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

We have some great outings and activities planned for the coming months. In recognition of the continuing COVID crisis, social distancing is strongly encouraged at all of our events to provide a safe experience for all participants and volunteer leaders. Please, no sharing of scopes or binoculars.

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.

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 1,250 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: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge ($5 per vehicle)

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Leaders: Bill George and Pat Murphy

This refuge is 402,000 acres of swamps and woodlands. They offer boat tours, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and camping. There is a visitor center with restroom facilities and concessions.

Make sure you bring water, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars, and scope. Let’s meet at the visitor center parking lot, sign in and go get some great birds. We will be looking for rails, sparrows, and ducks. It’s possible to get eight different species of woodpeckers at this location!

Questions? Email [masked] or (day of event) text Martha Fethe:[masked]

COVID-19 NOTE: Masks are not mandatory per the new CDC guidelines, but for the safety of all participants and volunteers, social distancing is still strongly recommended, especially if you are not vaccinated. 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).

Field Trip: Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park (5$ per vehicle)

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

Meet at picnic parking area at 8:00am when the park opens, It’s the first right after the Ranger Station, continue down dirt road and you will end at our meeting area. Make sure you bring sunscreen, hat, water, good shoes, a scope, and of course your binoculars. After we get signed in, it’s bird time!

This park is a must for any birder during any season, it has 1.5 miles of coastal beaches where we can do a sea watch and look for shore birds. The 447 acres of maritime hammock are a great place for migrant and wintering songbirds. A small lake in the middle of the park provides a rookery for wading birds.

Questions? Email [masked] or (day of event) text Martha Fethe:[masked] or Jeffrey Graham:[masked]

Birding 101 @ William F. Sheffield Regional Park (no fee)

William F Sheffield Regional Park

A 385 acre former dairy farm. Habitats in this park include two large ponds, open grasslands, blackberry brambles, and pine forests. This park makes for a great place for birders at any experience level to enjoy great views of birds.

Meet in the first parking lot nearest to restrooms and basketball courts at 8:00am. Make sure to bring your sunscreen, hat, water, and binoculars. Once we get signed in, we will make our way around the smaller ponds toward the large ponds and then the blackberry brambles.

Restrooms are available near the entrance of the park.

Questions? Email [masked], or (day of outing) text Martha Fethe:[masked]

Field Trip: Theodore Roosevelt Area (no fee)

Theodore Roosevelt Area at Timucuan Preserve

The Theodore Roosevelt Area is a 600-acre natural treasure of hardwood forest, wetlands, and scrub vegetation. This location is great to find thrushs, warblers, sparrows, and wrens.

There is a restroom located in the parking area. However, it is not always open, so please be prepared.

Drive down the dirt road and meet in the parking area at 8 am. Don’t forget your binoculars, water, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes. After we sign in, we will bird in the parking area and make our way down the hiking trail toward the marsh.

Questions? Email [masked] or (day of event) text Martha Fethe:[masked]

Past events (586)

NEW DATE: OPEN HOUSE at Crosby Sanctuary

Crosby Sanctuary

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