SJRWMD: Birdapalooza is a celebration of over 300 species

first_img Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSBirdapaloozaSt. John’s Water Management District Previous articleTotal Solar Eclipse – Time to start planningNext articleWhy you should stop and read this article… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore has become one of the premier locations to observe birds in the southeastern United States. From Jan. 20–22 it will set the stage for the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza.“Water management districts are charged by the Florida Legislature with managing and restoring lands to their natural state and condition to the extent practical,” said district Land Resources Bureau Chief Steve Miller. “When we do that, those lands become prime habitat for many wildlife species. Birds respond dramatically to available habitat.”Located in northwest Orange and southeast Lake counties, Lake Apopka is the headwaters of the Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes. Once a world-class bass fishery, impacts to the lake over many decades led it to being named Florida’s most polluted large lake. Since acquiring the land in the 1990s, the district’s work has remained centered on creating improvements in water quality and the restoration of wildlife habitat.The area’s geography and habitat make it highly appealing to birds migrating through the Florida peninsula, creating some of Florida’s premier birding opportunities during the winter months. Bird surveys show more than 360 different species of birds have been identified within the area, more species than can be found at any inland site in Florida.The Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza is a celebration of the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home around Lake Apopka. Beginning at Orange County’s Magnolia Park and meandering through the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore, the family friendly festival includes photo walks, bird banding, live animal demonstrations, guided bus tours (limited seating), and guided walking and biking nature tours for children and adults on the Lake Apopka Loop Trail.To learn more about the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza, visit www.birdapalooza.com.To learn more about the Lake Apopka North Shore visit http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreationThe St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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Harvard Heroes, including Faust, honored at Sanders Theatre

first_imgTwo weeks after Commencement activities for the Class of 2018, Harvard recognized another high-achieving group — employees whose commitment to a job well done is felt each and every day by their colleagues across the University.The exemplary efforts of Harvard Heroes were honored Thursday during a jubilant ceremony at Sanders Theatre before more than 1,000 family members, friends, and co-workers. Nominated and selected by their peers, this year’s class totaled 61 employees, including  Harvard President Drew Faust, who is stepping down at the end of the month after more than a decade as Harvard’s leader.“Some of you might have seen this selfless and dedicated individual around campus over the past decade, someone whose daily work has touched every corner of our great University,” said Marilyn Hausammann, vice president for human resources.Faust, whose Hero recognition was a surprise to her, initiated the University-wide program in 2012. It was created to celebrate staff members whose daily contributions go above and beyond the call of duty, capturing the essence of her synergetic mission “One Harvard.”“Today we celebrate the many ways in which you collaborate across disciplines and departments, motivate and encourage others, and use your talents and skills to strengthen and improve Harvard,” Faust said. “Standing here, at my last Harvard Heroes ceremony as president, I feel deeply satisfied knowing that we have left things better than we found them. It’s due, in no small part, to your efforts.”,A native of Guanajuato, Mexico, Harvard Hero Jesús Romo Llamas came to the U.S. 10 years ago as a Spanish-only speaker, enrolling in the Harvard Bridge Program to hone his English. As events coordinator at Memorial Church, his Hero-worthy feats included building a movable platform for a 500-pound stone baptismal font, and trekking across campus to the Charles Hotel in sub-zero temperatures to deliver a minister’s manuscript that had been left accidentally at the pulpit.Jesús Romo Llamas (right) exults with fellow honorees Elizabeth Ancarana and Luis Duarte.“I think this recognition belongs to everyone and really speaks to how we are involved with the people around us, and how the people around us help us grow,” Llamas said. “If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.”The Rev. Alanna C. Sullivan, associate minister at the Memorial Church, called Llamas “a wonderful ambassador embodying our space of grace.”“Jesús makes everybody’s jobs easier, employing strategic thinking, a concern for others, always asking how we can work more effectively and efficiently together,” Sullivan said.Harvard Hero Ruth Hill may also be considered an ambassador by her colleagues, after 50 years of dedicated service to the University. For the last 41 of those years, Hill has worked as the oral history coordinator at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, where she documented the lives of women of color in America.Ruth Hill stands to applause.From outreach to publication, Hill played a critical role in executing acclaimed projects such as the Black Women Oral History Project, Latina Oral History Project, Chinese American Women Oral History Project, and Cambodian-American Women and Youth Oral History Project. Her efforts enriched the holdings of the library and made the histories of these women available to people around the globe.She was surprised to learn she had been selected as a Harvard Hero.“It was a shock to receive this honor, and I greatly appreciate it,” Hill said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if President Faust was equally surprised as the rest of us when we found out we were chosen. I’m so glad to be in her company, and was able to receive this award from her while she is still president here.”Maeve Kelly, program manager for Harvard Heroes, said that she wanted to honor Faust for her strong support of the program.“It’s such an easy moment to recognize her and all of her contributions to the University and the community,” Kelly said. “She has led with such grace and has made such a lasting impact.”The Harvard Heroes program is a reminder of how moments of quiet persistence and incremental progress are central to the University’s success, Faust told her fellow honorees.“You’re here because you’ve earned it and you’re being honored because we are so grateful to you for what you have contributed to this extraordinary enterprise — to the students, to the faculty, to the staff, to the institution — as we endeavor to expand and share knowledge more broadly in service of the world,” she said. “And that matters enormously.”last_img read more

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50 Reasons not to be a developer

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