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    he 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.

    Happy Spring!

    Celebrate Spring! Watch a Barred Owl and Owlet Part 1 and Part 2 video shot by Mark H. Vance at Pine Craft Park in Sarasota in March.

    Birding Nest Cams

    View any of the Bird Nesting Cams. Experience the day-to-day lives of the Dunedin Ospreys, Burrowing Owls in Broward County Florida or other Cornell Lab Owl cams.

    Watch Burrowing Owls in Broward County, FL for Project: Broward Burrowing Owl.


    View image on TwitterCornell Lab of Ornithology 
    has two new Owl Cams. In Texas, the Barn Owl cam and the Wild Birds Unlimited's Barred Owl cam in Indiana.
     
    Check out the links above for more views and information.

    Frame of Barn Owl Owlet from The Cornell Lab.

    Dunedin Ospreys

    Big Red and Ezra, Red-Tailed Hawks Cornell nest site.

    SW Florida Eagles. Look for updates on status of the Eagles on Facebook.


    Latest on SPAS website

    Take the Take the Restore Florida's Gulf PledgeThis Earth Day, do your part! Pledge to help Restore Florida’s Gulf with the following Top 10 tips to help Florida’s coasts and coastal birds.
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    1. Volunteer to chaperone vulnerable beach-nesting bird colonies on Florida’s beaches this spring and summer. To find opportunities near you, emailflconservation@audubon.org.
    2. Lend your voice to the Gulf’s habitats and wildlife when they need it most. Click here to sign up to receive updates on restoration progress and opportunities for public comment.
    3. Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Audubon’s Florida Coastal Island Sanctuaries. For more information about our May 8 Tampa Bay rookery boat tour, to RSVP, and to pledge your donation, email apaul@audubon.org.
    4. Help scientists unlock the mysteries of bird migration in the Gulf by reporting banded shorebirds. Learn more, watch our educational video here and get started with our Florida Banded Bird Resightings group on Facebook.
    5. Always respect posted areas on the beach, even if you don't see birds inside them. Birds, eggs, and nests are well-camouflaged within the beach environment and a single disturbance can cause the abandonment of an entire colony. 
    6. Protect tiny eggs and chicks on the beach by leaving your pets at home. Nesting birds flushed by dogs and cats aren’t able to protect their checks and eggs from the hot summer sun or predators. 
    7. Attend official beach fireworks displays rather than creating your own display at the beach or on the water. Impromptu fireworks on Florida's beaches and waterways can have catastrophic effects for vulnerable chicks and eggs, and leave behind dangerous debris.
    8. Give nesting colony islands a wide berth to protect nesting birds and chicks from disturbance.
    9. When fishing, be sure not to leave any line, hooks or tackle behind, and when you encounter them in nature, clean them up! Entangled waterbirds carry line and hooks back to their colonies, where many adult birds can be killed and chicks orphaned before the tackle degrades.
    10. Practice ethical wildlife photography and only patronize photographers who do. No picture is worth causing harm to vulnerable birds, their eggs or chicks. Click here to watch a video with more information

    Unhooking a Pelican

    What To Do To Unhook A Pelican (Download the PDF)

    A new brochure is available to help anyone that sees Hooked Birds. select Tips for Unhooking a Pelican or visit the Birds & Wildlife page to download the PDF.

    Thanks to Pelican Island Audubon Society for writing and formatting and Manatee and Tampa Audubon Society for funding the printing of the brochure.



    SPAS Events Calendar

    For an online list of St. Petersburg Audubon Programs, events, classes and other environmental events, check out the SPAS Events Calender or visit St. Petersburg Field Trips for upcoming field trips.


    April 29 Meeting

    Banquet with Tonya Clayton, Author

    April Program

    6:45 PM Sunshine Multi-Service Center, 330 5th St. N., St. Petersburg

    Discover how to read a Gulf Coast Beach. Join us for the annual pot luck banquet and program in the annex building at the Sunshine Multi-Service Center.

    Tonya Clayton, author "How to Read A Florida Gulf Coast Beach" is the feature speaker.

    Please bring a dish to share. We will have punch and water, but you may also bring wine, beer or beverage of your choice.

    The banquet will start at 6:45 PM, followed by a short meeting, and the special program by our speaker.

    Field Trip @ Ft. De Soto

    Tonya will lead a field trip at Fort DeSoto on May 1 at 8 AM. She will bird and put to practice to see if we can read our favorite beach.


    Spring 2014 Issue

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

    Spring 2014 Issue


    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.


    St. Petersburg Audubon Membership

    SPAS Only Membership

    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. 

    $15 for individual and $20 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

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