All AAS Programs are open to the general public.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. social time, 7:00 p.m. program at Millhopper Library 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville FL
Climate Change: Implications for North Florida
Speaker: Chris Farrell, Audubon Florida
Mr. Farrell will give an update on climate change research and potential concerns for North Florida. He will discuss possible climate scenarios for our region and their potential effects on biodiversity.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. social time, 7:00 p.m. program at Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville FL
Putting Tracking Information to Work: From Tagging birds to Conservation Action
Speaker: Caroline Poli, University of Florida
The moment-to-moment steps that an animal makes accumulate over time to form large scale movement patterns that can profoundly influence the overall health of an animal, whether it breeds successfully, and its lifespan. Rapid and recent advances in miniaturization of tracking technology have enabled scientists to learn about the movements of species ranging from elephants to dragonflies and discover the pathways of global migrations, expansive flights, and unexpected behaviors. Tracking information undoubtedly enriches human understanding of the natural world. But how can we use it for conservation?
In this talk we’ll follow Atlantic Puffins in Maine, Brown Pelicans along the Atlantic coast, Masked and Red-footed Boobies in Mexico, and critically endangered Snail Kites in Florida, to find out how tracking animals can fill critical information gaps and guide conservation action.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – 6:30 social time, 7:00 program at Tower Road Library, 3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville FL
Treatment Wetlands = Cleaner Water, More Birds
Speakers: Bob Knight and Debra Segal
Target one of Florida’s many constructed treatment wetlands and you are likely to see many exciting birds. some of the best birding hotspots in Florida are man-made treatment wetlands that were designed to strip nutrients and pollutants from storm water and municipal wastewater. The use of treatment wetlands is a proven technology that cost-effectively cleanses nutrient-laden water. And one of the many ancillary benefits of treatment wetlands is their high biological productivity that translates into more birds. Learn how these man-made features cleanse Florida’s water bodies, attract birds, enhance environmental educations, contribute to Florida’s public use facilities, and generate ecotourism dollars.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – 6:30 social time, 7:00 program at Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 48th Street, Gainesville FL
Note: to be followed by a Gull-Fly-In Training Session at Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores FL (carpooling will be offered to depart from Target on Archer Road in Gainesville around noon on Saturday, February 11, 2017)
Gull and Jaeger Identification
Speaker, Michael Brothers, Marine Science Center (Volusia County, Ponce Inlet FL)
Your best opportunity ever to fine tune those Gull and Jaeger identification skills! A very special adventure!