Zoo Welcomes SCAS for January General Meeting
Backyard Bird Count Begins February 18
Audubon Birders Participate in Christmas Bird Counts
Bird Count Updates
Adventure with Eagles
Program and Field Trip Schedule
Christmas Bird Count
Space Coast Audubon participates in three National Audubon
Christmas Bird Counts locally, (one since the 1950s). 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 Space Coast Audubon Society participate
in this count. The results of this year’s count were 158 species,
up from last year’s 146.
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 (S.R. 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 168 species,
up from last year’s 145.
Although the South Brevard Christmas Bird Count (SB CBC) is sponsored
by the Pelican Island Audubon Society, many Space Coast 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
the time of this printing.