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TAS Calendar

July

July 13
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
July 13-27
Birding in Central Panama
July 20
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
July 24
Conservation Meeting

August

Aug 6
Dine Out with TAS — The Big Cheese (S. Miami)
Aug 10
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Aug 15
Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series — Ghost Bird
Aug 17
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Aug 28
Conservation Meeting
Aug 31
Everglades Agricultural Area Birding

September

Sep 3
Dine Out with TAS — George's
Sep 7
Fairchild Gardens / Matheson Hammock Bird Walk
Sep 8
A.D. Barnes Park Bird Walk
Sep 14
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Sep 14
South Dade Birding
Sep 15
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk
Sep 21
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Sep 21
Greynolds Park Bird Walk
Sep 22
Matheson Hammock Bird Walk
Sep 25
Conservation Meeting
Sep 28
Corkscrew Swamp / Ft. Myers Beach Birding
Sep 29
Kendall Indian Hammock Bird Walk

October

Oct 1
Dine Out with TAS — Red Fish Grill
Oct 5
A.D. Barnes Park Bird Walk
Oct 6
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk
Oct 10-13
Fairchild Birding Festival
Oct 11
SoMi Art Walk at DTH — Jose Portuondo
Oct 12
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Oct 19
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Oct 19
Shark Valley / Loop Road Birding
Oct 20
Crandon Park Birding
Oct 23
Conservation Meeting
Oct 25-27
Native Plant Sale at Doc Thomas House
Oct 26
Everglades National Park Beginning Birding
Oct 27
Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration at DTH

November

Nov 2
Southern Palm Beach Birding
Nov 5
Dine Out with TAS — Sports Grill (S. Miami)
Nov 8
SoMi Art Walk at DTH — Nancy Martini
Nov 9
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Nov 9
Everglades National Park Birding
Nov 16
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Nov 16
STA-5 Birding
Nov 23
Plantation Preserve Birding
Nov 27
Conservation Meeting
Nov 30
Snake Bight Kayaking/Canoeing

December

Dec 3
Dine Out with TAS — TBA
Dec 7
South Florida Exotics Trip
Dec 13
SoMi Art Walk at DTH — TBA
Dec 14
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Dec 21
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Dec 14
Miami-Dade County CBC
Dec 16
Long Pine Key CBC
Dec 20
Biscayne National Park CBC
Dec 21
Kendall CBC
Dec 28
Coot Bay / Everglades CBC

January

Jan 4
Southern Palm Beach Birding
Jan 10
SoMi Art Walk at DTH — Deborah LaFogg-Docherty
Jan 11
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Jan 11
Everglades National Park Birding
Jan 17-20
North Florida Birding
Jan 18
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Jan 18
Crandon Park Birding
Jan 25
North Broward Birding
Jan 25
Conservation Concert — TBA
Jan 29
Conservation Meeting

February

Feb 1
STA-1E Birding Full!
Feb 8
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Feb 8
Everglades Nature Photography
Feb 8-9
Native Plant Sale at Doc Thomas House.
Feb 14
SoMi Art Walk at DTH — Beth Kaminstein
Feb 15
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Feb 15
Shark Valley / Loop Road Birding
Feb 16
Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration at DTH
Feb 22
South Dade Birding
Feb 22
Conservation Concert — TBA
Feb 26
Conservation Meeting

March

Mar 1
Everglades National Park Birding
Mar 8
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Mar 8
Collier County Birding
Mar 14
SoMi Art Walk at DTH — Patricia Cummins
Mar 15
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Mar 15
East Everglades / Chekika Birding
Mar 16
Spring Wildflower Walk with Roger Hammer
Mar 22
South Broward Birding
Mar 26
Conservation Meeting
Mar 29
Southern Palm Beach Birding
Mar 29
Conservation Concert — Plan B
Mar 30
New Date! Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Walk

April

Apr 5
Greynolds Park Bird Walk
Apr 6
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens Bird Walk
Apr 12
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
Apr 12
Kendall Indian Hammock Park Bird Walk
Apr 13
Crandon Park Birding Canceled!
Apr 19
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
Apr 19
A. D. Barnes Park Bird Walk
Apr 20
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk
Apr 23
Conservation Meeting
Apr 26
Enchanted Forest/Arch Creek Park Bird Walk
Apr 26
Conservation Concert — TBA
Apr 27
Matheson Hammock Bird Walk

May

May 3-5
Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas Birding Sold Out!
May 3
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park / Evergreen Cemetery Birding
May 4
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk
May 10
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
May 10
Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site: Birds, Butterflies and Native Plants
May 11
Big Cypress Swamp Birding
May 17
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
May 28
Conservation Meeting
May 31-June 1
Native Plant Sale at the Doc Thomas House

