We'll be with the Skimmers and their chicks again this July 4th weekend. 
Call Dee Hanny at 745-1553 for details and to volunteer.


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Bird Identification Tips

Come enjoy viewing our beautiful winged friends in all their habitats. Browse the Bradenton Area Birding Guide. Register for the annual Basic Bird Identification course, or participate in a guided bird walk. Manatee Audubon offers many ways to learn about birds & nature for adults & kids. 


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Birding Adventures & Classes
Manatee Audubon offers members a wide range of birding adventures. This season we are offering about 40 different outings.

Whether you prefer half-day, full day or overnight trips, you'll find an assortment of these in our events calendar.  (CLICK on EVENTS button on our HOME page.)


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Youth Education


Audubon Adventures Update

Audubon Adventures for Junior Audubon is getting more & more popular. This Manatee Audubon sponsored educational outreach to our community currently has 20 "adventurers" and 12 adults participating under the leadership of Steve Black and Ann Cruikshank. Karen Wiley was a major component in linking Ann to this program geared for elementary school kids. 

Funds are needed, however, to provide the beautifully illustrated and professionally printed Audubon Adventures handouts. There is a series of handouts which can be used at our Audubon Adventures, or by school classroom teachers. 

Cost to help fund this program's handouts: approximately $10 plus S/H from National Audubon Society for a pack of 32 identical handouts.  Give your donations to our treasurer or any Manatee Audubon officer, telling them where your funds should be directed.

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Wildlife Care


A Bowl of Spoonbills

Did you know that a group of Roseate Spoonbills is called a “bowl” of spoonbills? And that the Roseate Spoonbill is a wading bird in the same family (Threskiornithidae) as the Ibis?

The elegant Roseate Spoonbill has a pink body and white upper back and neck. The long bill is a gray spatula or spoon shape and the forehead is a featherless olive green with a gray featherless crown. They can have a wingspan of 50-53 inches.

To feed, Spoonbills wade in shallow water, sweeping their bill back and forth through the mud. Once they feel prey, mainly fish, crustaceans, shrimp, or insects, they snap their bill shut. It’s believed that their diet of crustaceans may cause the beautiful pink coloration in their feathers.

They fly with steady wing beats alternating with short glides. Their nest is a bulky platform of sticks with a hollow in the center, located low in a bush or tree. As colonial nesters, they prefer to be in with a large group.

During the breeding season, an adult spoonbill’s pink colors become more intense. They lay 2-5 white eggs with brown spots and both parents help incubate the eggs from 22-24 days. The adorable hatchlings have white feathered heads with a paler pink body and the cutest little spoons that are yellowish or pinkish.





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Announcements

  • 2016-2017 Manatee Audubon Events Announced  Check out the 2016-2017 Manatee Audubon annual bird trips, programs & special events in this handy digital brochure.  Simply click on the cover image below to see the details. This ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2016, 1:29 PM by Manatee Audubon
  • New Bradenton Area Birding Guide Available Working together with the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (BACVB), Manatee Audubon is delighted with the newly published Bradenton Area Birding Guide. The heavy-lifting and financial investment was ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2015, 1:37 PM by Manatee Audubon
  • SW Nature Festival Features DOUBLE "Big Year" Famous Speaker, Sandy Komito Mark your calendar for field trips and lectures during the 13th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival! Explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 7:49 AM by Manatee Audubon
  • Annual Photography Contest Winners Both The National Audubon Society, as well as Manatee County Audubon Society, announced the winners of their respective Annual Photography Contests. You can view the National Audubon winners in their ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2015, 12:31 PM by Manatee Audubon
  • JR. AUDUBON -- Audubon Adventures Moving to 2nd Saturday each Month Audubon Adventures is a program specifically developed for younger kids who want to learn about nature. Manatee Audubon is looking to cultivate "Junior Audubon" members who may decide to continue ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2014, 5:52 AM by Manatee Audubon
  • Awards for Excellence & Making an Impact National Audubon Society Announces 2014 Volunteer Callison Award Winners   Manatee County Residents Bob & Nancy Dean Selected for National Honor   Bradenton, Florida  (May 23, 2014) – The National Audubon Society has awarded ...
    Posted May 24, 2014, 4:50 PM by Manatee Audubon
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