Audubon Everglades To Meet Jan. 8 At Pine Jog

Audubon Everglades will host its monthly meeting and lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, located at 6301 Summit Blvd. near Jog Road.

The lecture will be “Waterbird Entanglement Prevention” by Sandy Reed, a visiting member of Tampa Audubon.

During a birding trip to view razorbills at the Sunshine Skyway Pier in the winter of 2012, Reed had a stunning revelation. It was there she first witnessed brown pelicans entangled in fishing line. At the suggestion of Ann Paul of Audubon Florida, Reed initiated the Bird Protection Committee as a collaborative effort of individuals and organizations to brainstorm means to reduce injuries and mortality to birds from fishing line.

Reed has been a member of Tampa Audubon for 10 years and served as vice president for six years. She has been the Bird Protection Committee chair since its inception. She is an avid backyard birder and leads an eight-week class called “Natural Hillsborough.” She loves to awaken people to the beautiful birds of Florida hiding in plain sight.

Also at the meeting, Clive Pinnock will speak about the January Bird of the Month, the northern mockingbird.

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