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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...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society activities for April 2018

Program April 5: The Magic of Migration. Lenny Fenimore and Malcolm Swan will team up and give a presentation on the “Magic of Migration.”  The talk will cover the science of “why” and “how” birds migrate.  Malcolm will demonstrate his cartography skills and eBird knowledge to present a visual representation of the migratory routes of specific species as well as the general migratory routes for most North American species. The program will be held in room 302 (changed from 308/309)...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society activities for March

Program: March 1: Florida is for the Snowbirds…and wintering Shorebirds. By Dr. Caroline Stahala, Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager. When winter comes around it’s best to head south for some warmer weather.  Humans do it and so do our feathered friends! Dr. Stahala will discuss some of our local winter shorebirds, who are they, where can they be found but also what are we doing to learn more about them and how you might participate in her projects. Also on the agenda...

Bird life along the Emerald Coast workshop in Niceville Feb. 23

Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute presents their latest 2018 workshop: “Bird Life Along the Emerald Coast,” with guest presenter Dr. Caroline Stahala, program manager for Audubon Florida. Through the classroom and field portions of the workshop, participants will be introduced to identifying a variety of coastal birds along with information on their behavior and conservation efforts. The workshop will be Friday, February 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (Building 350),...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society February activities

February 1: Monthly Program: “Trees on the Coast, Enhancing the Beauty of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, One Tree at a Time” by Allen French. Mr French, representing the environmental organization, Trees on the Coast, will discuss their mission and provide examples of tree planting projects completed and planned. The program will be held in room 308/309 of the student services building 400 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM and the program at 7:00...

Choctawhatchee Audubon January events

4 January Monthly Program: “Florida’s Fisheries- Independent Monitoring Program: Implications for Management and a Glimpse at Efforts from the Panhandle Region and Beyond” by David A Gandy, fishery scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Apalachicola Bay Field Lab, East Point, Fl. Florida’s fisheries are a critical link in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem for the benefit of mankind and the natural environment. Fisheries management is a complex process that integrates data from commercial and recreational fisheries,...