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It's International Coastal Cleanup Day, and Duval Audubon is partnering with St. Johns RIVERKEEPER and the City of Jacksonville to clean up one of our very favorite birding spots, St. Augustine Road Fish Management Area. St. Augustine Road Fish Management Area contains two fishing lakes that are operated jointly by the City of Jacksonville and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The larger lake drains into New Rose Creek, which connects directly to the St. Johns River. A hidden gem for nature lovers, it is usually empty of everyone except birds. Migrating birds and year-round residents love the lake and surrounding woodlands; the park is an eBird Hotspot where 90 species have been reported. Join us to clean up this beautiful area and help keep trash from harming the wildlife we love! We'll supply bags, latex gloves, and grabbers - we just need YOU and your help! Please wear close-toed shoes or boots (for your safety, NO sandals or flip-flops) and clothes that can get dirty. Wear clothes that can get dirty and boots or close-toed shoes (for your safety, no sandals or flip-flops, please). Bags, gloves, and grabbers will be provided. What to bring: - Water - Sunscreen - Bug spray - Heavy-duty gloves if you have them - If you are under 18, you MUST bring a waiver form signed by your parent. You can download the form here: http://duvalaudubon.org/images/files/COJ-SJRK-and-DAS-WAIVER-for-Students-under-18.pdf DIRECTIONS: from University Blvd, go north on St. Augustine Road and turn left at Stetson Rd, just past Earl Johnson Park at 5308 St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Go the end of the road and meet the rest of the group in the parking area. See a map of this location here: https://public.myfwc.com/le/boatramp/public/Ramp.aspx?FacilityID=DU93088OS&Name=St.+Augustine+Road+Fish+Management+Area+North+Primitive+Ramp Questions? Contact Carolyn Antman [masked]).
Audubon EagleWatch, one of Audubon's premier community science programs, deploys boots on the ground and eyes in the field to monitor and protect Florida's Bald Eagles. With over 1,500 nesting pairs in our state, this team of volunteers spans 42 counties monitoring more than 600 nests. Audubon EagleWatchers collect important data on nesting eagles in Florida including productivity, active nest locations and possible disturbances or threats to nesting activities.The program engages volunteers and individuals to help protect our nation's symbol. If you would like to become an "EagleWatcher" with Audubon's EagleWatch program, register to attend the upcoming training session. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! REGISTER AT: www.eaglewatchflorida.org/training_registration.html
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: Deb Kainauskas [masked]) One wouldn’t expect that the largest industrial park in Northeast Florida would be a good place for birding. Westside Industrial Park is an exception with its many ponds. Just missing one of the top ten hot spots on ebird, coming in at number eleven, 165 species have been recorded at the industrial park. Weekends are the best time to visit when the volume of truck traffic is minimal. We will meet in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Bulls Bay Highway and Pritchard Road. From there, we will carpool to keep the number of vehicles at a minimum. We’ll explore the various ponds and surroundings. Bring insect repellant, water, and waterproof shoes if we've had recent rain. Location: 4102 Bulls Bay Highway, Jacksonville. No fee. NOTE: There are no restrooms available at this site.