Here are the upcoming programs for the rest of the 2017-2018 season of Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society.

Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 2:00 pm

“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 that 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 its name.

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.