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TAS Calendar

August

Sat. Aug. 16
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Wed. Aug. 27
Conservation Meeting
Sat. Aug. 30
Everglades Agricultural Area Birding

September

Sat. Sept. 6
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens Bird Walk
Sun. Sept. 7
A.D. Barnes Park Bird Walk
Sat. Sept. 13
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. Sept. 13
Greynolds Park Bird Walk
Sat. Sept. 13
Paddle Out, C-100 Canal
Sun. Sept. 14
Canceled! Hugh Taylor Birch State Park / Richardson Park Bird Walk
Sat. Sept. 20
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Sept. 20
Corkscrew Swamp / Ft. Myers Beach Birding
Sun. Sept. 21
Matheson Hammock Bird Walk
Wed. Sept. 24
Conservation Meeting
Fri. Sept. 26
High Pines Bird Walk & Doc Thomas Open House
Sat. Sept. 27
South Dade Birding
Sun. Sept. 28
Kendall Indian Hammock Bird Walk

October

Thurs.-Sun. Oct. 2-5
Birding Festival at Fairchild
Sat. Oct. 4
Moonlight Paddle Out, Chapman Field
Fri. Oct. 10
SoMi Art Walk
Sat. Oct. 11
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. Oct. 11
A.D. Barnes Park Bird Walk
Sat.-Sun. Oct. 11-12
Environmental Leadership Workshop at FIU
Sun. Oct. 12
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk
Fri.-Sat. Oct. 17-18
Audubon Assembly
Sat. Oct. 18
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Oct. 18
Shark Valley / Loop Road Birding
Sun. Oct. 19
Big George and Little George Hammock Bird Walk
Wed. Oct. 22
Conservation Meeting
Fri. Oct. 24
Members-only Native Plant Sale
Fri. Oct. 24
Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration
Sat. Oct. 25
Everglades National Park Beginning Birding
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 25-26
Native Plant Sale at Doc Thomas House

November

Sat. Nov. 1
Southern Palm Beach Birding
Sat. Nov. 8
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. Nov. 8
Everglades National Park Birding
Sat. Nov. 8
Paddle Out, C-100 Canal
Wed. Nov. 12
Walk in the Woods with Wine & Whisk
Fri. Nov. 14
SoMi Art Walk
Sat. Nov. 15
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Nov. 15
Plantation Preserve Birding
Wed. Nov. 19
Conservation Meeting
Sat. Nov. 22
STA-5 Birding
Sat. Nov. 29
Snake Bight Kayaking/Canoeing

December

Sat. Dec. 6
South Florida Exotics Trip
Fri. Dec. 12
SoMi Art Walk
Sat. Dec. 13
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. Dec. 20
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Dec. 13
Paddle Out, Nine Mile Pond
Sun. Dec. 14
Long Pine Key CBC
Fri. Dec. 19
Biscayne National Park CBC
Sat. Dec. 20
Miami-Dade County CBC
Sat. Dec. 20
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Dec. 27
Kendall CBC

January

Sat. Jan. 3
Coot Bay / Everglades CBC
Mon. Jan. 5
Key Largo-Plantation CBC
Fri. Jan. 9
SoMi Art Walk
Sat. Jan. 10
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. Jan. 10
Everglades National Park Birding
Fri.-Mon., Jan. 16-19
North Florida Birding
Sat. Jan 17
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Jan 17
Crandon Park Birding
Sat. Jan 24
North Broward Birding
Wed. Jan. 28
Conservation Meeting
Sat. Jan. 31
South Dade Birding
Sat. Jan. 31
Conservation Concert — TBA

February

Sat. Feb. 7
STA-1E Birding
Fri. Feb. 13
Members-only Native Plant Sale
Fri. Feb. 13
Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration
Fri. Feb. 13
SoMi Art Walk
Sat. Feb. 14
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. Feb. 14
Everglades Nature Photography
Sat. Feb. 14
Paddle Out, Turner River
Sat.-Sun., Feb. 14-15
Native Plant Sale at Doc Thomas House
Sat. Feb. 21
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Feb. 21
Shark Valley / Loop Road Birding
Wed. Feb. 25
Conservation Meeting
Sat. Feb. 28
Southern Palm Beach Birding
Sat. Feb. 28
Conservation Concert — TBA

March

Sat. Mar. 7
Everglades National Park Birding
Fri. Mar. 13
SoMi Art Walk
Sat. Mar. 14
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. Mar. 14
East Everglades Area Birding
Sat. Mar. 14
Paddle Out, Indian Key
Sat. Mar. 21
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Mar. 21
South Broward Birding
Sun. Mar. 22
Spring Wildflower Walk with Roger Hammer
Wed. Mar. 25
Conservation Meeting
Sat. Mar. 28
Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Walk
Sat. Mar. 28
Conservation Concert — TBA

April

Sat. Apr. 4
Moonlight Paddle Out, Chapman Field
Sat. Apr. 4
Lake Kissimmee Area Birding
Wed. Apr. 8
Walk in the Woods with Wine & Whisk
Sat. Apr. 11
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. Apr. 11
Enchanted Forest/Arch Creek Park Bird Walk
Sun. Apr. 12
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens Bird Walk
Sat. Apr. 18
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sat. Apr. 18
Kendall Indian Hammock Park Bird Walk
Sun. Apr. 19
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk
Wed. Apr. 22
Conservation Meeting
Sat. Apr. 25
A. D. Barnes Park Bird Walk
Sat. Apr. 25
Conservation Concert — TBA
Sun. Apr. 26
Matheson Hammock Bird Walk

