Pembroke Pines Eagles

Pembroke Pines Eagles, Pride and 2 new eaglets.  Photo by Kenneth Cole Schneider on 01/26/2014
Family Photo of Pride and New Eaglets, by Kenneth Cole Schneider on Sunday, Jan 25 at 1:00 p.m.

The Pembroke Pines Eagles have been nesting in an Australian pine tree located just off busy Pines Boulevard since 2007.

Each fall the pair has returned to their nest and produced from one to three eaglets.  The two eaglets you see in this photo are the newest addition to the eagle family, and are referred to as “P Piney 12 and 13″ until better names are decided upon.   The parents have recently been named “Pride” and “Joy.”

The Eagle Forum was founded by Ken Schneider, avid bird watcher, photographer and SFAS Member.  The progress of the pair and their offspring have been observed and photographed by citizen Eagle Watchers who record all details in the Eagle Forum, along with other information about Eagles.

Stay posted here for news and updates, or subscribe to the Eagle Forum to have all posts forwarded to you through your email account.

 

Volunteers needed for Sea Turtle Rescue – Sign up by April 7th

Sea Turtle HatchlingWe have availability for volunteers to work with us during the 2014 turtle nesting season.

Interested volunteers are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a 4-hour training course and pass the exam with 90%     or higher
  • Attend at least 1 hour on-the-beach training (in April)
  • Complete a 4-hour shift minimum at least one night per  seven-day week
  • Sign a commitment agreement to abide by volunteer requirements in order to receive basic volunteer supplies (at no cost) for the sea turtle nesting season.
Click here to read Florida Fish and Wildlife’s General Informationfor activities involving marine turtles.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Doug Young by email at dyoung@southfloridaaudubon.org by April 7, 2014.

Learn more about Broward County Sea Turtles

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Article by Alicia Caraballo, January 20, 2014

Every year between April and September, three species of sea turtles make their way to the beaches of Broward County: the loggerhead sea turtle, the green sea turtle, and the leatherback sea turtle. The loggerhead, however, is the species most often encountered by conservationists. The South Florida Audubon Society (SFAS) is committed to ensuring the perpetuity of this ancient marine reptile.

Due to the over-development of coastal areas around the globe, the population of sea turtles has dramatically diminished. The accidental capture and intentional poaching of this precious animal for leather, shells, and other products has also contributed to the decline of the world’s sea turtle population. As a result, six out of the seven species of sea turtles are endangered.
 
The State of Florida has pledged to protect sea turtles and their nests with the enactment of Florida Statutes, Chapter 370. The United States Endangered Species Act also states that “No person may take, harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or attempt to engage in any such conduct to marine turtles, turtle nests, and/or turtle eggs.”

Unfortunately, despite the laws in place, beach communities aren’t aware of the damages done to these sea turtle populations, and some beachfront municipalities aren’t enforcing the sea turtle ordinances. White light on beach areas disorient both the adult  and hatchling sea turtles, and some nests aren’t found in time before beach-goers unknowingly harm the hatchlings.

SFAS is now taking an active role in the conservation of nests and rescuing hatchlings. Our goal is to make sure that all hatchlings from a nest make it into the ocean without disorientation or disturbance. Doug Young, president of SFAS, holds two Marine Turtle Permits from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for sea turtle hatchling rescue in Broward County.