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Experience the diverse natural resources and scenic environment of North Central Florida's
Marion County with Marion Audubon Society:

Marion Birding Thread:
              For the latest tidbits about Birding in Marion County click here: Birding Thread

Bird Photography Goes Hand in Hand with Bird Identification. Marion Audubon Society has a great group of photographers who capture bird activity in and around Marion County. Photos are helpful for identifying various seasonal characteristics of birds that may confuse even the most astute bird watcher. Click Here to follow the latest discussion on this topic: GBH Study
Birding Thread - Great Blue Heron

Send your latest Birding Thread with pictures to Jim Yaich for posting on the Birding Thread.

Marion Audubon Recommendations for Things to Do

Florida Wildflower Symposium coming to Silver Springs State Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Roberts, FWF Executive Director, 407-622-1606

July 12, 2016 – Want to know more about Monarch butterflies, what plants are best for landscaping, and how to help Florida’s bees and butterflies? Join us at the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala to learn about these topics and many more.

The event, set for Sept. 23 and 24, is the only one of its kind in the state, focusing exclusively on the state’s native wildflowers and their ecosystems. Friday, Sept. 23, features a choice of field trips, such as kayaking with Adventure Outpost’s Lars Andersen, a Silver River boat tour, a hike in Ocala National Forest’s Big Scrub, and a tram tour that will take in Silver Springs’ natural side. Participants will gather at Silver Springs Friday afternoon for presentations on timely conservation topics, including Florida’s springs and black bears. A wildflower garden ribbon-cutting beside the spring run and a good old-fashioned barbecue with live entertainment will follow.

The symposium’s Saturday schedule features presentations, workshops and garden walks, including:
* Keynote address by Roger Hammer, award-winning author, naturalist, botanist and photographer.
* A presentation on Monarch butterflies by botanist and St. Marks National Wildlife
          Refuge ranger Scott Davis.
* "Florida's Ghost Orchids" with biologist and Fakahatchee Strand State Park ranger Mike Owen.
* "Transformation of a Turfgrass Lawn into a Native Landscape" presented Stephen Turnipseed.
* Butterfly walk in the garden with Jaret Daniels of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

A variety of beautiful native plants – including milkweed for Monarchs – will be available for purchase Saturday, and a selection of vendors will offer garden items, bee houses and more.

Symposium admission is $35 for Florida Wildflower Foundation members and $45 for nonmembers (barbecue, field trips and Saturday lunch priced separately).

Cost includes admission to the park and a glass-bottom boat ride discount.

For details, visit www.FlaWildflowers.org/symposium.

Choice event sponsorships are available. Contact Lisa Roberts at lroberts@flawildflowers.org
or 407-622-1606 for information, or visit www.FlaWildflowers.org/symposium

225 S. Swoope Ave., Suite 110 • Maitland, FL 32751 • 407.622.1606 • www.FlaWildflowers.org

Marion Audubon & Florida Native Plant Photo Display

Ocala, Florida - Eggs Over Easy on Baseline Road is featuring the photos of Sandra Marraffino* of Marion Audubon Society, Taryn Evans of the Florida Native Plant Society along with 14 other artists. This visual nature delight hopes to inspire a consideration to plant native specimens to attract pollinators as well as beautification of our environment for benefit of all. Or just stop and enjoy the view in many mediums.

September 12th, 10am, Taryn Evans will present “Why Native Plants??” Free, coffee/eats on your own.

November 10th, 7pm, Sandra Marraffino will present “Attracting the Real Snow Birds to Your Yard,” at Fort King National Historic Landmark. See Fort King National Historic Landmark.

Donna Cuppels and her husband, Earl, have hosted local artists for the pleasure of customers in the dining area at Eggs Over Easy on Baseline Road in Ocala for nearly 5 years. “Donna, the owner, is very welcoming and certainly a promoter of local artists by allowing her walls to resemble an art gallery,” Marraffino commented.

* For additional information about Sandra Marraffino and "Eggs Over Easy"
Click here Calendar of Events

Current artists: Anita Anderson, Carol Baxter, Margaret Edmunson, Taryn Evans, Don Good, Diana Lee Harris, C. Kay Johnson, Bob Judy, Judith Kaiser, Linda Lee Krebs, Robert Kuperberg, Sandra Marraffino, Lee Murphy, Jorine Robinson, Margaret Shark, and Bev Waters will be on display until until Oct 3, 2016. Most works are for sale.

As a salute to veterans, Operation Shoebox has a continual display of gratitude from branches of the military.

Eggs Over Easy:
Where: 5855 SE 5 St. at Baseline Road, Ocala
Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
Cuisine: breakfast and lunch
Information: 351-3447

* For additional information contact Karen at 694-7598 or 952-201-4277 or e-mail at Ke_create@yahoo.com

Mark Your Calendar

2016/2017 Calendar of Events will be posted soon.

Sneak Preview: New Nature Walk Site and Program Building - Historic Ft. King Park in Ocala. Great things in store from Carolyn Retey and Ann Hannon

On the Conservation Front

Marion Counties newest conservation area is named:

Silver Springs Forest
Conservation Area

This 4,900 acres is near the Indian Lake State Forest. Stay tuned for more info about its potential for birding.

Florida is a great place for birding because of the year-round presence of a vast number of species.
Learn More about Birds & Birding in Florida & Marion County at these Links:
Birding Rescue & Links
Birding Sites
Marion County Bird Checklist

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