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Tampa Audubon 'Double Winner' at 2014 Audubon Assembly
Best Chapter Conservation Project
- Sandy Reed, Sherry Keller, Jeanette Edwards
Photographer: George Veazey more photos
Over the last 12 months, Sandy Reed and Tampa Audubon have been working on reducing the numbers of birds entangled in fishing line. The Sunshine Fishing Pier, has been the initial focus. We have also begun an inland campaign to stop people from feeding and entangling Barred Owls in our county and state parks. Sandy continues to ramp up for the winter.
The benefit to the birds and the environment has been tremendous. To each bird that was untangled, unhooked and released, it made all the difference in the world. Also it has taught each of us, by our monthly updates at general meetings, and on field trips, to be a responsible fisherman and birders. We leave How to Unhook a Pelican brochures everywhere people and pelicans encounter one another (if you have not seen one ask at the next general meeting).
Additionally our citizen science programs have increased in membership and commitment over the last 12 months. EagleWatch, ColonyWatch, JayWatch, Christmas Bird Count, our own Bluebird program, and Adopt a Bluebird Box Program have continued to grown in numbers of committed volunteers and followers. We are proud of our Citizen Scientists who have worked hard over the last 12 months to provide meaningful and accurate data to Audubon Florida.
Citizen Scientist Volunteer of the Year for Audubon Florida
As Audubon Florida's Citizen Scientist Volunteer of the Year, Cheryl Mertz (pictured at the right with Matt Smith and Paige hailing from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland) has performed the following levels of service tirelessly, and with grace:
- EagleWatch - Cheryl logged over 200 hours last season between Oct. 1 2013 and June 30, 2014 providing meaningful complete data.
- Colony Watch - Cheryl has recently become the coordinator for ColonyWatch in our area. She is dedicated to counting and watching her colonies, finding new ones and has a good rapport with the neighbors around the colonies. She has a great understanding of the colonial birds habits, diets and how they raise their young from nest to fledge.
- Jay Watch - Cheryl joined JayWatch two seasons ago. She attended every training, Counted jays from Hillsborough County to Ocala and south of Hillsborough County too. Cheryl went to Avon Park Bombing Range and helped to cut down 800 trees to create better habitat for their jays.
- Bluebirds - When Mary Miller, who tends to the 50 boxes at Flatwoods park, was on vacation. Cheryl went and checked and counted all of them two weekends in a row.
- Kestrels - Cheryl went and checked and counted Kestrels / Kestrel boxes.
- Sparrow Drive - She went on a FWC sparrow drive.
- Christmas Bird Count - Cheryl participated in both Christmas and Tampa bird counts.
- Hawk Watch - She participated in HawkWatch for 3 days at Curry Hammock State Park, in the keys at the beginning of October 2.
When Cheryl is not doing one of the above things you will find her and her camera on almost every Tampa Audubon Field Trip. From the monthly beginning birding trip at Lettuce Lake to the Everglades and even on the out of the county trips that TAS took this year. She exemplifies Citizen Science. I know that anyone who has come to know Cheryl, knows her passion for the birds and the citizen science programs that support them.