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Owls – Florida’s remarkable nocturnal birds of prey

According to the Florida Audubon Society, Florida is the year-round home to six (6) species of owls and four (4*) occasional visitors such as the striking Snowy Owl. These owls are listed in the Audubon of Florida Checklist of Florida Birds and are the: Barn Owl Barred Owl Burrowing Owl Eastern Screech-Owl Great Horned Owl Short-eared Owl (*exceedingly rare) Flammulated Owl * Long-eared Owl * Northern Saw-whet Owl * Snowy Owl * Each of the species links above will take...

Sandhill cranes winter in north Walton County

Winter visitors a welcome sight for local bird lovers For the last several years, migrating sandhill cranes have been spending the winter months in north Walton County in Paxton. Foraging in a wetland area and private pasture near Lake Jackson, more than 24 sandhill cranes spend several months in the area every year. Typically migrating in mid-December and staying until mid-March, the cranes are a welcome sight. With a wingspan of 73 inches and standing more than 41 inches tall,...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society activities for September 2018

Sept. 6 Program: Black Bears in NW Florida: by Jordan Green, wild life biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. NW Florida is fortunate to have over a million acres available to wild life especially bears. The downside is that frequent interactions between black bears often end badly for the bears. Green will address the ecology and distribution of black bears and offer insight on more effectively managing these interactions. The program will be held in room 308/309 of the...

Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park June 13

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Audubon Society on June 13, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Walk along with Dr. Caroline Stahala for a guided bird walk and learn about the birds you are seeing in the park.  If time permits, you will also explore the beach.  The program runs June through August.  In July, the program will be on July 11, 2018.  In August, the program will be on August 8, 2018. A $6.00 entry...

Learn about shorebirds at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park May 4

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Audubon Society on May 4, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. and learn about the shorebirds that nest on and visit the beaches of the Florida Panhandle. This program is free with regular park admission. Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park.  Future dates and topics are “Living Bear-wise” by FWCC on June 15, “Prescribed Fires and the Forest” by...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society activities

April 28: Bird Walk at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. Join birder Malcolm Swan for a comfortable exploration of wetlands, bayside beach and wooded uplands. Meet at the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 AM. Walk ends around 11:00 AM. See nesting herons and spring migrants. Rare birds are frequently detected here. Contact Malcolm at 210 343-9082 for details. Please visit choctawhatcheeaudubon.org. May 3: Program Title: Biophilia: Love of all living things.   Enjoy an...