A HIDDEN GEM

Did you know that we have an informational exhibit as well as a bird photography gallery in Milton?

It is in the most unlikely of places – a flight school at the Peter Prince Airport, just off Hwy 90, east of Milton. How did we end up here?

Easy, two of our wonderful members, Judy and Carlos Diaz donated the space to us when they expanded their building two years ago.

They also dedicated the new space to the Francis M. Weston Audubon Society with a lovely reception and a beautiful plaque to mark the occasion!

The flight school is open 7 days a week and sees many military and civilian flight students pass through their doors. It is our hope that the information seen in our exhibits will influence these students for the rest of their lives, even after most of them leave the area. And the photography, which supports the theme of the display, will help open new eyes to the beauty of our natural world.

While the display and gallery are small, they are still quite nice. They are managed by the FMWAS publicity team, and at the moment both exhibits are changed once a year.

The exhibit for 2017 has been Shorebird Nesting, and we’ve shown in the display why protecting our nesting shorebirds is so important, and how the public can help. However, in the coming days we’ll change the exhibit for 2018 to our new Backyard Birds display.

The photos are supplied free of charge by the talented birder-photographers in our organization. We hold a small non-prized competition, the reward is being chosen, where each photographer submits approximately 5 photos.

The publicity team then chooses the best 20-25 and passes them on to the owners of the flight school for the final selections.

If you’ve not been out to AMS Flight School to see our display, I strongly urge you to do so. Visitors are always welcome! And if you’ve got digital editing skills or have some artistic talent and would like to volunteer to be a part of this project, please contact us through our website contact form.

By Brenda Callaway