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Update on recovery effort for endangered birds set

LAKE PLACID - Paul Gray will give an update on the Everglade snail kite and Florida grasshopper sparrow recovery efforts at an Audubon meeting Thursday.

Gray is the science coordinator for Audubon's Everglades restoration program and has been working with the Florida grasshopper sparrows on the Kissimmee Prairie for almost 20 years. He also is the co-chairman of the multi-agency Snail Kite Coordination Committee. His scientific studies involve lakes Istokpoga and Okeechobee, as well as the Everglades.

Everyone is invited to attend. The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m., preceded by a pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Placid Masonic Hall, 106 N. Main St. in Lake Placid. If attending the dinner portion, bring a dish to serve and your own service.

For details, call Helen at (863) 465-2468.

Upcoming field trips

A field trip is planned for March 25 to Fort DeSoto, which is a favorite spot for water birds and spring migrants. Bring lunch and meet at the Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 a.m.

For information, call Ron at (863) 465-1904.

Another field trip is planned for April 1. Gray will lead a trip to the Kissimmee Prairie to search for the grasshopper sparrow and a variety of other birds.

The field trip will consist of driving through various areas, with some walking. Bring a bag lunch. Meet at the store at 7:45 a.m. on U.S. 98 before 700A.

To reserve a spot, call Helen at (863) 465-2468.