Hernando Audubon Society March Activities
Hernando Audubon was established in February 1959 as a chapter of the Florida Audubon Society. At that time, Hernando County had fewer than 12,000 year-round residents. Wellman Tucker, a forward-thinking conservationist, was the first president and Lisa Von Borowsky, who later established Audubon of Florida’s Ahhochee Hill Sanctuary, became treasurer. Steve Fickett, a biologist with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission (now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) was the society’s first field trip chair. The scholarship offered annually by Hernando Audubon is named in his honor.
Hernando Audubon’s mission is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect natural ecosystems, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship.
Outreach and education have always been an important part of Audubon activities in the community. The following programs and field trips are open to everyone and we do not charge a fee:
Bird Walk through Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park (Pasco County): Tuesday, March 12, 8 a.m. at the park entrance, 8737 US-19, Port Richey, $3 park entrance fee. To carpool from Hernando County, meet at 7 a.m. at Denny’s, 1445 Wendy Court (at US-19), Spring Hill. We will bird the half-mile hiking trail looking for possible early spring migrants and wading birds. For more information: text 352-428-2629 or email [email protected]
Hernando Audubon Beginning Birding: Friday, March 15, 8 a.m. at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use. For information, text Linda at 352-428-2629 or email [email protected].
Hernando Audubon Society Meeting: Thursday, March 28. Program: Mike Orlando will talk about Florida Black Bears.The population recovery of the Florida Black Bear is a success story. The bear population has increased to over 4,000 statewide,up from around 300-500 in the 1960s and 1970s. However, more bears and more people on the landscape lead to human-bear conflicts. What can people learn about bears and securing attractants to reduce these conflicts? The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.at the Community Activities Center, 205 E. Ft. Dade Avenue, Brooksville. Information: Bev Hansen, 352-686-0460, [email protected]
Hernando Audubon Society meetings and activities are free and open to the public. For more details about these activities, check hernandoaudubon.org