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This group is operated by Duval Audubon Society Inc. 6/4/2021.

After more than a year of not being able to offer regular in-person activities, we’re happy to say that we’re planning to host more birding outings and other activities in the community this fall. However, in recognition of the current COVID resurgence, attendance at most outings will be limited and will require advance registration here on our Meetup site. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged to provide a safe experience for all participants and volunteer leaders.

You do not need to be a member of Audubon to participate in any of our activities. However, for $20, you can join Audubon, support our activities and projects, and receive the Audubon Magazine. If you wish to become a member of Duval Audubon, please visit our membership page (http://duvalaudubon.org/index.php/get-to-know-us/join-audubon).

Duval Audubon Society was founded in 1939 and is one of 44 chapters of Florida Audubon and a member of National Audubon. We currently have about 1,200 members in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties and are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Mission: connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife. We have a primary focus on the preservation of a diversity of species and habitats through education, conservation, environmental leadership, and community involvement.

Upcoming events (4+)

Field Trip: Camp Blanding Wildlife Management Area (no fee)

Camp Blanding Wildlife Management Area

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance will be limited to no more than 20 people, and pre-registration is required. If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

Camp Blanding WMA is 56,197 acres located in western Clay County, east of Starke. The northern half of the area is planted pine plantations with remnant mature pines that support red-cockaded woodpeckers. Bottomland hardwood forests occur along the headwaters of Black Creek. The southern half of the area includes several thousand acres of sandhills, with plentiful white-tailed deer and turkey.

Our main purpose for this trip is to visit a cluster site and learn about the life of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. Other birds we will look for: Red-headed Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sandhill Cranes, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Northern Bobwhite quail.

We are meeting at the intersection of Barker Rd and US-16 at 8:00 am, across the street from the main entrance of Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. PLEASE DON'T BE LATE, the gates will be locked after entry. Once we sign in and drive into the WMA, there will not be another restroom.

DO NOT GO TO THE CAMP BLANDING MAIN ENTRANCE! FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW TO OUR MEETING SPOT:

Coming from Jacksonville:
Take Blanding Blvd (SR21) south through Orange Park, and Middleburg. Continue south on SR 21 until you get to the intersection of SR 16 and SR 21. Turn Right (Heading west). Go approximately 4 miles to Barker Road (north side of road, just east of the main gate of Camp Blanding). We will meet there, then figure out riding options.

Coming from Starke:
Take SR 16 east from Starke. Continue East until you reach Camp Blanding past the junction of CR230 and CR 225 (From Lawtey). Pass the Sunoco Gas station on the right. Go approximately 1 mile, turn LEFT onto Barker Road (FWC - Camp Blanding WMA sign - Green in color). There is a gate there, it will be open for the group.

From Keystone Heights:
Take CR 21 (Blanding Blvd) NORTH until you hit SR 16 and SR 21. Turn LEFT, Go approximately 4 miles to Barker Road (north side of road -- on the right as you are going west on SR 16). This will be just east of the main gate of Camp Blanding.

There is no fee, but everyone will need proper picture ID – e.g. driver’s license. Bring your binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water.

COVID-19 NOTE: Masks are not mandatory per the new CDC guidelines, but for the safety of all participants and volunteers, masks and social distancing are strongly recommended. Please, no sharing of binoculars or scopes. Please do not attend if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 14 days:
- A new fever
- A new cough that is not because of another illness
- A new shortness of breath that is not because of another illness
- A new sore throat that is not because of another illness
- Sore muscles not because of existing illness, or not from exercise or injury
- Diagnosis of an infection
- Exposure to someone known to be infected
- Someone you are closely associated with experiencing any of the above symptoms.
- You are currently experiencing unmanaged seasonal allergy symptoms (e.g., persistent cough, sneezing).

Birding 101 @ Reddie Point Preserve (no fee)

Reddie Point Preserve

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance will be limited to no more than 20 people, and pre-registration is required. If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

Reddie Point is THE hot spot during migration. The Preserve consists of 102 acres with trails and a fishing pier on the St. Johns River.

