Christmas Bird Count
Jan
5
7:00 AM07:00

Christmas Bird Count

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The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold it’s Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, January 5, 2019.
The Christmas Bird Count is an annual event in which groups all over the world spend a day surveying birds in their region, thus creating a snapshot of the health and numbers of bird populations. It is also a great way to learn about Keys birds and the environment. 
The first count was held on Christmas Day in 1900, and it has been a staple of nature-lovers calendar ever since.
Birders of all experiences and abilities are welcome at the count, but space is limited and the organizers ask those interested to contact them by January 2 (preferably sooner) at keysaudubon@gmail.com.

 

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Super Bowl Sunday Bird Walk
Feb
3
4:00 PM16:00

Super Bowl Sunday Bird Walk

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold a Super Bowl Sunday Bird Walk on Sunday, February 3 beginning at 2 p.m. Participants will meet in the parking lot at Indigenous Park at 1801 White Street.

“We figure everyone will be home or in bars eating nachos and watching pre-game shows, so the parks should be pretty empty. Which makes it a pretty good time to go birdwatching,” said FKAS Executive Director Mark Hedden.

Participants will look for resident and wintering species of birds in the areas immediately adjacent to Indigenous Park, and then car pool to various sites around the city. The group may pause to admire the occasional butterfly. 

The walk will be led by Dr. Mark Whiteside and Mark Hedden.

The event is free and open to experienced birders, beginners, and even football fans, as most likely they will be able to get home in time for the kick-off.

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Harty and Whiteside on Birds and Conservation
Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

Harty and Whiteside on Birds and Conservation

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Harty and Whiteside on Birds & Conservation

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold the February edition of its monthly speaker series on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Boulevard.

The speakers will be Beryn Harty and Dr. Mark Whiteside who will give a presentation called “More Feathered Friends & Conservation Issues.” The talk will be structured like a virtual bird walk. Harty will surprise Whiteside with images of birds; Whiteside will identify the species, talk abut their habits, where they can be seen, aspects of their life histories, and what conservation issues affect them. 

Whiteside, a life-long birdwatcher, is president of the FKAS. He is also Medical Director of the Florida Department of Health for Monroe County. Harty is broad-based naturalist, nature walk leader, and nature photographer. She is also a realtor. 

Admissions is free and open to anyone who is interested.

For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at 305-771-5807.

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Dan Clark on Keys Refuges & Post-Irma Recovery
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Dan Clark on Keys Refuges & Post-Irma Recovery

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will kick off it’s 2018/2019 speaker series with Dan Clark on Wednesday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Key West Garden Club at 1100 Atlantic Blvd.

Clark is the Wildlife Refuge Manager at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex. He'll give an overview of the refuge complex and its status following the Hurricane Irma. The refuges are comprised of 417,000 acres and support a variety of important habitats and species that also help fuel the economic engine of South Florida and the Florida Keys.

Clark has 25 years of experience in the stewardship and management of protected species and habitats in the tropics and subtopics. He previously was manager at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial.

Clark is also an avid wildlife and landscape photographer whose work has been   appeared in the London Museum of Natural History, the Discovery Channel, and a number of other publications.

Admissions is free and open to anyone who is interested.

For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at 305-771-5807.

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Hawk Mania 2018
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Hawk Mania 2018

Every fall tens of thousands of hawks, eagles and falcons migrate through the Florida Keys, a phenomenon that is surprisingly easy to miss. It makes us want to grab everyone we see by the shirt collar and point all the birds out to them. Instead we've created an event: Hawk Mania.

 It's a chance for anyone who'd interested to come out and see the visible miracle of migration.

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Migration Bird Walk
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Migration Bird Walk

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold a migration bird walk on Saturday, April 21, beginning 8 a.m. at Indigenous Park, 1801 White Street.

Late April is the peak of bird migration in the Florida. Birds migrating from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Central America often stop in Key West en route to their northern habitats. Indigenous Park can be a great place to see them because of its plethora of native trees

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Steven Whitfield on Flamingos
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Steven Whitfield on Flamingos

The Florida Keys Audubon Society’s speaker series will continue on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Boulevard. Before the meeting there will be a bird walk at 6 p.m. led by Dr. Mark Whiteside.

The speaker will be Steven Whitfield, a conservation biologist with Zoo Miami, who whill give a talk called “Past, Present, and Future of American Flamingos in Florida.”

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Butterflies & Birds with Harty & Whiteside
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Butterflies & Birds with Harty & Whiteside

The speakers will be Beryn Harty and Dr. Mark Whiteside who will give a presentation called “Flutterers and Fly-Bys: A Virtual Walk.” Harty will surprise Whiteside with mixed images of birds and butterflies; Whiteside will identify the species, talk abut their habits, where they can be seen, and other aspects of their life histories. 

