Join us in St. Augustine for Florida’s premier conservation gathering, where grassroots leaders from around the state join Audubon’s professional staff and partners to grow their knowledge and skills to protect Florida’s precious natural resources.
Friday, Oct. 20
Saturday, Oct. 21
7 a.m. Event Registration Desk Opens
|7 - 8:15 a.m. Networking Breakfast/Social hour|
|7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Field Trips||8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Chapters' Celebration|
|8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Conservation Leadership Initiative Meeting (invite only)||9:30 - 11 a.m. Special Session on Water for Florida's Future|
|12 - 1:45 p.m. Welcome Luncheon||11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Conservation Priority Setting Session|
|2 - 3:30 p.m. Learning Sessions - Round 1 (Choice of: Water Policy Bootcamp, Landscaping for Water & Wildlife, and Changing Hearts & Minds: How to Effectively Influence Policymakers)||1 - 4 p.m. Florida Audubon Society Annual Meeting and Audubon Florida Board Meeting|
|3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Learning Sessions - Round 2 (Choice of: Water Policy Bootcamp, Landscaping for Water & Wildlife, and Changing Hearts & Minds: How to Effectively Influence Policymakers)|
|6 - 7 p.m. Reception|
|7 - 9 p.m. Keynote Presentation and Awards Ceremony|
Join us this October for an inspiring keynote about Florida’s liquid wealth, the Floridan Aquifer by Jennifer Adler. She is a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer with a focus on freshwater conservation. Jenny uses her skills at underwater photography and cave diving to connect audiences to the aquifer beneath their feet. A PhD student at the University of Florida, she has created an environmental education program called Walking on Water that immerses elementary school students in Florida’s springs, cameras in hand. She is a TEDx speaker and has exhibited her photography throughout Florida and at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
This special session will focus on water for the environment and is based on the idea of public interest. When water is not properly conserved, birds, other wildlife, and people are harmed. When water is poorly managed through drainage projects, the harmful effect of droughts and stormwater excess are made worse. Degraded water quality from excess nutrients adds to the challenges of restoring water for natural systems.
People involved in water quality, water management, and ecosystem restoration efforts will discuss the future of Florida’s water needs and highlight Florida's most pressing water issues. Join us at this Saturday morning session to learn more about Florida's water crisis.
Audubon is known as America’s most effective conservation network thanks to our members. Our chapter network across the state is vital to restoring critical conservation funding and safeguarding Florida’s wildlife and special places this upcoming year. Join Audubon Florida and invited experts to learn how to get things done in Tallahassee and help advance conservation. This interactive, hands-on workshop will empower attendees to affect change!
The desire to protect water for Florida's future is growing throughout the state. Navigating the ins and outs of government agencies, however, can be a daunting task. This session will provide an overview of Florida's most significant water-management policies and give attendees the tools they need to effectively protect and save their local waters. Birds and wildlife depend on Florida's waters, and they depend on Audubon advocates to ensure they are protected for generations to come.
Audubon recently launched an entire Water for Florida’s Future program! The program encourages Floridians to take simple steps inside the home, outside the home and in the community to save water. Did you know that half of Florida’s water supply goes towards watering yards? Join us to gather resources to conserve water, hear from conservation experts, and become part of this highly-effective water conservation movement.
If you have any questions about the Audubon Assembly, please call (850) 222-BIRD.