The Hernando Audubon Society has numerous meetings and birding trips planned throughout 2019. September events include:

-- The monthly meeting will feature a talk about red-cockaded woodpecker habitats. The red-cockaded woodpecker was once a fairly common bird in the pine forests of southeastern United States. This bird is now rare, local and considered a federally endangered species. It only thrives in an old growth pine forest, many of which have been logged in the past century. The speaker, Vince Morris, who is resource administrator for Florida Forest Service, has worked for over 20 years to reestablish the red-cockaded woodpecker population in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at the Community Activity Center, 205 E. Ft. Dade Ave., Brooksville. Contact Bev Hansen at 352-686-0460 or bevalhansen@gmail.com for information.

-- Hernando Audubon Beginning Birding will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Chinsegut Conservation Center (23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville). Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird guides available for use. For information, contact Bev at 352-686-0460 or bevalhansen@gmail.com.

-- Hernando Audubon Society will take a birding trip to Saddle Creek Park in Lakeland on Saturday, Sept. 28. To carpool, meet at Sunrise Plaza, 31150 Cortez Blvd., 0.5 mile east of I-75 at 6:30 a.m. Alternatively, meet at the trailhead at the northeast end of the park at 7:45. For information, contact Bev at 352-686-0460 or bevalhansen@gmail.com.

For more details about these activities, check www.hernandoaudubon.org All Hernando Audubon activities are free and open to the public.

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