2017 Audubon Assembly

Water for Florida's Future

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.

Sponsorships are available! Click here to learn more. 

  • Date: October 20-21, 2017
  • Location/Lodging: Renaissance St. Augustine Resort - Marriott, 500 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092, 904-940-8000. Book by September 30 (Extended!) and ask for the Audubon Assembly rate--rooms start at $129/night (plus taxes/fees).
  • Registration: EARLY BIRD RATE AVAILABLE: Click here to register! Registration does not include lodging. Lodging must be booked separately. Early bird rate is good through October 2, 2017,

Program

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  

Keynote Speaker - Jennifer Adler

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.

Field Trips 2017

St. Augustine is known as a place where human and natural history intertwine. Historic forts and missions provide the backdrop for birding field trips planned at this year’s Audubon Assembly. All Audubon-organized field trips will take place on Friday morning, Oct. 20, 2017. As always, attendees are also encouraged to explore the many parks and public places of St. Johns County before and after the Assembly. Host chapters St. Johns County Audubon and Duval Audubon will provide birding maps and guides for the field trips. Field trips will depart at different times throughout Friday morning and will be rated according to ease and walking distance. 
The following is a list of some of the destinations tentatively planned for this year’s Audubon Assembly field trips. This list may be updated. Details on how to sign-up will be posted to this page and will be emailed to registered attendees once available.
Exploring on your own. Attendees may also use this list to explore the area and its birding on their own. 
 

Special Session: Water for Florida's Future

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. 

Learning Sessions


Influencing Hearts and Minds: How to Persuade Decision-Makers Effectively

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!


Water Policy Bootcamp


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.

Landscaping for Water and Wildlife

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.

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