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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.


2018-2019 Program Schedule
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:45 p.m.
Program: “TREES: BEYOND OAKS AND PINES”
Speaker: Erick Smith & Mike Meisenburg

Birds need trees, but what are their favorites? North Florida is a tree’s idea of Eden! Our part of Florida has a huge diversity of trees with amazing stories to tell of resilience and patience, but, most of all, every living thing depends on them. If you have a mystery tree in your yard, bring a small cutting to be identified.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:45 p.m.
Program: “TITMICE AS BIRD LANGUAGE TUTORS"
Speaker: Katie Sieving, PhD, UF Department of Ecology and Conservation

Using bird language to “take the pulse of nature” is an artistic science that helped keep our ancestors alive and can enrich our experiences today. Using the pugnacious Tufted Titmouse as a model, Dr. Sieving will discuss the five diagnostic voices of birds, when they occur, how to recognize them and what these cues can tell us.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:45 p.m.
Program: “TINY, MIGHTY HUMMINGBIRDS ”
Speaker: Fred Bassett, Founder of Hummingbird Research, Inc.

Discover amazing facts about our beloved Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and what other hummingbird species we might find wintering in Florida. Find out about banding hummingbirds from a federally certified Master Bird Bander and what the current research tells us about these masterful flyers.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
CONSERVATION CELEBRATION,Silent Auction & Chili Supper
Program: “NORTH FLORIDA WILDLIFE CORRIDORS: Conservation of the Ocala to Osceola Corridor (O2O)”
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. (Pictures of past events)

Speaker: Susan Carr, PhD, Conservation Coordinator, North Florida Land Trust

Learn how a public-private partnership is working to protect natural resources, wild lands and military readiness. Corridors can expand conservation lands and improve habitat for the Florida Black Bear and imperiled species like the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Indigo Snake and the Gopher Tortoise.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Program: "RATTLESNAKES: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY”
Speakers: Tony Daly-Crews, Director of The Eastern Diamondback Conservancy, Endangered Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is in steep decline. Learn about threats facing snakes and how The Rattlesnake Conservancy (TRC) works toward educating the public about the relevance of snakes in the natural world. TRC works to transform the way people think about rattlesnakes and to stop the indiscriminate killing at rattlesnake roundups.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Program: “ECOLOGY OF BOBCATS IN FLORIDA ”
Speakers: Elina Garrison and Brian Scheick, Wildlife Research Biologists, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Although Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are widely distributed throughout Florida, we rarely see them, due to their secretive nature. This informational program will include habitat preferences, prey species and behavior of Bobcats.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
10th Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner, 6:00 p.m.
Arrive with dish at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 6:20 p.m.
Meeting at 6:50 p.m.
After the potluck dinner we’ll have our annual meeting, name the Conservationist of the Year and hold our 2nd Annual Photography Show.
To contribute photographs, contact Laura Berkelman by March 1 at (352) 475-2023 or lberkelman@windstream.net
Please bring a dish to share that serves about 8 people.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Program: “BIRDS AT THE BEACH ”
Speaker: Jean Rolke, Audubon Stewardship Coordinator, FL Shorebird Alliance

Shorebirds live in hazardous places and are vulnerable to habitat damage by storms, recreational beach-goers and dynamic shifts of the beach itself. Beach-nesting birds face significant challenges raising their young. The St. Johns Shorebird Partnership organizes bird stewards to protect nests and chicks on northeast Florida beaches.