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

View the Chapter Charter | Learn more about our 50th Anniversary.

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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Beginning Bird Watching Course offered in January 2016

Pelican Island Audubon is offering a Beginning Bird Watching course taught by Juanita N. Baker starting January 12, 2016 and running for two weeks at Audubon House.

Click here to learn all the details and to register.

Upcoming Events At A Glance

Field Trips - Click for more information.
October 10 – Saturday - Introduction to Birding - Have you ever heard of birding? Can you tell a heron from an airplane? If not, this is the class for you. Join experts Dee and David Simpson for Introduction to Birding, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Audubon House - Call 772-567-3520 for reservations. Free for Pelican Island Audubon members. Dee will give a quick 45 minute talk about birding, what is it, what do you need to get started , what is a Life List? Afterward we will provide you with notebooks and pens and take you on a leisurely 45 minute walk at ORCA to start your very own Life List.
October 10 - Saturday - eBird Class - 1:00-4:00 pm - Detailed 3 hour course in mastering Experienced birders and beginners…there is much to command, to understand, much potential for what ebird can do: How you can use ebird to enhance your birding, be a citizen scientist contributing to the largest scientific data base in the world, find birds you want to see, see where rare birds have been seen, enter birds, keep your birding lists and life list, plan a birding trip even anywhere in the world, enter your photographs of birds on ebird, share your bird list with others, analyze data from multiple lists over time, how to use smart phone apps in the field to enter straight into ebird, what to enter, how to count bird flocks easily, and the importance of using ebird. Taught by David Simpson, a regional monitor for, and Juanita Baker. Free for PIAS members.
October 11 - Sunday - Captain Forster Hammock Preserve - Guide: David Simspn for fall migration warblers - Meet at the parking lot entrance at 8:00 AM on South Jungle Trail. Depending on bird sightings, trip will end at 11:00 AM.
October 31 - Saturday - joint IRC Photo Club & PIAS field trip Sebastian Inlet State Park - Guide: Juanita Baker - 7:30 AM for sunrise, 8:00 AM for the bird walk - Catch the migrating shorebirds at Sebastian Inlet State Park at low tide when they gather to feed in early morning light. Enter the North Gate to the parking lot on the right which is closest to the Tide Pool where we will meet. (Requires normal park entrance fee.)

General Meetings - Click for more information.
October 12 (Sebastian) - The beautiful mosquitoes of Florida (and the somewhat attractive birds that they bite) with Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena, PhD, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
October 19 (Vero Beach) - Indian River by Air with John & Kimberley Massung,

October 23-24 (Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland) - Audubon Assembly 2015
will focus this year on Parks: The Heart of Natural Florida. The Audubon Assembly is Florida’s premiere conservation event for two days of informative workshops, exciting guest speakers, and unforgettable field trips. Click for more information.

October Peligram

Read the latest edition of the newsletter.

October Hoot

Surgeon General’s Prescription for Americans: “Take a walk with PIAS!”

Programs & Field Trips

Schedule of upcoming events.

Bird Photo Contest

Enter your photos of Florida birds!

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 (View article about the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake), 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.

Purchase the updated and expanded second edition of
Reflections of Blue Cypress: Photographs, History, and Poems
by Richard H. Baker, Ph.D. and Juanita Baker, Ph.D.

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Pelican Island Audubon Society Videos
View the Video Archive for more videos!
Richard H. Baker on Arts in Depth with Barbara Hoffman
Together Green Square Foot Gardening Project in Indian River County Schools
Small-scale Gardening with Large-scale Gains

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