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What’s up with the birds?

The Nature Conservancy provides a sobering report on the state of our beloved bird population Birds are a priceless part of our heritage. They are beautiful, they are economically important – and birds reflect the health of our environment. Birds are indicators of the integrity of the environments that provide us with clean air and water, fertile soils and abundant wildlife. In the past 40 years, major public, private and government initiatives have made strides for conservation. Has it been...

Learn about dune ecosystems Mar. 21

Dunes at Topsail Hill State Preserve. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors Learn about the plants and animals that live in a dune ecosystem Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am Park at the Day-use area off Hwy 30A and take a tram ride to Topsail Hill Beach and see one of the most intact coastal ecosystems on the Gulf Coast. A $2.00 entry fee is required. Outdoor tours canceled during severe weather. Call (850)267-0299 for more details. For more information...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Bird Walk

Learn about bird behavior and identification March 28 Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots”.  Beginners and experienced birders are welcome to join CAS President, Carol Goodyear for a bird walk around the Bluewater Bay/ Lake Pippin area on MARCH 28. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Bluewater Bay Winn Dixie parking lot. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy...

Have you seen any birds lately?

Be a part of the The Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13-16 The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is sponsoring the Great Backyard Bird count this weekend. How to Participate: 1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 13–16, 2009. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day,...

Audubon Society Bird Walk Feb. 28

Learn about bird behavior and identification Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots.” Beginners and experienced birders are welcome to join CAS volunteer, Pat Baker for a bird walk caravan around the Valparaiso area on February 28. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Valparaiso Badcock parking lot. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants and...

Florida Chautauqua Assembly Jan. 29 – Feb. 1

14th Annual Florida Chautauqua Assembly: A Journey into Africa in DeFuniak Springs The Chautauqua Assembly is a four-day, conference-style event featuring keynote speakers, performances, special events, and day sessions. The Assembly’s theme for this year is Africa, with a wide array of subjects including politics, art, travel, missionary work, to growing up in Apartheid. Featured keynote speakers are Gregory Garland, U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs; Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jim Fowler, former co-star, Mutual...

Southern bald eagle thrives in Florida

Conservation efforts has led to the species recovery The bald eagle is a success story in the United States, particularly here in Florida. With more than 2,000 active nests, and five documented in Walton County and surrounding area, the eagles have had a 300 percent increase in population since monitoring began in 1973. As a result, the bald eagle was removed from the state threatened species list by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in April 2008. The...

Join the birders on retreat in Apalachicola

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society annual retreat Feb. 13 – 16 2009 Join the CAS in birding, owling and star gazing in Apalachicola. Directed by Alan Knothe- expert birder. Other activities include kayaking/canoeing and good fellowship. Camping and motels available.  Register with Pat Baker- 850-678-2953 flabirder@cox.net or Bob Penhollow- 850-729-2602 bobpenhollow@cox.net Daily agendas will be given to registrants....

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Bird Walk Jan. 24

Learn about bird behavior Jan. 24 Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots”.  Beginners and experienced birders are welcome to join CAS volunteer, Bob Penhollow for a bird walk around the Niceville area on January 24th 2009. Meet at 7:30 AM at KMART parking lot. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants and water are...

A beautiful early morning view

Local couple enjoy a special treat as they drink their morning coffee Mike and Angela Ragsdale enjoyed a pleasant surprise in their backyard on Jan. 10. As they sipped their sunrise coffee, a bald eagle swooped in over the Bay and landed on a pine tree branch in their yard. “He sat there for 30-40 minutes, obviously looking for some breakfast,” Mike said. Mike and Angela live on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach....

Local naturalist achieves success with bluebird breeding program

2008 season brings 317 bluebird fledglings Joe Wyatt, naturalist at Hammock Bay in Freeport, has been running a bluebird breeding program to increase the numbers of these beautiful indigenous birds. The success has been quite good. In 2008, the program recorded 317 bluebird fledglings, which resulted in a success rate of 77.78%. The program also resulted in 10 Carolina Chickadee fledglings, and 3 Brown-headed Nuthatch fledglings. Joe is looking for Hammock Bay resident volunteers to help with the 2009 program....