Welcome to Duval Audubon Society
Serving Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties
Connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife.
We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society. We have a membership of about 1,500 and hold monthly meetings in Jacksonville from September to May. We offer field trips, programs, workshops and other activities throughout the year. Under the drop down menu, you will find our calendar of events. We hope you'll join us!
Please Donate to Duval Audubon!
As a volunteer-run non-profit, we are grateful for your donations. Every contribution helps to continue our work in Northeast Florida!
Apply now to join our Board of Directors!
It’s that time of year when we consider nominations to our board of directors. Please note that our chapter is an all-volunteer nonprofit with no paid staff. We are looking to fill 2 officer positions: President and Treasurer. We have several director positions that need to be filled as well as a couple of committee positions that need additional help for projects in which we are involved. Directors are elected for a term of 2 years and are required to attend monthly board meetings to conduct the chapter’s business.
Key officer positions include President and Treasurer. Here is a synopsis of duties:
1) President – Direct and administer the affairs of the chapter. Preside over meetings of the board, and in consultation with the board, develop agendas for those meetings. Lead the board in developing goals, objectives, annual plans and budget. Act as spokesperson for the chapter in the community. Be prepared to field a wide variety of phone calls and emails from members of the community, the press and elected officials. Prepare the annual recertification report for National Audubon. Oversee administrative matters.
2) Treasurer - The Treasurer is custodian of the Chapter’s funds and is responsible for keeping accounts and dispersing funds in accordance with the Board’s direction and Chapter policy. You will be responsible for producing monthly financial reports and maintaining accurate books that are available for Board scrutiny at monthly meetings or as requested. Submit an annual budget and submit an annual financial report to National Audubon.
We also need the following:
3) A Social Media coordinator to promote our activities online with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Candidate will also direct our Meetup group and be responsible for entering our calendar of activities on Meetup.
4) Education Director – oversees Adult and Youth Education Committees. Education of both members and the public on ecology and environmental issues is a major goal of our chapter. Form a committee of volunteers to assist with tabling events throughout the year. Offer bird identification workshops to schools and senior groups. Work with local elementary school teachers to make them aware of Audubon-sponsored material for their classrooms.
5) Membership - The Membership Chair is responsible for inputting new and renewing memberships into the National Audubon Society’s Chapter Transmittal Portal, acknowledging membership donations, and welcoming new members (including those who join directly through National and are assigned to Duval Audubon Society) to the chapter. The Membership Chair also reports membership account information updates (changes of address, duplicate accounts, etc.) via email to Chapter Services at National.
6) Volunteer Coordinator. Develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the chapter. Schedule all volunteer activity. Develop and manage volunteer policies and procedures
Committee positions do not require you to be on the board. We need volunteers to assist the committee chairs for conservation projects, bird monitoring and tabling events promoting our chapter throughout the year.
We welcome new talent and fresh ideas and would love to have your help! The birds need our protection now more than ever.
If you are interested in helping a committee chair, application is not required. Just let us know by email which committee you would be interested in. Thank you for your consideration.
The Great Backyard Bird Count results - the best ever!
This year proved to be the biggest count in the GBBC’s 20-year history! Final results reveal 2017 had the highest number of checklists submitted as well as the highest number of species reported. Worldwide, a total of 5940 species were reported. Closer to home, Florida came in 4th in the U.S. for the highest number of checklists submitted and 3rd with the highest number of species (309) reported.
The three counties that we serve had active participation as well. Duval participants submitted 252 checklists with a tally of 152 species. Nassau county reported 91 species and Clay reported 79 species. Thank you to all who participated in this citizen-science project!
The Great Backyard Bird Count 2017
Nineteen years and still growing! The Great Backyard Bird Count was launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. It was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. It has now become a global event.
You may ask why is this important and what is the data collected used for? Scientists have several tools to determine what is happening to bird populations. The data we collect over the years is one of those tools. It shows how a species’ range expands or shrinks over time. A decline in populations can signal that something has changed with their habitat and habitat that we all rely on. It’s important that we pay attention to these changes since they are closely tied to our environmental health.
The count begins on February 17th through the 20th. You can count anywhere, not just your backyard. Count the birds you see for a least 15 minutes. Then enter your totals online. If you haven’t participated before, you’ll need to create an free online account. For detailed information, go to birdcount.org. Have fun and know that you are participating in a valuable citizen-science project.
If you want to join an organized field trip, come to Cedar Point Preserve on the 19th.
Florida is growing in leaps and bounds, more than one million more people now than in 2010! It’s hard to miss all the new development. For us and the birds and wildlife, it is our responsibility to ensure that new development happens in the most environmentally safe way possible. Duval Audubon Society will try to keep you informed of related current issues and how you can make your voice heard.
