Saturday, March 1, 2014

Swallowtail Kite Sightings

From Swallowtail Kite Sighting website:
 
Hello Citizen Scientist,

Sightings have already begun to come in from Florida, so it's official, the Swallow-tailed Kite 2014 spring migration is in motion!

Thank you for your participation in 2013 on this project hosted by the Avian Conservation Center and Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston, South Carolina.  With your help we were able to document 3380 birds in 17 states as well as Toronto, Bermuda, and Brazil! Some birds traveled further North than we expected, and others traveled into their former range in the Midwest!

This year we're hoping to continue the increase in reporting and to engage even more Citizen Scientists in this important effort.

Swallow-tailed Kites are an avian species of concern.  Continued loss of the hardwood bottom land forest habitats they require for a successful breeding season has had an effect on the population size and reach.  This project helps identify geographic range and productivity of this unique and breathtaking species.

For more information or to report a sighting, click here: http://www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org/swallowtail-kite.php

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Opportunities with FWC

From  Necia Godzisz, FWC Southwest Region Volunteer Coordinator:

Looking for volunteers to participate in tegu canvassing on March 8th from 9am-5pm.  Sign up for Tegu Canvassing By Clicking Here!

Help educate your friends and neighbors about the tegu issue in Hillsborough County so we can better combat this issue that is impacting our local environment.  Invasive species can cause serious harm to native habitats, and organisms.  Incidentally, just today an article was published by the Tampa Tribune about the tegu!  Click here to read the recent article about tegus.  No prior experience necessary, all training done on site the day of.
We also need lots more for the invasive plant work day on March 15th, in Haines City at the Osprey Unit!  Please sign up today!  Sign up to Rid the Osprey Unit of Pesky Invasive Plants!  No prior experience necessary, all training done on site the day of.
Information on locations, times, dates, and more can be found on the links above.  If you need more information beyond what is contained on the calendar links, feel free to ask. 
 
Lastly, if you were hoping to sign up for the wading birds program, be sure to send me an email about whether or not you are attending the training session we are holding for it at 2pm on March 9th, at Lake Somerset.  This will be hosted by Ann Paul from Audubon… it will be very informative and helpful for this project and you will need to attend to participate!  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, it will be many great days outside this season!
Some requirements for the wading bird program:
-Are 18 years or older (though we are working on getting it also approved for those under 18 with a parent, it is not yet approved)
-Own some binoculars you could bring along with you to monitor the nests
-Are able to swim – life jackets will be provided
-Are vaguely familiar with using canoes – a training will be provided to further teach you, but some familiarity with canoes or kayaks is preferred.
-Are willing to commit to the season which lasts from March to August to help with this project.  (Only one day every other week)
Please sign up today to help out, we need you!
Cheers,
Necia Godzisz
FWC Southwest Region Volunteer Coordinator
Office: 863-648-3829
Necia.Godzisz@MyFWC.com

Friday, November 8, 2013

Stream Waterwatch Training

Stream Waterwatch Volunteers Make the Difference

Mark your Calendars!

On Saturday, November 9th we will hold Stream Waterwatch's
Level I Introduction to Stream Waterwatch: Watershed Walk & Visual Survey Training and Level II Water Quality Chemical Training
& Annual Water Quality Assurance Training

Location: Trout Creek Park

Time: 10:30 am

Directions: From I-75 exit at Fletcher Avenue, head northeast on Morris Bridge Road for approximately ½ mile. Look for park entrance on the left. Follow road approximately 1 mile to the parking area & pay the park’s admission fee.

Park Phone: (813) 987-6200.

Meet at a picnic shelter near the canoe launch on the river.

Also, current volunteers – Please drop by if you need new chemicals with QA testing, just let us know what you need

Please RSVP to streamwaterwatch@bellsouth.net if you plan on attending.

For directions or questions call Phyllis Green: (813) 917-0935 or e-mail us at streamwaterwatch@bellsouth.net

Water Quality Testing Questions: Email Phyllis at pgreen@hccfl.edu

Benthic Questions: Email Peggy at pegrat307@msn.com

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stream Waterwatch Training

Stream Waterwatch

Volunteers Make the Difference

Mark your Calendars!


On Saturday, September 28th we will hold Stream Waterwatch's Level I Introduction to Stream Waterwatch: Watershed Walk & Visual Survey Training and Level II Water Quality Chemical Training

Location: Trout Creek Park
Time: 2:00 pm

Directions: From I-75 exit at Fletcher Avenue, head northeast on Morris Bridge Road for approximately ½ mile. Look for park entrance on the left. Follow road approximately 1 mile to the parking area & pay the park’s admission fee.

Park Phone: (813) 987-6200.

Meet at a picnic shelter near the canoe launch on the river.

Also, current volunteers – Please drop by if you need new chemicals with QA testing, just let us know what you need

Please RSVP to streamwaterwatch@bellsouth.net if you plan on attending.
For directions or questions call Phyllis Green: (813) 917-0935 or e-mail us at streamwaterwatch@bellsouth.net

Water Quality Testing Questions:

Email Erik at egarwell@tampabay.rr.com
Phyllis at pgreen@hccfl.edu
Benthic Questions:Email Peggy at pegrat307@msn.com