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Mark Hedden on “Colombia: The Birdiest Place On Earth.”
Jan
3
6:30 PM18:30

Mark Hedden on “Colombia: The Birdiest Place On Earth.”

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he Florida Keys Audubon Society will kick off it’s 2017 Speaker Series on Wednesday, January 3 at 6:30 p.m. with a talk by Mark Hedden at the Key West Garden Club. 

Hedden is a writer, photographer, and birdwatching guide. He is also the executive director of FKAS. Hedden will give a talk called “Colombia: The Birdiest Place On Earth.” Hedden first visited Colombia in 2016, and will lead a trip there for FKAS in March of 2017.

“Colombia was off the grid for Americans for a long time, but it has been stable and safe for close to a decade,” said Hedden.

“It’s a country the size of France with about 2,000 species of birds in it. That’s two-and-a-half times more than all of the U.S. And it is an incredibly beautiful and under-visited place,” Hedden said.

FKAS talks are free and open to the public.
For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com.

 

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Christmas Bird Count
Dec
30
7:30 AM07:30

Christmas Bird Count

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold it’s Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 30, 2017. 

The Christmas Bird Count is an annual event in which groups all over the world spend a day surveying birds in their region, thus creating a snapshot of the health and numbers of bird populations. It is also a great way to learn about Keys birds and the environment. 

The first count was held on Christmas Day in 1900, and it has been a staple of nature-lovers calendar ever since.

Birders of all experiences and abilities are welcome at the count, but space is limited and the organizers ask those interested to contact them by December 26 (preferably sooner) at keysaudubon@gmail.com

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Peggy Koontz from Key West Wildlife Center
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Peggy Koontz from Key West Wildlife Center

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will continue it’s speaker series on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Boulevard. 

The speaker will be Peggy Koontz of the Key West Wildlife Center. Koontz will speak about Hurricane Irma and it’s aftermath, and how it effected the local bird population. 

Koontz said that one of the more unexpected things was that, “more animals were taken down by storm-caused pollution than by traumatic injuries from wind and rain.” 

“Peggy and the crew from the Wildlife Center have been on the front lines since the storm. No one has a better idea of the near term effects on our wildlife than she does,” said Mark Hedden, Executive Director of FKAS.

There may also be a guest appearance by Augie the Hawk. 

Chris Guinto, who was slated to speak about crocodiles at this meeting, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Admissions is free and open to anyone who is interested.

For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at 305-771-5807.

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Pete Frezza on Weds, Nov 1
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Pete Frezza on Weds, Nov 1

The Florida Keys Audubon Society’s speaker series will kick off for the season this Wednesday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Boulevard. 
The speaker will be Pete Frezza, Research Manager for the Everglades Region at Audubon Florida.

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Hawk Mania 2017
Oct
13
to Oct 15

Hawk Mania 2017

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The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold its annual Hawk Mania event this Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. It’s a chance to see and learn about the tens of thousands of hawks, falcons, eagles and ospreys that migrate through the Keys each fall.


On Friday at 6:30 p.m., bird-of-prey expert Jeff Bouton of Leica Sport Optics will speak at the Studios of Key West at 533 Eaton Street. Bouton will speak about his origins as a birding professional. He has worked as a bird bander, a hawk counter, a birding guide, and a field researcher all over the United States. He has led a team of competitive birdwatchers through Israel, and has sought out rare and beautiful birds pretty much anywhere you can point to on a map.


On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be an all-day hawk watch at Higgs beach, between the Key West Garden Club and the White Street Pier. The hawk watch is a chance to catch sight of birds like Peregrine Falcons, Merlins, Short-tailed Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, and Bald Eagles as they migrate south. On hand will be knowledgeable birdwatchers such as Jeff Bouton, Rafael Galvez, director of the Florida Keys Hawk Watch, and Florida Keys Audubon representatives Mark Hedden and Mark Whiteside. There will also be bird walk at 10 a.m. led by local bird expert Dr. Mark Whiteside, seeking out songbirds and shorebirds in the immediately adjacent areas.


The event is open and free to kids and adults and anyone who is interested. No experience necessary.


For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com.

