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Singing a song for food

Feed me, I’m hungry! These hungry mockingbird chicks look hungry as Jacquee Markel of Dune Allen snapped this photo. Jacquee said every time she or her husband Kenny went near the nest, the babies would stick their beaks out looking for food....

E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center construction nears completion

Facility will provide extraordinary learning opportunities The long awaited $7 million dollar, 28,500 sq. ft. E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center has taken shape, with construction completion slated for June and grand opening in September. Developed by local conservationist, M.C. Davis on his 48,000-acre conservation land named Nokuse Plantation, the Center will offer students and visitors spectacular interactive exhibits which will offer a better understanding of the environment as well as educate on the importance of biodiversity, ecosystems, and to encourage conservation,...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Saturday April 11 Choctawhatchee Audubon Bird Walk Location: South Walton Courthouse Annex & Jolee Island in Sandestin Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots”. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants and water are recommended. Bird Walk – South Walton Courthouse Annex & Jolee Island in Sandestin, meet at Sandestin Publix at 7:30 a.m. Link...

First bluebird chick of the season hatches at Hammock Bay

Great news for spring! Naturalist Joe Wyatt was checking the bluebird boxes March 10, and found the first hatched chick. Attached is a photo of the first of many this season. Joe Wyatt, naturalist at Hammock Bay in Freeport, has been running a bluebird breeding program to increase the numbers of these beautiful indigenous birds. The success has been quite good. In 2008, the program recorded 317 bluebird fledglings, which resulted in a success rate of 77.78%....

What’s up with the birds?

The Nature Conservancy provides a sobering report on the state of our beloved bird population Birds are a priceless part of our heritage. They are beautiful, they are economically important – and birds reflect the health of our environment. Birds are indicators of the integrity of the environments that provide us with clean air and water, fertile soils and abundant wildlife. In the past 40 years, major public, private and government initiatives have made strides for conservation. Has it been...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Bird Walk

Learn about bird behavior and identification March 28 Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots”.  Beginners and experienced birders are welcome to join CAS President, Carol Goodyear for a bird walk around the Bluewater Bay/ Lake Pippin area on MARCH 28. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Bluewater Bay Winn Dixie parking lot. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy...

Want to help the painted bunting?

Painted Bunting Observer Team needs help from volunteers The Painted Bunting Observer Team project at the University of North Carolina Wilmington needs your assistance with these brightly colored migratory birds. The team is looking for volunteers to help with research in Florida to develop strategies to bring the bird populations up to healthy and sustainable levels. “Unfortunately, painted bunting populations are declining,” said Dr. Jamie Rotenberg, ornithologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at UNCW. The painted bunting’s decline may...

Have you seen any birds lately?

Be a part of the The Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13-16 The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is sponsoring the Great Backyard Bird count this weekend. How to Participate: 1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 13–16, 2009. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day,...

Audubon Society Bird Walk Feb. 28

Learn about bird behavior and identification Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots.” Beginners and experienced birders are welcome to join CAS volunteer, Pat Baker for a bird walk caravan around the Valparaiso area on February 28. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Valparaiso Badcock parking lot. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants and...

Southern bald eagle thrives in Florida

Conservation efforts has led to the species recovery The bald eagle is a success story in the United States, particularly here in Florida. With more than 2,000 active nests, and five documented in Walton County and surrounding area, the eagles have had a 300 percent increase in population since monitoring began in 1973. As a result, the bald eagle was removed from the state threatened species list by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in April 2008. The...