Thursday, January 2, 2014
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Audubon Christmas bird count

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will hold its annual Key West Christmas Bird Count on Saturday. The count is a 114-year-old tradition in which participants try to survey all the birds in their region and create a snapshot of the health of the populations of various species. Organizers hope for the group to see more than 100 species during the day.

Counters will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the base of the White Street Pier at the intersection of White Street and Atlantic Boulevard. No experience is required, and organizers will place novice birders in groups with more experienced birders. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and counters can participate for the morning or for the whole day.

For more information, call coordinator Mark Hedden at 305-587-6059, or e-mail him at A $5 donation to the National Audubon Society is requested in order to cover data compiling costs.


Leslie Lehr book signing

Award-winning author Leslie Lehr will discuss the inspiration and Florida Keys setting for her latest novel, "What a Mother Knows," during a book signing set for 5 to 7 p.m.  Wednesday at the Curry Mansion Inn.

The inn is located at 511 Caroline St.

Lehr's latest novel is a suspenseful story about a missing daughter.

Lehr, who teaches creative writing at the UCLA Writers' Extension, has family ties to the Keys: Her aunt, Edith Amsterdam, owns the Curry Mansion and several scenes in the book are set there.

For details, call 305-294-5349.


Health Department to move

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County will relocate its environmental health office in Key West next month, moving from the Gato Building in Old Town to Suite 208 of the Department of Juvenile Justice Building, 5503 College Road, Stock Island.

The office will be closed January 15-24 while staff members make the move and reopen at the new location on January 27.

Walk-in hours will remain the same: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4:45 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

For more information, call 809-5670.