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Spring Migration Bird Walk
Apr
22
8:00 AM08:00

Spring Migration Bird Walk

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold a Spring Migration bird walk on Saturday, April 22, which is also Earth Day. They walk starts at 8 a.m. at Indigenous Park at 1801 White Street. 
“Every spring, hundreds of thousands of birds migrate from South America and the Caribbean heading towards their breeding territories up north,. Many of those birds stop in the Keys. A bird walk this time of year offers a really great chance to see some of the world’s most beautiful critters,” said FKAS executive director Mark Hedden. 
The walk is free and open to everyone who is interested. 
Participants are advised to wear sunscreen and a hat, and to binoculars and a bottle of water.
For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com

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Jim Hale talks pigeon
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

Jim Hale talks pigeon

The Florida Keys Audubon Society’s speaker series will continue on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Boulevard. 

The speaker will be Jim Hale, who is sometimes referred to as the Pigeon King of Key West. Hale raises, trains and races homing pigeons and has won many awards. He is familiar to many Key Westers as the man who releases white pigeons at weddings and other events. Hale also takes in Cuban pigeons that have been blown off course and landed in the Keys.

“Jim is an endless fount of information about what birders call the Rock Pigeon, a bird that has some amazingly malleable genetic materials. A great way to learn about natural selection is to study what happens with selective breeding in a creature like the pigeon,” said Mark Hedden, executive director of the Florida Keys Audubon Society.

Admissions is free and open to anyone who is interested.

For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at 305-771-5807.

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Kate Watts on White-crowned Pigeons
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Kate Watts on White-crowned Pigeons

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will continue its speaker series on Wednesday, March 8, with Kate Watts, the Lead Wildlife Biologist at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex. 

Watts will give a talk entitled “From Zapata to Duval Street - A Look into the Captivating Life of the White-crowned Pigeon.” 

The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 8 and take place at the Key West Garden Club at 1100 Atlantic Boulevard.

Admissions is free and open to anyone who is interested.

She’ll be discussing the life history, distribution and movement of the the white-crowned pigeon, as well as trends in nesting in the lower Keys. She will alsohighlight things that people can do to help conserve these unique birds.

Kate Watts is the Lead Wildlife Biologist at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, coordinating research and monitoring of over 30 federally listed plants and animals that call the Lower Keys home.  Her background in avian research has allowed her to live all across the US, working with species ranging from the Red Knots and Piping Plovers of Delaware Bay, Marbled Godwits of Humboldt Bay, waterfowl and shorebirds in the California's Central Valley, California Condors of Los Padres National Forest and the Great White Heron of the Florida Keys.  Of course, she enjoys birding in her spare time. 

For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at 305-771-5807.

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Monthly Meeting: Mark Whiteside and Beryn Harty
Jan
4
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting: Mark Whiteside and Beryn Harty

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will kick off it’s 2017 Lecture Series on Wednesday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Key West Garden Club at 1100 Atlantic Blvd.

The speakers will be Dr. Mark Whiteside and Beryn Harty. Whiteside is president of FKAS and a lifelong birdwatchers. Harty is a broad-based naturalist and photographer. Their program is entitled “Stump The Doctor: A Virtual Bird Walk.” 

Audience members are invited to participate by either bringing in their own pictures of hard to identify birds, or emailing them in ahead of time.

Admissions is free and open to anyone who is interested. 

For more information email keysaudubon@gmail.com, visit www.keysaudubon.org, or call 305-771-5807.

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Christmas Bird Count
Dec
31
7:30 AM07:30

Christmas Bird Count

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold it’s Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 31, 2016. 


The Christmas Bird Count is an annual event in which groups all over the world spend a day surveying birds in their region, thus creating a snapshot of the health and numbers of bird populations. It is also a great way to learn about Keys birds and the environment. 
The first count was held on Christmas Day in 1900, and it has been a staple of nature-lovers calendar ever since.


Birders of all experiences and abilities are welcome at the count, but space is limited and the organizers ask those interested to contact them by December 28 (preferably sooner) at keysaudubon@gmail.com. 

We'll be done in time for everyone to make it to their New Year's Eve parties.

 

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

Hawk Mania 2016

HAWK MANIA

Every fall tens of thousands of hawks, eagles and falcons migrate through the Florida Keys, a phenomenon that is surprisingly easy to miss. It makes us want to grab everyone we see by the shirt collar and point all the birds out to them. Instead we've created an event: Hawk Mania.

It's a chance for anyone who'd interested to come out and see the visible miracle of migration.

The two main events will be a keynote talk by internationally renowned hawk expert Rafael Galvez on Friday, October 14, and all day Hawk Watch at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park on Saturday, October 15.

We've also added a few satellite events this year – a beach walk with seabird expert Cameron Cox on Friday morning, and on Saturday a songbird walk, a butterfly walk, and a seawatch.

Check out the schedule below. And come out for a little while or for all the events. We'd love to see you.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. There is a fee to get into Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.