June

June 1
Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration at DTH
June 14
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
June 19
Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series — TBA
June 21
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
June 21-Sun. June 29
Pacific Northwest Birding Sold Out!
June 25
Conservation Meeting

July

July 10-Sat. July 19
Birding in Southeastern Brazil Sold Out!
July 12
Workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve
July 17
Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series — TBA
July 19
Workday at the Doc Thomas House
July 23
Conservation Meeting

TAS 2013-14 Event Calendar

Tropical Audubon Society is proud to once again offer an outstanding lineup of outings and monthly programs. You will see bird, plant and butterfly trips; morning trips, all day trips, overnight trips; outings nearby and outings afar; the very important seasonal bird counts; special events (Birdathon!!); workdays; plant sales; and lots of ways to have a good time while supporting a great cause and learning more about our native environment. 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 remember that some parks charge entrance fees, participants usually share gasoline costs for carpool trips, and overnight and boat trips will mean additional costs. Also, on some of the nature walks a fee may be required. To allow communication with trip leaders, walkie-talkies are recommended for carpool trips. The specifics for each trip are indicated below. In some cases, the trip leader has included his/her email address and phone number 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, email the field trip coordinator, or call him at (305) 388-1544.

Habla español! indicates a trip with a bilingual leader.

The schedule will be updated as more information becomes available.

JULY 2013

Sat. July 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. July 13-Sun. July 27 Birding in Central Panama

Sold Out! Brian Rapoza and local guides lead this 15-day, 14-night birding tour of Panama, home to over 950 bird species, the highest in Central America! We'll spend a full week at world-famous Canopy Tower, in Soberania National Park along the Panama Canal. Among our many birding destinations will be legendary Pipeline Road as well as Achiote Road on the Caribbean coast. Our second week will be based at luxurious Canopy Lodge at El Valle de Anton, where we'll explore cloud forest habitat in the caldera of an extinct volcano.

Costs: $2,850.00 per person double occupancy (with private bath), $3,410.00 single in a double room (with a private bath). Cost includes transportation, meals, lodging and guides. Not included is round-trip airfare to Panama City, tips, laundry costs and other incidental expenses. For a detailed itinerary and trip application, with reservation requirements, email Brian Rapoza.

Sat. July 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.

Wed. July 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.

AUGUST 2013

Tues. Aug. 6 Dine Out with TAS — The Big Cheese (S. Miami only)

Experience our monthly Dine Out program and help feather Tropical Audubon Society's proverbial nest. South Miami-area community restaurant partners participating in the first-Tuesday-of-the-month Dine Out series now include George's, Red Fish Grill, Sports Grill SoMi, The Big Cheese SoMi and Whisk Gourmet. Each restaurant dedicates ten percent of dinner and take-out checks on its designated Dine Out date to TAS. So please mark your calendar and Dine Out with our community partners on the 1st Tuesday of the month. You'll be dining well and helping amplify South Florida's nonprofit "Voice of Conservation!"

Sat. Aug. 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.

Thurs. Aug. 15 Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series — Ghost Bird

Our free "Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series" brings Nature and topical environmental issues into sharper focus. Weather permitting, films are shown on our grounds under the oaks and stars on a 12-foot outdoor screen. A donation BirdBar courtesy of RNDC provides liquid refreshment and popcorn is on the house — in this case, the historic Doc Thomas House! Rain or shine (films are screened in the parlor during inclement weather.)

Sat. Aug. 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.

Wed. Aug. 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. Aug. 31 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. There will be a lunch stop at a restaurant.

SEPTEMBER 2013

Tues. Sept. 3 Dine Out with TAS — George's

Experience our monthly Dine Out program and help feather Tropical Audubon Society's proverbial nest. South Miami-area community restaurant partners participating in the first-Tuesday-of-the-month Dine Out series now include George's, Red Fish Grill, Sports Grill SoMi, The Big Cheese SoMi and Whisk Gourmet. Each restaurant dedicates ten percent of dinner and take-out checks on its designated Dine Out date to TAS. So please mark your calendar and Dine Out with our community partners on the 1st Tuesday of the month. You'll be dining well and helping amplify South Florida's nonprofit "Voice of Conservation!"

