St. Lucie Audubon Society

The Indian RIver Lagoon, via photo and map.

The online database eBird has validated 9902 species of birds. Some 10,324 species are on the official Clements Checklist. Therefore, eBird is missing a few!

Results of the 114th Christmas Bird Count are almost complete online. To get the full count summary, regional summaries, articles from participants, and more delivered right to your inbox, sign up for American Birds online
Audubon has moved the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) results to a digital platform by producing a FREE quarterly citizen science e-newsletter, American Birds. The newsletter contains news from all our citizen science programs, such as Great Backyard Bird Count and Hummingbirds at Home. It also includes the types of CBC information and summaries previously distributed in a print edition of American Birds. 
If you have already signed up to receive the new citizen science e-newsletter, many thanks-you will receive our next quarterly edition of American Birds online in early August.
Geoff LeBaron
Director of the Christmas Bird Count
National Audubon Society

The official fall migration count for the Florida Keys Hawkwatch is in, and another record was set for Peregrine Falcons in 2013! The count takes place in Curry Hammock State Park just north of Marathon, FL at mile marker 56.2 on U.S. 1. You really need to pay a visit between mid-September and mid-October to see some stunning birds! Raptors are not the only attractions; migrating warblers and flycatchers join endemic Keys species like White-crowned Pigeons. RV and tent campsites can be reserved, and there are hotels nearby in Marathon.

Volunteer by helping to clean up local waterways Saturday, July 26 from 8 AM to 12:30 PM. Details at the link.

FWC Seeking Gopher Tortoise Volunteers!

Gopher Tortoise Volunteer Opportunities - 07/21/2014

Dear Future Volunteers,

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is recruiting volunteers to participate in gopher tortoise conservation. Becoming an FWC volunteer is a great way for Florida residents to be citizen scientists and help protect Florida’s wildlife.

There are 3 new opportunities for you to get involved:

•Mortality Data Collection: Volunteers report all observed gopher tortoise mortalities to FWC

•Tortoise Taxi: Volunteers assist in the transportation of sick, injured, or rehabilitated tortoises

•Silt Fence Installation: Volunteers install temporary enclosures for relocated gopher tortoises (must be physically able to work outside)

Volunteers play a very important role in gopher tortoise conservation. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information regarding these volunteer opportunities, please contact us at Thank you for your interest in protecting gopher tortoises. We hope to hear from you soon.


FWC’s Gopher Tortoise Conservation Program

Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission DIRECTLY for this opportunity!