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Hernando Audubon
Society

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!







Red-headed Woodpecker Research and
Photography in Minnesota

Date:           Thursday, January 24, 2019
Doors open:  6:30 p.m.
Meeting:
      7 p.m.
Program:
      7:15 p.m.
Where:       
Community Activity Center
                   205 E. Fort Dade Ave.
                   Brooksville, FL 34601

The Speaker: Siah St. Clair

Siah holds a Master's degree in Environmental Interpretation from Michigan State University and was a nature center director for 42 years until his retirement in 2013. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, is the chapter's field trip chair, and has been the compiler for the North Minneapolis Christmas Bird Count for many years. Of special note, he chairs the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project which is sponsored by the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis. He is also a published author, nature photographer and periodically blogs about nature topics.

The Program:

Red-headed Woodpecker (RHWO) population numbers in Minnesota (and the upper Midwest) have diminished by more than 80 percent in the last 20 years. All other woodpecker species' populations in this area are increasing. The Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project was formed 10 years ago to inform the public about this decline, to encourage habitat for RHWOs, and to initiate research about them. Almost no research had been conducted on this species, so very little is known about them. The project has color banded nearly 200 RHWOs, conducted nest surveys and observations and, in the summers of 2017 and 2018, have placed transmitters on adults and nestlings to collect more extensive data. This research combines the work of full time academics and more than 35 citizen science volunteers.
The program this evening will show close up pictures of RHWO behavior throughout the year, show activities inside the nest cavity and food items fed to nestlings, and present how the group is conducting the research and what has been learned so far.





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!

Meeting Location:
Community Activity Center
205 E Fort Dade Ave
Brooksville, FL 34601

Future Meetings.
Always Interesting Topics.


December - No Meeting

Feb 28 - Thursday
Hummingbirds
Speaker: Fred Dietrich

Mar 28 - Thursday
Florida Black Bears
Speaker: Mike Orlando

Apr 25 - Thursday
Creating a Bird-friendly Habitat
Speakers: Linda Vanderveen and Debbie McKevitt

May 9 - Thursday
End-of-Season Picnic
Chinsegut Conservation Center



              
All Red-headed Woodpecker images by courtesy of Siah St. Clair
Hernando Audubon Society, Inc. All rights reserved.
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