Dear CBC members:
I have talked to our VP. Tom Olkowski and our Trip Chairman Peter Erickson about my concerns with our existing Public Health Problem the Coronavirus. Schools, businesses’, major sporting events, etc. are shutting down. To me the biggest problems are the cases that are reported where the infected have no idea where they contracted the virus , be it incidental contact or otherwise.
We have in the CBC many people over 65–70 yrs of age. A group that could be seriously affected. We don’t know who comes in and out of Wa-Ke hatchee, therefore I am canceling the April Pizza Meeting. Cheryl Black and I will figure out how to post the results of the Photo Contest.
I am also canceling the CBC Trip Schedule for this season. If you want to go to STA5, 6 Mile Cypress, Alva, Ft. Desoto Park etc. please do. Leaders are not obligated to go. Some of our members have already headed North for the Summer. If this Pandemic continues, I will not go to Magee Marsh in Ohio, a state that has closed all of its schools. This virus will stop when it runs out of hosts. Stay home, I am. I care about and love you all. Thank you for your understanding and support. Ken Hodgson, President
Welcome to the
The Caloosa Bird Club, founded in 1958, is a seasonal organization for our more northern “snowbirds” of the human persuasion. Many of our members make the Fort Myers, Florida area their winter home, migrating here to warmer climes during the fall and winter months and back north again with the spring.
Our interest is the study of birds, including field identification, song, migration, population trends, food, behavior and habitat. There is also a “social” aspect to the club, where members renew old friendships and enjoy each others company while focusing on their mutual interests of birds and birding. We’ve just started a Facebook Page for members to share memories, photos and information.
Meetings and Field Trips
There is a general meeting at 2:00 pm every second Sunday during the months of November through April. On each Monday during the season, there is a scheduled field trip, usually ending with a picnic-style lunch. There are also trips planned on Saturdays to STA 5 during the season. A few trips to more distant birding sites such as St. Marks N.W.R. or Everglades N.P. require an overnight or longer stay. At the end of each trip, a list of bird sightings and the number of participants is compiled for club records. Though trips are restricted to members only, guests accompanied by members are welcome to participate when space is not limited.
Peter Erickson: Trip Chairman
Contact Ken Hodgson: Field Trip Leader eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Bird Count
On a Monday in December, the club conducts a Christmas Bird Count for the National Audubon Society. The club’s circle, centered in southern Cape Coral, radiates 15 miles to portions of Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Pine Island. The 2014 Fort Myers Christmas Bird Count was Monday, December 17, 2013. The count code for Fort Myers is FLFM.
Results of the Christmas Bird Count can be obtained by digital delivery rather than mailing the CBC summary report to participants. (This is the reason the $5.00 fee has been waived).
If you want to receive information regarding the digital edition of American Birds this year you must sign up online at www.audubon.org/citizenscience by entering your email address. Be aware that even if your email address is currently in the CBC system, you will only receive American Birds if you sign up through the new citizen science network.
Joining the online citizen science network this way ensures you will receive updates on Audubon’s latest research results, reports from Audubon scientists, and notification when count summaries are posted online. In addition, you will learn about other citizen science programs and opportunities that may interest you. Please take a moment to sign up now and also invite participants from your CBC count circle to be part of the network.
Charlie Ewell is the Christmas Bird Count Chair.
Members are expected to lead field trips, participate in the Christmas Bird Count, and serve in the various capacities that are vital to the operation of the club. Prospective members must attend one general meeting, participate in two field trips, and show serious interest in the purpose and function of the club. If you can fulfill the above requirements and expectations for membership, and are sincerely interested in becoming a Caloosa Bird Club member, please download a copy of the membership application after all membership requirements have been met. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view and print the application) Send the completed application along with the initiation fee and dues payment to the Membership Chair. The application will be submitted to the Executive Committee for action. New members pay a $10 initiation fee. Dues are $12 per year.
Contact Is Cloak Membership Chair.
Please address any questions, comments or concerns to: