Choctawhatchee Audubon field trip to North Walton May 7

April 28, 2011


Chestnut creek at Dave Gordon's Wild World. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Experience Mother Nature at her best on a bird watching hike near Darlington

Time: 8 a.m.
Explore eighty acres of beautiful uplands in North Walton County with the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society May 7.

Dave and Patty Gordon, owners of a hardwood paradise named Dave Gordon’s Wild World will host a birding and nature tour of their land near Darlington. Walk through the woods along spring fed Chestnut Creek and experience the greens of springtime with black gum, red buckeye and maple trees. A variety of plant species may be in full bloom such as fetter-bush, silver bells, mountain laurel and native azaleas.

The land is the perfect bird habitat. A good number of bird species have been identified due to the wide variety of food and shelter available.

Dave is a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and extremely knowledgeable on plant species. He will walk participants through his trail which will take a minimum of two hours. Hikers should wear long pants, long sleeves and carry a hiking stick to maneuver the steep creek bank. When we leave Dave’s we may take a circuitous via a cypress swamp to the Two Cousins Cafe where we can eat lunch.

Meet at the De Funiak Springs Extension Office at the right of the Fair Grounds on Hwy. 83 north of DeFuniak Springs at 8:00 am sharp. Then go north on Hwy 83 for 14 miles. Turn east on Hwy. 2 for about 5 miles to Darlington. (This is a crossroads with Fullers Grocery on the right) Continue north onto what is now Cook Road to number 2864 on the right. The number is on a white post by the mail box. Ask at Fuller’s Grocery if lost. Contact Margaret Benner at 678-6665 for details.