Audubon Society Conservation Workshop This Saturday

Conservation Workshop This Saturday, September 18

The Tropical Audubon Society is set to host their annual conservation workshop, Saturday, September 18, at the Deering Estate located in Palmetto Bay. This is a great opportunity for Palmetto Bay residents to learn key issues that impact the local environment and overall quality of life.

The day will begin with a bird walk at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a series of knowledgeable speakers will discuss conservation issues.

Here’s the day’s agenda:

7:00 a.m. – Bird Walk. Meet at the visitor center,  Ernest Lent to lead

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast. Meet at the visitor center

8:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks by Tropical Audubon President, Joe Barros, and Conservation co-chairs, John Ogden and Dennis Olle

8:30 a.m. – Growth, Maintaining the Urban Development Boundary & the Evaluation Appraisal Report. Mark Woerner, Chief, Metropolitan Planning Division, Miami-Dade Planning and Zoning

9:30 a.m. – Parks Master Plan to Improve Bird Conservation.  Maria Nardi, Park Systems Planning, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation

10:30 a.m. – Conflicting Issues for Restoration: Agricultural Drawdown & FPL. Sarah Bellmund, Ecologist, National Park Service

11:30 a.m. – Next Steps for the Southern Everglades: Tamiami Trail, C-111 & Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands. Ken Ammon , Deputy Executive Director, Everglades Restoration & Capitol Projects,  South Florida Water Management District

12:30 p.m. – Lunch Provided

1:00 p.m. – Open Discussion

3:00 p.m. – Optional Historical Walking Tour Lead by a Deering Historian

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