Members Stacey Kelly and President Jim Kochanowski of the Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society were able to participate as by-standers in the release of 3 Swallow Tailed Kites - Miss Apopka and her 2 friends. This is the prime time for them to be released as the Swallow Tailed Kites are now roosting together in the 100's in preparation of their migration to South America. They will start to migrate south at the end of July and thru August. The Avian Reconditioning Center, ARCI Avian Research and Conservation Institute, with the assistance of Apopka's Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, and several dedicated volunteers from ARC released these 3 gorgeous Swallow Tailed Kites. Miss Apopka affectionately named is now fitted with a satellite tracking device that will ping 12 times a day to a cellular that will update her location thru the day. They have been recuperating and gaining strength at The Avian Reconditioning Center. ARCI Avian Research and Conservation Institute and ARC have made it possible for this release to happen. As well a very big Thank you, to the Orange Audubon Society, Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society and Seminole County Audubon Society for coming together and rallying to get the last bit of funding needed to make this wonderful event come to fruition.
Photos by Stacey Kelly and Jim Kochanowski - OVAS
Orphaned of Injured
Birds of Prey
For more than a century Audubon has encouraged people to take care of the places that make Florida special. Using science to guide our priorities and birdlife to measure ecosystem health, Audubon advocates for the protection of land, water, and wildlife. Audubon is Florida’s most influential conservation organization and conducts extensive work to protect the Everglades and coastal bird habitats. We manage sanctuaries covering thousands of acres along with two popular nature centers. Audubon promotes stewardship and appreciation of public land and water so people experience and cherish Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife.
A list of phone numbers for wildlife help, questions, rescue. This is for Orange County, Florida.
For Sandhill Cranes and wading/water birds Call Seaworld Bird Barn Rescue-Hot Line at 407-351-3600 and selecting #4
For Raptors/Birds of Prey Owls -Eagles -Hawks -Falcon - Buzzards - Kites -Ospreys- Etc. ...
Orphaned or Injured Birds of Prey
Call the Avian Reconditioning Center
---♥--- Baby or injured bat
Call Fly By Night at 407-414-2142.
---♥--- Other Animals
Orange County Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators as provided by FWC-
-Helsel Deborah Ann (407) 568-5138 Orlando Back To Nature Wildlife, Inc.
-Cannan Shirley A. (407) 568-7988 Christmas Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue, Inc.
-Hardee Ron and Carol (407) 568-3200 Christmas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Central Florida
-Neiffer, DVM Donald L. (407) 824-2719 Lake Buena Vista Disney's Animal Kingdom
-Barnett James (407) 765-9152 Saint Cloud Tiger Encounter & Rehabilitation
-------source: FWC at 888-404-3922 or *FWC. http://myfwc.com/…/licensedwildliferehabilitatorsbyregion.p…
*if in another county all counties listed with resources for you in this pdf.
-Other Resource if no above source available-
Orange County Animal Control-
Orange County 311: For animal related issues and complaints dial 3-1-1 or (407) 836-3111
*they will deliver wildlife to an appropriate rescue.
The purpose and dedication of Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society (OVAS) is to promote public understanding of, and an interest in, wildlife and the environment that supports it. OVAS’ educational programs foster the recognition of the tangible and intangible values in the remaining natural areas of Florida and the world, and our responsibility for the conservation of the Earth’s natural ecosystems and the services that they provide for the health of the planet.
Our mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
OVAS normally meets on the first Sunday of every month, September through May. Meetings are held at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 East County Road 44, Eustis, FL. 32736. There are different programs each month that start at 1:30 pm and the board meeting begins at 3:00 pm.