There are all sorts of organizations out there that fit all sorts of people -- Folks who love dogs, beaches, horses, quilting, trees, plants, historical monuments -- you name it and there is probably an organization out there for it. Call them organizations, groups, or clubs, they are there for the people.
Many organizations look just for mem- bership support. Others encourage involve- ment. Let me give some examples within the realm of the environmental organiza- tions. The Arbor Day Foundation encour- ages membership support and gets their members involved through empowerment by planting trees. The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International look for membership support that, in turn, gives them funds to purchase environmentally sensitive lands to protect them from devel- opment.
Then there are those organizations that encourage involvement. These are groups that hold meetings, events and workshops for their members and general public. This is where Audubon fits in, as does The Sierra Club, Loxahatchee Natural History Associa- tion, and the Native Plant Society.
What makes groups like Audubon so unique is, it gives an opportunity for some- one to express himself or herself. It gives people an outlet to give back to the commu- nity or nature itself. Groups like The Audu- bon Society of the Everglades become a local meeting place for people with the same interests, giving folks an opportunity to socialize and make new friends.
What can be said here is that in being a member of this chapter, you already have shown your interest and concern in the local environment, along with 2200 other ASE members in Palm Beach County, and we thank you for that. I hope you are satisfied with what your chapter is doing locally both for conservation and environmental educa- tion. We’d always like to hear from our members. The chapter is here for the people. Thanks for your support!
Thank You Volunteers!
May Meeting Hospitality provided by: Sheila & Marvin Calderon
goes out to
IMBD May 20th: Carol Tammy & Bill Sharon Creighton Marion Pat Susan
Who received a Certificate of Appreciation From ASE on May 6th 2003
For her efforts and dedication to de- velop an island bird sanctuary at Kings Point in Delray Beach, FL. Her and her husband, Andrew, also founded the Kings
Point Botanical Club.
Naturescaping in April: Susan Kathy Stella Pat Carol Roy
IMBD at the Palm Beach Zoo By Tammy R. Peeples
The Audubon Society Thanks you Ethel Goldreich!
What’s in an Egg?
By Hank McCall
While looking for warblers during their migration, we found half of a tiny egg shell. It was so beautiful, white, perfect, and round.
The Palm Beach Zoo hosted an International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) Festival on May 10th. ASE was there with a booth to participate in the day’s event. The weather was beautiful. The kids came out in flocks, and best of all, everyone had fun.
Children of all ages had the opportunity to learn about how birds are banded, weighed, and measured by becoming little migrating birds themselves. Upon enter- ing the zoo they were banded and regis- tered, and also given the name of a bird to become for the day. They migrated throughout the zoo from station to station getting weight, measured, and learning about birds. In total there were 15 differ- ent activity stations for them to visit, learn and have fun.
ASE had a wonderful turn-out of mem- bers volunteering for the days events. Our booth was in charge of measuring all the little “kiddie-bird’s” wings as they migrated by. The children also got to ex- periment on how strong an egg actually is.
If you have never seen a “kiddie-bird” then make plans to volunteer next year at the Palm Beach Zoo’s IMBD event! You will have loads of fun as you help in an event that brings our community together in the efforts to educate our youth about their living environment. Remember, taking time to care and share is what ASE is all about.
It started when two tiny cells united, multi- plied and expanded, always containing plans to build nests, musical notes to sing their song, the urge to create the next generation, and a sextant and sky-charts to navigate enormous distances across trackless oceans.
Our swallow tail kites set a south east course to Brazil and maintain it 2500 miles to the Amazon Valley. The pacific golden plover leaves Alaska on a south west course to Hawaii 2000 miles away. The tiny black poll warbler makes it to Peru. Do they use stars, sunlines, or landmarks to make flight course changes to compensate for the drift of wind?
Wakodahatchee had two successful nest- ings of great blue herons, one with two and the other with three young birds. We watched them grow from fleshy blobs with mouths and vents to vigorous demanding adults. What a miracle to see right here in our own territory!
ASE will be looking for donated items to sell at the upcoming “Giant Garage Sale” at the South Florida Fairgrounds on August 23rd. The chapter is planning on a boot this year for one of the largest non-profit fund raising events in the county.
So go through your closets and set aside any items you are willing to do- nate for this event. More details in the