While you may get alerts from organizations asking you to sign petitions, calling or emailing your representative is much more effective. A call is the best and only takes a minute. You only need to identify yourself and indicate if you support or don’t support the issue involved. If it is a particular bill, the number of the bill should be noted.
To find out who represents you in government, link to the following websites:
U.S. House www.house.gov/representatives/find/
U.S. Senate www.senate.gov/senators
Florida House www.myfloridahouse.gov
Florida Senate www.flsenate.gov/senators/find
Jacksonville City Council member City Council members
Mayor Lenny Curry www.coj.net/mayor-curry.aspx
Nassau County Commissioners www.nassaucountyfl.com
Clay County Commissioners www.claycountygov.com/about-us/board-of-county-commissioners
Please encourage your Sate Senator to SUPPORT SB 10. This bill authorizes the purchase of land to use for overflow when Lake Okeechobee is full. This land would prevent polluted fresh water from being sent to sea via the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries. When this happened in 2016 it resulted in a massive, toxic blue-green algae bloom. See your current Audubon Naturalist magazine or visit fl.audubon.org for further details.
Road Show of 2016's Best Avian Photography Coming!
Roadshow of 2016’s Best Avian Photography Coming to Duval and St. Johns County Wild Birds Unlimited Stores.
Mark your calendars for this exhibit! Visit the Wild Birds Unlimited Store, Julington Village in Fruit Cove between February 24th and March 4th and the Jacksonville Beach store in the South Beach Regional Shopping Center at the beach end of Butler Boulevard between March 6th and March 16th to walk among the winning bird photographs from this year’s Audubon Photography Awards and learn more about your local birdlife. Selected from over 7,000 entries—submitted from all 50 states, DC, and Canada—the winning photos were published in the May/June 2016 issue of Audubon magazine. A panel of five judges had the daunting task of sifting through the stunning images and grading them based on technical quality, originality and artistic merit.
Each store is planning a special event around the exhibit. Wild Birds Unlimited at the beaches and Duval Audubon are planning an event on Saturday, March 11. Details to be announced soon. The St. Johns County Audubon Chapter will be hosting a reception at the Fruit Cove store on Monday, February 27 @ 6:30pm to highlight these photos, provide information about the local chapter and its activities, and provide advice on nature photography.
Grand Prize Winner, Bonnie Block; Bald Eagle and Great Blue Herons
3rd Annual CBC4Kids Was For the Birds!
Kids were getting in on the Christmas Bird Count when Duval Audubon held its 3rd Annual CBC4Kids (Christmas Bird Count For Kids). Participants began by learning birding basics in a Binocular Boot Camp. Then they moved on to hit the trails with experienced birders to count as many birds they could in one hour.
Despite a cold and windy day, 36 children along with about 40 adults spotted over 200 birds and 26 different species. Highlights included a pair of Bald Eagles, a Barred Owl, a Red Shouldered Hawk, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Pied-billed Grebes, Yellow-throated Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Northern Flickers. After tallying their findings, the children were treated to a program by the Jacksonville Zoo’s WILD Ambassadors. The Ambassadors introduced the children to a box turtle, armadillo, amazon parrot and a boa constrictor. Wild Birds Unlimited of Julington Creek and Publix provided the kids with refreshments and supplies.
The annual event is held each year at Camp Chowenwaw and is geared toward 8–16 year olds; although younger children still enjoy the day.
CBC4Kids is modeled after the centuries old Audubon Christmas Bird Count and celebrates nature, parks, education and outdoor family fun. A huge thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors, Camp Chowenwaw, the WILD Ambassadors, Wild Bird Unlimited of Julington Creek and Publix. You helped make this year a wonderful success!
Let's Go to Trinidad in 2017!
In celebration of Asa Wright Nature Centre's 50th anniversary, they are offering to donate $100 to our chapter when anyone books a trip to Asa Wright Nature Centre in 2017 through Caligo Ventures. They offer guided group tours, independent birding ventures or relaxing lodge stays. They are having special anniversary tours featuring 'birding celebrities' throughout the year. You can go during one of those weeks or anytime during the year. Just remember to mention you would like the donation to go to Duval Audubon Society. For more information on booking your trip, go to caligo.com
Asa Wright Nature Centre has a rich history with Audubon. In 1967, visionary Audubon members rallied behind three influential people who had a dream. Renowned wildlife artist Don Eckelberry, prominent ornithologist and conservationist Erma Fisk and Russell Mason of Florida Audubon Society joined forces to make their dream become reality. Donors around the country helped them purchase the Spring Hill estate in the rainforest and the famous Oilbird cave thus creating the first non-profit, conservation focused trust and eco-lodge in the Carribean.
To get a sense of what you might see, take a look at one of our member's photos from a visit over New Year's last year. Trinidad and Tobago