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PLEASE NOTE: Although the news of an effective coronavirus vaccine is encouraging, it looks like it will still be some months before the spread of the virus slows down. With the pandemic still surging, our Board of Directors has decided that we will continue to limit hosted in-person activities this year (at least for the first few months) to ensure the health and safety of our members and volunteers. Registration will be limited for most activities, and participants and volunteers will be required to observe COVID-19 safety measures (masks, social distancing).

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 1,100 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 (5)

Monthly Program: "One Good Tern Deserves Another: Shorebirds in NE Florida"

DO NOT RSVP HERE! This virtual program is free, but you must register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkfuqhqzIqE9b3Iz0sN-B3aEM8qrBVADsG to participate.

Speaker: Chris Farrell, Northeast Florida Policy Associate, Audubon Florida

Northeast Florida is home to some very special shorebird nesting sites. Few places in Florida rival the Royal Tern nesting at Huguenot Memorial Park or the Least Terns of Anastasia State Park. Chris Farrell, Policy Associate for Audubon Florida, will share information on the beautiful shorebirds that nest in Northeast Florida and what is being done to strengthen their populations.

Chris Farrell is our NE Florida Policy Associate and is employed by Audubon Florida to help promote conservation and related environmental issues in NE Florida. Chris has also been active in the St. Johns County Audubon chapter. He has written several articles, "Beach Dunes Better Than Seawalls," "Birding: Hobby or Tool for Conservation?", and "Julia's Island Bird Stewardship, that have been featured on the Florida Audubon website. He lives in St. Augustine.

DO NOT RSVP HERE! This virtual program is free, but you must register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkfuqhqzIqE9b3Iz0sN-B3aEM8qrBVADsG to participate.

Questions? Contact us at [masked].

Rescheduled: Cleanup at Heritage River Road Wetlands

Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Boat Ramp

RESCHEDULED FROM SUNDAY, APRIL 18 DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

DO NOT RSVP HERE! Register in advance at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fa5ae29abf5ce9-cleanup1 so we'll know how many folks to expect - we need to make sure we have enough supplies for everyone who wants to help.

The wetlands at Heritage River Road (the road that leads to the Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Park and Boat Ramp) is a fabulous spot for shorebirds and wading birds, but it's desperately in need of a cleanup! This site is an eBird HotSpot where more than 150 bird species have been reported. Join us to help clean up this lovely spot and help keep trash from harming the wildlife we love!

We'll supply bags, gloves and grabbers, we just need YOU and your help! Please wear close-toed shoes or boots and clothes that can get dirty. Masks and social distancing will be required in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

What to bring:
• Face mask covering nose and mouth (REQUIRED)
• Water
• Sunglasses
• A hat
• Sunscreen/bug spray
• Heavy-duty gloves if you have them
• Waiver form signed by one of your parents if you are under 18. You may download the form at http://duvalaudubon.org/images/files/COJ-SJRK-and-DAS-WAIVER-for-Students-under-18.pdf and bring it with you.

All participants must visit the Duval Audubon Society checkin table at the Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Park to sign in and receive cleanup supplies.

Please do not RSVP here! Register in advance at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fa5ae29abf5ce9-cleanup1 so we'll know how many folks to expect - we need to make sure we have enough supplies for everyone who wants to help.

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).

OPEN HOUSE at Crosby Sanctuary

Crosby Sanctuary

CONTACT: Carol Bailey-White ([masked])

We know it can be difficult to get some much-needed nature therapy and still observe the sensible social distancing and other precautions recommended by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html). Our Crosby Sanctuary conservation property in Orange Park is a perfect place to get some outdoor time on your own in a beautiful natural setting.

Therefore, we are opening up Crosby Sanctuary to the public from 8 am until noon on the fourth Saturday of every month (except June, July, August, and December), so you can enjoy this beautiful place. The gates will be open and you can explore the preserve on your own until we close the gates at 12 noon. There are approximately 2.5 miles of hiking trails through the preserve, and walking the full trails will take about 1.5 - 2 hours, depending on your walking speed.

No group activities will be offered during the Open House - it's just an opportunity for folks to enjoy nature in our favorite place.

IMPORTANT: Please wear close-toed shoes or boots (for your safety, NO SANDALS OR FLIP-FLOPS, please), and bring your own water, sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat if desired.

Duval Audubon Society's Crosby Sanctuary conservation property is over 500 acres of swamp and oak hammock located in the heart of Clay County. Over 140 species of birds have been recorded on the eBird list at the preserve (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L489156).

You can access a printable trail map of the preserve at this link: http://duvalaudubon.org/images/DASimages/Crosby_Trail_Map_2020.pdf

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).

Location: The entrance to Crosby is at 427 Aquarius Concourse, Orange Park, Florida. No fee.

Forest Bathing Meditation at Crosby Sanctuary

427 Aquarius Concourse

Join Duval Audubon Society for a socially distanced Forest Bathing Meditation on the Swamp Trail at our beautiful Crosby Sanctuary conservation property in Orange Park, Florida.

Please bring your own seating for the meditation, such as a folding chair or mat.

Areas will be designated on the swamp-facing trail for silent solitary meditation six to ten feet from other participants.

Please note: only the Swamp Trail will be open, as the rest of the sanctuary will be closed to visitors. This event is an opportunity for silent meditation only.

Free for current Audubon members, $5 suggested donation (cash only, please) at the gate for non-members. You must register here on Meetup to participate.

2p Check-in
2:15p Guided Standing Stretches
2:30-3:30p Forest Bathing Meditation (alone & in silence)
3:30-4p Guided Standing Stretches & Exit

Learn more about the benefits of Forest Bathing at these links:

Guided Meditation Audio: https://insighttimer.com/tommycarr/guided-meditations/forest-bathing-meditation

How to Meditate Outdoors: https://www.wellandgood.com/outdoor-meditation/

TIME Forest Bathing article: https://time.com/5259602/japanese-forest-bathing/

NPR Forest Bathing article: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/17/536676954/forest-bathing-a-retreat-to-nature-can-boost-immunity-and-mood

Forest Bathing Good for Health article: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_forest_bathing_is_good_for_your_health

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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Nature Walk and Work Day: Crosby Sanctuary

Crosby Sanctuary

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