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Hernando Audubon

Hernando Audubon

Established 1959

May 3 - Thursday - Annual Picnic
Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road (CR 476)
1 mile west of US Hwy 41, north of Brooksville

We gather at the Center at 5 p.m. for those interested in birding.
The picnic starts at approximately 6 p.m.
Hernando Audubon will provide barbecue.

Please bring a side dish to share and your own place setting.

Chinsegut Conservation Center Manager Gina Long (Philhower) will make a presentation about the Center's accomplishments during
the past year and what the Center's expectations are for
the coming months.

See you there!

Meetings are held
September through April  
on the fourth Thursday
of the month except
in November when
we meet on the
third Thursday.
Our annual picnic is in May.
There is no meeting
in December.
You don't have to be
a member to attend
our meetings.
Everyone is welcome!

March 26, 2020

Annual Meeting
with Election of Officers
for the 2020-2021 term

followed by a presentation by
Wild Birds Unlimited of Tampa

Please note the meeting location:

Hernando County Mining Association
Enrichment Center,
800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.
Brooksville, FL 34601

Access to John Gary Grubbs Blvd. is on the west side of U.S. 41, directly across from the SUNOCO station.The center is a 2-story white building.

Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Meeting starts: 7 p.m.
The presentation starts
immediately following the election.

Members will receive via the USPS a Notice of Meeting with the proposed slate of officers. The Notice will also be published in our electronic newsletter, eNEWS.

About the presentation

Lucy Polak and Greg Williams, both from Wild Birds Unlimited, Tampa, will discuss the essential elements of attracting birds to a yard: food, water, shelter, and nesting opportunity. Different types of feeders offering a variety of food, ranging from seed and peanuts to suet and mealworms, will attract more birds to a backyard. The speakers will talk about the importance of offering water and nesting boxes. Bringing nature into a backyard allows a resident to watch and enjoy birds close up, as well as helping the birds in our ever more challenging environment.

As a matter of policy, Hernando Audubon Society does not endorse any vendors or products offered.

Photos above, from top:

Sandhill Crane eggs, like the two being tended in this image, average about 3.45 inches at their longest diameter.

After hatching, young Whooping Cranes quickly learn to explore the environment near the breeding territory.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Sandhill Cranes are affected by human activity primarily through habitat loss, disrubance/displacement, and hunting.

The cinnamon-buff and cinnamon-brown plumage of juvenile Whooping Cranes is distinctive.

Banding and recapturing 15,000 birds over a 30-year period in one location in Minnesota
This program will discuss protocols used, volunteer involvement, and information learned about the 110 bird species banded (mostly passerine) over the past 30 plus years at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, Minnesota. The project began after a tornado spent 16 minutes destroying the nature center in 1986.  The idea was to document how bird populations would change as the forest regrew after the devastation. With over 500 banding days, and over 25,000 captures, and with some individuals captured up to 48 times, we now have extensive data on some species' population changes and reproductive activity over time. We also have data on individual longevity, long distance migrants who return repeatedly to nest, as well as migrants who pass through on their way to northern Minnesota and Canada. And there will be lots of interesting stories and photographs from over the years.

About the speaker:

Siah St. Clair has a Master's degree in Environmental Interpretation from Michigan State University. He is a licensed bird bander and has been co-running this banding project since its inception in 1987 with master bander Ron Refsnider.

Siah was a nature center director for 42 years, first in Connecticut for 7 years and then as director of Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, Minnesota for 35 years until retirement in 2013.  He serves on the board of directors of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, and as field trip chair. He has also been the compiler and coordinator for the North Minneapolis Christmas Bird Count for many years.  He is the Chair of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project, which is a subsidiary group to and is sponsored by the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis. Siah is also a talented nature photographer.

All images for this meeting by courtesy of Siah St. Clair.

All meetings and events canceled due to coronavirus spread.
Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe.


This month, Hernando Audubon celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The Hummingbird Program will be preceded by a brief commemoration of this event. Look for details in our electronic newsletter, eNEWS.
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