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This group is operated by Duval Audubon Society Inc. 5/31/2022.

Duval Audubon Society is on hiatus for the summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume our regular schedule of field trips and other activities in September.

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.

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Field Trip: Black Creek Park and Trail (no fee)

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Welcome back from break Duval Audubon Society.

7890 US-17, Orange Park, FL 32003

Located near the mouth of Black Creek, this shady mixed woodland has lots of canopy, thick second growth, and plenty of trails to explore. Squeezed between a cypress swamp and US-17, it’s both birdy and beautiful. A creek view trail provides excellent views of Black Creek, a lowland area, and canopy. If you are looking for songbirds, this is one of the county’s premier hotspots. This area has produced rare Short-tailed Hawk and Cerulean Warbler around this time.

Target birds: Acadian Flycatcher, Veery, Blackburnian Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and Worm-eating Warbler.

Meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot, sign in, then get some good birds. Bring your binoculars, water, insect repellent, and snacks. There is a restroom that is fairly well maintained with a drinking fountain.

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 Jeff Graham at [masked].

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

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Meet at picnic parking area at 8:00am when the park opens, It’s the first right immediately 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]

Bird Walk for Beginners: Fort Caroline National Memorial

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**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, sign in, then get some good birds. Bring your binoculars, water, insect repellent, and snacks.

No fee.

Nature Walk and Work Day: Crosby Sanctuary

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Contact: Pete Johnson [masked])
427 Aquarius Concourse, Orange Park FL

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 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.

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Birds and Breakfast Annual Picnic

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