Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Program
Deborah Green to Speak at
January General Meeting
Meeting January 13
to the MIWA
Needed For Sightings of Color Banded Painted Buntings
Program and Field Trip Schedule
Christmas Bird Count
Indian River Audubon participates in three National
Audubon Christmas Bird Counts locally, (one since the
The Cocoa Christmas Bird Count (Cocoa CBC) circle is
centered at Mila Elementary School on Merritt Island with
the diameter of the circle reaching from the Atlantic Ocean
near Port Canaveral over the eastern quarter of lake Poinsett.
It includes the area from Sharpes down to Duda Ranch in
Rockledge. Members of the Indian River Audubon Society
participate in this count. The results of this year’s count
were 156 species, up from last year’s 154.
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Christmas Bird Count
(MINWR CBC) circle center is near the intersection of Palmer Creek
Road and Sharkey Road and includes the area from the southern part
of the Mosquito Lagoon just south of NASA Causeway (SR 405) and
west to the railroad tracks beyond U.S. 1. This encompasses Titusville
and Atlantic Ocean shorelines in addition to the Indian River Lagoon
itself. Volunteers assigned to areas within the Kennedy Space Center
are issued temporary badges and are accompanied by Refuge Rangers.
The participation fee is paid by the Merritt Island Wildlife Association
(MIWA). The results of this year’s count were 161 species,
also up from last year’s 154.
Although the South Brevard Christmas Bird Count (SB
CBC) is sponsored by the Pelican Island Audubon Society,
many Indian River Audubon Society members also
participate is this count. The count circle includes the area
just north of Grant down to Wabasso and from Sebastian
Inlet west to Fellsmere. The results of this count were not
in at press time.