May

Sat. May 2-Mon. May 4
Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas Birding
Sat. May 2
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park / Evergreen Cemetery Birding
Sun. May 3
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk
Sat. May 9
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. May 9
Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site: Birds, Butterflies and Native Plants
Sat. May 9
Paddle Out, C-100
Sat. May 16
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Wed. May 27
Conservation Meeting
Fri. May 29
Members-only Native Plant Sale
Fri. May 29
Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration
Sat.-Sun., May 30-31
Native Plant Sale at the Doc Thomas House

June

Tues. June 9
Dine Out with TAS at WHISK GOURMET
Sat. June 13-Sun. June 21
Southern California Birding
Sat. June 13
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sat. June 20
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Wed. June 24
Conservation Meeting

July

Sat. July 11
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Tues. July 14
Dine Out with TAS at WHISK GOURMET
Sat. July 18
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Wed. July 22
Conservation Meeting
July date TBA
Summer Film Night

TAS 2014-15 Event Calendar

Tropical Audubon Society is proud to again offer an outstanding lineup of outings and monthly programs. You can take bird, butterfly and plant trips; morning trips, all-day trips, overnight trips; nearby outings and outings far afield. Participate in all-important seasonal bird counts and special events such as Birdathon!!; pitch in at workdays; peruse plant sales; and have a good time while learning more about South Florida habitats and supporting a great cause. All events with a confirmed date are included. Please mark your calendars and join us!

Field trips take place rain or shine (remember that rainy days are often birdy days, especially during migration). Please note: Some parks charge entrance fees; participants usually share gasoline costs for carpool trips; overnight and boat trips will mean additional costs. A fee may be required for some of the Nature Walks. To allow communication with trip leaders, walkie-talkies are recommended for carpool trips. Specifics for each trip are indicated below. In most cases, the trip leader has included his/her email address for direct contact.

All trips are led by volunteer leaders from the Tropical Audubon Society. Unless otherwise indicated, they are free and open to the public, and reservations are not necessary. For more information concerning any field trip, contact Brian Rapoza, the TAS field trip coordinator via email or phone (305) 388-1544. To volunteer for workdays, contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator by phone 305-343-4468 or e-mail. For more information concerning conservation meetings, workdays and plant sales, contact TAS via phone at (305) 667-7337 or email.

Habla español! indicates a trip with a bilingual leader.

The schedule will be updated as more information becomes available.

AUGUST 2014

Sat. Aug. 16 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Wed. Aug. 27 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Sat. Aug. 30 Everglades Agricultural Area Birding

Paul Bithorn will lead an all day carpool trip to sod farms and flooded fields in the Belle Glade area of Palm Beach County. Meet at 6:30am at Sawgrass Recreation Park, on US 27 about two miles north of I-75 in Broward County. No fee. Walkie-talkies are recommended. There will be a lunch stop at a restaurant.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Sat. Sept. 6 Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens Bird Walk

Habla español! Joe Barros will lead birders through Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. Meet at 7:30am in the Matheson Hammock parking area adjacent to Fairchild's north entrance. Entrance fee to Fairchild will be waived for TAS members. Return is at approximately 11:00am.

Sun. Sept. 7 A.D. Barnes Park Bird Walk

Bill Boeringer will lead birders through A.D. Barnes Park. Enter on SW 72nd Ave. just north of Bird Rd. (SW 40th St.), turn left at the T intersection and park in spaces on either side of the road. Meet at 7:30am, returning at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

Sat. Sept. 13 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. Sept. 13 Greynolds Park Bird Walk

Jim King will lead birders through Greynold's Park, 17530 West Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach. Meet at the park boathouse at 7:30am. Parking is available near the playground and the elevated mound opposite the boathouse. Return is at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

Sat. Sept. 13 Paddle Out, C-100 Canal

Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand view at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Join us for a fun kayaking adventure along the bay! We start at 1pm. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com . We appreciate a $50 donation per paddler, per trip, which includes a Paddle Out guide and sticker, and an annual membership to Tropical Audubon Society (price for current members is $25, please verify membership-status at outreach@tropicalaudubon.org). Minimum age required to participate: 9 years old, accompanied by an adult. Requirements: Closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring lunch/dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended.

Sun. Sept. 14 Hugh Taylor Birch State Park / Richardson Park Bird Walk

Canceled!

Sat. Sept. 20 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Sat. Sept. 20 Corkscrew Swamp / Ft. Myers Beach Birding

Brian Rapoza will lead an all day carpool trip to Collier and Lee Counties. Meet at 7:00am at the Government Road/Snake Road service station (Exit 49 on I-75) in Broward County. There is an admission fee for Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (discount for Audubon members) and a fee for beach parking. Bring lunch and beach footwear. Walkie-talkies are recommended.

Sun. Sept. 21 Matheson Hammock Bird Walk

John Boyd will lead birders through Matheson Hammock on Old Cutler Rd. immediately north of Fairchild Gardens. The group meets in the parking area on the left inside the park entrance at 7:30am. Return is at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

Wed. Sept. 24 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Fri. Sept. 26 High Pines Bird Walk & Doc Thomas Open House

Join High Pines residents as they inaugurate Fall Migration with an engaging neighborhood Pathway Birdwalk led by TAS director Joe Barros. Meet at SW 76th Street and Schoolhouse Road (aka SW 52 AV); park along the median or park at TAS and shuttle to the site. The walk will conclude at the TAS campus (5530 Sunset Drive). Bring a covered dish. A Donation Bird Bar will quench thirsts.

