Florida’s Butterflies & How to Garden for Them – April 30, 2023

What a beautiful day to learn about butterflies and see them in the native plant gardens at Enchanted Forest. Thank you to the 38 members and guests who joined us today. During the field practice we identified 12 species. Anyone who observed at least 10 species can apply for a Wings Over Florida Level 1 butterfly certificate. Huge thank you to Ed Perry for sharing his expertise and personal experiences of creating amazing butterfly habitat in his yard. We appreciate the Enchanted Forest staff and volunteers who provided snacks, raffle prizes, and a lovely venue for our program today. Have fun practicing your new skills!

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Cruickshank Sanctuary – December 6, 2022

16 members and friends of Space Coast Audubon enjoyed a late-afternoon / sunset hike at the Helen & Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary in Rockledge, Florida. Our time started out with a short talk by Charlie Venuto about the Cruickshanks and their contributions to birding within Brevard County and beyond. Then we hiked into the preserve, where we encountered some of the resident Florida Scrub-Jay population, 12 other species, and a number of eastern cottontail rabbits. Our hike ended with a beautiful sunset, two Great Horned Owls (one being harassed by a Northern Mockingbird), and a Bald Eagle.

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St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park – October 30, 2022

On a warm Autumn day 24 nature enthusiasts headed out to explore St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park.  We welcomed several first-timer attendees and enjoyed seeing familiar faces as well, including some of our human snowbirds. As the host, one big highlight for me was having so many photographers on the trip. Thanks to Joel, Chris, Deanna, and Leonora for capturing and sharing photos from our adventure. 

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Dragonfly Identification Class Trip Report – October 8, 2022

We had a great turnout for our dragonfly identification class at Orlando Wetlands. Our instructors, Mary Keim and Randy Snyder from Orange Audubon Society, held a short class to help us learn how to tell different species apart. Then we hit the trails to see what we could find! We ended up with 7 species, and another 3 species found by individuals just before and after our picnic lunch.

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Lake Betsi Trip Report – July 13, 2022

We had six birders that walked part of the way around Lake Betsi and back. Threatening rain clouds shortened the hike and probably reduced attendees, but the evening turned out nice. Rich Swart discussed the importance of Lake Betsi and how to contact the Rockledge Mayor and Councilmembers to encourage continued enhancements to the area to improve habitat for birds and other wildlife. We saw 15 species of birds:

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