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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.

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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 510 acres of swamp and oak hammock located in the heart of Clay County. Over 145 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.

Field Trip: Huguenot Memorial Park ($5 entrance fee per vehicle)

Huguenot Memorial Park

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance will be limited to no more than 25 people, and pre-registration is required. If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

Huguenot Park is one of the best places to see shorebirds, and we hope to see a lot of them. This oceanfront city park is visited most often by beachgoers, but is an incredibly attractive birding spot in its own right. Part of the park has been long designated as a critical wildlife area for nesting terns and shorebirds, and is roped off to protect these nesters in season. The beach is an important loafing site for terns, gulls, and skimmers by the hundreds, and a variety of shorebirds feed on exposed mudflats at low tide. In October, Huguenot Memorial Park is a good spot to find Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and Long-billed Curlews may be found in winter. Gannets, loons, and sea ducks can be seen in the distance from late fall through early spring. This site is known for rare bird sightings such as Snowy Owl, Greater Sand-Plover (2nd North American record), Bar-tailed Godwit, Snow Bunting, Lark Sparrow, Bridled Tern, Short-eared Owl and Lapland Longspur. Search the sheltered shallows on the north side of the peninsula for waders, shorebirds and ducks.

We will meet in the parking lot before the pay station at 8:00 am. Drive straight in instead of turning right into the pay lane. We will spend a few minutes there to fill out the sign in sheets, check the marsh for Northern Harrier and then go into the park. Cost is $5 per vehicle.

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

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 call Martha Fethe at[masked]

Field Trip: Egans Creek Greenway (no fee)

Fernandina Beach Recreation

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance will be limited to no more than 25 people, and pre-registration is required. If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

Egans Creek Greenway, located on the northern end of Amelia Island, Florida, opened in 2000. The park consists of over 300 acres of protected lands and features grass-covered trails, a nature pavilion and picnic area, benches, a boardwalk, educational kiosks, and several areas designated for wildlife viewing. The saltmarsh provides excellent opportunities for watching wading birds such as herons, egrets, wood storks and seasonal Roseate Spoonbills. We will also look for warblers, vireos, sparrows, and wrens.

Meet at Fernandina Beach Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 at 8:00am. We will fill out the sign in sheets before starting the walk.

Bring water, insect repellent and sunscreen. There is a restroom near the kids play area.

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).

Birding 101 @ Palmetto Leaves Regional Park (no fee)

Palmetto Leaves Regional Park - Parking

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance will be limited to no more than 25 people, and pre-registration is required. If you register and find you cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your registration to allow others to participate.

Located between I-95 and Old St. Augustine Rd, this park is an excellent place for anyone just getting started. It has amenities like softball fields, playground, picnic facilities, restrooms and a paved nature trail. You can get great looks at egrets, woodpeckers, sparrows, bluebirds, and warblers.

Meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot. Bring water, binoculars, bug spray, and sunscreen if desired.

5760 Greenland Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258

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).

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