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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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Usually we start monthly programs in October; November is our yard sale and plant sale fund raiser. However, this year we are dealing with the COVID 19 virus. The number of cases in Florida has been increasing on a daily basis. The board members will decide whether to proceed with activities after Labor Day. We will update information on a regular basis.
All trails at the Audubon Center are open for the public to enjoy.