• Lights Out Northeast Florida Call for Volunteers

    LONF Volunteers Needed Ruby crowned KingletLast year Duval Audubon Society, St. Johns County Audubon Society, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens banded together as Lights Out Northeast Florida to study and ultimately try to reduce the deadly effects of excess nighttime lighting on birds migrating through our area. Routes in various areas of downtown Jacksonville were established, volunteers recruited, and data was collected during the spring migration season. In all, the routes were walked 129 times and 101 birds were found, 70 dead and 31 alive. Most of the birds found alive were able to be released. This was the first time that data relating to birds striking buildings at night had ever been collected in Jacksonville. (Read more...)


     
  • Community Science Opportunity

    202109 American Robin by Emily WilliamsDespite their scientific name (Turdus migratorius), American Robin migration is hard to figure out. They can be entirely migratory, resident, or something in between. Emily Williams, a Georgetown University PhD student, is in our Northeast Florida area studying which robins migrate, when they decide to leave, and where they go. Emily’s research can tell us a lot about migration as a whole and provide insight into how birds respond to environmental change. Robins in this project will carry tracking tags that transmit locations throughout the year. (Read more...)


     
  • Fall Activities Planning

    Kingsley Plantation 20210516 CBWAfter 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 our community this fall. However, in recognition of the current COVID resurgence, attendance at most outings will be limited and will require advance registration on our Meetup site. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged to provide a safe experience for all participants and volunteer leaders.

    We will continue to offer our monthly Open House events at our Crosby Sanctuary conservation property in Orange Park from 8 am until noon on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December). If you haven’t visited Crosby Sanctuary yet, this is a great opportunity to experience this beautiful place for yourself. No group activities will be offered during the Open House - it's just an opportunity for folks to enjoy nature in our favorite place.

    Programs will be still held virtually via Zoom on the third Monday of each month through November, but we are planning to host our first in-person meeting in over a year at 6:30 pm on December 20th at The Garden Club of Jacksonville. Our presenter that evening will be our very own treasurer Helen Kehrt, who will share her fabulous photos from her birding travels over the last several years. Our virtual program offerings include a presentation by conservationist Paul Baicich, whose talk will focus on birding and conservation in Cuba, as well as several other fascinating programs that you won’t want to miss. Details and instructions for Zoom participation are available on our website as well as our Meetup page and social media outlets.

    Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic situation, we are waiting until later this year to make decisions about our Spring 2022 activities. We hope it will be possible to return to our full schedule of in-person outings and monthly meetings in the spring, but we first want to be sure that we will be able to provide a safe setting for all participants before making concrete plans.

    Here are our upcoming activites for the month of September:

     

    We are looking forward to an exciting fall season! Check our calendar of events for our full fall schedule.