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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: Little Talbot Island State Park ($5 entrance fee per vehicle)

Little Talbot Island State Park

PLEASE NOTE: If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

Join us for an opportunity to bird one of Florida’s most beautiful parks. We’ll meet at the north parking area, fill out sign in sheets, then look for shorebirds on the beach. We can expect to see and study the peeps: plovers, sandpipers, turnstones, sanderlings and who knows what else! There may be some Red Knots or Piping Plovers with bands on their legs. We will also set up the scopes on the boardwalk for a “sea watch,” and look for mergansers, gannets, terns, gulls, and maybe jaegers.

Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, drinks, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, sturdy walking shoes, and a hat if desired.

Entrance fee is $5 per vehicle, unless you have a state parks pass.

Questions? Email [masked], or (day of outing) 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: Spoonbill Pond ($3 per vehicle, exact currency recommended)

PLEASE NOTE: If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

Spoonbill Pond is the informal name for the pond directly across the street from the Sawpit Creek Boat Ramp parking lot, just before the Nassau Sound Bridge. The location is at the extreme northeast limit of Duval County and is one of the premier places in NE FL to observe the highest diversity in species during a single visit. In winter, it is not uncommon to observe close to 50 species!

Parking: $3.00 per car; exact currency is recommended since you must put your money in an envelope and then lock box. There is no park ranger stationed at this entrance. There is ample parking in the paved lot. This parking lot is primarily used by boaters, so find a smaller parking space for your vehicle.

We will meet in front of the restroom area and sign in.

Target Species: Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, American White Pelican, Wood Stork, Piping Plover, Seaside Sparrow, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck.

What to bring: Binoculars, a scope if you have one, water, snacks, hat and sunscreen.

Questions? Email [masked], or (day of outing) 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: Taye Brown Regional Park (no fee)

13611 Normandy Blvd

PLEASE NOTE: If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

This area is part of the Cecil Recreation Trail and was once the NAS Cecil Field aircraft armament storage site, known as Yellow Water. The area includes a network of old asphalt and gravel and/or dirt fire roads.

Bring binoculars, drinks, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, sturdy walking shoes, and a hat if desired.

We will meet in the last parking lot past the roundabout. Once we fill out the sign in sheets, we can look for meadowlark, kestrels, and shrikes from here. Then we will walk toward the pond and check for Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Common Gallinule, any winter ducks, and the very elusive American Bittern. We will also walk some of the paved trails looking for woodland species.

Restrooms are available at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

Questions? Email [masked], or (day of outing) 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).

Monthly Program: "It's Never Too Late to Start Birding!"

Garden Club of Jacksonville

Presenter: Helen Kehrt, Duval Audubon Society Board Member

For our first in-person meeting in over a year, we are thrilled to bring you a presentation by our very own Helen Kehrt, who started birding when she was in her mid-50s and is living proof that it's never too late! Helen will share her fabulous photos from her birding travels over the last several years.

Meetings start with refreshments and socially distanced networking at 6:30 pm and programs at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted). We will provide holiday cookies and punch; please feel free to BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner) and enjoy it during the program. Please also bring your own cup to help cut down on plastic trash at this event. Thank you!

Location: The Club Room @ The Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204

COVID-19 NOTE: Masks are not mandatory per the new CDC guidelines, but for the safety of all participants and volunteers, social distancing is strongly recommended, and masks are requested when not eating or drinking.

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).

Past events (577)

OPEN HOUSE at Crosby Sanctuary

Crosby Sanctuary

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