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Join the birders on retreat in Apalachicola

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society annual retreat Feb. 13 – 16 2009 Join the CAS in birding, owling and star gazing in Apalachicola. Directed by Alan Knothe- expert birder. Other activities include kayaking/canoeing and good fellowship. Camping and motels available.  Register with Pat Baker- 850-678-2953 flabirder@cox.net or Bob Penhollow- 850-729-2602 bobpenhollow@cox.net Daily agendas will be given to registrants....

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Bird Walk Jan. 24

Learn about bird behavior Jan. 24 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, Bob Penhollow for a bird walk around the Niceville area on January 24th 2009. Meet at 7:30 AM at KMART parking lot. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants and water are...

A beautiful early morning view

Local couple enjoy a special treat as they drink their morning coffee Mike and Angela Ragsdale enjoyed a pleasant surprise in their backyard on Jan. 10. As they sipped their sunrise coffee, a bald eagle swooped in over the Bay and landed on a pine tree branch in their yard. “He sat there for 30-40 minutes, obviously looking for some breakfast,” Mike said. Mike and Angela live on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach....

Local naturalist achieves success with bluebird breeding program

2008 season brings 317 bluebird fledglings 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%. The program also resulted in 10 Carolina Chickadee fledglings, and 3 Brown-headed Nuthatch fledglings. Joe is looking for Hammock Bay resident volunteers to help with the 2009 program....

Watch for Great Florida Birding Trail signs in the Panhandle

New signs installed in the Panhandle area of trails The 2,000-mile Great Florida Birding Trail reaches another milestone with the installation of the Panhandle section road signs this month. Signs will mark each of the designated sites along the trail. The Great Florida Birding Trail is a conservation program initiated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in response to the rapidly expanding sport of bird watching.  More than 485 exceptional sites throughout Florida have been chosen based...

Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 15

Volunteer locally in the annual winter bird count held across the country every year The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will conduct the annual Choctawhatchee Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Monday, Dec. 15.  Volunteers are needed to assist experienced leaders as recorders or spotters; no experience necessary.  This is the 108th annual winter count since ornithologist Frank Chapman, in 1900, proposed that counting birds should replace the custom of shooting birds during the holidays. Today, over 55,000 volunteers from all 50...