Sat. Sept. 27 South Dade Birding

Habla español! Raul Urgelles will lead this carpool trip, which may include stops at Lucky Hammock, Castellow Hammock and Dump Marsh. Meet at 7:30am in the parking lot of the Coe Visitor Center at Everglades National Park. No fee. Bring lunch.

Sun. Sept. 28 Kendall Indian Hammock Bird Walk

Habla español! Stephen Paez will lead birders through Kendall Indian Hammock Park. Meet at 7:30am at the parking area at the east end of the ballfields. Return is at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

OCTOBER 2014

Thurs.-Sun. Oct. 2-5 Birding Festival at Fairchild

Join TAS for an exciting four-day event at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Keynote speakers will be birding expert and television host James Currie and award-winning researcher and conservation ecologist Dr. Cagan H. Sekercioglu. There will be workshops, presentations and, of course, birding adventures. Field trips to south Florida birding hotspots are scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday will begin with a bird walk at Fairchild at 7:30am.

Admission is free for TAS members. Gates open to the public at 9:30am. There will also be arts and crafts, activities for children and vendor's booths. Bird-attracting plants will be available for sale. The South Florida Birding Festival is co-sponsored by Tropical Audubon Society and is made possible by support from the James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the Fairchild Tropical Garden website. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the Fairchild Tropical Garden website.

Sat. Oct. 4 Moonlight Paddle Out, Chapman Field

Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand view at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Join us for a fun kayaking adventure along the bay! We start at 6pm. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com We appreciate a $50 donation per paddler, per trip, which includes a Paddle Out guide and sticker, and an annual membership to Tropical Audubon Society (price for current members is $25, please verify membership-status at outreach@tropicalaudubon.org). Minimum age required to participate: 9 years old, accompanied by an adult. Requirements: Closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring lunch/dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended.

Fri. Oct. 10 SoMi Art Walk

From 6-9 pm, the Doc Thomas House parlor, porch and patio are transformed into charming "galleries" during SOMI ArtWalk, a free event that unfolds in retail venues along Sunset Drive on the second Friday of each month from October through March. Pedestrian-friendly South Miami enables patrons to reduce their collective carbon footprint and stroll from one venue to the next. TAS showcases the art of a different environmental artist each month, alongside the works of area students enrolled in Magnet Arts programs. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is tithed to TAS by each artist. Please "Get your Art On" and join us!

Sat. Oct. 11 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. Oct. 11 A.D. Barnes Park Bird Walk

Bill Boeringer will lead birders through A.D. Barnes Park. Enter on SW 72nd Ave. just north of Bird Rd. (SW 40th St.), turn left at the T intersection and park in spaces on either side of the road. Meet at 7:30am, returning at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

Sat.-Sun. Oct. 11-12 Environmental Leadership Workshop at FIU

Tropical Audubon, along with numerous environmental and area business partners, will host an Environmental Leadership Workshop on Oct. 11 and 12 at Florida International University. The interactive event will provide local citizens with the necessary tools to become agents of change in our community. Registration launching soon!

Sun. Oct. 12 Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk

Robin Diaz. will lead birders through Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne. The park opens at 8:00am. Participants should meet at No Name Harbor (from the entrance station, take your first right and drive west to the parking area). The walk will begin by 8:15am. returning at approximately 11:00am. Costs include an entrance fee to the park and the Rickenbacker Causeway toll.

Fri.-Sat. Oct. 17-18 Audubon Assembly

Make 2014 a BIG YEAR for Florida's land, water, and wildlife! Get inspired and get involved at the Audubon Assembly in Hutchinson Island, Florida. Audubon Florida's signature conservation event brings together representatives of Audubon's 35,000 members and 44 chapters with conservation leaders, scientists, educators and policy makers. Through nature-inspired walking workshops, inspiring speakers and thought-provoking learning sessions, Audubon plans to join together people of all ages and backgrounds in our common interest of protecting Florida's remarkable natural resources. More details here.

Sat. Oct. 18 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Sat. Oct. 18 Shark Valley / Loop Road Birding

Paul Bithorn will lead this carpool trip. Meet at 8:00am at the airboat concession on the north side of Tamiami Trail (US 41), one mile west of the Shark Valley entrance. There is an entrance fee to Shark Valley. Bring lunch.

Sun. Oct. 19 Big George and Little George Hammock Bird Walk

Tiffany Melvin of Miami-Dade County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program will lead birders on a walk through this county property in southwest Miami-Dade, normally closed to the public. This walk is limited to 15 participants and reservations are required. No fee. Email Brian Rapoza for details, including meeting place and time.

Wed. Oct. 22 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Fri. Oct. 24 Members-only Native Plant Sale

TAS members can enjoy the privilege of selecting prime specimens for their yards in advance of the Public Weekend Sale, 4-8pm.

Fri. Oct. 24 Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration

Flock to Tropical Audubon Society for the TGIF Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration hatching beneath the shady canopy that comprises our Steinberg Nature Center, a 3-acre native oasis in the heart of South Miami. Forage for your Supper among unique savory and sweet food vendors; dine alfresco at communal picnic tables or tuck in under the Chickee; slake your thirst at the donation Bird Bar; wander Nature trails; tour the historic Doc Thomas House; and listen to a chorus of birds sing the sun to bed. When the birds retire, Three Sheets to the Winds will supply human-generated live music. 6-9pm.

