SanCap Audubon Presents ‘Climate & Birds: Their Future and Ours’

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San-Cap Audubon is pleased to welcome Audubon Florida Executive Director, Julie Wraithmell to provide her presentation, ” Climate & Birds: Their Future & Ours” on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the new start time of 7:00 PM at the Sanibel Community House. Like canaries warned coal miners of dangerous conditions, join Julie as she explains how birds are harbingers of our changing climate.

Like no other state, Florida’s prosperity is tied to its natural resources through its tourism industry, property values and public health, to name a few. At the same time, it is extraordinarily vulnerable to the effects of climate change: sea level rise, warming ocean temperatures, increasingly frequent and intense storms, and changes to temperature and rainfall. Julie Wraithmell will discuss the latest in predictions about what our climate future holds for North America’s birds, what symptoms Florida is already experiencing, and how local actions add up to global impact.

Audubon Florida is Florida’s oldest statewide conservation organization. With 100 staff and 45 chapters statewide, it uses science to advance durable policy solutions to the state’s environmental challenges, for the benefit of birds and people alike. Joining Florida Audubon in 2005, Julie Wraithmell has successfully led statewide conservation and wildlife policy initiatives, built Audubon Florida’s robust coastal conservation program, coordinated Audubon’s response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and helped secure millions in funding for protecting Florida’s land and water resources. In 2015, she received the Callison Award, National Audubon Society’s highest staff honor. Prior to Audubon, Julie served eight years as a biologist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). While at FWC, she created the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, the incredible Florida network of more than 500 premier wildlife viewing sites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Duke University and a Master of Science from Florida State University.

This is the second of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society lectures to be held in 2020 on Thursday evenings at the new starting time of 7:00 PM at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. As always, all are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:15 PM, and parking is available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area. A $10.00 donation per attendee is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida. For additional information, call Bill Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at

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