May Monthly Meeting

Our May monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, May 15th, at 6:30 at
 Bill Jackson’s in Pinellas Park.

Great meeting tonight! Our speakers, Barb and Stephanie from the Clearwater Audubon Society brought a couple of guests for their talk: a peregrine falcon and a barn owl (pictures below).

Interested in seeing more or a particular bird in your neighborhood? They mentioned this database on the Audubon Society’s website: Enter your zip code and a list of plants are displayed along with the types of birds those plants attract. Where can you buy those plants? Click on Buy Now, then Buy Local and scroll down. A list of nurseries that sells those plants is displayed.

Interested in learning more about birds? Check out this smartphone app from the National Audubon Society: The app helps you ID birds. It includes audio clips and pictures. You can also track the birds that you see and post your photos.

Check out the Clearwater Audubon Society Facebook page at to find their summer reading list of books about birds.

If you are interested in attending a bird walk, both the Clearwater Audubon Society and St. Petersburg Audubon Society maintain a list of programs and field trips on their websites. There is also this Pinellas County Birding Guide

There are many volunteer opportunities from standing on a beach near bird-nesting colonies to prevent people and dogs from disturbing them to volunteering at a facility to helping with a bird count. Learn more, including contact information, on this page:

Found an injured bird? If it is a bird of prey/raptor, call the Wild Raptor Sanctuary at 727-798-2385. If it is not a bird of prey such as a duck or a shorebird, call Birds in Helping Hands at 727-365-4592 (Shelley) or 904-703-2815 (Linda).

Thanks to Barb and Stephanie for sharing their time and knowledge!

Meeting attendees listen and learn about the barn owl that Stephanie is holding

Meeting attendees listen and learn about the barn owl that Stephanie is holding
Barb holds the peregrine falcon.
Barb holds the peregrine falcon.
A barn owl that is part of the educational program at the Wild Raptor Sanctuary in Clearwater.
This barn owl is part of the educational program at Wild Raptor Sanctuary.
Stephanie holds the barn owl as it spreads it wings.
Stephanie holds the barn owl as it spreads it wings.

April Monthly Meeting

Our April  monthly meeting will be Wednesday, April 17th  at 6:30 at Bill Jackson’s in Pinellas Park. We will have a couple of ladies from the Coast Guard Auxiliary talk about boat safety.  We’ll also be talk about our upcoming trip to the Rainbow River.

Kayaking at Three Sisters Springs

We had nine ladies go kayaking at Three Sisters Springs last Saturday.  It was a beautiful day on the water. We saw loons, manatees and turtles while paddling.  For one lady, this was her first kayaking trip.  Such a beautiful spot for your first paddle.

After a nice day on the water, we had lunch at a local restaurant before heading home.

Looking forward to more great trips like this one!

March Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 at Bill Jackson’s in Pinellas Park. We will take about the monthly dinner and upcoming trips.  Our featured speaker will be Misty Wells, fishing and outdoors enthusiast.