Sat. Oct. 25 Everglades National Park Beginning Birding

Brian Rapoza will lead this carpool trip. Birders of all abilities are welcome. Meet at 7:30am in the parking lot of the Coe Visitor Center at Everglades National Park. There is an entrance fee to the park. Bring lunch.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 25-26 Native Plant Sale at Doc Thomas House

The plant sale is 9am-4pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday. Our Native Plant Sales are famous and informative. Choose from a vast array of indigenous South Florida plants. Knowledgeable native plant experts will help you choose the ideal specimens for your yard. Come early for the best selection; stay late to enjoy the companionship.

NOVEMBER 2014

Sat. Nov. 1 Southern Palm Beach Birding

John Hutchison will lead this carpool trip. Meet at 7:30am at Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center (12800 Hagen Ranch Road, 2.2 miles noth of Atlantic Avenue in Boynton Beach) No fee. Bring lunch.

Sat. Nov. 8 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. Nov. 8Everglades National Park Birding

John Boyd will lead this all day carpool trip. Meet in the parking lot of the Coe Visitor Center at Everglades National Park at 7:30am. There is an entrance fee to the park. Bring lunch.

Sat. Nov. 8 Paddle Out, C-100 Canal

Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand view at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Join us for a fun kayaking adventure along the bay! We start at 9am. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com We appreciate a $50 donation per paddler, per trip, which includes a Paddle Out guide and sticker, and an annual membership to Tropical Audubon Society (price for current members is $25, please verify membership-status at outreach@tropicalaudubon.org). Minimum age required to participate: 9 years old, accompanied by an adult. Requirements: Closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring lunch/dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended.

Wed. Nov. 12 Walk in the Woods with Wine & Whisk

Our exclusive winemaker dinner fundraiser unfolds on the enchanting TAS grounds. Seating is limited; $125 minimum donation per person (contact: events@tropicalaudubon.org).

Fri. Nov. 14 SoMi Art Walk

From 6-9pm, the Doc Thomas House parlor, porch and patio are transformed into charming "galleries" during SOMI ArtWalk, a free event that unfolds in retail venues along Sunset Drive on the second Friday of each month from October through March. Pedestrian-friendly South Miami enables patrons to reduce their collective carbon footprint and stroll from one venue to the next. TAS showcases the art of a different environmental artist each month, alongside the works of area students enrolled in Magnet Arts programs. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is tithed to TAS by each artist. Please "Get your Art On" and join us!

Sat. Nov. 15 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Sat. Nov. 15 Plantation Preserve Birding

South Florida Audubon Society's Paddy Cunningham invites TAS to join her for a tour of Plantation Preserve in central Broward County. The preserve is on Broward Blvd., two miles east of University Drive. Meet Paddy at 8:00am at the trailhead past the playground. Lunch at a local restaurant will follow. No fee.

Wed. Nov. 19 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Sat. Nov. 22STA-5 Birding

Hendry Glades Audubon Society invites TAS to join them for a tour of Stormwater Treatment Area-5 in Hendry County. For those planning to carpool, this trip is limited to 20 participants and reservations are required. No fee. Contact Brian Rapoza for details, including meeting place and time.

Sat. Nov. 29Snake Bight Kayaking/Canoeing

David Schaffter leads this kayak/canoe trip to Snake Bight in Everglades National Park, a 7-9 mile round-trip paddle, designed for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Meet at Flamingo Marina for a 9:00am departure. Return by 4:00pm. Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant and PFDs. There is an entrance fee to the park, plus a kayak/canoe entrance fee. Rentals, including paddles/PFDs, are available at the marina: kayaks-$45.00 per day, canoes-$32.00 for 8 hours. Call 239-695-3101 for rental details.

DECEMBER 2014

Sat. Dec. 6 South Florida Exotics Trip

Paul Bithorn and Brian Rapoza will lead birders in search of parrots, bulbuls, mynas, swamphens and other introduced species in this all-day van trip. Costs: $60.00 includes van/gas and lunch at a local restaurant. Reservations are required. Email Brian at fieldtrips@tropicalaudubon.org for further information.

Fri. Dec. 12 SoMi Art Walk

From 6pm to 9pm, the Doc Thomas House parlor, porch and patio are transformed into charming "galleries" during SOMI ArtWalk, a free event that unfolds in retail venues along Sunset Drive on the second Friday of each month from October through March. Pedestrian-friendly South Miami enables patrons to reduce their collective carbon footprint and stroll from one venue to the next. TAS showcases the art of a different environmental artist each month, alongside the works of area students enrolled in Magnet Arts programs. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is tithed to TAS by each artist. Please "Get your Art On" and join us!

Sat. Dec. 13 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. Dec. 13 Paddle Out, Nine Mile Pond

Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand view at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Join us for a fun kayaking adventure along the bay! We start at 9am. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com We appreciate a $50 donation per paddler, per trip, which includes a Paddle Out guide and sticker, and an annual membership to Tropical Audubon Society (price for current members is $25, please verify membership-status at outreach@tropicalaudubon.org). Minimum age required to participate: 9 years old, accompanied by an adult. Requirements: Closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring lunch/dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended.

Christmas Bird Counts

Join the Bird Counts! Join the Bird Counts! Every year since 1900 teams of interested birders have joined together across the country to count the number of individual birds within each species occurring on the same date in the same place. This huge task is coordinated by the National Audubon Society. The consistency of the count creates a viable set of statistics that can be compared and used to measure the effects that changes in the environment have had on the bird population. These measurements act as important warnings of environmental deterioration that should be heeded. In addition to the serious consequences of the bird counts, they are a fun way to spend a day with fellow birding enthusiasts. This is an all day event. Volunteers are needed for all areas.