Sat. Sept. 7 Fairchild Gardens / Matheson Hammock Bird Walk

Habla español! Joe Barros will lead birders through Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, followed by a walk through Matheson Hammock Park. Meet at 7:30am in the Matheson 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. 8 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. 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. Sept. 14 South Dade Birding

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

Sun. Sept. 15 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 8:00 AM. 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 8:15 AM. Costs include an entrance fee to the park and the Rickenbacker Causeway toll.

Sat. Sept. 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. Sept. 21 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.

Sun. Sept. 22 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 7:30 AM. Return is at approximately 11:00 AM. No fee.

Wed. Sept. 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. Sept. 28 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. 29 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 2013

Tues. Oct. 1 Dine Out with TAS — Red Fish Grill

Experience our monthly Dine Out program and help feather Tropical Audubon Society's proverbial nest. South Miami-area community restaurant partners participating in the first-Tuesday-of-the-month Dine Out series now include George's, Red Fish Grill, Sports Grill SoMi, The Big Cheese SoMi and Whisk Gourmet. Each restaurant dedicates ten percent of dinner and take-out checks on its designated Dine Out date to TAS. So please mark your calendar and Dine Out with our community partners on the 1st Tuesday of the month. You'll be dining well and helping amplify South Florida's nonprofit "Voice of Conservation!"

Sat. Oct. 5 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.

Sun. Oct. 6 Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk

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.

Thurs. Oct. 10-Sun. Oct. 13 Fairchild Birding Festival

Join TAS for an exciting four-day event at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Keynote speaker will be Ted Floyd, Editor of Birding, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association, and author of The Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America. 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.

Fri. Oct. 11 SoMi Art Walk — Jose Portuondo

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. 12 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. 19 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. 19 Shark Valley / Loop Road Birding

Paul Bithorn will lead this carpool trip. Meet at 8:00 AM 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. 20 Crandon Park Birding

Rangel Diaz will lead birders through Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Crandon Visitor and Nature Center at Parking Lot #1, accessed via the North Beach entrance to the park (no fee before 8:00 AM). 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.

Wed. Oct. 23 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. Oct. 26 Everglades National Park Beginning Birding

Jeff Weber will lead this 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.-Sun., Oct. 25-27 Native Plant Sale at Doc Thomas House

Our native plant sales are famous and fun. We have a great selection of South Florida plants with knowledgeable sales people to help you choose the best ones for your yard. Come early for the best selection, stay late to enjoy the company.

Sun. Oct. 27 Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration

Flock to Tropical Audubon Society for Sunday Supper! The Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration 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 & sweet food vendors; dine alfresco at communal picnic tables or tuck in under the Chickee; slake your thirst at the Bird Bar; wander Nature trails; tour the historic Doc Thomas House; and listen to a chorus of birds sing the sun to bed.

NOVEMBER 2013

Sat. Nov. 2 Southern Palm Beach Birding

John Hutchison will lead this carpool trip. Meet at 7:30am at Green Cay Wetlands. From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Atlantic Avenue (exit 81). Drive east 0.7 miles to Hagen Ranch Road. Turn left and drive north 2.2 miles to the entrance. No fee. Bring lunch.

Tues. Nov. 5 Dine Out with TAS — Sports Grill (S. Miami only)

Experience our monthly Dine Out program and help feather Tropical Audubon Society's proverbial nest. South Miami-area community restaurant partners participating in the first-Tuesday-of-the-month Dine Out series now include George's, Red Fish Grill, Sports Grill SoMi, The Big Cheese SoMi and Whisk Gourmet. Each restaurant dedicates ten percent of dinner and take-out checks on its designated Dine Out date to TAS. So please mark your calendar and Dine Out with our community partners on the 1st Tuesday of the month. You'll be dining well and helping amplify South Florida's nonprofit "Voice of Conservation!"

Fri. Nov. 8 SoMi Art Walk — Nancy Martini

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. 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. Nov. 9Everglades 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. 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.

Sat. Nov. 16STA-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 at fieldtrips@tropicalaudubon.org for details, including meeting place and time.

Sat. Nov. 23 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 8:00 AM at the trailhead past the playground. Lunch at a local restaurant will follow. No fee.

Wed. Nov. 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. Nov. 30Snake 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 2013

Tues. Dec. 3 Dine Out with TAS — TBA

Experience our monthly Dine Out program and help feather Tropical Audubon Society's proverbial nest. South Miami-area community restaurant partners participating in the first-Tuesday-of-the-month Dine Out series now include George's, Red Fish Grill, Sports Grill SoMi, The Big Cheese SoMi and Whisk Gourmet. Each restaurant dedicates ten percent of dinner and take-out checks on its designated Dine Out date to TAS. So please mark your calendar and Dine Out with our community partners on the 1st Tuesday of the month. You'll be dining well and helping amplify South Florida's nonprofit "Voice of Conservation!"

