Come and See Us!

Ready for visitors at the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival! We are here from 10 am to 3 pm today, October 14, so come by Veterans Memorial Park in Ft. Pierce and see us. 

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A Great Loss

The Treasure Coast lost a real treasure on September 22, 2017; Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr. died. Mr. Adams was a local rancher who was as well known for his conservation work and photography as he was for his beef cattle. The work he did to preserve the natural environment on the Adams Ranch has been recognized nationally. He was a good friend to the St. Lucie Audubon Society, and he will be sorely missed.

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Vibrio Bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon

By: Dr. Gabby Barbarite (FAU Harbor Branch) Speaker for our October 5 meeting.

Sharp hooks, spines and teeth are some of the dangers that sport fishermen are aware of; however, their biggest threat may be from something they are unable to see! Bacteria of the genus Vibrio are natural inhabitants of coastal waters and are responsible for 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the United States annually. Infections are directly linked to the marine environment and can result from consuming contaminated seafood or exposing a wound during aquatic activities. Florida is a paradise for marine enthusiasts, with nearly half of the state’s aquatic recreation occurring in the Indian River Lagoon and its surrounding waters. About 20% of the state’s Vibrio infections are reported from this region, however despite these health hazards and similarities to other outbreak areas the occurrence of these bacteria remains unexplored. Our study is the first to document local Vibrio hotspots, seasonality and carriers providing a monitoring baseline and a better understanding of their threat to human health. Our goal is promote awareness, prevent exposure and reduce illness, making your time spent on the water as enjoyable and safe as possible. Tune in to find out where, when and how you can encounter these bacteria as well as how you can avoid being infected.

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Migration is Underway!

Bird migration has started! We have already been seeing evidence of this in St. Lucie County with the arrival of Barn Swallows and Belted Kingfishers. Now it’s time for the warblers and raptors to appear. The Florida Keys Hawkwatch station began counting yesterday, so keep your eyes open! You can also see large flocks of migrating birds on radar. This article from the National Audubon Society tells you how to track them on radar: How to Use Radar to Track Birds

If you want to witness amazing raptor migration, you must visit Curry Hammock State Park in the Middle Keys at mm 56.2 on U.S. 1. The Florida Keys Hawkwatch station is there, and visitors are welcome. More Peregrine Falcons pass over Curry Hammock State Park than any other location on the planet, so if you have a chance to visit before the end of October, do it!

Migration forecast

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

The solar eclipse will be partial in our area. The closest viewing area for totality is South Carolina. However, the St. Lucie County Public Library System and Oxbow Eco-center are hosting pre-eclipse activities, including eclipse viewing glasses give-aways while supplies last. The Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL is hosting a special Eclipse Viewing Event August 21, 2017 from 11 AM to 4:30 PM. NASA experts will be available to answer questions, and there will be activities for the kids. More Information at the link.

Kennedy Space Center Eclipse Event