Sun. Dec. 14 Long Pine Key CBC

Coordinated by Robin Diaz. For additional information, email Robin.

Fri. Dec. 19 Biscayne National Park CBC

Coordinated by Dr. Vanessa McDonough. For additional information, email Dr. McDonough.

Sat. Dec. 20 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Sat. Dec. 20 Miami-Dade County CBC

Coordinated by Brian Rapoza. For additional information, email Brian.

Sat. Dec. 27 Kendall CBC

Coordinated by Bill Boeringer. For additional information, email Bill.

Sat. Jan. 3 Coot Bay / Everglades CBC

Coordinated by Brian Rapoza. For additional information, email Brian.

Mon. Jan. 5 Key Largo-Plantation CBC

Coordinated by Pete Frezza. For additional information, email Pete.

JANUARY 2015

Fri. Jan. 9 SoMi Art Walk

From 6-9pm, the Doc Thomas House parlor, porch and patio are transformed into charming "galleries" during SOMI ArtWalk, a free event that unfolds in retail venues along Sunset Drive on the second Friday of each month from October through March. Pedestrian-friendly South Miami enables patrons to reduce their collective carbon footprint and stroll from one venue to the next. TAS showcases the art of a different environmental artist each month, alongside the works of area students enrolled in Magnet Arts programs. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is tithed to TAS by each artist. Please "Get your Art On" and join us!

Sat. Jan. 10 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. Jan. 10 Everglades National Park Birding

Habla español! Angel and Mariel Abreu will lead this all day carpool trip. Meet in the parking lot of the Coe Visitor Center at Everglades National Park at 7:30am. There is an entrance fee to the park. Bring lunch.

Fri.-Mon., Jan. 16-19 North Florida Birding

Brian Rapoza and Paul Bithorn will lead this four day, three-night van trip to the Tallahassee area. Costs ($495.00 per person double occupancy: $150.00 single supplement) include hotel and van/gas. Email Brian for further information.

Sat. Jan 17 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Sat. Jan 17 Crandon Park Birding

Jim King will lead birders through Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. Meet at 7:30am at the Crandon Visitor and Nature Center at Parking Lot #1, accessed via the North Beach entrance to the park (no fee before 8:00am). The tour will start at the Coastal Dune Trail, followed by a walk along the beach to the mud flats for shorebirds and a visit to Crandon Gardens.

Sat. Jan 24 North Broward Birding

John Hutchison will lead this carpool trip to birding locations in northern Broward County. Meet at 8:00am at Tall Cypress Natural Area. From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Sample Road (Exit 69). Drive west 3 miles to Turtle Run Blvd. Turn right and drive north 0.2 miles to the park entrance. Bring lunch.

Wed. Jan. 28 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Sat. Jan. 31 South Dade Birding

Habla español! Raul Urgelles will lead this carpool trip, which may include stops at Lucky Hammock, Castellow Hammock and Dump Marsh. Meet at 7:30am in the parking lot of the Coe Visitor Center at Everglades National Park. No fee. Bring lunch.

Sat. Jan. 31 Conservation Concert — TBA

Our highly anticipated annual Conservation Concert Series showcases top South Florida bands and solo performers. Bring a blanket, your sweetie, children, or a friend and come out for an old Florida evening of original and cover music under the oaks and stars. A donation BirdBar, courtesy of Republic National Distributing Co., provides liquid refreshment and a designated food truck sates appetites. Additionally, neighboring TAS community partner restaurants (George's, Sports Grill SoMi and Whisk Gourmet) offer takeout.

Picnic tables available on a first-come basis.
Admission: $10 donation, children free
Gates open at 7pm, music begins at 7:30pm.

FEBRUARY 2015

Sat. Feb. 7 STA-1E Birding

Audubon Society of the Everglades invites TAS to join them for a tour of Stormwater Treatment Area-1E in Palm Beach County. For those planning to carpool, this trip is limited to 20 participants and reservations are required. No fee. Contact Brian Rapoza for details, including meeting place and time.

Fri. Feb. 13 Members-only Native Plant Sale

TAS members can enjoy the privilege of selecting prime specimens for their yards in advance of the Public Weekend Sale, 4-8pm.

Fri. Feb. 13 Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration

Flock to Tropical Audubon Society for the TGIF Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration that hatches beneath the shady canopy that comprises our Steinberg Nature Center, a 3-acre native oasis in the heart of South Miami. Forage for your Supper among unique savory and sweet food vendors; dine alfresco at communal picnic tables or tuck in under the Chickee; slake your thirst at the donation Bird Bar; wander Nature trails; tour the historic Doc Thomas House; and listen to a chorus of birds sing the sun to bed. When the birds retire, Three Sheets to the Winds will supply human-generated live music! 6-9pm.

Fri. Feb. 13 SoMi Art Walk

From 6-9pm, the Doc Thomas House parlor, porch and patio are transformed into charming "galleries" during SOMI ArtWalk, a free event that unfolds in retail venues along Sunset Drive on the second Friday of each month from October through March. Pedestrian-friendly South Miami enables patrons to reduce their collective carbon footprint and stroll from one venue to the next. TAS showcases the art of a different environmental artist each month, alongside the works of area students enrolled in Magnet Arts programs. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is tithed to TAS by each artist. Please "Get your Art On" and join us!

