Audubon’s Last Webinar Of Season Focusing On Rookery Management

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

San-Cap Audubon’s eighth and last webinar program of the 2022 season will be a two-for-one. Abrianna Sadler is a dual employee from Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, while Arielle Taylor-Manges works for Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves (CHAP). They will present “Rookery Monitoring and Resource Management within the SWFL Aquatic Preserves.” The webinar will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

Sadler not only works for FWC and FDEP, but has also been an environmental specialist with the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves since August of 2019. She serves as an observer for CHAP’s ‘Wading and Diving Bird Rookery Monitoring Program’ and assists with CHAP’s other resources monitoring programs, including seagrass and water quality. Her work with FWC includes conducting waterbird surveys, habitat management, and public and partner coordination revolving around the Critical Wildlife Areas in Lee County. Prior to working for FDEP and FWC, she worked for the University of Florida conducting Snail Kite surveys and time activity budgets on Lake Okeechobee

Taylor-Manges is an environmental specialist with CHAP, celebrating her 10th year with the office this month. She received her M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Florida, where her thesis focused on water quality and seagrass. Taylor-Manges is resource monitoring and management focused with an emphasis on seagrass and bird rookery monitoring. She coordinates the volunteer water quality program, works with partners on restoration and research projects within the aquatic preserves, and partakes in CHAP’s outreach events.

It ‘takes a village’ to monitor and manager rookery islands in our area. Birds utilize rookery islands from Estero all the way up to Charlotte Harbor. Both Sadler and Taylor-Manges’ presentation will consist of a great look into bird rookery monitoring throughout the area and will shine a light on the area’s local “Wading and Diving Bird Rookery Monitoring Program”.

Unlike our first two lectures, this week’s lecture format will be virtual due to the Omicron variant. To register for our webinar, visit the San-Cap Audubon website up to five days prior to the specific webinar’s scheduled date and click on “JOIN” in that webinar’s description. After registration a link to that webinar will be emailed to you. Save that link until the day of the lecture as you will need it to join. Each webinar will have a different link. All are always welcome to join.

There is no charge to join the webinars. The typical source of San-Cap Audubon lecture support has been the $10.00 suggested attendee entrance donation for the pre-pandemic live presentations at the Sanibel Community House. It is suggested that webinar attendees donate directly by mail to the address on the web site home page or via PayPal. All donations are much appreciated and after costs are used to promote conservation on Sanibel, Captiva and in Florida. For additional information visit the San-Cap Audubon website.

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