Peace River Audubon Society Inc
20444 Midway Blvd
(First Alliance Church)
Port Charlotte FL 33952-0760
Mission
The mission of the Peace River Audubon Society is to engage in educational pursuits involving birding and the conservation of our natural environment, thereby ensuring the protection and wise management of these resources for all future generations.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Michael Joseph Krzyzkowski MD
Board Chair Affiliation Retired Family Physician
General Info
Supported Organization Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Florida State Audubon Society
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1983
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Apr 2017
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $16,225.00
Projected Expenses $16,225.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS LETTER OF DETERMINATIONView
Impact Statement
1.)Peace River Audubon Society (PRAS)  organizes and conducts a series (8 each) of walkabouts, field trips, and general membership meetings annually to educate and to foster appreciation and conservation of our avian and natural resources.
2.) PRAS is currently partnering with Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) in rehabilitating and maintaining an outdoor bird blind at their Alligator Creek Facility in Punta Gorda. CHEC is responsible for outdoor education of all the 4th grade students in Charlotte Harbor, and has over 14,000 visitors per year. 
3.) PRAS offers two $1000 scholarships  to junior or senior college students pursuing a career in environmental sciences annually. In addition, our Youth  Environmental Education Committee funds several summer scholarships to elementary students involved in the CHEC outdoor education program.
4.)  PRAS continues to upkeep and maintain Audubon Pennington Park in Port Charlotte. This is a small preserve which is home to a nice cross section of local flora and fauna in a variety of different habitats. Educational signage and walking trails are available.
5.) PRAS will endeavor to increase it's educational commitment  to youth in the upcoming year by increasing it's financial base through various funding efforts not limited to the Annual Banquet with silent auction, and increased donor activity.
Needs Statement
1.) Maintenance of the bird blind at Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center - feeders , feed and building and ground upkeep. $1000.
2.)  Continued funding of our two annual college scholarships to local environmental studies students. $2000.
3.) Overhead expenses of Peace River Audubon Society -  insurance, facility rental, printing, etc. $3400.
4.) Continued funding of our Youth Environmental Education Fund. Examples - Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center student scholarships, Nature Festival, Florida Master Naturist Program scholarship, and local needs as deemed appropriate by our board. $6000.
5.) Continue expansion of our general membership and the number of our present Board of Directors with additional talent such as social media experience and youth program familiarity.
Background Statement
Peace River Audubon Society was formed in 1977 through the efforts of George and Joanne Griffin, and an official charter was issued as of November 1, 1977 by National Audubon.
Issues of concern in the early years were:
   1.) Phosphate mining
   2.) A tree protection ordinance to protect native trees.
   3.) Protection of bald eagles and other threatened species. Charlotte Harbor was declared the Bald Eagle capital of Florida in 1990.
   4.) The negative impacts of residential and commercial development.
   5.) Coastal zone management and protection.
   6.) Environmental protection in general for our native plants, birds and animals.
Sounds very familiar doesn't it? 
 
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- DeSoto
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments
Our membership draws primarily from the two counties above, although there is no restriction on area of residence. Publicity of our field trips, walkabouts, and meetings extends to adjacent counties as well, and the general public is invited to attend free of charge. These two counties encompass multiple zip codes.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
This is my third year as Board President, and have been an active board member on and off for the past ten years. It has been a pleasurable experience with the opportunity for much personal growth. Most of us enjoy birding and the outdoor experience. As we progress with this hobby or avocation, we soon begin to realize that good birding depends on availability of good habitat. Good habitat depends primarily on conservation of our natural resources. This appears to be a 'bottom line' statement here. With increasing development in the state of Florida, there continues to be significant habitat loss, thus reducing the area available to our native flora and fauna. For the sake of our future generations, we need to identify those areas which consist of critical habitat and seek to preserve them for perpetuity. Our Conservation Chair is most active in identifying these areas, and with the help of Florida State Audubon seek to conserve them. This involves much public education, working with local and state officials, and the various departments involved. Our state chapter leaders have been an invaluable resource in this arena. 
 
In seeking to counteract habitat loss, we have also stressed the develop of 'micro-habitats' in everyone's back yard. These can be very friendly to our native wildlife by the planting of native plants, providing a water source, feeders, and shrubs and trees for nesting. While benefiting wildlife, it also brings us closer to nature with an increased respect for our natural resources. Florida is blessed to have an outstanding park system, the best nationally. As a human organism, we seem to need these areas to recharge and center ourselves from our busy lifestyles. With increasing population growth, this need will only increase. It has also been said, "what is good for the environment, is also good for the economy".
