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Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 15

Volunteer locally in the annual winter bird count held across the country every year The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will conduct the annual Choctawhatchee Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Monday, Dec. 15.  Volunteers are needed to assist experienced leaders as recorders or spotters; no experience necessary.  This is the 108th annual winter count since ornithologist Frank Chapman, in 1900, proposed that counting birds should replace the custom of shooting birds during the holidays. Today, over 55,000 volunteers from all 50...

A holiday gift to the birds

Decorated edibles adorn cedar tree at Coastal Branch Library As one of the Friends of the Library activities, children gathered to decorate a cedar tree in front of the Coastal Branch Library on Dec. 6. Pinecones were coated with peanut butter and seed, along with stars made from pipe cleaners strung with Cheerios. The children then hung with care as a special treat for the birds. Brian Mitchell, Kianna and Indica Riggins, Maddox Rhea, Michael Fontaine of Santa Rosa Beach,...

Duck hunters out in numbers, urged to wear life jackets

Life jacket an excellent holiday gift for boating hunters Law enforcement officers are unsure why, but they’re seeing more duck hunters out on lakes around Tallahassee than any time in the past few years. “This weekend we checked 150 hunters on Lake Jackson and 60 on Lake Miccosukee,” said Lt. Kent Harvey, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) area law enforcement supervisor.  “Maybe it’s the fact that permanent blinds are banned from four lakes around Tallahassee, but more duck...

Toys for Tots motorcycle run Nov. 23

Join the fun and brighten a child’s Christmas Even if you don’t ride a scooter, come down and see the huge bike parade and donate a toy for a tot. Sunday, Nov 23 Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Ride pulls out at 11 a.m. Bring: $10 and a toy or gift certificate Parade starts at Sam’s Club, Fort Walton Beach on Beal Pkwy., and ends at the Mullet Festival Fairgrounds in Niceville. Proceeds go to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy...

Dog Talk: Socializing your puppy

Socializing an important part of raising your new pup Question We just got our first puppy and we are of course trying to learn everything possible about doing things properly with her so we get a good family dog. What advise can you give us? Patricia, Shalimar Answer Well Patricia you omitted to mention what breed of puppy you have although with this questions it is not actually relevant. I say that because right now the nature versus nurture question...

Cottages for Kids auction Nov. 29

Cottages are now on display for play Cottages For Kids is an annual auction of upscale children’s playhouses that builder’s and architects come together to create, construct, decorate and donate for auction. The proceeds of the auction goes to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. CVHN, HEALTHY HAPPY KIDS, is a faith-based 501(c)3 organization, established in 2005 in direct response to Walton and Okaloosa counties’ large population of families who are unable to access high quality health services due to...

United Way Coats for Kids drive in full swing

Help kids stay warm when the weather turns cold outside We often take things for granted as the winter months draw near. Winter clothing can be an expensive purchase for those on a tight budget. Consider cleaning your kid’s outgrown coats and donating to The United Way Coats for Kids Drive. Drop off used coats (in good condition) or new coats through Dec. 5th at the following locations: Publix – 110 Watercolor Way, Santa Rosa Beach Publix – 725 Grand...

Outta’ the Woods

Give thanks in November for hunting seasons galore November means the 2008-09 huntin’ season’s in full swing.  This month, general gun, fall turkey, quail and gray squirrel, snipe and the second phase of mourning and white-winged dove hunting seasons open. The first thing you need to do is pick up a $17 Florida resident hunting license.  Nonresidents pay $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months. If you plan to hunt one of Florida’s many wildlife management areas...

Move Your Feet to the Beat 5K run Nov. 27

Watersound community to host Thanksgiving Day 5K run The St. Joe Company’s WaterSound community will host “Move Your Feet to the Beat,” a 5K run to benefit the Sacred Heart Foundation, on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, 2008. The run will begin at 8:00 a.m. at WaterSound’s Village Commons, located off of Highway 98 in WaterSound. While supporting Sacred Heart Hospital, participants will receive a gift bag and there will be prizes for the top male and female runners and the...

Florida National Scenic Trail at Nokuse celebrated

New Florida Trail open from Choctawhatchee River to Eglin A.F.B. Trail lovers from around the area celebrated the opening of the new 20 mile stretch of the Florida National Scenic Trail’s Nokuse Plantation and the Lafayette Creek tract on Oct. 25. Completion of this section of hiking trail closes a significant gap in the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail that winds along a wilderness corridor the length of Florida. Hikers can explore natural Florida and learn about the area’s biodiversity...