Sat. Dec. 7 South Florida Exotics Trip

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

Fri. Dec. 13 SoMi Art Walk — TBA

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. 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. Dec. 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.

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.

Sat. Dec. 14 Miami-Dade County CBC

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

Mon. Dec. 16 Long Pine Key CBC

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

Fri. Dec. 20 Biscayne National Park CBC

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

Sat. Dec. 21 Kendall CBC

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

Sat. Dec. 28 Coot Bay / Everglades CBC

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

JANUARY 2014

Sat. Jan. 4 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.

Fri. Jan. 10 SoMi Art Walk — Deborah LaFogg-Docherty

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. 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. Jan. 11 Everglades National Park Birding

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. 17-20 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 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. Jan 18 Crandon Park Birding

Jim King will lead birders through Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Crandon Visitor and Nature Center at Parking Lot #1, accessed via the North Beach entrance to the park (no fee before 8:00 AM). 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 25 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.

Sat. Jan. 25 Conservation Concert — TBA

Our Winter 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 7 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Wed. Jan. 29 Conservation Meeting

New date! 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.

FEBRUARY 2014

Sat. Feb. 1 STA-1E Birding

Full! 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.

Sat. Feb. 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. Feb. 8 Everglades Nature Photography

Jeff Weber and Trey Mitchell will lead this all-day event in Everglades National Park, which will focus on the many opportunities the park offers for taking stunning wildlife images—from alligators to tiny damselflies. We'll use both telephoto and macro lenses to capture shots of whatever birds and beasts we encounter. The walk will start early and end at dusk to take advantage of the best light conditions. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Coe Visitor Center. There is an entrance fee to the park. Bring lunch.

Sat.-Sun., Feb. 8-9 Native Plant Sale at Doc Thomas House

Our native plant sales are famous and fun. We have a great selection of South Florida plants with knowledgeable sales people to help you choose the best ones for your yard. Come early for the best selection, stay late to enjoy the company.

Sun., Feb. 9 Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration

Flock to Tropical Audubon Society for Sunday Supper! The Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration 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 & sweet food vendors; dine alfresco at communal picnic tables or tuck in under the Chickee; slake your thirst at the Bird Bar; wander Nature trails; tour the historic Doc Thomas House; and listen to a chorus of birds sing the sun to bed.

Fri. Feb. 14 SoMi Art Walk — Beth Kaminstein

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. 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. Feb. 15 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.

Sun. Feb. 16 Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration

Flock to Tropical Audubon Society for Sunday Supper! The Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration 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 & sweet food vendors; dine alfresco at communal picnic tables or tuck in under the Chickee; slake your thirst at the Bird Bar; wander Nature trails; tour the historic Doc Thomas House; and listen to a chorus of birds sing the sun to bed.

Sat. Feb. 22 South Dade Birding

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

Sat. Feb. 22 Conservation Concert — TBA

Our Winter 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 7 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 26 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.

MARCH 2014

Sat. Mar. 1 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.

Sat. Mar. 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. Mar. 8 Collier County Birding

Brian Rapoza leads this all day carpool trip to birding locations in Collier County, including Fakahatchee Strand State Park and Tigertail Beach on Marco Island. Meet at 7:00am at the Kirby Storter Boardwalk on Tamiami Trail. Costs include an entrance fee to Tigertail Beach. Bring lunch. Walkie-talkies are recommended.

Fri. Mar. 14 SoMi Art Walk — Pat Cummins

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. 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. Mar. 15 East Everglades / Chekika Birding

Habla español! Carlos Sanchez leads this carpool trip to the east Everglades, including Chekika Day Use Area of Everglades National Park. 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. No fee.

Sun. Mar. 16 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. See the wildflowers, butterflies and birds that share the varied habitat of pine rockland, Everglades prairie and upland hammock communities. This is an excellent chance to see the grass-pink orchid in bloom. 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.

Sat. Mar. 22 South Broward Birding

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

Wed. Mar. 26 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. 29 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.

Date Changed! Sat. Mar. 29 Conservation Concert — Plan B

Our Winter 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 7 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Date Changed! Sun. Mar. 30 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.

APRIL 2014

Sat. Apr. 5 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.

Sun. Apr. 6 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens Bird Walk

Habla español! Joe Barros will lead birders through Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, followed by a walk through Matheson Hammock Park. Meet at 7:30am in the Matheson 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. 12 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.

