Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society

June Meeting

Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 2:00 pm

“Catching Fish, not Sea Turtles”

Retired sea turtle biologist, Sheryan Epperly Chester, will describe how scientists and pelagic longline fishermen teamed up to figure out how to reduce sea turtle hook and line bycatch on the high seas while fishing for swordfish and tunas. They developed a close personal relationship based on mutual trust. Their research has been published and the results were translated into federal regulations, and also were shared with the international communities that manage highly migratory species of finfish in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

May Meeting

Sunday May 6th starting at 2pm

“How to ID Common Insects”

Because we love birds and
are familiar with them most of us
can use the clues to figure out
which group a bird belongs to:
hawks, songbirds, etc. Then we
use other characteristics like
color, size, and markings to help
determine the specific species
of bird.
With insects it’s a little more difficult; often, insects are just
“bugs” and not something we care to ID, unless it is to pick
the best pesticide. Rebecca Smith, Environmental Scientist
and OVAS Board Member, is passionate about birds and all
aspects of nature, but one of her first loves was insects. At
this program she will share some insect terminology and the
clues which will help you determine which group or order a
bug you find belongs in. With that information, the next time
you find a beautiful iridescent insect with hard wing covers
creating a straight line on its back, you’ll have a starting point
to learn it’s name.