Halifax River Audubon
Halifax River Audubon A Florida Chapter of the National Audubon Society
Serving The Greater Daytona Beach Area

Birding Away From Home

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Birds of a Feather Fest

It's almost time for the 2019 Birds of a Feather Fest – Feb. 7-10 in beautiful Palm Coast, Florida! With more than 125 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails, miles of coastline, varied habitats and more than 200 identified species, Flagler County is a birder's paradise. Few places offer as many wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature while being so connected, accessible and clean. With a focus on families, beginners and experts alike, this festival offers something for everyone. Registration is open now.

National Audubon Society executive David Ringer, who was on the front lines of the 2010 BP oil spill for Audubon, will speak about humans’ impact on birds and how people can work together to protect their future at the City of Palm Coast’s upcoming Birds of a Feather Fest.

Ringer’s free keynote lecture, “Protecting Birds Together, Today and Tomorrow,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Palm Coast Community Center located at 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE. The program is free, but participants are asked to register in advance at www.birdingfest.com.

Bird populations are a good indicator of overall environmental health; they point to habitat changes, disease outbreaks and an increase in pollution. Birds are an important part of the food chain, and they also pollinate plants, disperse seeds and create fertilizer for farming.

“Decreasing numbers of birds or a particular species can tell us much about an ecosystem and how it’s doing,” said birder Jason Giraulo, the City's Digital Communications Coordinator.

“For example, you can gauge how the waters of the Everglades are doing based on the population of wading birds. The wading birds that live there depend on prey food such as fish and invertebrates, and so a decline in the number of birds indicates that there is a shrinking population of prey. This is likely due to water quality issues,” said Giraulo, who coordinates the Birds of a Feather Fest.

An avid birder, Ringer is based at Audubon’s national headquarters in New York City. As the National Audubon Society’s Chief Network Officer, he oversees a vast, distributed network of hundreds of Audubon chapters, more than 40 Audubon nature centers, partner organizations, and thousands of deeply committed advocates and volunteers.

Ringer leads Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Communities program, which engages people in practical, joyful solutions to protect birds and special places and to make communities healthier for people, too. He is a leader in Audubon’s equity, diversity, and inclusion work, and he oversees Audubon’s public relations and communications team.

Ringer previously served as Audubon’s national communications director, overseeing communications, public relations, and social media, and before that as Audubon’s communications director for the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Flyway. He was Audubon’s front-line public relations manager in Louisiana during the BP oil disaster.

Before joining the Audubon staff, Ringer provided a wide variety of communications and media for non-governmental organizations around the world, an experience that took him to more than 25 countries on six continents. He writes about bird taxonomy and systematics and other natural history topics. His love of birds began in childhood, and his connection to Audubon started in high school, when he joined the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society of Springfield, Missouri.


Olympic Birdfest

SAVE THE DATE: Olympic Birdfest, April 12-14, 2019. Enjoy guided birding trips, boat
tours, live auction, raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: John Marzluff,
professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington and author. Join our festival
pre-trip: a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 9-11,
2019 or extend your festival with our Neah Bay post-trip on April 14-16, 2019: three days
exploring northwest coastal Washington. To learn more and register, visit