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Sat., April 26th – Earth Fest 2014:

Join Us for Earth Fest 2014 at
Tuscawilla Park - April 26th

Marion Audubon Society has been actively involved with the planning for Earth Fest by organizing the Conservation Corridor.

The Conservation Corridor includes local organizations actively involved with conservation in the greater Ocala/Marion County.

The uniting theme for the Conservation Corridor this year is Feeding Birds, Feeding People; each booth in the corridor contains a component necessary to supporting this conservation goal.

The Conservation Corridor is located near the Tree Climbing Activity.

Marion Audubon Activities during Earth Fest:

1. Bird Identification – Interactive activity by students from West Port High & Van Guard High. The interactive activity is an “Information Hunt” about birds. Participants will be given a map of the park to find the three “Information Stations” where the students will assist with the discovery of information. The activity will be engaging to ages ranging from Elementary to High School. When the participant has completed the entire “Information Hunt”, they can claim a prize at the Marion Audubon Booth.
Prizes: Choice of a Bird Seed Cup or Wildflower Seedling.

2. Floating Mat Demonstration – Options Available to Festival Goers:
      A. Observation of installed mats using the Up Scope activity by Carolyn Retey
      B. Hands On – Create a Floating Mat – A Wading Pool Set-up will allow Young Festival Goers to make a Floating Mat – At the End of the Day the Pool will be filled with Small Floating Mats of Different Shapes.

3. Peanut Butter Pine Cones for the Birds - This activity be set-up near the Marion Audubon Booth/ Conservation Corridor. West Port High Student, Joshua Cammarn is organizing this activity.

4. Why Little Fish Are a Big Deal – Presented by the PEW Charitable Trust at 1:00 PM inside the Discovery Center. This is the last Marion Audubon Program for this year.

Annual Meeting of Local Chapter Members Will Be Held During Earth Fest
     Time: 2:30 – 3:00 PM.       Meet at the Marion Audubon

See you at Earth Fest !

Birding & Conservation This Spring:
Floating Plant Mats Installed at the Lake Tuscawilla on March 26th.

It was a chilly and windy March morning when roughly 20 people gathered to help/observe the installation of the Floating Plant Mats. Marion Audubon and the Discovery Center engaged volunteers and City of Ocala Parks & Recreation staff to assist with the project. The provider of the floating mats explained that the plants help filter out nutrients that pollute the water. Fish and wildlife benefit from the aquatic plant habitats provided by the mats.


Hosted by Marion County Audubon Society
Marion Audubon Local Chapter Members Are Invited
Great Opportunity to Participate in the Breeding Bird Atlas Project

Registration Info at the FOS Website Florida Ornithological Society

Friday Night Introduction to Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA)
Saturday Afternoon Workshop for BBA – Adults & Students Welcome

Count Birds with Us!
Volunteers needed for the following Ongoing Bird Surveys

"Up Scope" at Tuscawilla Park – March thru August – 3rd Wed. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Contact: Carolyn Retey (352-622-6250)

Halapata Tastanaka – New Coordinators, Steven & Darcy Shaddix – Contact: 352-895-1099
Stay Tuned to the Website for Upcoming Survey Dates in 2014. Click on the Citizen Science link.

Bird Rescuers with Us! Qualified local volunteers will rescue injured or distressed birds.
Nita & Pat of Birdwimmin Wild Bird Rescue Team have been working together as a team for roughly 20 years in volunteer and professional positions. They are available 24/7 by calling 352-262-4440.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:
For Tips for Photographing Birds with minimum impact to the birds or their habitat go to the National Audubon Society video Birding Tips link.

Local Chapter Membership Perks !
A Local Chapter Membership with Marion Audubon Society includes a Membership Perks Card. Get the Most Value from a Membership Perks Card by Joining Now. Membership Form located at Membership.

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