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!
Pre-eclipse events schedule for the Public Libraries and Oxbow Eco-center at the link.
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
On July 22, 25, and 28, 2017, use the linked form to report Swallow-tailed Kite sightings.
An important message from sea turtles everywhere… Don’t blind us by the light! Please leave your flashlights and bright phone screens at home if you choose to explore the beach at night. Your light could be disorienting a nesting mother or hatchlings. Please share!