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Audubon volunteers urge people to watch for nesting birds along Florida beaches

COUNTYWIDE

Watch out for nesting birds, Audubon says

This Memorial Day weekend, Audubon volunteers will be reminding beachgoers to watch out for nesting shorebirds. The crush of people drawn to Florida's coasts can be disastrous for birds nesting in small scrapes in the sand. Their camouflaged eggs and chicks are nearly invisible. Humans or dogs — even dogs on a leash — can flush them off the nest. Then the eggs or chicks are taken by predators or cook in the hot sun. Volunteers will set up umbrellas and spotting scopes so that beach visitors can take a closer look at the colonies marked off with signs and light rope strung between posts. "Most people think a mother bird is incubating her eggs to keep them warm," said Ann Hodgson, Audubon of Florida gulf coast ecosystem science coordinator. "With Florida's beach-nesting birds, the parent is actually providing shade to eggs and chicks during the day. A single significant disturbance can destroy an entire colony."

Oldsmar

Restaurant will help raise funds

Pollo Tropical will hold a benefit for the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Education Foundation to help raise funds for scholarships. It will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Oldsmar Pollo Tropical, 3134 Tampa Road. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales from meals purchased with benefit vouchers. Vouchers can be obtained either in the restaurant before the event or through the education foundation. For more information, call (813) 300-0019.

PALM HARBOR

Author will teach workshop at store

Author Janet Conner will teach a workshop based on her book Writing Down Your Soul from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today at Oak Trail Books, 1219 Florida Ave. The book aims to connect writers with the voice of wisdom within. When you learn to "write down your soul," you get out of your conscious, stress-filled mind and in touch with your deep, authentic self, the author says. And that activates limitless intelligence, wisdom and grace, she says. The cost is $20. Call (727) 785-1960.

Palm Harbor

Fibromyalgia will be topic at event

As part of its series Word to the Wise, the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., presents Dr. Amar Patel, a chiropractic specialist. He will discuss fibromyalgia at two sessions, at 6 p.m. Tuesday and again at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The program will cover the neurological and physiological causes of the disease. For more information, call (727) 784-3332.

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Audubon volunteers urge people to watch for nesting birds along Florida beaches 05/23/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 23, 2009 1:12pm]

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