Florida Birding & Nature Festival is back!

After about a 10 year lapse, the Florida Birding & Nature Festival is back in the Tampa Bay area!  For several years, I have thought that it was a shame that we didn’t have a birding festival in our area.  We used to have one but it kind of fizzled out.  I think the last year it was cursed with a hurricanes arrival.

Make sure to put the date:  October 13 – 16, 2016 on your calendar.

Check out the festival website for more details: http://www.floridabirdingandnaturefestival.org

Also, they are looking for local area people to volunteer to help out.  These types of local events require a LOT of person power to pull off.  So if you can, please sign up to help out.

Contact Tampa Audubon President, Mary Keith, to sign up: keithma1@juno.com

Festival Volunteer Information:

We are now at the stage of signing up volunteers to help during those days. Volunteers will be asked to work a 4 hour shift on one or more of those days. In return you will receive free registration for that day, and be able to attend the seminars of your choice for free (but you still need to register for the seminar since there’s limited seating). Work will include directing people to their carpool area, pointing them to the Expo booths, checking names off the registration lists for seminars, registering new people on the computer, and various other chores of getting people to where they want to go. Some of it will be outside, but a lot will be in the buildings (with AC).

If you are able and willing to help on one or more of those days, please SEND YOUR NAME, CELL PHONE, EMAIL CONTACT AND WHICH DAY(S) YOU WANT TO HELP to Mary Keith at keithma1@juno.com .

Banding Dates Set for Fall 2016/Spring 2017

For all those who like to plan ahead, here are the dates for our next year of banding.  It will allow you to get the dates on your calendar so you don’t miss them!  Make note that we will be taking one sunday off during each banding season.  This helps the volunteers get a break.  I am looking forward to a very productive year of banding!

Fall 2016:
Sept. 18th, 25th
No Banding – Oct. 9th
Oct. 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Spring 2017:
March 26th
April 2nd, 9th
No Banding – April 16th (Easter)
April 23rd, 30th
May 7th