of sprucing up to do to get the preserve ready for the big event.
The burn we had hoped to do this spring
has been postponed until next year. The weather con-ditions never were just right to risk putting our property and those of our neighbors in danger.The Florida Department of Forestry is very cautious in this regard and our window of opportu-nity just ran out. Stay tuned for a possible burn next winter.
The Bluebird houses are back up
and we have seen lots of activity and think some of the boxeshave nests. I have seen lots of Bluebirds in the Preserve. The Purple Martin houses are also upand we have seen some scouts but no nesting birds yet. Perhaps our local Red-shoulder Hawk is keeping them away. One of the reasons to postpone the burn was the need to get the nesting boxes back up which had been taken down in preparation for a burn.
This past week we had a company install more wildower seed
to our existing wildower
meadow. The site was roughed up and then the seed was applied in a water slurry solution over
the entire three acres. The seed is then covered with a ber mulch that helps keep it shaded and
off to a good start. Many of the plants from last year are getting ready to re-bloom, so with thenew crop of seed and last year’s plants, we should have quite a display in the coming months.
Many new longleaf and slash pines
were installed in the southwest side of the property as one
of our TogetherGreen volunteer days. A dozen volunteers installed more than 110 trees. Keepan eye on these as they mature and create more benecial habitat for our birds.
By Tom Heitzman
Join our workdays to improve Felts
We’re sprucing up the preserve on April 18