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 1,100 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!
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (#CH4724) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR DUVAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, A FLORIDA-BASED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISITING WWW.FLORIDACONSUMERHELP.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
Ridgeview High School Environmental Club at Crosby Sanctuary
Students from the newly-formed Environmental Club at Ridgeview High School in Orange Park have been volunteering their time to help out at Crosby Sanctuary! More than 25 students came to our Crosby Saturday Bird Walk and Work Day in September (always held the fourth Saturday each month from September thru May unless otherwise noted) and helped with trail maintenance, weeding, and trash pickup. Many of the students returned for the October Crosby Saturday and helped with similar tasks, and several joined us for our bird walk before the work day and enjoyed beautiful weather, a lovely nature walk and some great birds! We spotted a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a Worm-eating Warbler, two Northern Waterthrushes, and many Eastern Phoebes.
We truly appreciate the help from these hardworking and enthusiastic young leaders, and look forward to working with them again in November!
Please join us for our next Crosby Saturday Bird Walk and Work Day on Saturday, November 24, 2018. The bird walk starts at 8 am and we'll start our work projects around 9:30 am. Even if you cannot stay for the work day, please join us for birding - you won't regret it!
Looking Ahead to a Great Birding Season!
We have a very busy birding year scheduled for you and we hope that you will participate in all of our activities and programs.
We have 42 field trips planned for this year with some new destinations: Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Orlando Wetlands, and Jekyll Island. We are continuing our Bird Walks for Beginners at Fort Caroline/Theodore Roosevelt Area on the first Sunday of every month, our Birding on the Water Kayaking Trip with Kayak Amelia in March, our CBC4Kids Program at Camp Chowenwaw in January, the Duval County Audubon Christmas Bird Count, and Crosby Sanctuary Bird Walks and Work Days on the fourth Saturday of every month.
We are also continuing our partnership with St. Johns Riverkeeper and the City of Jacksonville for quarterly park cleanups and encourage you to participate and help us keep our parks beautiful for people and wildlife! Our next cleanup will be at Reddie Point Preserve on Sunday, October 14th – please join us!
Our Program Series this year will include speakers on Protecting Our Water Resources, the Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks, Identifying Florida’s White Birds, Whooping Crane Conservation, Florida’s Coral Reefs, Microplastics, and Shorebird Conservation.
If you are a member of Audubon, you should have received our calendar of events flyer in your mailbox, but you can also find our events on our website, Meetup and Facebook pages. We encourage membership, but all of Duval Audubon Society's activities are free for anyone to participate whether you are a member or not. We hope to see you soon!
2017-2018 Season Wrap-Up
Duval Audubon Society has been very busy this year working to accomplish our mission, Connecting People with Nature. Volunteers led 36 field trips this season at locations as far north as southern Georgia (Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge), as far south as Gainesville (Sweetwater Wetlands Park), and many wonderful birding spots in between. It's been a great birding season, including sightings of over 100 Black Skimmers at the January 2018 Fort Clinch State Park field trip, more than 100 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Sweetwater Wetlands in April, and a sighting of the rare White-rumped Sandpiper during our visit to Spoonbill Pond on Big Talbot Island in May.
Programs and field trips will resume in September after the summer break. If you are a member of Audubon, look for your flyer in the mail at the end of the summer, and you can also find our events on Meetup and Facebook. All of Duval Audubon Society's activities are free for anyone to participate. We hope to see you in the fall!
National Geographic in collaboration with Audubon, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Life International is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that has saved so many birds but is currently under attack at the national level. Additionally, more than 100 other organizations that work to protect birds and their habitat have joined the campaign. Each month these organizations will feature stories about birds, conservation efforts and how you can help. Read about why birds matter. Take the pledge and then #BirdYourWorld!
What can you do to participate in Year of the Bird? Plant bird friendly plants! Birds often rely on plants in our yards, balconies, and other spaces for habitat and food and the best plants to provide this are those native to your area. To know the best plants for your area, search Audubon’s native plants database by your zip code. You can even search based on the birds you want to attract and the type of plants you want in your garden. By growing the best bird-friendly plants for your area, you will attract and protect the birds you love while making your space beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment—and this month is the perfect time to get started. Learn more and find your plants here.
Take Action to Protect Wildlife: Contact your Government Representatives!
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