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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society meeting Aug. 4

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society’s monthly meeting will focus on the natural history and conservation of the Bahama Parrot. Although the Bahama Parrot is one of the closest native parrots to the United States, people rarely know of this species. Dr. Caroline Stahala has been conducting behavioral and demographic studies on this parrot for 14 years now and will be presenting on the species’ natural history. This parrot exhibits a unique behavior in that it nests underground in limestone solution cavities....

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society March 2015 events

March 5:  Monthly Meeting and Program: “Pollinators in Peril”, By Marie Harrison, author and contributing writer to Florida Gardening.  Marie will discuss the role of pollinators in local ecosystems, reasons for their decline, the importance of choosing native plants and other key concepts.  Diminishing populations of pollinators seriously impacts many species, especially birds. The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the new Student Services Building at Northwest Fla. State College. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society programs and events for February 2015

5 Feb: Monthly Meeting and Program:  “A Green Fire – a presentation of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic” by Professor Emeritus Don Baltz, Louisiana State University.  This Green Fire DVD explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today.  The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement.  It...

Choctawhatchee and Bay Audubon programs and events for January 2015

Choctawhatchee Audubon programs and events: 8 January: Monthly meeting and program “Adaptive Wild land Fire Management at Eglin AFB” by Brett Williams, Fire Management Office, Eglin AFB Florida.  The presentation will be an introduction to the importance of fire to the longleaf pine ecosystem and the rare species it supports and how prescribed fire supports the military mission at Eglin AFB.  Eglin AFB’s science-based approach to managing fire and the tools the Eglin fire team uses to measure ecological restoration success...

Choctawhatchee Audubon programs and events for October

Join the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society at one of their programs or events in Northwest Florida. October 2: Program: The Bird Life of New Zealand will be presented by master birder, Lenny Fennimore at the regular monthly meeting. Lenny is a Cornell-trained, globe-trotting ornithologist who will share slides and stories from his recent birding trip down under. His extensive knowledge and keen wit will both educate and entertain. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society meets the first Thursday of the month in Room...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society teaches ornithology to Destin Middle School students

When Destin Middle School Science Teacher Dawn Pack sought volunteers to teach her gifted 5th graders about ornithology, Margaret Benner and Gary Parsons of the local Choctawhatchee Audubon Chapter stepped up to the plate. Pack was inspired to do an ornithology project by her former principal, Dr. Diane Kelley and encouraged by Principal Charlie Marello, who assisted in writing a grant request that included funding for a bird cam. The new cam overlooks an osprey nest above the school’s stadium...

Choctawhatchee Audubon events for May 2014

May 1: Monthly Meeting and Program: “Caught on Camera: Butterflies and Moths,” MaryAnn Friedman, Butterfly Enthusiast. MaryAnn will present an amazing photographic collection of butterflies and moths with an emphasis on the many varieties of Florida Lepidoptera. Conservation issues, identification pointers, and some outstanding nearby butterfly locations will also be discussed. The meeting will be held in Room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, and will begin...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society programs and Events for March, 2014

March 6: Monthly Meeting Program: “Beach-Nesting Birds: Florida’s Original Beach Babies” Join Bonnie Samuelsen, Project Manager for Audubon Florida’s Coastal Bird Stewardship Program for an amazing photo presentation on Florida’s Beach Nesting Birds. Learn about these rare and declining birds and the statewide efforts to protect them. The meeting will be held in Room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with...

Choctawhatchee Audubon programs and events for January 2014

January 2, Monthly Meeting Program: “The Shark Tank” by Charidy “Sharkie” Krouse, shark biologist and conservationist.  Sharkie presents an overview of the beautiful, mysterious, ecologically important and often misunderstood shark.  She will discuss various species found along the Emerald Coast, their behaviors, reproduction, life strategies, facts and myths and much more. The meeting will be held in Room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, and will begin...

Choctawhatchee Audubon events for December 2013

  December 5: Monthly Meeting and Program: Pictorial Survey of Birds that are Rare or Difficult to Identify during the Christmas Bird Count by Alan Knothe, biologist.  The Christmas Bird Count is an internationally recognized survey monitoring the population of birds.  Alan, a noted birding expert, will explain the key identification features for rare or unusual sightings using high quality digital photography. The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the new Student Services Building at Northwest Fla. State...