Florida VMA – April 20-23, 2023
AUGUST 10, 2023
The Florida VMA (FVMA) held its annual conference from April 20-23 in Orlando. The association presented awards and seated new officials.
JULY 22, 2021
Note: Erika is the Communications Director for Audubon Florida. During a chilly Florida day (yes, we have those) a few months ago, I drove thirty minutes outside of Tallahassee to a co-worker’s house for the singular purpose of checking out her bird feeders. They’re not alone on my bird list. The birds connect us!
MAY 10, 2020
As the cold fronts begin to sweep through the northern states ushering in a wave of seasonal change and color, South Florida becomes a gathering place for migratory birds far and wide across the country. Black-bellied Plover is a common migrant in South Florida, occurring at both inland and coastal sites. Tricolored Heron.
FEBRUARY 7, 2023
Several new studies were unveiled at @the_NAVC Veterinary Meeting & Expo this January in Orlando, Florida, including research identifying 30 different bacterial groups in the fecal microbiome of domestic cats and a survey on dog owners’ awareness of osteoarthritis.
APRIL 11, 2023
New England Reptile Distributers just released a video explaining a terrible incident involving the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). In 2021, Florida banned reticulated pythons, forcing Coffee to find homes for the pythons outside of Florida. He had a total of 120 pythons he needed to rehome.
JUNE 19, 2019
Fast becoming one of my all time “Go To” spots, Florida Canyon, just a few miles north of Madera Canyon has yielded yet another great bird. I was shut out on the cuckoo, but discovered a group of Bushtits , which made them a first time for Florida Canyon for me. Here is another shot of this very cool bird.
JUNE 18, 2015
You may not have heard about the Florida Bonneted Bat (Eumops floridanus) , and that is fine, not many know this bat even existed. This bat is rare and range-restricted in South Florida, which are some of the reasons it was recently listed as an endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Florida Bonneted Bat roosting in Palm Tree.
JANUARY 6, 2015
I was birding one of my favorite places yesterday, Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Palm Beach County, Florida, and, as generally happens, people were asking me about the birds they were admiring. It works well in Florida , in which most species are allocated one page each and 20 species get two-page spreads. “Great Egret.”
APRIL 14, 2015
Florida is one of America’s great avian hot spots, renowned for its impressive bird diversity. The official Florida checklist counts over 500 species, and thus Florida citizens had a wealth of State Bird candidates to choose from when they named the Florida state bird in 1927. The striking Snail Kite?
MARCH 19, 2012
Before January I had come across the very red birds of the western United States and the “normal” birds in the eastern part of the country but when I first laid eyes on the pale form of Florida I felt like I was seeing a whole new bird. The pale Red-shouldered Hawks of Florida are, to use just one word, beautiful.
OCTOBER 8, 2018
My husband and I hooked up our boat to the trailer and set off to the Santa Rosa Sound in Florida’s Panhandle around 3 p.m., The post A Relaxing Big Day in Florida appeared first on 10,000 Birds. hitting the water just before 4 p.m. – a late start by any measure. That was just icing on the cake.
FEBRUARY 10, 2014
I was at the Blue Heron Wetlands in Titusville, Florida, during the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival hoping to connect with a Purple Gallinule that the field trip I co-led with Laura Erickson failed to find. The birds in Florida, on the other hand, are of domestic stock gone feral. And why is it still there?
MARCH 18, 2014
The birding in Florida is so easy that a kid can do it. There are Double-crested Comorants , of course, but it’s not Florida unless you have Anhingas bellied up to the shoreline drying their wings like absurdly proportioned chickens. What sets Florida apart, besides the diversity, is the proximity.
OCTOBER 19, 2016
Take the Florida Scrub-Jay. Photo above by Louise Hunt, courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology) At just about 5,000 individuals, Florida’s only exclusive endemic is Endangered. And with the bird’s oak scrub habitat rapidly disappearing , scientists are searching for ways to preserve the species.
FEBRUARY 2, 2015
Interestingly, they made their own way to the Florida panhandle, colonizing from the Texas population, but they were also introduced further south in Florida for some unknown reason. Mammals armadillos Florida Nine-banded Armadillo Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival' A quick Google search gave me the answer.
FEBRUARY 13, 2014
But as of right now there is nowhere in the United States where a birder can see a chicken and count it on his or her list despite the fact that there is a well established and long lasting Feral Chicken population in the Florida Keys. It is time for the Florida Ornithological Society to allow for the counting of Feral Chickens.
DECEMBER 23, 2016
Florida Caverns State Park is known for one, quite obvious thing: the caverns. This fall, I stopped at Florida Caverns with two friends who had never visited before. This tiny species breeds north of Florida but returns to spend the winter here as well as in Central and South America.
MARCH 20, 2019
Lying just a few miles north of the entrance to Madera Canyon, is Florida Canyon. Soon, many of these birds will be gone, headed north with the spring migration, but I am very excited to see who comes along to replace them, in what is becoming one of my all time favorites birding locations, Florida Canyon.
JANUARY 9, 2012
An Alachua County Circuit Court judge has ordered the University of Florida to provide an animal rights activist with records on primates involved in research. This is good news, at least in my opinion. Full article in the Gainesville Sun. Camille Marino of Wildwood, who founded the group Negotiation is Over, received the records last week.
AUGUST 1, 2013
A friend of mine told me, she has been seeing small groups of Swallow-tailed Kites ( Elanoides furficatus ) in the general area; in south Florida. At one of the biggest migration roost in Florida, not far from where we live, kites begin to gather by mid June. Swallow-tailed Kite near the Lake Okeechobee roost in Florida.
