Welcome New Members:
Fran E. Baker Judith BienGary BretonWendy Davis and Stanley Rodak Mary H. Hamilton Eleanor and Rolph Huband Gary and Karen Lewis Smithy McGinnis Lee Ann Pelea Michael and Katharine Pepper Mary E. Ranick Lois Ruliffson Janis Runte Jessica M. Sakas Elsie M. Seese Laura B. Tumolo Margie A. Tumolo Mary Anne Youngwood Sandra M. Zabriskie Alicia Elkins Mary Spoutz Margaret B. Safford
By Nancy and Bob Dean
Open House Felts Preserve8 a.m. to noon
Friday-Sunday March 27-29
Audubon AssemblyFFA Facility, Haines City
Field trip Circle B Bar Ranch, LakelandLeader is Carol Webster, 747-7295.
Morris Bridge and Lettuce LakeCall leaders Don and Bobbi Benson,722-2285, to let them know you’re going.Meet 7 a.m. in K-Mart parking lot inEllenton, near the Outlet Mall. Bringbinoculars, bird book, hat, spottingscope, sunscreen and bag lunch.Plan to carpool.
For the rst time since this annual Bird Watching course was started in January 2003
, themaximum class size was achieved and several interested individuals had to be turned away. The
36 participants in the January 2009 course were drawn from the following communities: AnnaMaria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton, Cortez, Ellenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, Parrish, Ruskin
A total of 100 different bird species
were seen by some or all participants during the two all-day
eld trips, which are included with the Manatee County Audubon Society course. On the Janu
ary 24 eld trip, we saw 68 different bird species at the following birding hotspots in ManateeCounty: Felts Audubon Preserve in Palmetto, Whitney Beach on Longboat Key, as well as LefsKey and Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. On the January 31 eld trip, participants sawmany of the same birds plus some new birds for a total of 74 different species. On this last eldtrip, course members traveled to Ackerman Lake, the Celery Fields, Twin Lakes County Park, the pasture pond just east of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on State Road 72 and Myakka River
State Park. All of these stops were in Sarasota County.
While each bird species is an exciting nd,
especially to someone viewing it for the rst time,the most unusual nds were a Peregrine Falcon and two American Pipits seen near the church.
Altogether 11 expert birders representing the Audubon Societies of both Manatee and Sarasota
Counties as well as visitors from Washington, MI, assisted principal instructors Nancy and BobDean on the two eld trips. With so many expert birders, more birds were sighted in 2009 thanwere seen during any prior course. Already, nine persons have reserved a spot for the 18-30 Janu
ary 2010 course. For more information, contact Nancy Dean at 941-792-9235.
Bird Watching Class has banner year
“I want to tell you how much I appreciated your introduction to bird watching. I feel I learned so much
from the way you shared not only your knowledge but also the personal anecdotes from your years of
birding experience. The course content gave me a foundation for how to approach birding and the eld trips gave me some hands-on, eyes-and-ears-on practical application. It was a wonderful experience.
My sincere thanks to the Manatee Audubon Society for offering the class, to the many volunteers who
helped us newbies in the eld, and especially to you, Nancy and Bob, for teaching the class and encour
aging me in this new adventure.”
A special thanks to the Deans from beginning birder Karen Lewis
Workday Felts Preserve8 a.m. to noon
Monthly meeting 7:30 p.m.
Election of ofcers
David Sadkin of Wildlife Inc. will talk onrehabilitating birds and environmentalissues. Come see the live owlshe uses to educate people.First Presbyterian Church,1402 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.
Saturday 3/7 and Sunday 3/8
Overnight eld trip to Lake Apopka,
Zellwood and Emeralda Marsh.Arlene Flisik, 746-1991, coordinator.
Are you concerned about global warming? Do you strongly suspect that widespread burning of fos-
sil fuels is a major cause? Do you want the air you and your children’s children breathe to be free
of polluting emissions from power plants? That is the focus of a March 2 event in Washington D.C.but it needs our help to be effective.
It so happens that the federal government buildings in D.C. are heated
via a big coal-burning power
plant. Thousands of citizens will be in D.C. that day, visiting congressional ofces and the power plant, to convey the message that it’s time to free ourselves from the stranglehold of coal and moveon to clean energy development. To reinforce this, the phones in congressional ofces need to be
ringing constantly all day, with us folks back home giving our name, where we live, and saying
something like: I’ve heard there are loads of people in D.C. today, telling the government to moveaway from coal as an energy source, and I want you to know that goes for me as well. Coal is dirty,it’s outdated, it drives global warming and poisons communities. We need to invest in clean energy.
Please do everything you can to make that happen. Change the words a bit. Call Sen. Bill Nelson,
202-224-5274, and Sen. Mel Martinez, 202-224-3041, and Rep. Vern Buchanan, 202-225-5015. If these aren’t your representatives, call the Capitol switchboard and ask to be connected to whichever person you need. Don’t call the local ofces. That would dilute the effect.
What do pinwheels have to do with this?
When the environmentalists visit the ofces, they’ll deliver handfuls of home-made pinwheels as a symbol of non-polluting energy. I made a couple myself!
Pinwheels, Power and Phone Calls
By Arlene Flisik, Conservation Chair
Tell your Washington representative to oppose dirty coal and support clean energy