Florida is a beautiful state environmentally with many diverse habitats. It behooves us recognize this, and help to preserve it. Our local Audubon chapter fosters this through education, outdoor field trips, walkabouts, and general meetings with various speakers fluent with these issues. A fine balance will be required to navigate the issue of developmental needs versus the state of our natural resources. It, no doubt, will continue to be ongoing, and hence the need for constant vigilance.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
NA
Programs
Description Peace River Audubon has partnered with the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) to rehabilitate and maintain their outdoor bird blind at their Alligator Creek facility in Punta Gorda. CHEC is reponsible for the outdoor education of all the 4th grade students in Charlotte County. In addition, they are are visited by 14,000 visitors a year. Several types of native plants have been placed with multiple bird feeders, nest boxes, and a small pond with native lilies. Binoculars and guide books are provided at the viewing window for usage. The emphasis has been on creating a micro- habitat conducive to wildlife. This can be done in your own backyard easily as well, counteracting the continued loss of valuable habitat.
Budget $1,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success The blind is monitored frequently by volunteers and Audubon personnel. Feeders are refilled twice a week and repaired as necessary. We have had a great deal of predator damage by local raccoons and hogs. This has forced us to move all the feeders off the ground onto an overhead wire cable. Per Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center personnel, this has been the most popular visitation site at the preserve. In addition, we have erected several martin houses at an adjacent pond. Binoculars and bird guide books are available at the blind's viewing window to stimulate interest in birding and awareness of natural resources.
Long Term Success The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of the benefit of habitat manipulation to increase biodiversity of our native flora and fauna. It is relatively easy accomplish this in your own backyard by the addition of some native plants, bird feeders, a water source, and some shrubs or trees for nesting. In addition, we hope to kindle an interest in the pursuit of outdoor activities associated with out natural resources leading to a sense of conservation lasting a lifetime. Presently, we have no way to monitor the long term success of this project.
Program Success Monitoring Personnel from Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center have commented that the bird blind is their most popular exhibit/activity at their preserve. This is based on feedback from their numerous visitors.
Program Success Examples It is difficult to provide success examples as most will probably happen offsite following their visit. We hope to stimulate a keen interest in birding, as well as appreciation and conservation of our natural resources over their entire lifetime.
Description Peace River Audubon Society (PRAS) organizes and maintains monthly (September to May) membership meetings. An invited speaker will present a program on various environmental project or concern. There is an opportunity for discussion of the topic, and also of local concerns, events, and future happenings. PRAS also organizes and maintains monthly field trips and walkabouts to various local parks, preserves or unusual habitat for further study of the local flora and fauna. Experienced personnel lead these events and provide oversight of various plants and birds. Loaner binoculars and field guides are available as well.
Budget $0
Category Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The various programs offered by Peace River Audubon Society help to educate our membership on the availability of local  natural resources. Knowledge is key to the appreciation of our native wildlife, and fosters an attitude towards conservation of these resources. There is a real desire of many to understand the sciences underlying our world.
Long Term Success
One long term success is the awareness of what effects climate change will have on the avian population. Many of these species will not be able to adapt in time to environmental changes brought about by climate change, leading to possible extinction of the species. Through public education, the changes necessary to reduce our use of fossil fuels will come about sooner then later.
 
Public education of the importance of critical habitat areas has encouraged the conservation of these areas for posterity, allowing their enjoyment for future generations. 
Program Success Monitoring Our membership goals, programs and activities are monitored at our monthly BOD meetings for efficacy and appropriateness. An annual summer planning meeting is held for the purposes of short and long term strategic planning.
Program Success Examples Recently, a Peace River Audubon Society member spoke before the group on a proposal to develop a local site which was environmentally sensitive as it contained wet lands and the southern most stand of loblolly trees. Because of member involvement, the development was not approved by our local commissioners at the next county government meeting.
Description Peace River Audubon Society has the responsibility of maintaining Audubon Pennington Park in Port Charlotte, FL. This is a small preserve rich in local flora and fauna with a diversity of different habitats. A volunteer group meets weekly there to maintain the trails, clear exotic vegetation, and oversee the health of the park. Educational signage and walking trails are provided as well.
Budget $0
Category Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The park is used by a number of local people for exercise and for exploration of the variety of habitats contained there. The educational signage available fosters an awareness of the diversity of plant species  existing there. This leads to a greater awareness of the value of our natural resources, and promotes a sense of conservation for the future.
Long Term Success The city of Port Charlotte has partnered with Peace River Audubon to ensure the safety and well being of the park by involvement of the Sheriff's department to prevent vandalism by increased local patrolling. A Neighborhood Watch group has also been established in this regard.
Program Success Monitoring The Board of Directors hears monthly from the respective Committee Chair on the health and well being of the park. Security issues are monitored as well.
Program Success Examples Recently potato vine beetles were obtained and liberated at the park for the past two years to combat this invasive plant. There has been much progress as evidenced by continued destruction by beetle larva feeding on the leaves. In addition, new adult beetles have been observed indicating overwintering and establishment of a resident population.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
  • Peace River Audubon Society strives to continue as an environmental education resource for our local community. Pertinent issues are brought to the forefront by invited respected speakers illustrating the salient points of many diverse environmental issues. We hope to continue to foster an appreciation and respect for our natural resources through the promotion of birding as a hobby and avocation. Through this manner, we hope to engender the need to preserve critical wildlife habitat for all future generations to enjoy.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
Peace River Audubon Society (PRAS)  collaborates with the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) in maintaining an outdoor bird blind on their Alligator Creek Preserve in Punta Gorda, FL Native plants, bird feeders, bird houses, and an artificial lily pond have been provided for the viewing pleasure of visitors and for the outdoor educational purpose of all 4th grade students in Charlotte County. Binoculars and field guides are on site for viewers usage. Martin houses have also been erected over an adjoining fresh water pond. PRAS also maintains a member on their board to collaborate on various environmental concerns.
