Schedule of meetings and other events for the 2022-2023 season. Meetings are free and the public are invited to attend. Click here for the field trip schedule.

Meetings will be held on Zoom. Please read the instructions below.

Take part in the monthly meetings from the comfort of your own home by following these instructions:

  1. Register for the meeting by providing your name, email address, and mailing address.  You do not have to be a member of Pelican Island Audubon to attend.
  2. A day or two before the event you will be sent a confirmation email containing a password for the meeting and a link to click on to take you to the meeting.
  3. When it is time for the meeting, simply click on the link and enter the password.
  4. Zoom will automatically ask you to download the application when you click on the meeting link if you have not downloaded the Zoom application yet.  If you want to download Zoom in advance, you can do it manually here:
  5. Other considerations include:
    • An Internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
    • Headset or speakers (usually included with most laptop & desktop computers
    • A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

Brittany Piersma, a field biologist with Audubon Western Everglades, will give an overview of the Burrowing Owls of Southwest Florida at the Monday, October 17, 2022 meeting starting at 7:00PM on Zoom. Click the button below to register.

The Florida Burrowing Owl is classified as State Threatened by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

Burrowing Owls inhabit open prairies in Florida that have very little understory (floor) vegetation. These areas include golf courses, airports, pastures, agriculture fields, and vacant lots. The drainage of wetlands, although detrimental to many organisms, increases the areas of habitat for the Burrowing Owl. The range of the Burrowing Owl is throughout the peninsular of Florida in patches and localized areas. Burrowing Owls can also be found in the Bahamas (Florida Natural Areas Inventory 2001).

Audubon of the Western Everglades on Marco Island has partnered with the Rangeland Wildlife Lab at the University of Florida (UF-IFAS) to learn more about the Burrowing Owls of Marco Island. Burrowing Owls are being banded as part of a UF study across Southwest Florida. Each owl receives a unique combination of three plastic color bands and one metal band issued by the federal Bird Banding Laboratory at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Brittany Piersma, Field Biologist for Audubon Western Everglades. 

Our presenter Brittany Piersma has a BS in Environmental Science and worked as a zoo keeper at the Naples Zoo for 4 years. She has a wide range of experience with Southwest Florida’s wildlife from volunteering with FWC, Rookery Bay, Panther Refuge, and Audubon.

General Meetings 2022 – 2023
September 19, 2022Jones Pier & Indian River County’s Conservation Lands with Wendy Swindell, IRC Conservation Lands Manager
October 17, 2022Burrowing Owls of Southwest Florida with Brittany Piersma, Field Biologist, Audubon Western Everglades
November 21, 2021Christmas Bird Count: Its local history & how to get involved with Dee Simpson & Kate Wells
December 5, 2021Volunteer & Member Holiday Appreciation Party. Space is limited. Registration coming soon.
January 9, 2023 – North County Library – SebastianBirding in South Africa with Logan & Alexis Peralta
January 16, 2023TBA
February 20, 2022TBA
March 20, 2023 – Vero Beach Community CenterPhoebe Hemenway Armstrong with Phoebe Armstrong, great-granddaughter of Phoebe Hemenway Armstrong
April 17, 2023TBA
May 15, 2023TBA
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