Programs 2016-2017

Monthly Membership Programs

Monthly Meetings are held at 7pm on the first Monday of the month October-May at Moccasin Lake Nature Park 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater, FL 33759. Mix-and-mingle starts at 6:30.



October 3rd  Control of Crow Predation on Shorebird nests- Dr. Beth Forys Fish Crows can significantly decrease productivity of colonial beach-nesting birds in our region.  To deter crows from eating Black Skimmer eggs, we set up skimmer decoys with emetic eggs (eggs that made crows vomit) in 4 Black Skimmer colonies in Southwest, Florida.  Come to hear if this emetic egg method worked!


November 7th  Pot Luck and Hog Island Adventure Report Bring a dish to share. Please provide your own dinnerware. Drinks will be provided by CAS.

December 5th  Raptors of a Different Sort - Paul Cutlip    Paul grew up on the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in SW FL which his dad managed for the National Audubon Society. He attended FSU and Texas A&M Univ. and is currently Professor of Geoscience at St. Petersburg College. He'll be speaking on the relationship between birds and dinosaurs and the nature of the extinction that ended the age of the dinosaurs.

January 2nd Bats of Tampa Bay-Francine Prager  A program on the bats of Tampa Bay. She will describe how beneficial these gentle animals are and to dispel the many myths surrounding bats.

February 6th Birds of Peru-The Bell's Once again the Bell's will give us another outstanding program. This time they will present a program on the birds and wildlife of Peru.

March 6th Coyotes- Laura Milligan Join UF/IFAS Natural Resources Extension Agent, Lara Milligan as she discusses a relatively new resident to Pinellas County, the coyote. Lara will explore the life history of the coyote as well as its ability to adapt and survive in urban environments. If you have seen a coyote in Pinellas County, you are not alone. Come and learn about this nocturnal creature and what you need to know.


April 3rd Birds of the Sax-Zim Bog   Many people think of Minnesota's famous Sax Zim Bog as a winter destination. It is that of course, with its plethora of boreal species associated with the far north.  But it is much more. It is a splendid place to visit in the  spring and summer as well.  Many species of warblers, sparrows and Vireos, among others, breed in the bog.
Clearwater Audubon member Tom Malone has lived in Minnesota nearly 40 years, has spent many weeks in the bog and continues to maintain a place there, will give a presentation explaining why you should brave northern Minnesota's ferocious winters and summer mosquitos.  It's for the birds!!!

May 2nd  Sensing Wildlife - Jeanne Murphy Despite the urbanization sweeping across the state, Florida maintains an exciting diversity of wildlife species, including those living in our backyards. During this highly interactive, hands-on presentation, learn how increasing your outdoor awareness will assist you in noticing wildlife signs as well as identifying the wildlife without you actually seeing the animals. Vocalizations, scats and tracks are only a few ways our Sensing Nature biologist will lead you through your sensory awareness adventure.