A PRAS member also serves on the board of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program which share similar environmental concerns. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Audubon Society1977
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
$800. grant for purchase of loaner binoculars and field guides for use by our members and their guests.Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc.2015
$500 grant to aid in rehabilitation of bird blind at Charlotte Harbor Environmental CenterCharlotte Harbor National Estuary Program2015
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures
Comments
Management Comments by Organization Peace River Audubon Society strives to maintain an active membership and managerial Board of Directors. Through much education and leading with transparency, we hope to gradually grow our membership, thus enlarging our talent pool for administrative positions in the future. We are also committed to youth education with the establishment of the 'Youth Environmental Education Fund'.This fund provides financial resources to help bring educational programs to the children of Charlotte County through the venue of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC). These include wading trips for the 2nd graders, pontoon boat explorations of Charlotte Harbor, and guided nature walks through CHEC for all 4th graders of Charlotte County. Scholarships are available for summer programs for those in need. In addition, we maintain a scholarship program for two junior or senior college students majoring in the environmental sciences annually. With partnership in the Giving Partner Program, we hope to be able to increase our financial base to enlarge or supplement these services. Again, the intent of these programs is to develop an appreciation and respect for our natural resources, leading to their preservation for future generations.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Peace River Audubon Society has many members who are avid photographers and videographers. Many of these are posted to our website and Facebook page monthly. The May meeting annually is a presentation of members videos taken during birding trips for the current year. Birding presents an ideal opportunity to capture the beauty of our natural resources on film or video.
Board Chair
Board Chair Michael Joseph Krzyzkowski MD
Company Affiliation Retired Family Physician
Board Term May 2017 to May 2019
Board Chair Email mkrzyzk@embarqmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Sandy Artman Retired
Mrs. Julie Black community volunteer
Mr. Kevin Gushue community volunteer
Mrs. Michelle Kloese Sarasota County School System
Michael Joseph Krzyzkowski MDRetired
Mrs. Cindy Macri Community Volunteer
Mrs. Eleanor Marr PhDRetired
Mr. Ron Mills Retired
Mrs. Barbara Taylor community volunteer
Ms. Nancy Turner Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 63
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Education
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Membership
Nominating
Program / Program Planning
Scholarship
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Technology
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Operations
Project Oversight
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
1.)Peace River Audubon Society strives to maintain an active membership dedicated to the pursuit of  birding through education via invited speakers at meetings, and a series of outdoor activities consisting of field trips, walkabouts, and occasional kayaking trips.This engenders a deep respect for the environment and preservation of critical wildlife habitat. The state of Florida  is rich in natural resources with a wonderful state park system. However, due to a growing population base, development continues to decrease valuable wildlife habitat.  Our Conservation Chair continues to work with state and local chapters to identify these concerns and move to preserve them through a variety of mechanisms - land conservancy programs, legislative action at the local and state level, and public awareness of these.
2.) We are aware of the importance of attracting youth to our membership as they must carry forward our mission statement in future generations. Youth is a critical developmental period when attitudes are formed which may be lifelong. By exposure to the outdoors via birding, we hope to foster an appreciation of our natural resources, leading to good stewardship in the future. We have attempted to do this via outreach to local school systems, libraries, and scouting programs. One of our board members is a Program Specialist for our local school system. She is fluent in the usage of social networking and has many contacts and resources to draw upon. Her expertise in these areas has enlarged our exposure and appeal to this population.
3.) Peace River Audubon Society strives to maintain an active and varied Board of Directors.  There is a great deal of competition among non-profits for volunteer commitments in this area. By increasing our general membership, we hope to draw upon a larger pool of talented individuals who are willing to commit to serving on our board. This can be accomplished by increased community outreach, maintaining an active speaker program, and outdoor field trips. Many of our board members who are termed out continue as various Committee Chairs, and remain valuable assets to the organization.
4.) A last challenge is to develop leadership skills in our membership to be able to participate in local and state politics where many of the environmental decisions are made through legislative action. Florida State Audubon has been instrumental in providing the backup and resources to its local chapters encouraging this.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $16,225.00
Projected Expenses $16,225.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
990-N2016
990-N 2015
990-N 2014
990-N 2013
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$9,256----
Administration Expense$2,798----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.23----
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $5,740----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $4,890----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,799----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the unaudited income and expense statement.
Nonprofit Peace River Audubon Society Inc
Address 20444 Midway Blvd
(First Alliance Church)
Port Charlotte , FL 33951 0760
Phone 863 244-2652 N/A

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