Sat. Feb. 14 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. Feb. 14 Everglades Nature Photography

Trey Mitchell will lead this all-day trip in Everglades National Park. Photographers of all abilities are welcome. Meet at 6:00am at the Coe Visitor Center. There is an entrance fee to the park. Bring lunch.

Sat. Feb. 14 Paddle Out, Turner River

Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand view at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Join us for a fun kayaking adventure along the bay! We start at 10am. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com . Minimum age required to participate: 9 years old, accompanied by an adult. Requirements: Closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring lunch/dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended.

Sat.-Sun., Feb. 14-15 Native Plant Sale at Doc Thomas House

The plant sale is 9am-3pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday. Our Native Plant Sales are famous and informative. Choose from a vast array of indigenous South Florida plants. Knowledgeable native plant experts will help you choose the ideal specimens for your yard. Come early for the best selection; stay late to enjoy the companionship.

Sat. Feb. 21 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Sat. Feb. 21 Shark Valley / Loop Road Birding

John Hutchison will lead this trip. Meet at 8:00am at the airboat concession on the north side of Tamiami Trail (US 41), one mile west of the Shark Valley entrance. There is an entrance fee to Shark Valley. Bring lunch.

Wed. Feb. 25 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Sat. Feb. 28 Southern Palm Beach Birding

Nancy Freedman will lead this carpool trip. Meet at 7:30am at Wakodahatchee Wetlands (13026 Jog Road, about 1.5 miles north of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.) No fee. Bring lunch.

Sat. Feb. 28 Conservation Concert — TBA

Our popular Conservation Concert Series showcases top South Florida bands and solo performers. Bring a blanket, your sweetie, children, or a friend and come out for an old Florida evening of original and cover music under the oaks and stars. A donation BirdBar, courtesy of Republic National Distributing Co., provides liquid refreshment and a designated food truck sates appetites. Additionally, neighboring TAS community partner restaurants (George's, Sports Grill SoMi & Whisk Gourmet) offer takeout.

Picnic tables available on a first-come basis.
Admission: $10 donation, children free
Gates open at 7pm, music begins at 7:30pm.

MARCH 2015

Sat. Mar. 7 Everglades National Park Birding

John Boyd will lead this all day carpool trip. Meet in the parking lot of the Coe Visitor Center at Everglades National Park at 7:30am. There is an entrance fee to the park. Bring lunch.

Fri. Mar. 13 SoMi Art Walk

From 6-9pm, the Doc Thomas House parlor, porch and patio are transformed into charming "galleries" during SOMI ArtWalk, a free event that unfolds in retail venues along Sunset Drive on the second Friday of each month from October through March. Pedestrian-friendly South Miami enables patrons to reduce their collective carbon footprint and stroll from one venue to the next. TAS showcases the art of a different environmental artist each month, alongside the works of area students enrolled in Magnet Arts programs. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is tithed to TAS by each artist. Please "Get your Art On" and join us!

Sat. Mar. 14 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. Mar. 14 East Everglades Area Birding

Habla español! Carlos Sanchez leads this half-day trip to the east Everglades. Meet at 7:00am at the C-357 sparrow fields. From Krome Avenue, drive west 3.0 miles on Richmond Drive (SW 168 Street). Park near the entrance, at a yellow gate just west of the C-357 Canal. Return is at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

Sat. Mar. 14 Paddle Out, Indian Key

Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand view at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Join us for a fun kayaking adventure along the bay! We start at 10:30am. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com . We appreciate a $50 donation per paddler, per trip, which includes a Paddle Out guide and sticker, and an annual membership to Tropical Audubon Society (price for current members is $25, please verify membership-status at outreach@tropicalaudubon.org). Minimum age required to participate: 9 years old, accompanied by an adult. Requirements: Closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring lunch/dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended.

Sat., Mar. 21-Sun., Mar. 29 Honduras Birding: Pico Bonito to Copan

Cancelled!

Sat. Mar. 21 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30am and noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Sat. Mar. 21 South Broward Birding

John Hutchison will lead this carpool trip to birding locations in southern Broward County. Meet at 8:00am at Plantation Preserve. The preserve is on Broward Blvd., two miles east of University Drive. Meet at 8:00 AM at the trailhead past the playground. Bring lunch.

Sun. Mar. 22 Spring Wildflower Walk with Roger Hammer

Well known South Florida plant expert, Roger Hammer, will lead this walk down the Long Pine Key Nature Trail in Everglades National Park. Meet at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center in Everglades National Park at 8am, return approximately 11:30am. There is an entrance fee to the park.

Reservations and fee required: $40 members/$45 nonmembers includes an autographed copy of one of Roger's recent books: Everglades Wildflowers, Florida Keys Wildflowers or Everglades National Park and the Surrounding Area (your choice). A $25 discount ($15 members/$20 nonmembers) if you bring along your own copy of one of Roger's books! Call 305-247-1634, or email Roger to register or for more information.

Wed. Mar. 25 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Sat. Mar. 28 Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Walk

Habla español! Joe Barros will lead this walk through Tropical Audubon's own pine rockland, a remnant of Miami-Dade's most threatened habitat. Meet at 7:30am. From Florida's Turnpike, exit at SW 216 Street. Turn right and drive west on SW 216 Street, across US-1, to SW 124 Avenue. Turn left and drive south to SW 220 Street. The pineland is on the right, just south of SW 220 Street. No fee.