We'll meet at the parking lot at 8:00 am, fill out the sign in sheet, and then move on to the shoreline and trails. We might see Black-crowned Night Heron; Wood Stork, Red-shouldered Hawk, woodpeckers, buntings and several different kinds of warblers. This is a great field trip for novice birders at the peak of migration.

Other than a portable toilet, there aren't any restroom facilities at this location. Bring binoculars, water, snacks and insect repellent.

COVID-19 NOTE: Masks are not mandatory per the new CDC guidelines, but for the safety of all participants and volunteers, masks and social distancing are strongly recommended. Please, no sharing of binoculars or scopes.

Please do not attend if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 14 days:

- A new fever
- A new cough that is not because of another illness
- A new shortness of breath that is not because of another illness
- A new sore throat that is not because of another illness
- Sore muscles not because of existing illness, or not from exercise or injury
- Diagnosis of an infection
- Exposure to someone known to be infected
- Someone you are closely associated with experiencing any of the above symptoms.
- You are currently experiencing unmanaged seasonal allergy symptoms (e.g., persistent cough, sneezing).

Questions? Email [masked] or call Martha Fethe at[masked]

Field Trip: Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens (no fee)

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance will be limited to no more than 20 people, and pre-registration is required. If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland with over three miles of trails through a series of distinct ecological habitats, including a walking path encircling a beautiful two-acre lake. There are over 100 labeled plants. The Arboretum is developed and managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc., a non-profit entity that leases the land from the City.

Target birds: Owls, flycatchers, wood warblers, and thrush.

Meet at the water fountain at the entrance of the park at 8:00 am. Bring binoculars, drinks, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, sturdy walking shoes, and a hat if desired. There is no entrance fee, but they do have a donation box at the entrance.

COVID-19 NOTE: Masks are not mandatory per the new CDC guidelines, but for the safety of all participants and volunteers, masks and social distancing are strongly recommended. Please, no sharing of binoculars or scopes.

Please do not attend if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 14 days:

- A new fever
- A new cough that is not because of another illness
- A new shortness of breath that is not because of another illness
- A new sore throat that is not because of another illness
- Sore muscles not because of existing illness, or not from exercise or injury
- Diagnosis of an infection
- Exposure to someone known to be infected
- Someone you are closely associated with experiencing any of the above symptoms.
- You are currently experiencing unmanaged seasonal allergy symptoms (e.g., persistent cough, sneezing).

Questions? Email [masked] or call Martha Fethe at[masked]

Nature Walk and Work Day: Crosby Sanctuary

Crosby Sanctuary

Contact: Pete Johnson [masked])

Duval Audubon Society's Crosby Sanctuary conservation property is 510 acres of swamp and oak hammock located in the heart of Clay County. More than 145 species of birds have been recorded on the eBird list at this park (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L489156).

Duval Audubon resumes our monthly guided nature walks through the sanctuary from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on the third Saturday of every month (excluding the months of June, July, August, and December). Please wear close-toed shoes or boots (for your safety, no sandals or flip-flops, please), and bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat if desired.

For those who are willing and able, after the nature walk there is a work day until 12 pm to help maintain the preserve and keep it free of invasive plants and trash. If you are staying for the work day, please also bring work gloves, loppers, scissor-style hedge clippers, or any other trail maintenance type tools if you have them.

Masks are not mandatory per the new CDC guidelines, but for the safety of all participants and volunteers, social distancing will be required during the entire event (both the nature walk and the work day). Please, no sharing of binoculars or scopes.

Attendance will be limited to no more than 20 people. IF YOU RSVP AND FIND YOU CANNOT ATTEND, PLEASE CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION SO THAT OTHERS MAY PARTICIPATE.

COVID-19 NOTE: Please do not attend if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 14 days:
- A new fever
- A new cough that is not because of another illness
- A new shortness of breath that is not because of another illness
- A new sore throat that is not because of another illness
- Sore muscles not because of existing illness, or not from exercise or injury
- Diagnosis of an infection
- Exposure to someone known to be infected
- Someone you are closely associated with experiencing any of the above symptoms.
- You are currently experiencing unmanaged seasonal allergy symptoms (e.g., persistent cough, sneezing).

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OPEN HOUSE at Crosby Sanctuary

Crosby Sanctuary

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