MARCH 23, 2013
Smooth-billed Anis were relative newcomers as breeders to Florida, having only begun nesting since the 1930s. According to the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas, the first confirmed breeding record was in Miami in July of 1938. During this time, southern Florida was in a state of ecological chaos. Petersburg area and Cape Canaveral.
MARCH 27, 2014
Florida is known as the Sunshine State. Exotic species are animals that did not historically occur in Florida. Most were introduced, meaning they were brought to Florida by humans. However, captive-reared mallards are being unlawfully released by humans in large numbers in Florida.
OCTOBER 9, 2010
Animal rights activists are targeting a University of Florida researcher for his role in experiments on primates — even though he says he doesn't personally conduct animal research. Tags: university of florida animal research activism primates. Wonder if that could get activists into trouble under AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.)
JUNE 9, 2018
As the Caribbean’s emerald waters fell away below our seaplane, I had no idea what to expect from my visit to the Dry Tortugas, 70 miles west of Key West, Florida. Sooties, noddies, and where to find them.
OCTOBER 23, 2012
This migration season in Florida is fast coming to a close but it has not been without its high points. The Florida Keys Hawk-watch broke the world record for number of Peregrine Falcons recorded in a single day – a stunning 651 birds! We have had a record season for these birds and have banded 27 to date this fall.
FEBRUARY 23, 2013
The current situation with exotic bird species in Florida is in a state of flux, particularly southeast Florida where the bulk of exotic bird diversity in the United States resides — and much of it “uncountable.”
DECEMBER 27, 2012
Razorbills ( Alca torda ) have invaded the coastal waters of Florida on an unprecedented scale this December of 2012. The impacts of such enormous hurricanes and their accompanying surge on marine ecosystems are not well studied or understood but it may be related to the unprecedented invasion of Razorbills in Florida.
MAY 2, 2014
It is also a good description of the birding in southernmost Florida. Sure, Miami and the Florida Keys do not boast any endemics ( ‘Cape Sable’ Seaside Sparrow is close) at the species level. Few birders realize how many warblers actually do winter in southernmost Florida — even long time birders within the state.
JULY 31, 2014
The end of July marks the end of the Least Tern’s ( Sterna antillarum ) nesting season in Florida. Young Least Terns , some still begging for food, begin to appear on Florida beaches and will soon continue their flight south eastern South America. But making it to a flying age in Florida is an accomplishment in itself.
MAY 16, 2014
Although many South Florida specialties can be seen throughout the year such as White-crowned Pigeon and Snail Kite , most visiting birders decide to come in the months of April and May in search of summer migrants or secretive birds that only vocalize during the breeding season. Migration starts very early in the sunshine state.
FEBRUARY 6, 2018
Three evenings a week, I trek exactly 51 minutes from my house or 97 minutes from my office (depending on the day) to the University of West Florida campus in Pensacola for graduate classes in strategic communications.
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Within one week, I saw Bufflehead over 1,200 miles apart, first in Maine, and then along the Florida Panhandle. They breed in Canada and Alaska, but in the summer they can be found across the United States, as far south as Florida, Cuba, and into Mexico, and as far north as the Pacific coast of Alaska and the Atlantic coast of Maine.
JUNE 28, 2012
Back in January I finally completed the North American scrub jay trifecta – Western Scrub Jay , Island Scrub Jay , and Florida Scrub Jay. Florida Scrub Jays are having a hard time of it, what with habitat fragmentation, degradation, and eradication.
JULY 24, 2012
If you have been out birding in southeast Florida there is a good chance that you have run into him in the field. During the winter, southeast Florida becomes the wood-warbler capital of the ABA area. As one can see, seeing twenty warblers in the winter in southeast Florida is well within the realm of possibility! That’s right.
MAY 2, 2016
Of course, I contacted Carlos Sanchez , alleged south Florida birder extraordinaire, to maximize the returns on what time I could spend. From the bulbuls we went in search of another introduced species that has taken to south Florida like home. Let me get out of the car before making me look at birds! What is it with this guy?
AUGUST 23, 2015
The ABA checklist committee has recently added the Egyptian Goose to the official ABA checklist, based on an established population in southeastern Florida. Others, like the Records Committee of the Florida Ornithological Society, are now hiring. Others, like the Records Committee of the Florida Ornithological Society, are now hiring.
NOVEMBER 1, 2012
The southeast tip of the Florida peninsula is not well endowed with a wide variety of sparrows in winter like the rest of the southeastern United States. This is not the case in southern Florida, where a typical outing to such popular parks as A.D. Like Savannah Sparrow, the type specimen of Swamp Sparrow was collected in Georgia.
FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Cloud, Florida, Doug, with whom I had been birding all day long, found a Yellow-throated Warbler foraging behind us. They winter in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. In between moments of staring at and trying to photograph distant Snail Kites at Kaliga Park on East Lake Toho in St.
JANUARY 28, 2023
Ocala, Florida This is Sassy she had been brought into a local vet's office in Georgia, the owner wanted to euthanize her due to just not wanting Sassy anymore, due to owner being pregnant, that's it nothing else! Well the vet refused to euthanize a healthy dog. Sassy was posted on reddit & found a home. Serious inquiries only.
JANUARY 16, 2013
In 2012, for the third straight year, wading birds in south Florida had poor nesting success. Only 26,395 nests were started in 2012, a 39 percent decline compared to the decadal average. Most hard-hit were federally endangered Wood Storks , which saw all 820 nests fail or be abandoned.
APRIL 20, 2011
Even in the Brazilian Amazon, I’ve never seen this many whistling ducks together–there were sixty at a manmade lake behind the Brevard Community College near Titusville, Florida. I don’t get a lot of life birds in North America any more, but this confiding little gent offered himself up to the list: a Florida Scrub-Jay.
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