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Ridge Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Florida. With funding provided by Roger Babson and a land grant from Webber University, the Ridge Audubon Center opened its doors to the public in 1964 with this mission:  To open the eyes of the young and old to the beauty and wonder of our outdoor world and to increase awareness of the need for conservation.

Ridge Audubon Society strives to promote an understanding of and an interest in wildlife and the environment that supports it, and to further the cause of conservation of natural resources, with emphasis on the Lake Wales Ridge.

If you stop at the Ridge Audubon Center, you can walk one or both of our short trails, where you will see wildflowers and other flora native to the area.  There are two Gopher Tortoise burrows which are marked, and one of the tortoises may wander by.  Depending on the season, a number of bird species may be seen at the center or in the area.  Photos of many of our area birds, both permanent and part-time residents, can be seen here.

If you have a photo or two of wildlife on the Lake Wales Ridge, a digital copy can be submitted via email (ridgeaudubon@aol.com) for our Gallery page.

Monthly guided walks on local trails with a naturalist will start in January. These will be shown on the Events (calendar) page when they have been scheduled.  Regular meetings start with a potluck supper at 6, followed by a program at 7.

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, March 12th at 7 p.m. — ” Backyard Florida Friendly Plants.” Julie Schelb, Landscape Coordinator for UF/IFAS (University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences), will present this program about plants which work well in Central Florida gardens.  Program follows the potluck supper at the Ridge Audubon Center. Public is invited.


Upcoming Events — Make some plans!

  • Our associate organization, the Lake Region Bird Club, has birding walks every Thursday morning.  Destinations vary.  For questions contact Bob Snow at 863-712-3878 or email him at blsnow11@tampabay.rr.com.

    On Tuesday, March 13, our program will be Backyard Florida-Friendly Plants. Speaker: Julie Schelb, Landscape Coordinator UF/FAS.   Come to the Center at 6 for a potluck supper; bring any dish! All are welcome.

  • On Tuesday, April 10, our last program of the season will be Birding in Panama.  Speakers: Linda Vandeman and Gail French, Birding photographers.   Come to the Center at 6 for a potluck supper; bring any dish! All are welcome.

    Black Vultures share a meal with a Bald Eagle