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April 2012 : 14 20 21 25 26 28

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Event Title: Birding Social
Saturday, April 14, 2012
No reservation required

Picnic or lunch to follow

Friday, April 20, 2012
Event Title: Art on the Terrace
Friday, April 20, 2012
Join the Center for Wildlife Education, Georgia Southern University, for four exciting shows. Art on the Terrace and silent auction.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Event Title: Wakulla Wildlife Festival
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The annual Wakulla Wildlife Festival will be held April 20 and 21, 2012. There are premium guided tours on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, the hard-working folks of a not-so-distant past will appear in a segment entitled Living History Demonstrations. Local environmental organizations, including Apalachee Audubon, will display and demonstrate the benefits of conserving and preserving our natural world.

Your $6 per vehicle donation goes to the Friends of Wakulla Springs to supports the shows and programs at Wakulla Springs State Park. For more information, see www.wakullawildlifefestival.org.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Event Title: Spring Lecture Series "Horizons 2012" presented by the Tallahassee Scientific Society
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Tallahassee Scientific Society is presenting a series of lectures February through May, 2012. Two of the lectures, in particular, will be of interest to Audubon members. A presentation by Joe Hutto on "his life as a turkey" and a presentation by Janisse Ray, a naturalist author and past member of Apalachee Audubon.

The complete schedule is as follows:

February 23
"The State of the Space Industry in Florida"
FRANK DIBELLO, President, Florida Space Institute
March 22
"Run Silent, Run Deep: "New Life on WWII Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico"
Presenter: THOMAS SHIRLEY, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
April 25
"My Life as a Turkey: One Man's Study of Nature & Nurture in the Wilds of Sopchoppy"
Presenter: JOE HUTTO, naturalist, author, Illumination in the Flatwoods
May 24
"The Ecology of Southern Nature"
Presenter: JANISSE RAY, naturalist, author, The Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

You can obtain more detailed in formation at the Tallahassee Scientific Society web site and sign up online to order tickets at www.tallysci.org. Tickets may be purchased for all lectures or for individual lectures.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Event Title: Protecting Fish Populations in the Gulf w/ Sharon McBreen
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Known as the American Mediterranean, the Gulf of Mexico is an economic and environmental treasure. Within its 600,000 square miles lie natural wonders and habitats ranging from an underwater Grand Canyon 12,000 feet deep to coral reefs and one of the largest contiguous seagrass beds in the Northern Hemisphere. For years, overfishing has been taking a toll on the world's ninth-largest body of water, and several fish species are at critically low levels.

The extent of damage caused by the 2010 oil spill remains unknown. But the disaster lends urgency to protecting the Gulf's resources, including its diverse bounty of fish. From whales to dolphins to osprey to brown pelicans, important marine animals eat smaller fish and organisms to survive. Prey's role in the food web is critical to a healthy, robust ocean ecosystem. The need to protect this basic prey, which ranges from mullet and menhaden to sardines and anchovies, is growing more urgent in the Southeast. Populations of some of these small fish have plummeted, partly because billions have been scooped up by industrial fishing to serve as ingredients in fertilizer, pet food and other products.

Depleting fish too fast risks unbalancing the ocean ecosystem and harming an economic engine that supports millions of people and jobs. On April 26, Pew Environment Group's Sharon McBreen will give a presentation about the work of Pew's Southeast Fish Conservation Campaign to end and prevent overfishing of important species in Florida such as snappers and groupers and to protect forage fish species.

Sharon McBreen is a senior outreach associate for Pew Environment Group's Gulf of Mexico Fish Conservation Campaign. After working as a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel for 24 years, Sharon decided to turn her passion for fishing and Florida's outdoors into working to preserve Florida's fish populations. She travels the Gulf of Mexico coast and works with fishermen, marine biologists, fishery managers and others to end and prevent overfishing and protect the marine ecosystem.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Event Title: St George Island - Alan Knothe
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Contact Andy Wraithmell

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