Whether you are an avid birdwatcher or just want to learn more about the birds that visit your backyard, join us for interesting meetings, educational bird walks, and fun field trips of varying lengths.
Our group is made up of beginners and seasoned veterans who are passionate about birding and generous with their knowledge. We are active in education, advocacy and the protection and restoration of wildlife areas. We welcome all age groups, but children must always be accompanied by a responsible adult (Birdwalks are more suitable for children. Field trips can get much too long for little legs and short attention spans).
Our meetings, field trips and bird walks are always free and open to the public. However, we will happily accept your donation to our Education Fund!
Come Join Us!
FIELD TRIP GUIDELINES
1. Trips are described in the newsletter and on our website. If you have questions, call the leader in advance.
2. Check with the leader before bringing children on a trip.
3. Do not bring pets.
4. Be on time at the meeting place. If you must leave the trip early, inform the leader.
5. Be prepared for the weather and your personal needs (binoculars, water, food, appropriate clothing and shoes, insect repellant, hat, and sunscreen).
6. Sign in at the meeting place and include your cell phone number.
7. We organize carpooling at the meeting place. Riders and drivers typically share gasoline, toll and parking costs.
8. When caravanning to the destination, keep the car behind you in sight. If it is stopped by a light, drive slowly or pull off to allow them to catch up. The car(s) in front of you will do the same.
9. Once you have arrived at the destination, wait for the leader to get out of the car first. When you get out, close your doors quietly and maintain quiet voices so that others—especially the leader—can hear and spot the birds.
10. While in the field, don’t precede the leader(s) who will be spotting birds for the group. Always call the group’s attention to interesting birds.
11. Stay reasonably close to the group, and alert the leader if you must separate from the group.
12. You are responsible for your own safety, so use common sense if any part of the trip is too arduous for you.
13. Do not use electronic devices, such as iPod or Smart Phone to call birds. Only the leader should use these devices, when and where appropriate.
14. Be respectful of the environment you are visiting!
Dana Timmons will lead our bird walk to look for birds in the live oaks around the center. We will meet in front of the visitor center, then we’ll set up spotting scopes overlooking Santa Rosa Sound.
We hope to find Nuthatches, Goldfinches, sparrows, gulls, terns, ducks, shorebirds, and of course, Osprey.
These short bird walks are designed to introduce “future birders” into the world of “Bird Watching.” If you have ever been curious about this activity or just enjoy the birds in your backyard, come join us to learn about our area birds. Families with children are welcome. These walks are also great for mobility limited birders.
If you have binoculars bring them. If not, we will have a few ‘loaners’ available. Bug spray, long pants and bottled water are recommended for our outdoor walks.
New Requirement—All participants in published events and excursions must sign a Release and Indemnification Form which is valid through 2019. Leaders will have forms for those who have not yet signed one.
***Please note, in the event that the government shutdown lingers, this Meetup will be moved to Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze.
For details or questions, call Scott Rathkamp,[masked]