Sat. Mar. 28 Conservation Concert — TBA

Our popular Conservation Concert Series showcases top South Florida bands and solo performers. Bring a blanket, your sweetie, children, or a friend and come out for an old Florida evening of original and cover music under the oaks and stars. A donation BirdBar, courtesy of Republic National Distributing Co., provides liquid refreshment and a designated food truck sates appetites. Additionally, neighboring TAS community partner restaurants (George's, Sports Grill SoMi & Whisk Gourmet) offer takeout.

Picnic tables available on a first-come basis.
Admission: $10 donation, children free
Gates open at 7pm, music begins at 7:30pm.

APRIL 2015

Sat. Apr. 4 Moonlight Paddle Out, Chapman Field

Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand view at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Join us for a fun kayaking adventure along the bay! We start at 6:30pm. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com We appreciate a $50 donation per paddler, per trip, which includes a Paddle Out guide and sticker, and an annual membership to Tropical Audubon Society (price for current members is $25, please verify membership-status at outreach@tropicalaudubon.org). Minimum age required to participate: 9 years old, accompanied by an adult. Requirements: Closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring lunch/dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended.

TAS 13th Annual Birdathon!!!
Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, April 19

Raise money for TAS! Bird for up to 24 consecutive hours anytime during April 4-19. Collect pledges per bird seen or for the whole day. Win prizes! Stay tuned for more information about our exciting Birdathon...fun teams, good prizes, all day birding and all for a good cause!

Sat. Apr. 4 Lake Kissimmee Area Birding

Brian Rapoza leads this all day carpool trip to Lake Kissimmee State Park in Polk County and Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area in Osceola County. Meet Brian Rapoza at 6:00am at the east gate of the Doc Thomas property on SW 55th Ave. just south of Sunset (5530 Sunset Drive, South Miami). Bring lunch. Walkie-talkies are recommended.

Wed. Apr. 8 Walk in the Woods with Wine & Whisk

Our exclusive winemaker dinner fundraiser unfolds on the enchanting TAS grounds. Seating is limited; $125 minimum donation per person (contact: events@tropicalaudubon.org).

Sat. Apr. 11 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. Apr. 11 Enchanted Forest/Arch Creek Park Bird Walk

Jim King will lead birders through Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park and adjacent Arch Creek Park. Meet at 7:30am in the Enchanted Forest parking area (1725 NE 135th Street in North Miami). Return is at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

Sun. Apr. 12 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens Bird Walk

Habla español! Joe Barros will lead birders through Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. Meet at 7:30am in the Matheson Hammock parking area adjacent to Fairchild's north entrance. Entrance fee to Fairchild will be waived for TAS members. Return is at approximately 11:00am.

Sat. Apr. 18 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Sat. Apr. 18 Kendall Indian Hammock Park Bird Walk

Habla español! Stephen Paez will lead birders through Kendall Indian Hammock Park. Meet at 7:30am at the parking area at the east end of the ballfields. Return is at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

Sun. Apr. 19 Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk

Robin Diaz will lead birders through Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne. The park opens at 8:00am. Participants should meet at No Name Harbor (from the entrance station, take your first right and drive west to the parking area). The walk will begin by 8:15am. returning at approximately 11:00am. Costs include an entrance fee to the park and the Rickenbacker Causeway toll.

Wed. Apr. 22 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Sat. Apr. 25 A. D. Barnes Park Bird Walk

Bill Boeringer will lead birders through A.D. Barnes Park. Enter on SW 72nd Ave. just north of Bird Rd. (SW 40th St.), turn left at the T intersection and park in spaces on either side of the road. Meet at 7:30am, returning at approximately 11:00am. No fee.

Sat. Apr. 25 Conservation Concert — TBA

Our popular Conservation Concert Series showcases top South Florida bands and solo performers. Bring a blanket, your sweetie, children, or a friend and come out for an old Florida evening of original and cover music under the oaks and stars. A donation BirdBar, courtesy of Republic National Distributing Co., provides liquid refreshment and a designated food truck sates appetites. Additionally, neighboring TAS community partner restaurants (George's, Sports Grill SoMi & Whisk Gourmet) offer takeout.

Picnic tables available on a first-come basis.
Admission: $10 donation, children free
Gates open at 7pm, music begins at 7:30pm.

Sun. Apr. 26 Matheson Hammock Bird Walk

John Boyd will lead birders through Matheson Hammock on Old Cutler Rd. immediately north of Fairchild Gardens. The group meets in the Matheson parking area on the left, inside the park entrance, at 7:30am. No fee.

MAY 2015

Sat. May 2-Mon. May 4 Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas Birding

Brian Rapoza and Paul Bithorn lead this three-day, two night van trip through the Florida Keys, including a one day boat trip to Dry Tortugas National Park. Costs ($795.00 per person double occupancy: $150.00 single supplement) includes two nights hotel in the Key West area, van/gas, park fees and ferry to the Dry Tortugas. Email Brian for further information.

Sat. May 2 Hugh Taylor Birch State Park / Evergreen Cemetery Birding

South Florida Audubon Society's Paddy Cunningham invites TAS to join her for a tour of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, followed by a visit to Evergreen Cemetery in Ft. Lauderdale. The state park's entrance is on Sunrise Blvd., just west of A1A. Meet at 8:00am at the Hammock Trail parking area. Costs include an entrance fee to the park.

Sun. May 3 Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk

Habla español! Angel and Mariel Abreu will lead birders through Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne. The park opens at 8:00am. Participants should meet at No Name Harbor (from the entrance station, take your first right and drive west to the parking area). The walk will begin by 8:15am. returning at approximately 11:00am. Costs include an entrance fee to the park and the Rickenbacker Causeway toll.

