Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, Inc. Issue Vol.III - No. 2 February, 2008
The Southeast Volusia Audubon Society promotes the protection of birds, other wildlife and their habitat through education and activism.
Meetings are held the 1st Wednesdays
Oct. thru March at 7 P.M.
Edgewater Library 103 Indian River Blvd. 7: P.M.Smoke-free environment. Refreshments are served.Plenty of parking. Public welcome.
Next meeting is Feb. 6, 2008Meeting Place Change:
Utilities Commission200 E. Canal St., NSB (see
February Speaker p.4
"Wise use of water in the Florida home landscape."
Field trips begin at 8:00 A.M. unless otherwise noted.Meet in the Market Square parking lot Edgewater, RidgewoodAve. & 442, between Dunkin Donuts & Chik-Fil-A.Bring lunch & drinks. Don't forget bug-spray!
See details p. xQuestions? Contact Gail Domroski 428-0447
Audubon members and guests are all welcome.Programs & Field trips subject to change.
Identity Crisis –Or, Were we even there?
Well, that’s three in a row in just a couple of weeks. Twoarticles on the Christmas Bird Count (one in the Daytona News-Journal and one in the Observer) and the article in the OrlandoSentinel on our honoring the Bidgood’s with a tree plantingceremony.You would think that would be good publicity for our or-ganization. Except for one critical part. The Southeast VolusiaAudubon Society, which organized and conducted the events,was not even mentioned by name in the articles.I guess the implication is clear. The reporters don’t knowwho we are. So if you have an opportunity to interact withreporters, please ask them to include the name of our organiza-tion in their article or report.On a positive note, we made $331.90 at the Oak Hill fleamarket on Saturday the 12
. Thanks to all who donated itemsand helped at the flea market, and who bought items. Our thanks also to the Oak Hill Flea Market management for their hospitality.We are still trying to hold the city of Edgewater’s feet tothe fire in the management of the Scrub Jay habitat behind theYMCA. They have een passively allowing the plot to deterio-rate by not conducting the necessary trimming and controlled burns. They have also been actively destroying it by over-mowing. As a result, the Scrub Jays that formerly lived thereare now apparently gone.It is imperative that the city performs the controlled burnand other maintenance actions to restore the habitat. There isno guarantee that the Scrub Jays would return, but they may.Even so, there is also an ethical issue at risk. The city enteredinto a contractual obligation to preserve and protect the habitatin return for being able to destroy some other habitat andwetlands to construct the YMCA. Soon, the city will allow thedestruction of large tracts of wetlands with the promise of mitigation in the developments West of I-95. If the city will nothonor its own mitigation agreement, how can we trust the cityto enforce the much more extensive mitigation requirements onthese developers?We have attracted the attention of the press as well as theUS Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Game and FishCommission. Wish us luck. Better yet, send Jack Corder, chief of Leisure Services an email telling him how you feel. Hisaddress isJCorder@cityofedgewater.org .We have recently been approached by a member of the NSB city staff with a request to help them build an environ-mentally friendly habitat at a park near the downtown area.Ken Gunn is lead on the project. We will keep you informed onhow the project ensues. Maybe you can help????Until next time, happy birding. —Don Picard
Editor's Note:Due to circumstances beyond our control, there will beno printed edition of the Skimmer in February.TheeSkimmer (this one) will be our only issue.—G.M.