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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society November activities

November 7: Thursday Evening Program: Hurricane Michael: Challenges and Benefits to Shorebirds by Raya Pruner Although Hurricane Michael in October 2018 was devastating to residents of the Florida Panhandle, it actually had some positive effects on our local shorebirds.  Come hear Raya Pruner of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission speak on how this historic hurricane impacted threatened shorebirds such as plovers, terns, and black skimmers. The presentation will be held in room 302 of the Student Services Center at...

Owls – Florida’s remarkable nocturnal birds of prey

According to the Florida Audubon Society, Florida is the year-round home to six (6) species of owls and four (4*) occasional visitors such as the striking Snowy Owl. These owls are listed in the Audubon of Florida Checklist of Florida Birds and are the: Barn Owl Barred Owl Burrowing Owl Eastern Screech-Owl Great Horned Owl Short-eared Owl (*exceedingly rare) Flammulated Owl * Long-eared Owl * Northern Saw-whet Owl * Snowy Owl * Each of the species links above will take...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society October activities

October 3: Thursday Evening Program: Bluebird Trails by Dr. Pam Overmyer Bluebirds are some of the most well known birds in the U.S., but unfortunately their abundance is decreasing due to habitat loss and pesticides.  One way for people to increase nesting success is to construct a bluebird “trail.” This presentation will discuss bluebird trails, what they are, and how to create one.  Several years of monitoring data will be presented for two bluebird trails in Bay County. The presentation will...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society September activities

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society September activities September 5: Thursday Evening Program. Birds and Hurricanes by Caroline Stahala, Ph.D. Florida residents have experienced hurricanes along the coastline and felt the aftermath of passing storms. How do birds deal with these powerful storms? New technology is providing us some interesting insights into interactions between storms and birds. Come find out what the actual impacts to birds are from hurricanes. The presentation will be held in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400...

Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Aug. 14

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society on Wed., Aug. 14 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. This program is free. Entry into the park is free through Labor Day weekend. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at...

Look to the sky this time of year for swallow-tailed kites

Late spring and early summer is the perfect time of year to spot probably the most beautiful bird of prey, the swallow-tailed kite. In the Florida panhandle you will most likely spot them as they migrate through our area. The sight of a swallow-tailed kite is unique: a black-and-white raptor with a deeply forked tail soaring through the summer sky in a graceful flight. After spending the fall and winter in South America, kites arrive in Florida in early March...

Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 10

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society on the second Wednesday of the month from 8:15 – 10:15 a.m. for a guided bird walk. Learn about the birds you are seeing in the park along the trails. Don’t have binoculars? There are a limited number of binoculars available at the park store that can be borrowed for the program. This program is free and admission to the park is free until Labor Day weekend. Topsail Hill...

Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park June 12

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society on Wed., June 12 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. This program is free with regular park admission.  A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park...