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Educational Programs

Educational programs are typically held on the 1st Thursday of the month (except where noted below). You'll find us at the Palm Coast Community Center. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. with a Chapter activity update and social session. Formal program begins at 7:00 p.m. Map to Palm Coast Community Center

2019-2020 dates: 


Thursday, October 3, 6:30pm - Educational Program: Matanzas Riverkeeper

Rm 114/115

The Matanzas Riverkeeper is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the Matanzas River and its tributaries remain clean and healthy through public commitment to drinkable, fishable, and swimmable water. The Matanzas Riverkeeper educates the public about the ecological, economic, cultural, and historic value of the Matanzas River and its tributaries; provides opportunities for members of our community to get out and enjoy the water; and works collaboratively with citizens, local organizations and government agencies so that together we can keep the Matanzas clean, safe, and beautiful.

Thursday, November 7, 6:30pm: Educational Program: Seabirding in Alachua County?  The Cross-Florida Common Loon Migration 

Rm 114/115

Speaker: Andy Kratter

Summary: In the late 1990s Rex Rowan sent an email alerting us Gainesville birders that late March and early April were good times to look for migrating Common Loons.  Loons are by and large coastal migrants so I thought Alachua County was odd choice for watching for migrants, but decided to try to get a loon on my yard list.  In spring 2000, I saw nine loons flying over my yard.  I continued to have incidental sightings the next few years, so in 2003, I began to systematically count loons and learn about this inland migration.  I have continued ever since, and have now counted 9000 migrating loons, with as many as 180 in a single day.  This research has led to the discovery of an inland migratory pathway that 1000s of Common Loons use every year.


Biography: Andy Kratter is the Collections Manager of Birds at the Florida Museum of Natural History, at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1995. For his dissertation, he studied the suite of bird species that are specialized on bamboo thickets in southwestern Amazonia.  He has a M.A. from UCLA, and did his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He serves on numerous ornithological committees, including the American Ornithological Society’s North American Classification Committee (“check-list committee”), the American Birding Association Checklist Committee, and he chairs the Florida Ornithological Society’s Rare Bird committee. He is compiler of the Gainesville Christmas Count.  

Thursday, December 5, 6:30pm - Educational Program: Holiday Potluck / Auction

Attendees share food, photos & travel stories. New this year: bid on our silent auction to help raise money for conservation projects! Bring a dish to share.

Thursday, January 2, 6:30pm - Educational Program: Timucua Indians

Rm 101

Programs move to larger Room 101 (still at the Palm Coast Community Center)

Step back in time for this unique, hands-on Native American experience. The audience will discover the life ways of the Timucua Indians and their relationship to the land that they loved. Joe Woodbury will share stories about the Timucua and explain the important role the river, forest and ocean played in their everyday lives. 


The talk will focus on the Eastern Timucuan tribes who lived in the maritime hammocks of Florida’s East Coast. Participants will be able to sample food and drink important to the Timucuan Indians and witness a fire-starting demonstration. Artifacts and Timucuan artwork will also be on display.

Thursday, February 13 (2nd Thurs), 6:30pm - Educational Program: Right Whales and the Marineland Right Whale Project

Rm 101

Frank Gromling helped create the Marineland Right Whale Project 20 years ago. Learn the natural history of Right Whales, why they come to northeast Florida coastal waters, and how they became the most endangered large mammal in the ocean. And learn how you can be an important part of their preservation.

Saturday, February 15, *10:00am* - Backyard Birding Talk & Walk

Rm 112

Ever wanted to know more about the birds in your backyard? From 10-11 am in the Community Center (meeting room 112), join us to learn about some of the common backyard bird species in Palm Coast, as well as the basics of identifying birds. Then from 11-11:30 am, take a guided walk down St. Joe Walkway to see (and hear!) some local birds. (Make sure to register at the city's website - spots are limited!) *This event is in partnership with the City of Palm Coast, and part of the Living with Wildlife Series.*

eBird: 99 species

Accessibility: paved trail.

Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm - Educational Program: Treatment Wetlands

Rm 101

Full Title: Treatment Wetlands: Less Pollution, More Birds!

Speaker: Chris Farrell, Audubon Florida

Florida's waters are suffering from years of nutrient loading and harmful algal blooms are becoming more frequent and severe. Treatment wetlands are a promising type of "green infrastructure" that can help improve water quality while providing many ancillary benefits such as wildlife habitat, public recreation, and educational opportunities. One standout feature of treatment wetlands is the incredible diversity of birds they attract. Chris will share information on the incredible birding at Sweetwater Wetlands and other locations in the state, plus talk about the partnership opportunities they afford local Audubon chapters.

Note: excited about treatment wetlands after this talk? Come with us to Palm Coast's local spray fields (normally closed to the public) the following Saturday March 7. It's one of the best places to bird in Flagler County! See details here.

Thursday, April 16 (3rd Thurs), 6:30pm - Educational Program: Live Raptor Show, presented by FPL

Rm 101

Speaker/displays: Avian Reconditioning Center for Birds of Prey, Apopka, FL

Presented by FPL

Thursday, May 7, 6:30pm - Educational Program: Topic TBA

Rm 101

& Flagler Audubon Society Annual Meeting: at this program, we will have a brief business meeting to vote in new board officers.

Thursday, June 4, 6:30pm - Educational Program: Birding 101: Raptors 

Rm 101

Thursday, July 9 (2nd Thurs), 6:30pm - Educational Program: Birding 101: Shorebirds

Rm 101

Thursday, August 6, 6:30pm - Educational Program: Birding 101: Warblers

Rm 101