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Leader: Carol Bailey-White [masked]) Spoonbill Pond is an informal name for the pond directly across the street from the Sawpit Creek / Big Talbot Island Boat Ramp, at the foot of the Nassau Sound Bridge. The location is at the extreme northeast limit of Duval County and is one of the premier places in NE FL to observe the highest diversity in species during a single visit. In winter, it is not uncommon to observe close to 50 species and this location is the #1 eBird hotspot in NE FL - even over places like Reddie Point, Guana, and Huguenot Memorial Park. Target species include Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, American White Pelican, Wood Stork, Piping Plover, Seaside Sparrow, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck. Horned Grebe and Loons are possible in Nassau Sound, and Common Eider has also been recorded by the bridge pilings in recent years. We will start out at the Sawpit Creek / Big Talbot Island Boat Ramp to find marsh birds and visiting sparrows, then cross FL-A1A to see what we can find in Spoonbill Pond. Bring binoculars, drinks, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, sturdy walking shoes, and a hat if desired. Meet in the parking lot for the Sawpit Creek Boat Ramp, across FL-A1A from Spoonbill Pond. Fee: $2 per car (possibly $2 per person - see comment below). Exact change is required since you must put your money in an envelope and then into the lock box. There is no park ranger stationed at this entrance. The parking lot is primarily used by boaters, so find a smaller parking space for your vehicle. Restrooms are available at this site.
Lakewood Presbyterian Church
Speaker: Caroline Efstathion, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of Avian Preservation and Education Conservancy (APEC) Africanized honey bees are the most successfully invasive insects ever. They have spread throughout most of South America, all of Central America and parts of the US. Due to their wide selection of nesting sites, rapid reproduction rates and highly defensive behavior, they are in conflict with many cavity nesting species, most notably parrots. Over 30 parrot conservation projects deal with Africanized honey bees competing with parrots for their nest cavities. This presentation will describe how researchers are reducing this competition and how beekeeping is being developed as a conservation tool for several species of endangered parrots. Meetings start with refreshments and networking at 6:30 pm and programs at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted).
Leader: Pete Johnson [masked]) Crosby Sanctuary, owned by Duval Audubon Society, is over 500 acres of swamp and oak hammock located in the heart of Clay County. Over 100 species of birds are on the eBird list at this park. On the fourth Saturday of every month from September to May, Duval Audubon hosts a bird walk through the sanctuary from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. For those who are willing and able, after the bird walk there is a workday until 11:30 to help maintain the park and keep it free of invasive plants and trash. Please wear closed toe shoes and work gloves. Please also bring loppers, scissor style hedge clippers, and other trail maintenance type tools you may have available. Those working are also invited to join the group for lunch at a local restaurant. Please join us for birding, even if you cannot stay for the workday. Location: The entrance to Crosby is at 427 Aquarius Concourse, Orange Park, Florida. No fee.
Leader: Jody Willis [masked]) **Walk starts at 10 am. Duval Audubon is again leading monthly walks for novice birders at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Of course, experienced birders are welcome too! Fort Caroline is a great migration hot spot - part of the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve; some of the last untouched coastal habitat in northeast Florida. We will bird around the park. Depending on the time of year, we might see painted buntings, migrant warblers, a number of woodpecker species and two or three types of vireo. Meet at Fort Caroline National Memorial's Visitor's Center. Notify the ranger if you need to borrow binoculars. No fee.