Pelican Island Audubon Society
celebrates its 50th Anniversary! 1964 - 2014

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Our Mission: To preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural communities
in Indian River County through advocacy, education, and public awareness.

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Indian River County Commissioners vote to

delay Oslo boat ramp project 3-5 years!

After a long discussion during their October 21, 2014 meeting, the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners voted to delay the Oslo Road boat ramp expansion for 3-5 years. Commissioner Solari made a Motion, seconded by Commissioner Zorc to delay the project with Commissioner Flescher joining them in the 3-2 vote.
Excerpts from Indian River County Commission
meetings concerning the Oslo Boat Ramp.
Comments by Susan Boyd - June 3, 2014
Comments by Richard Baker - June 3, 2014
Comments by Corry Westbrook - July 1, 2014
Comments by Juanita Baker - August 19, 2014
Comments by Lange Sykes, Paris Westbrook, and Kristen Beck - September 9, 2014
Comments by Pearl McKenzie and Indian RiverKeeper Marty Baum - September 16, 2014
Comments by Brenden Burke, John Warner, Diane Morgan, and Rosemary Wilson - September 23, 2014
Oslo Road Conservation Area: The Sacred Site by Lange Sykes
Editorials, Guest Editorials, & Articles
  1. Why pave Oslo boat ramp if not paving one in refuge? by Laurence Reisman
  2. Fate of Oslo Boat Ramp could be decided Tuesday by Debbie Carson
  3. Devil is in the details for Oslo Boat Ramp trade-off by Eve Samples
  4. Sea grass basis of lagoon fisheries, Oslo Road boat ramp controversy by Tyler Treadway
  5. Commission should kill Oslo boat ramp expansion by Editors/Vero Beach 32963
  6. Close vote expected on Oslo boat ramp issue by Tyler Treadway
  7. Indian River County commissioners' point of view on boating, Indian River Lagoon by Editors, TCPalm
  8. Boat ramp expansion proponents had better speak out or... by Laurence Reisman
  9. Myths of Olso Road by Ed Killer
  10. As powerful committee chairman, Poppell pressured regulators on Oslo Road boat ramp project by Mark Schumann
  11. County Commission delays decision on $1 million Oslo Road boat ramp project by Mark Schumann
  12. Leaders urged to 'do no harm' by Ed Killer
  13. Indian River officials mull over lengthy delay in Oslo boat ramp project by Tyler Treadway
  14. Update: Decision on Oslo road boat ramp delayed, again by Steve Thomas
  15. Improving Oslo boat ramp will damage lagoon by Diane Morgan
  16. People rally against Oslo boat ramp expansion by Lisa Angell
  17. County remains obsessed with Oslo Road Boat Ramp by Editors/Vero Beach 32963
  18. County schedules Oct. 7 Oslo boat ramp meeting by Henry Stephens
  19. What will it take for the county commission to listen? by Milt Thomas
  20. Commissioners dodge Oslo Road Boat Ramp opponents at rally by Steven Thomas
  21. Protest does not move the County Commission by Milt Thomas
  22. Oslo Boat Road boat ramp quietly moves forward by Ed Killer
  23. Environmental Groups: 'Fast-track' docks, ramps threaten manatees by Jim Waymer
  24. Environmentalist rally at Oslo boat ramp to protest county project by Steven Thomas
  25. Destroying Seagrass is a Dumb Idea by Rodney Smith
  26. Mitigation may make some people feel better... by Richard H. Baker
  27. Federal appeal could block Oslo boat ramp project by Steven Thomas
  28. State judge approves controversial Oslo boat ramp project by Milt Thomas
  29. Judge OKs Oslo ramp project by Tyler Treadway
  30. County's request for funds for Olso boat ramp denied by Steve Thomas
  31. Oslo Ramp fails to secure grant by Tyler Treadway
  32. 'Special place' under siege by county commissioners by Bob Bruce
  33. Seagrass threatened by Oslo Road boat ramp expansion by Steven Thomas
  34. Posey said to bring pressure for Oslo Road Boat Ramp Expansion by Steve Thomas
  35. Politicians hug us before stabbing us in the back by Lynne Larkin
  36. One vote against Oslo boat ramp by Ed Killer
  37. Judge to decide boat ramp's fate by Tyler Treadway
  38. No justification for proposed Oslo Boat Ramp by Robert L. Smith
  39. No need for redundant, unnecessary project by Richard Baker
  40. This is one 'improvement' the Lagoon can do without by Richard Baker
  41. Want to catch fewer fish? 'Improve' Oslo Boat Ramp by Grant Gilmore
November 2014 at a glance

Field Trips - Click for more information.
November 1 - Saturday - Sebastian Inlet State Park
November 15 - Saturday - Sebastian Inlet State Park (photography)
November 30 - Sunday - T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area

General Meetings - Click for more information.
November 10 (Sebastian) - The Lost Bird Project film
November 17 (Vero Beach) - Mangroves as Bird & Fish Habitat in the Indian River Lagoon with Bob Riley

November Peligram

Read the latest edition of the newsletter.

November Hoot

Vote Yes for Amendment 1

Programs & Field Trips

Schedule of upcoming events.

Bird Photo Contest

Enter your photos of Florida birds!

Other News

Political interference alleged in Oslo Boat Ramp approval
Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint


Blue Cypress Lake Guided Boat Tours

The Pelican Island Audubon Society offers guided pontoon boat tours of Blue Cypress Lake for up to 8 persons per trip.  Expert guides Dr. Richard H. Baker and Bob Bruce provide a unique insight into the wildlife, habitats, and beautiful scenery of one of Florida’s special places.  Sunrise and sunset tours are offered for a donation of $85 per person.  The tours are a fundraiser for the Pelican Island Audubon Society.  Food and drinks are included.  For information and reservations, please call 772-567-3520 or e-mail View the flyer.

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Reflections of Blue Cypress: Photographs, History, and Poems
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