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    The mission of St. Petersburg Audubon Society is to promote and provide environmental education and, through responsible activism, protect, restore and preserve natural ecosystems for both people and wildlife.

    Meetings Day Changes

    St. Petersburg Audubon meetings will resume in the Fall. Meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting in September.

     The first program of 2014-15 will be September 16 with Coastal Science Chair Robert Hardy speaking about Sharks.


    Beach Nesting Colonies Need Space too!

    Nesting birds can be at risk when fireworks go off.

    Skimmers and Chicks on beach

    JIM DAMASKE - Tampa Bay Times

    Nesting black skimmers care for their young at one of several nesting colonies of black skimmers along Pinellas' municipal beaches Wednesday afternoon. - Beth Forys, a volunteer with St. petersburg Audubon, head of Suncoast Shorebird Partnership, which monitors and protects beach-nesting birds, and a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Eckerd College is worried about the skimmers whose nesting coincides with Fourth of July. "Right now is the peak of nesting and lots of birds have young chicks that can't fly yet," said Forys about the black skimmers. She added that fireworks scare the adult birds so much they fly off the nest and the young get confused and can run out of the colony and get trampled. "We see some mortality of chicks after the fourth of July," she said. "We have volunteers at all of the major municipal beach colonies to educate people." "We steward during the day on Fourth of July and Saturday the day after." Private fireworks and drunks can disrupt the nesting colonies.

    Black Skimmer & 1st Chick on IRB

    First chick to hatch at one of the colonies St. Pete Audubon Bird Steward volunteers protect in Pinellas County (photo by Laura Packard). Thank you to our members who support this worthwhile effort!


    Useful Links to All Kinds of Things

    Discover some valuable information pertaining to the following: 

    Pinellas County and City of St. Petersburg Recycling Info

    Environmental Classes/Events

    St. Petersburg Audubon provides educational programs by providing Shorebird classes, the St. Pete Youth Program, Audubon Adventures and the Dr. Albers Teacher Ecology Camp. 

    We also support other educational classes and events by listing them in Environmental Class/Events.

    New updated Pinellas County Bird Checklist now available. Select above link or go to Field Trip page and download file.


    New Board Member and Returning Board member to St. Petersburg Audubon Society Board

    Laura Packard and Wanda Dean have joined the 2014-15 St. Petersburg Audubon Board.

    We would like to welcome Laura Packard as a new member to St. Petersburg Audubon Board.

    Wanda Dean, is back on the Board as our Education Chair. You can contact her at education@stpeteaudubon.org

    Laura Packard, a John Hopkins middle school teacher and a great bird photographer, is joining the St. Petersburg Audubon Board. Her first project is helping to re-imagine the New Year Day Birding Open. So far there is a sponsor, participants will need to pre-register for the event to get the best price. 

    All money raised will be going to St. Petersburg Audubon.

    Ft. DeSoto is the location for the Birding Open with a picnic lunch planned for participants as part of entry fee. Laura will be helping to finalize plans this summer. Send your ideas to Laura at lpackard1@verizon.net

    June 2014 Wingspan

    Read the latest issue by selecting the link below or download the PDF from the Wingspan page.

    June 2014 Issue

    The Program, Field Trip and Event brochure will be mailed to all SPAS members in late Summer with the Fall edition of WingSpan.

    St. Petersburg Audubon Society Membership ONLY & Wingspan mailing List Changes

    Starting with the January 2015 Wingspan, we will be using St. Petersburg Audubon Society ONLY membership roster for bulk mailing of our newsletter, not the National Audubon listings. 

    Reason for this change is the cost of mailing to 1280 members who may or may not want to receive our newsletter. Wingspan will be available to all members by going to our website: www.stpeteaudubon.org.

    We will use our current mailing list in September. All members will receive our Program Guide to meetings and field trips. The St. Petersburg Audubon Society ONLY membership application and an envelope to process your request. 

    St. Petersburg Audubon ONLY membership runs from January – December of each year. 

    All members will need to renew before January for the limited mailing list.

    The Board of Directors of St. Petersburg Audubon Society, after many requests, is offering
    a SPAS Only Membership. Membership will be from January to December of each year. 

    $20 for individual and $25 for family for this trial period this year. Membership money will be used to support all of our local programs.

    Mail membership check to:

    St. Petersburg Audubon
    P.O. Box 12407
    St. Petersburg, FL 33733-2407