APRIL 5: MONTHLY MEETING: Cameron Jaggard of the Pew Environmental Group will discuss the threat of surface long-line fishing and will present info on alternative fishing methods at the regular monthly meeting of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society. The Gulf of Mexico provides important habitat for Atlantic bluefin, sailfish, blue marlin, leatherback sea turtles, sharks, and other depleted species which are incidentally taken by surface long-line fishermen targeting yellowfin tuna and swordfish. Hear about new selective fishing methods which may eliminate this threat while keeping fishermen in business.
The meeting will be held in Rm 132 of the new Student Services Center (SSC 132) of Northwest Florida State College. Socializing and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to anyone with an interest in birds or nature. For more information, call Walt Spence at (850) 582-7064.
APRIL 13-15: ANNUAL RETREAT: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society’s Annual Retreat will be held at the Shell Island Fish Camp, near St. Marks. This is fantastically productive area, especially for wading birds. For reservations, contact Shell Island Fish Camp at (850) 925-6226. For more information, call Margaret Benner at (850) 678-6665. Beginners are welcome.
APRIL 21: BIRD WALK: Join master birder, Dave Gordon, for birding in the upland hardwoods of Northern Walton County. Wear long pants and sleeves and bring insect repellent and water. Lunch will be at a nearby eatery for those so inclined. Meet at the Niceville Food World at 7 a.m., and at the Walton County Extension Office on Hwy 83 at 7:45 a.m. For more info, call Dave at (850) 651-3328. Beginners are welcome.