 

SCHEDULE


Friday, October 14

9 a.m. on Friday
“Littorally Birding: Looking for birds where the sea meets the sky”
Join Cameron Cox, author of “Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching” for a short walk and talk and a chance to learn about the habits of shore birds, wading birds, and the birds of the open ocean (also known as pelagic birds). Meet at the base of White Street Pier. (Map)

6:30 p.m. on Friday
Rafael Galvez keynote: “Southbound & Down: Bird Migration in the Florida Keys”
Rafael Galvez is the director of the Florida Keys Hawk Watch, a well as a highly regarded wild life artist and a guide for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. He knows more about birds migration in the Keys than anyone. Come listen to him speak the gospel of avifauna.
Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Boulevard. (Map)


Saturday, October 15

9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday
Hawk Watch at Fort Zach. Stop by for a few minutes or the whole day. Mid-October is the peak of the annual raptor migration through the Keys. We can almost guarantee seeing a Peregrine Falcon (the fastest bird on the planet) as well as good chances at several other species of hawks and falcons, including Northern Harriers, Broad-winged Hawks, Short-tailed Hawks, Merlins, American Kestrels, Ospreys and Bald Eagles. Chief counters will be
Meet at the tent in the field at the west end of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.


9:30 a.m. on Saturday
Songbird walk with Dr. Mark Whiteside
Songbirds, small, colorful birds that – also know as passerines – are also migrating through the Keys at this time of year. Long-time birder and Florida Keys Audubon society president Mark Whiteside will lead a short walk around the park’s native hardwood hammock. 
Meet at the tent in the field at the west end of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.

11:00 a.m. on Saturday
Butterfly walk with Amy Grimm and Leigh Williams
Join the Big Pine Key dynamic duo of butterflies – Amy Grimm and Leigh Williams – for a short walk around the edge areas of the park, seeking some of nature’s most delicate and beautiful winged creatures. 
Meet at the tent in the field at the west end of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park..

2:00 p.m. on Saturday
Seawatch with Cameron Cox
Living on an island, you never know what is going to fly by. Come spend a little time with Cameron at the water’s edge to find out. Frigatebirds, gannets, boobies, pelicans, gulls, terns… Could be anything.
Meet at the tent in the field at the west end of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.


 

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Dry Tortugas Birding
May
5
7:00 AM07:00

Dry Tortugas Birding

Loose, informal trip out the Dry Tortugas, one of the great places in the world to see migrant birds, as well as several species of birds that are very difficult to see anywhere else in the United States. If you want to come, please send us an email at keysaudubon@gmail.com, then book yourself a space on the Yankee freedom. $175 per person / $109 with local ID.
Book by calling 800-634-0939

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Bird Walk with Andy Wraithmell
May
4
8:00 AM08:00

Bird Walk with Andy Wraithmell

A chance to see some of the later migrant birds moving through the Keys. Co-led by Florida Keys Audubon Society director Mark Hedden and Great Florida Birding Trail information specialist Andy Wraithmell. Meet in the parking lot of Indigenous Park at 8 a.m.

Participants are advised to bring a hat, binoculars, and a bottle of water.

 

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Migration Bird Walk
Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

Migration Bird Walk

Migration is on! Which means there are a lot if warlbers and other songbirds to be seen. Meet at the parking lot at Indigenous Park. We will bird inside the park and in some nearby environs. Bring a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a bottle of water. Led by Dr. Mark Whiteside and Mark Hedden.
Participants are advised to bring a hat, binoculars, and a bottle of water.

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Monthly Meeting: Jerry Lorenz
Apr
13
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting: Jerry Lorenz

Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine

In his presentation, Dr. Lorenz pulls together Audubon’s 80 year record on spoonbill nesting patterns in Florida Bay with his personal experience in studying the fish on which spoonbills feed, thereby constructing a story of how the human population explosion in southern Florida has had a multilevel effect on spoonbills.  During the development boom, seemingly unrelated events serially reduced the spoonbill’s foraging habitats in domino like fashion resulting in a dramatic decline in spoonbill nesting success that continues today.  His most recent work of banding and tracking spoonbills finally explains why it took so long for spoonbills to recover from the plume hunting and why spoonbills in Florida Bay continue to decline while most other wading birds in the Everglades region are increasing.  Dr. Lorenz demonstrates how the destruction of wetlands for urban and agricultural use have not only endangered spoonbills, but myriad other creatures and entire ecosystems.  Ecosystems that drive our tourist based economy.  Like the canary in a coal mine, Roseate Spoonbills are letting us know that there is something drastically wrong with our environment and that continued runaway development will not only ruin our remaining wildness areas but our lifestyles as well. 

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