April 4: Monthly Meeting: Walt Spence will present a program on his award-winning bird photography featuring both his recent work and that of his photo-paddling buddy, Douglas Buck. Spence will offer his insights on the genre and will share tips useful to both beginning and intermediate level bird photographers, particularly those interested in photography from canoes and other small boats.
The meeting will be held in room 132 of the new Student Services Center of Northwest Florida State College. Socializing and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m., and the program will be presented at 7 p.m. The program is free and the meeting is open to the interested public. Call Walt Spence at 850-582-7064 for more info.
April 12-13: Annual Retreat at Dauphin Island. See migrating shorebirds, and perhaps a spectacular “fall-out” of spring migrants. Call Margaret Benner at 850-678-6665 for more info.
April 20: Field Trip to Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island will be led by Alan Knothe. Meet at Uptown Station at 7 a.m., at the Navarre Butterfly House at 7:30 a.m., or at Langdon Battery at 7:50 a.m.. Wear long pants and bring water and insect repellent. Call Alan at 850-208-1780 for info.
April 27: Join us at the 6th Annual Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival at Fred Gannon/Rocky Bayou State Park, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our chapter will sponsor a booth offering educational games and demonstrations, with small prizes for the kids. For more info about the festival, go on-line to: http://www.nwfsc.edu/MattieKellyInstitute/env-events.cfm
Chapter members who want to volunteer for the booth should call Walt at 850-582-7064.