TAS 12th Annual Birdathon!!!
Saturday, April 12 – Sunday, April 27

Raise money for TAS! Bird for up to 24 consecutive hours anytime during April 12-27. 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. 12 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. 13 Crandon Park Birding

Canceled!

Sat. Apr. 19 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. 19 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.

Sun. Apr. 20 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. 23 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. 26 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. 27 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.

Sat. Apr. 26 Conservation Concert — TBA

Our Winter 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 7 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m.

MAY 2014

Sat. May 3-Mon. May 5 Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas Birding

Sold Out! 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 3 Hugh Taylor Birch State Park / Evergreen Cemetery Birding

South Florida Audubon Society's Paddy Cunningham invites TAS to join her 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 8:00 AM at the Hammock Trail parking area. Costs include an entrance fee to the park.

Sun. May 4 Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Bird Walk

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 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. May 10 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.

Sun. May 11 Big Cypress Swamp Birding

Jeff Weber will lead this carpool trip to Big Cypress National Preserve. Meet at 7:30am at the Oasis Visitor Center on Tamiami Trail (US 41). Bring lunch and insect repellant. No fee.

Sat. May 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.

Wed. May 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.-Sun., May 31-June 1 Native Plant Sale at the Doc Thomas House

Our native plant sales are famous and fun. We have a great selection of South Florida plants with knowledgeable sales people to help you choose the best ones for your yard. Come early for the best selection, stay late to enjoy the company.

JUNE 2014

Sun. June 1 Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration

Flock to Tropical Audubon Society for Sunday Supper! The Tri-Annual Food Truck Migration 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 & sweet food vendors; dine alfresco at communal picnic tables or tuck in under the Chickee; slake your thirst at the Bird Bar; wander Nature trails; tour the historic Doc Thomas House; and listen to a chorus of birds sing the sun to bed.

Sat. June 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.

Thurs. June 19 Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series — TBA

Our free "Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series" brings Nature and topical environmental issues into sharper focus. Weather permitting, films are shown on our grounds under the oaks and stars on a 12-foot outdoor screen. A donation BirdBar courtesy of RNDC provides liquid refreshment and popcorn is on the house — in this case, the historic Doc Thomas House! Rain or shine (films are screened in the parlor during inclement weather.)

Sat. June 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. June 21-Sun. June 29 Pacific Northwest Birding

Sold Out! Brian Rapoza and Stefan Schlick lead this nine-day, eight-night trip through magnificent Washington state. This trip, which begins and ends in Seattle, involves eight full days of birding, with exploration of both mountain and coastal habitats, and is designed for intermediate to advanced birders. A pelagic trip with Westport Seabirds is included in the itinerary. Group size will be no more than ten (10) participants.

Costs: $1,550.00 per person double occupancy, $400.00 single supplement. Cost includes van transportation, hotel accommodations and park entrance fees. Not included is air fare to Seattle, tips, laundry costs and other incidental expenses. Meals will be eaten in local restaurants and are paid for by each participant. For a detailed itinerary and trip application, with reservation requirements, email Brian Rapoza.

Wed. June 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.

JULY 2014

Thurs. July 10-Sat. July 19 Birding in Southeastern Brazil

Sold Out! Brian Rapoza and a local guide lead this 10-day, 9-night birding tour of southeastern Brazil, starting in Sao Paulo and ending in Rio de Janeiro. This corner of Brazil is the heart of the Atlantic Rainforest region, an extremely biodiverse area packed with spectacular endemics. Some of the most colorful tanagers, ornate hummingbirds, and weirdest cotingas inhabit this region, not to mention the world's best antbirds; well over 400 species of birds are possible on this tour. We'll visit the best and easiest birding sites of Southeast Brazil, staying in just three unforgettable lodges with great food and comfortable accommodations.

Costs: $3,950.00 per person double occupancy, $330.00 single supplement. Cost includes transportation, meals, lodging and guides. Not included is round-trip airfare to Sao Paulo/Rio de Janeiro, visa fees, tips, laundry costs and other incidental expenses. For a detailed itinerary and trip application, with reservation requirements, email Brian Rapoza.

Sat. July 12 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.

Thurs. July 17 Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series — TBA

Our free "Chill Out with TAS Summer Film Series" brings Nature and topical environmental issues into sharper focus. Weather permitting, films are shown on our grounds under the oaks and stars on a 12-foot outdoor screen. A donation BirdBar courtesy of RNDC provides liquid refreshment and popcorn is on the house — in this case, the historic Doc Thomas House! Rain or shine (films are screened in the parlor during inclement weather.)

Sat. July 19 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 23 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.

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