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SFAS Program Meetings
Active: Sept - April
Annual Report
When: Program Meetings are held the Second Tuesday of each month at 6:45pm.

Where:Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall, 204 SR 26, Melrose

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Programs are presented at the program meetings on the second Tuesday of each month September through April.
Field trips and walking workshops are listed on the activities and field trip pages.


2016-2017 Program Schedule
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Program: “Tall, Dark, Handsome & …Furry: Fox Squirrels of the Southeastern Coastal Plain”
Speaker: Wesley W. Boone IV, Ph.D. Student, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

The decline of fox squirrel populations due to habitat loss led the FL FWC to list the fox squirrel as a Species of Special Concern. Join us as we discuss what is known about fox squirrel population trends, statewide distribution, habitat management and the ramifications of possible delisting.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Program: “Owls: Can We Live with the Three Brothers?”
Speakers: Nan & Joe Soistman, Wildlife Rehab Specialists, Florida Wildlife Care Center, Inc.

North Central Florida has several owls including the fierce Great Horned Owl, the unfussy Screech Owl and the sedentary Barred Owl. The Soistmans share their insights into these amazing birds & they will bring three live representatives from these owl families as they describe what makes them thrive and what we can do to help. WARNING: Service dogs must be quiet and sit at the back for this program.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (3rd Tuesday)
Program: “Darners, Dashers, Damsels: Odonates of the Lake Region”
Speaker: Mike Drummond, Sr. Environmental Planner, Alachua County EPD

Mike Drummond shares the life story of the dragonflies and damselflies, important and beautiful indicator species. Learn about some of the 150 species of damselflies & dragonflies and how we can help these mosquito killers thrive.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Conservation Celebration and Silent Auction
Program: “Florida Audubon: From Feathers in 1900 to Conservation Today”
Conservation organizations from our area will join us for this celebration. Live music and a silent auction that features local art nature-related crafts and great Christmas gifts. Join us for a chili supper beginning at 6 pm. (Pictures of past events)

Speaker: Dr. Leslie Poole, Assist. Professor, Environmental Studies, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
Dr. Leslie Poole, author of “Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century,” will discuss the 1900 founding of the Florida Audubon Society and its work to help the state’s conservation movement.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Program: “Imperiled Birds of Florida”
Speakers: Adam Kent, past president, Florida Ornithological Society and Gina Kent, Research Biologist & Coordinator, Avian Research and Conservation Institute

Adam & Gina will discuss the Wood Stork, Snail Kite & Crested Caracara among other species & what we can do to improve their prospects.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Program: “Night Skies”
Speaker: Mike Reynolds, PhD, Prof. of Astronomy, FL State College, Jacksonville and Executive Director (2015-2017) Assoc. of Lunar & Planetary Observer.

Mike will alert us to the changes in our night skies, the costs of the changes and some of the ways this impacts wildlife. Stick around after the meeting and, skies permitting, we’ll do a little observation!
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
SFAS 7th Annual Meeting & Pot Luck Dinner
Program: “Living with River Otters: the Fast and the Furious"
Speaker: Sarah Helm, Wildlife Assistance Biologist, FWC

Sarah shares information on these fast and frolicking creatures including their habits, habitat and the impact of urbanization. We may also learn how to prevent human-otter conflicts.
Bring a dish for 6-8 people to share at this potluck meeting and program. We’ll present the SFAS Conservationist of the Year Award, elect 2017-2018 Officers & Directors of the Board and celebrate 7 great years of Santa Fe Audubon, winner of Audubon Florida’s 2016 “Small Chapter of the Year”!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Program: “Wild Turkeys”
Speaker: Ricky Lackey, National Wild Turkey Federation Regional Biologist

Join us as Lackey discusses the wild turkey’s biology and ecological necessities. We will talk about the identification, behavior, life cycle, and habitat needs of the wild turkey. We will also touch on beneficial habitat management practices to improve wild turkey and other ground nesting bird habitat.