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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Activities for October 2018

Oct 4: Program. “Beautiful Birds and Bugs of Boggy”. Walter Spence and Douglas Buck will present a slideshow of their unique and award-winning photos at this meeting of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society. The duo of Buck and Spence has been relentlessly recording the lives and innate charm of the birds and critters that populate local bayous for more than a decade. Their use of professional equipment from a canoe has yielded amazingly close and life-like vignettes of the behaviors of...

Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 10

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society on Oct. 10, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. for a guided bird walk.  Learn about the birds you are seeing in the park along the trails. There are a limited number of binoculars available at the park store that can be borrowed for the program. Due to the popularity of the summer bird walks, they are continuing in the second Wednesday of the month through December. This...

Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 12

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society on September 12, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. for a guided bird walk.  Learn about the birds you are seeing in the park along the trails. There are a limited number of binoculars available at the park store that can be borrowed for the program. Due to the popularity of the summer bird walks, they are continuing in the second Wednesday of the month through December. This...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society activities for September 2018

Sept. 6 Program: Black Bears in NW Florida: by Jordan Green, wild life biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. NW Florida is fortunate to have over a million acres available to wild life especially bears. The downside is that frequent interactions between black bears often end badly for the bears. Green will address the ecology and distribution of black bears and offer insight on more effectively managing these interactions. The program will be held in room 308/309 of the...

Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park June 13

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Audubon Society on June 13, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Walk along with Dr. Caroline Stahala for a guided bird walk and learn about the birds you are seeing in the park.  If time permits, you will also explore the beach.  The program runs June through August.  In July, the program will be on July 11, 2018.  In August, the program will be on August 8, 2018. A $6.00 entry...

Give nesting waterbirds space to help keep them safe

It’s nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are reminding beach goers and boaters to give these birds and their young space to help keep them safe. “This is a critical time of year for nesting birds and their young,” said Craig Faulhaber, avian conservation coordinator for the FWC. “By taking a few simple steps, people can enjoy a day at the beach or on the water without disturbing nesting...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society activities

April 28: Bird Walk at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. Join birder Malcolm Swan for a comfortable exploration of wetlands, bayside beach and wooded uplands. Meet at the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 AM. Walk ends around 11:00 AM. See nesting herons and spring migrants. Rare birds are frequently detected here. Contact Malcolm at 210 343-9082 for details. Please visit choctawhatcheeaudubon.org. May 3: Program Title: Biophilia: Love of all living things.   Enjoy an...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society activities for April 2018

Program April 5: The Magic of Migration. Lenny Fenimore and Malcolm Swan will team up and give a presentation on the “Magic of Migration.”  The talk will cover the science of “why” and “how” birds migrate.  Malcolm will demonstrate his cartography skills and eBird knowledge to present a visual representation of the migratory routes of specific species as well as the general migratory routes for most North American species. The program will be held in room 302 (changed from 308/309)...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society activities for March

Program: March 1: Florida is for the Snowbirds…and wintering Shorebirds. By Dr. Caroline Stahala, Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager. When winter comes around it’s best to head south for some warmer weather.  Humans do it and so do our feathered friends! Dr. Stahala will discuss some of our local winter shorebirds, who are they, where can they be found but also what are we doing to learn more about them and how you might participate in her projects. Also on the agenda...

Bird life along the Emerald Coast workshop in Niceville Feb. 23

Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute presents their latest 2018 workshop: “Bird Life Along the Emerald Coast,” with guest presenter Dr. Caroline Stahala, program manager for Audubon Florida. Through the classroom and field portions of the workshop, participants will be introduced to identifying a variety of coastal birds along with information on their behavior and conservation efforts. The workshop will be Friday, February 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (Building 350),...