The objectives and purposes of the Peace River Audubon Society are to engage in educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits. These objectives fall into three primary areas: Birding, Conservation, and Education. In practice, it is not possible to neatly divide the objectives as stated in the PRAS bylaws into categories. As such, they are presented here in no specific order. For additional information on our past and present pursuits in these areas see our pages on Birding, Conservation, and Education.
- to foster the protection and wise management of those aspects of man’s environment that will ensure his physical survival and his psychological well being;
- to arouse through education, public recognition of the value of, and the need for protecting, native flora and fauna, soil, air, and water, as well as the interdependence of these several natural resources;
- to study and conduct research with relation to the scientific facts, including but not limited to natural science and ecology, a knowledge of which is essential to the formulation of sound policies in the field of conservation;
- to foster recognition of the need for preservation of such environmental conditions as ample food, water and cover upon which native plants and animals depend for survival;
- to foster the preservation of an adequate stock of native animals and plants, so that no native species may become threatened with extinction;
- to promote the protection and preservation of natural resources, including the encouragement, establishment, and maintenance of natural sanctuaries;
- to foster environmental education and in furtherance thereof to encourage and promote the preservation of tracts of natural land, particularly in or near urban areas, and the establishment and maintenance thereof of facilities and programs which will bring about a better understanding by children and adults of the world of nature;
- to publish and distribute documents, as means of disseminating information about the subjects mentioned above or related matters;
- to accumulate and maintain such documents and records as will constitute a history of the movement to conserve natural resources in the State of Florida;
- to hold meetings, lectures, and exhibitions, and to develop and maintain a library in the interest of the conservation of natural resources;
- to establish and maintain such educational projects as nature trails, nature centers, exhibits, tours, and camps;
- to encourage cooperation among affiliated groups and other organizations in sympathy with the stated aims of this corporation;
- to cooperate, as the occasion permits, with national and state agencies, and with private and public associations and foundations devoted to the interests of conservation and to education in the field of natural resources;
- to further by all means that are both wise and opportune, the objects included within or related to those listed in the foregoing subsections;
- the Peace River Audubon Society is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
Here’s a video description of some of the activities taken on by Peace River Audubon Society. Other activities, including helping with the Oyster Bed Restoration project and the Scrub Jay Watch project, will be added at a later time.