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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),...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society February activities

February 1: Monthly Program: “Trees on the Coast, Enhancing the Beauty of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, One Tree at a Time” by Allen French. Mr French, representing the environmental organization, Trees on the Coast, will discuss their mission and provide examples of tree planting projects completed and planned. The program will be held in room 308/309 of the student services building 400 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM and the program at 7:00...

Choctawhatchee Audubon January events

4 January Monthly Program: “Florida’s Fisheries- Independent Monitoring Program: Implications for Management and a Glimpse at Efforts from the Panhandle Region and Beyond” by David A Gandy, fishery scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Apalachicola Bay Field Lab, East Point, Fl. Florida’s fisheries are a critical link in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem for the benefit of mankind and the natural environment. Fisheries management is a complex process that integrates data from commercial and recreational fisheries,...

Sandhill cranes winter in north Walton County

Winter visitors a welcome sight for local bird lovers For the last several years, migrating sandhill cranes have been spending the winter months in north Walton County in Paxton. Foraging in a wetland area and private pasture near Lake Jackson, more than 24 sandhill cranes spend several months in the area every year. Typically migrating in mid-December and staying until mid-March, the cranes are a welcome sight. With a wingspan of 73 inches and standing more than 41 inches tall,...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society December events

December 7: Monthly Meeting and Presentation:  Learn about the oldest and largest wildlife survey in the world and how you can help. Alan Knothe, the Chapter bird count coordinator, will speak on the history of the National Christmas Bird Count and how our local chapter participates. You will also learn how to identify some of the rare birds we hope to find on this years count. No birding experience is necessary. Contact Alan at (850) 208-1780 for additional information The...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society November events

November 2: Monthly Meeting and Presentation:  “Australia: Birding the Land Down Under.” Lenny Fenimore, a local CAS member and widely traveled birder, will recount one of his recent international trips: the early evolution of avian life in Australia will be reviewed. Photos will include modern-day representatives of the endemic families of birds. The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the student services building (Bldg 400) at the Northwest Florida State College – Niceville campus. Socializing begins at 6:30...