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Join us as we explore and bird the Welaka National Fish Hatchery. Sue Killeen will lead the bird walk, and we'll also see the newly built Grasshopper Sparrow aviary, and the fish tanks and ponds at the Hatchery, and perhaps the Indigo Snakes that the Fishery tends to before their release. Meet us in the parking lot of the Aquarium, from where we will carpool to various locations within the Fishery. We suggest that you bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Jorge Buening will join us for this delightful event and will take us to a local restaurant for those who join us for lunch.
NOTE: You must register with Marcy Brenner at [masked] to participate. We are dedicated to working with Captain Adam Morley to clean up the wading bird habitat and feeding grounds along the Intracoastal Waterway on the Litter Gitter. Trash bags and grabbers are provided, but please bring your own work gloves, bug spray, sunscreen, and (reusable) water bottle. We recommend rubber boots or water shoes, as we wade through shallow water to pick up along the spoil islands in the marshes. RSVP to Marcy Brenner at [masked].
Joins us as Sue Killeen leads St. Johns County Audubon and Duval Audubon on a bird walk at the Masters Tract Regional Stormwater Treatment Facility. In an effort to reduce high nutrient levels, specifically Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P) in the Lower St Johns River Basin and Deep Creek the county has designed and built a system of wetlands to drain and filter stormwater runoff from agricultural and residential areas. Situated near Deep Creek Conservation Area, St. Johns County staff manage water levels in the wetland cells to mimic the natural wet and dry seasons. Sandhill Cranes, numerous waders, migrating warblers, and raptors are all on the list at this very special location. Wear good walking shoes, hat, and bring water, binoculars, and a scope if you have one. If not, no worries. We will share! Sunscreen and bug spray is recommended. Restrooms are not available here.
Join us as Craig van Boskirk leads us on a spotting event at the the observation platform at GTMNERR’s North Beach Access. We’ll scan the ocean for pelagic species, ducks and anything else that flies/floats by. We should have good looks at Northern Harrier, (possible) Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, wading birds (Egrets and Herons), overwintering ducks, such as Scaup, Pintail, Coots and Teal. Off shore has the possibility of Jaegers, Scoters, Willets and "peeps", Terns and Gulls. There is very little walking and the trip is a great opportunity for learning and teaching each other about our winter species. This site gives excellent views of the lake on the west side of the road as well. Great for birders of all levels and experience. The only walking necessary is climbing the stairs from the parking lot and to the platform. There are portalet facilities in the parking lot. Bring binoculars, spotting scope (if you have one) and a friend! Location: North Beach Access Parking lot, located approximately 7 miles north of the Exxon Gas Station on A1A and the GTMNERR main entrance. Parking is $3 per vehicle, exact change needed. Gate doesn't open until 0800 a.m.