2019 Field Trip Series – Spring Birding at St. Joe Peninsula State Park

MARCH 23, 2019
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Tallahassee Scientific Society is continuing its 2019 Field Trip Series with a birding expedition to St. Joe Peninsula State Park. The park has received recent national attention when Hurricane Michael severed the peninsula right through the main day use area, leaving the campgrounds and cabins on the newly created island. We will bird the spring migrants and study the rest of the park’s excellent wildlife opportunities. Coming and going, we will drive a big loop to see various areas hit by Michael. Driving time will be unusually long and we will need volunteer carpool drivers. Google Maps says the time to the park will be 2:34 hr. via US-319 and US-98 through Sopchoppy; the return will be 2:36 hr. via Pt. St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Wewahitchka and Blountstown. Because we will be so far afield, please do not “have to be back” exactly on time.

This tour is offered to TSS members first and will be opened to the general public if space remains. Please renew your membership (https://tallysci.org), if necessary, before registering. Members interested in the field trip must pre-register by emailing Dana Bryan at dcbgbw@comcast.net. Please provide the names of all those who will attend and include email and cell phone contact information for more trip information and last-minute changes. Dana will reply to your email with your registration status and further trip information.

Dana plans and organizes the TSS field trip series and will lead this trip himself. He is an expert birder and served for 30 years in the Florida Park Service, most of those years as the chief biologist.

St. Joseph Peninsula stretches 20 miles into the Gulf of Mexico with beautiful sandy white beaches and tall dunes on the Gulf side and marsh on the bay side. The 1,750-acre park is teeming with wildlife, providing vitally important habitats for beach nesting birds including the snowy plover, three species of sea turtles, and two remaining “core” populations of endangered St. Andrews beach mouse. The park is excellent for birding – 240 species of wading birds, shorebirds, migratory birds and birds of prey live or migrate along the undeveloped parts of this barrier island park. The park is documented as the most productive shorebird nesting beach in the panhandle of Florida.

Newsletter January 2019

JANUARY 30, 2019

Dear Members,

Your Board of Directors would like to thank you for support of TSS through your membership and participation during 2018.

We hope you have great things planned for 2019 and that those plans include TSS. Here are our plans for the upcoming year:

  1. We are looking forward to a stellar Horizons Speaker Series! Purchase your tickets online and use your membership for a discounted ticket price! This year’s speakers have been invited to extend their presence in Tallahassee to include classroom visits, thus engaging the K-12 community in their science. We are currently working to arrange those visits. TSS is committed to bringing opportunities to experience science in venues that reach the larger Tallahassee community.
  2. During 2018, we contributed to a summer science camp with ReThink Energy Florida for middle-school students from public housing facilities. We would like to do more in 2019! The disparity in science enrichment opportunities between neighborhoods in Tallahassee can be alleviated through other such targeted efforts with your support. TSS is committed to making a difference in our community through science education initiatives. If you are interested in this effort, please consider making a contribution to TSS at one of our higher donation levels.
  3. The successful field trip series lead by Board Member Dana Bryan will continue. There is a wealth of opportunities to experience science in a variety of settings – fossil beds, wetlands, research labs, power plants, and archaeological sites. TSS Board Members have sought out interesting destinations for a broad range of activities. We welcome your ideas for new field trips!
  4. We are developing partnerships with other organizations throughout the Tallahassee community to create links and inform TSS members of other opportunities for science-related experiences. Is there an organization you would like to see us partner with? Contact us with your thoughts at tallysci.org!

As we look ahead, there are two issues that you, as TSS members, could help us with.

  • We need to boost our membership from 165 to 200. We are shy of the membership we need to become an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This affiliation would add to our visibility in scientific circles and enable us to identify scientists that we could invite to Tallahassee for our Horizons Speaker Series. Please share news of TSS with friends and family and consider giving a gift membership to someone who would enjoy participating in our organization.
  • Consider volunteering with TSS and becoming an active member. We have lots of opportunities for you to become involved. We need help:
    • organizing events such as our Horizons Series
    • grant-writing and fund-raising
    • helping at tabling events where we promote TSS
    • helping with social media and other forms of communication
    • serving as a science fair judge

As you know, our mission is to promote science in our community through these activities and other outreach efforts. But to accomplish this, we need your help to reach a broader audience. We are asking you to reach out to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers – especially those individuals not familiar with TSS – and encourage them to join. Your Board is committed to building a sustainable membership.

Best regards,

Your Board of Directors
Kerry Maddox, Pres.
Christopher Harvey, Vice Pres.
Dana Bryan, Secretary
Tony Duben, Treasurer
Amy Datz
Barry Boerner
Mabry Gabordi Calhoun
George Dawson
Tangy Wilder
Carol Zimmerman