St. Lucie Audubon Society
Scraps, especially skeletons, puncture the birds’ pouches and crops. This leads to infection, starvation, and painful death. Removing the hook and line is crucial! I have seen x-rays of critically ill pelicans with EIGHT hooks in their crops. Would you want eight fish hooks in your stomach? The monofilament line must be removed so the bird does not become tangled in it and strangle or lose a limb to a ligature. Remember, treat all creatures as you would want to be treated.

Scraps, especially skeletons, puncture the birds’ pouches and crops. This leads to infection, starvation, and painful death. Removing the hook and line is crucial! I have seen x-rays of critically ill pelicans with EIGHT hooks in their crops. Would you want eight fish hooks in your stomach? The monofilament line must be removed so the bird does not become tangled in it and strangle or lose a limb to a ligature. Remember, treat all creatures as you would want to be treated.

The family Corvidae are all very intelligent birds.

A hearing on the CERP (Everglades restoration) plan is being held April 10 in Palm Beach County. Audubon Florida is seeking people to attend the meeting to show support for the CERP plan. There are more details at the link.

A Request from the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County

The Crosstown Parkway Bridge route 1C will go through our State Park.  It is the worst route for the environment & the river, which we all are trying to clean up.  The Savannah Preserve State Park’s Halpatiokee Canoe & Nature Trails is important to keep the river clean & prevent flooding that’s prevalent in this area.  The Environmental Impact Statement says that route 1C has: the highest direct wetland acreage impact among the alternatives; relatively high acreage of upland impacts; the highest potential impact to threatened and endangered species & unavoidable impacts to essential fish habitats.  The second highest construction costs of the six routes.  This park is part of the Floodplain Restoration area, which is contained in CERP, an Everglades restoration plan.  It is designed to provide water quality improvements in the Indian River Lagoon & the St. Lucie River Estuary.  The Fish & Wildlife Commission found that the project area is located within a biodiversity hotspot and contains priority wetlands.  US Fish & Wildlife Service stated that it is inappropriate to construct a new transportation facility

within protected conservation lands, and such an action is contrary to the reason that the lands were originally acquired, and the use of conservation lands for a transportation facility would be contrary to its goal of maintaining habitat for fish and wildlife in the region.  One route only requires the purchase of 18 more properties than the route that goes through our State Park.  The homes that the city has already purchased can be used to house some of the residents that are displaced from another route. 

We will fight to stop route 1C.  Help us by contributing to our legal defense fund to save Halpatiokee Trails.  Please join The Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County Inc. by sending your membership dues of $20 &/or a contribution to P.O. Box 12515, Ft. Pierce, FL 34979-2515.  For more info go to http://www.conservationallianceslc.org/

Jay Watch Training Schedule for 2014

Jay Watch training sessions are FREE to participants

All trainings will be held in the morning. Site specific time, location, and other information can be obtained by contacting the person listed for each training.

~An overview of Florida Scrub-jay behavior and review of the survey protocol will be followed by field practice with the Scrub-jays~

  • Saturday, April 26—Royce Ranch/FWC, Highlands County Contact: Jacqui Sulek <jsulek@audubon.org>

  • Saturday, May 3—Duette Preserve, Manatee County Contact: Jacqui Sulek <jsulek@audubon.org>

  • Saturday, May 10 Cross Florida Greenway, Marion County Contact: Jess Rodriguez <Jess.Rodriguez@myFWC.com>

  • Saturday, May 10 Lyonia Preserve, Volusia County Contact: Jacqui Sulek <jsulek@audubon.org>

  • Saturday, May 31 Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Martin County Contact: Rob Rossmanith <Robin.Rossmanith@dep.state.fl.us>

  • Saturday, May 31 Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek State Park and FFA Leadership Training Center, Polk County

    Contact: Jacqui Sulek <jsulek@audubon.org>

  • Saturday, June 7—Prairie Shell Creek Preserve, Charlotte County Contact: Jacqui Sulek <jsulek@audubon.org> 

Participants will learn :

  • About Florida Scrub-jay cooperative breeding behavior

  • Population trends and factors affecting population stability

  • Standardized Jay Watch survey methods employed statewide June 15 —July 15 

Great news! The back pumping of agricultural waste water into Lake Okeechobee must stop! 

Ospreys nesting near you? Want to learn more about these beautiful birds and help science learn more about them? Consider volunteering for Osprey Watch!

Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County Needs Your Help!

The Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County has an opportunity to receive a $5000 donation if they can raise matching monies. The money is needed for legal costs incurred fighting the Crosstown Parkway bridge. Please donate if you can! Send donations to the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County, PO Box 12515, Ft. Pierce, FL, 34979-2515.