Sat. May 9 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. May 9 Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site: Birds, Butterflies and Native Plants

Habla español! Joe Barros will lead this trip to the largest remaining tract of coastal tropical hardwood hammock in the Florida Keys. Meet at 6:30am at the Cracker Barrel restaurant at US 1 and Palm Drive in Florida City. Bring water and insect repellant. There is an entrance fee to the botanical site. Lunch at a Key Largo restaurant.

Sat. May 9 Paddle Out, C-100

Discover South Florida from a different point of view and get a first-hand view at the environment Tropical Audubon fights so hard to protect. Join us for a fun kayaking adventure along the bay! We start at 1pm. Please RSVP to paddleout@outlook.com We appreciate a $50 donation per paddler, per trip, which includes a Paddle Out guide and sticker, and an annual membership to Tropical Audubon Society (price for current members is $25, please verify membership-status at outreach@tropicalaudubon.org). Minimum age required to participate: 9 years old, accompanied by an adult. Requirements: Closed-toe water-shoes and long sleeves. Please bring lunch/dinner and water. Swimwear is recommended.

Sat. May 16 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30am and noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Wed. May 27 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

Fri. May 29 Members-only Native Plant Sale

TAS members can enjoy the privelige of selecting prime specimens for their yards in advance of the Public Weekend Sale, 4-8pm.

Fri. May 29 Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration

Flock to Tropical Audubon Society for the TGIF Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration that hatches beneath the shady canopy that comprises our Steinberg Nature Center, a 3-acre native oasis in the heart of South Miami. Forage for your Supper among unique savory and sweet food vendors; dine alfresco at communal picnic tables or tuck in under the Chickee; slake your thirst at the donation Bird Bar; wander Nature trails; tour the historic Doc Thomas House; and listen to a chorus of birds sing the sun to bed. When the birds retire, Three Sheets to the Winds will supply human-generated live music! 6-9pm.

Sat.-Sun., May 30-31 Native Plant Sale at the Doc Thomas House

The plant sale is 9am-4pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday. Our Native Plant Sales are famous and informative. Choose from a vast array of indigenous South Florida plants. Knowledgeable native plant experts will help you choose the ideal specimens for your yard. Come early for the best selection; stay late to enjoy the companionship.

JUNE 2015

Tues. June 9 Dine Out with TAS at WHISK GOURMET

Experience our Summer Dine Out program and help feather Tropical Audubon Society's proverbial nest. Whisk Gourmet donates ten percent of dinner and take-out checks on designated Dine Out dates to TAS. You'll be eating very well and helping amplify "South Florida's Voice of Conservation!"

Sat. June 13-Sun. June 21 Southern California Birding

Brian Rapoza and Paul Bithorn lead this nine-day, eight-night trip, beginning and ending in Los Angeles. Southern California boasts a wide variety of habitats, including coastal, mountain and desert, each with its own unique assemblage of breeding birds. The itinerary includes a boat trip to Santa Cruz Island, home to the endemic Island Scrub-Jay, a visit to Giant Sequoia National Monument and to the Salton Sea. This trip involves eight full days of birding, and is designed for intermediate to advanced birders.

Costs: $1,650.00 per person double occupancy (not including air fare to Los Angeles); $400.00 single supplement. Cost includes van and boat transportation, hotel accommodations, and park entrance fees. Not included are tips, laundry costs and other incidental expenses. Meals are paid for by each participant. For a detailed itinerary and trip application, with reservation requirements, email Brian Rapoza.

Sat. June 13 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Sat. June 20 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30am and noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Wed. June 24 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

JULY 2015

Sat. July 11 Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve

Learn about native plants and help Tropical maintain an endangered habitat! We will be working to remove non-native plants, maintaining some of the shrubs, and work on making trails on the property. The site is very important, as it is a pine rockland habitat, an endangered ecosystem of which roughly 2% of the original habitat still exists.

Please bring sunscreen, your water bottle, and wear closed toed-shoes. We will provide water, refreshments, and t-shirts for all participants. Groups welcome! Contact Celeste De Palma, TAS Outreach & Education Coordinator, to RSVP at 305-343-4468 or via email.

Tues. July 14 Dine Out with TAS at WHISK GOURMET

Experience our Summer Dine Out program and help feather Tropical Audubon Society's proverbial nest. Whisk Gourmet donates ten percent of dinner and take-out checks on designated Dine Out dates to TAS. You'll be eating very well and helping amplify "South Florida's Voice of Conservation!"

Sat. July 18 Workday at the Doc Thomas House

Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Workdays are held every third Saturday of every month. Show up anytime between 8:30-noon and you will find a host of hard workers. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Call 305-667-7337 or e-mail volunteer1@tropicalaudubon.org for more information.

Wed. July 22 Conservation Meeting

TAS members and guests are invited to attend this and other Conservation Committee meetings at 7:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami, 33143. Call 305-667-7337 for more information.

July date TBA Summer Film Night

Our free "Chill Out with TAS Summer Film" screening brings Nature and topical environmental issues into sharper focus. The featured documentary rolls on our grounds under the oaks and stars on a 12-foot outdoor screen. A donation BirdBar courtesy of RNDC provides liquid refreshment; a solo food truck sates appetites; and live music serves as both prelude and finale. (Screening takes place in the parlor if inclement weather threatens.) Stay tuned for details.

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