Please join us for our next chapter meeting on February 21st. Our speaker will be Hance Ellington, Grazinglands Wildlife Specialist at the University of Florida. He will talk about current avian ecology research and the use of Acoustic Recording Units (akin to the Merlin app many birders use) and BirdNet (Cornell Lab of Ornithology). It will be interesting to find out about the Artificial Intelligence methods employed in this endeavor. Upcoming events are as follows (additional details on our website – www.CitrusCountyAudubon.org):
2/1 Orlando Wetlands field trip 2/2 Merritt Island field trip 2/6 La Chua Trail (Paynes Prairie) field trip 2/7 Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve talk by Rey Wells 2/10 Pepper Creek Bird Walk (Homosassa) 2/16 Emeralda Marsh (Leesburg area) field trip 2/20 Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve field trip 2/21 chapter meeting at Unity Church in Lecanto 3/8 Ocala Wetlands field trip 3/9 Pepper Creek Bird Walk (Homosassa)
Our March meeting will be our annual Members’ Photo Show. If you wish to participate, please include up to 10 photos on a flash drive & bring it to the Feb. meeting. Birds must be identified and in the order you want them presented.
We had such an overwhelming response to our request for bluebird house help, that it was more than the Smiths could accommodate. Thank you to all who volunteered – and also to the 16 Manatee Festival helpers who braved the cold to man our booth. We are now looking for volunteers to work on the 2024 Christmas Party (& find a new location). Also, our compiler completed the Christmas Bird Count report, listing 127 species and 7,812 total birds counted!
For those who knew former board member, Pete Gumaskas, we want to let you know that his memorial service will be held this spring at the FL Nat’l Cemetery in Bushnell. Please remember to renew your CCAS membership for 2024, & we hope to see you at our 2/21 chapter meeting.