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!
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Audubon Florida Hiring Seasonal Beach Anchor Steward Position in Nassau County
You may apply for this position online.
Audubon Florida supports management of beach-nesting birds at many locations on the Gulf Coast and Northeast Atlantic Coast of Florida by surveying, posting, stewarding and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better monitor and protect the nesting shorebirds along beaches and other nest sites Audubon is hiring a seasonal Beach Anchor Steward to work primarily within Nassau County. The chief responsibilities of the Anchor Steward are to conduct public outreach on shore/seabird nesting beaches in Nassau County and to organize volunteers to assist with these efforts.
This is a part-time, 20 hour per week seasonal position focused on weekend days and holidays, including Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, if nesting persists until the latter holiday. The position will begin 04/02/2018 and continue through the end of nesting season. Nesting may persist into August or early September but can end early in the event of a catastrophic event or other total loss of nesting activity.
Under the direction of Audubon’s Northeast Florida Policy Associate, the Nassau County Anchor Steward will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Assist with the installation of symbolic fencing (PVC posts and string) around new nest areas as needed.
- Conduct public outreach at nesting beaches primarily on weekends and holidays, hours dependent on nesting conditions and pattern of use by the public.
- Assist with recruiting volunteers; train and schedule volunteers to chaperone nesting birds and conduct public outreach at nesting beaches on weekends and holidays.
- Work closely with local land managers, external partners, and volunteers in a positive and professional manner at all times.
Qualifications and Experience
- Ability to recruit, train, support, and schedule volunteers.
- Work well independently and with other staff and volunteers.
- A positive and diplomatic attitude is a must; strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.
- Demonstrated capability of physically active work walking on sandy beaches carrying field equipment during Florida summer field conditions. Ability to lift 30 lbs.
- Must have a valid driver's license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks.
- Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
- Familiarity with local beaches preferred.
- Previous experience with monitoring and stewardship for one shore/seabird nesting season strongly preferred, but similar experience will be considered.
- Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.
Love nature? Want to help share that love of nature with others? Consider applying to join Duval Audubon Society’s Board of Directors.
Founded in 1939, Duval Audubon Society is a chapter of Audubon Florida and the National Audubon Society. We currently have approximately 1,000 members in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties and are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Our chapter is dedicated to the enjoyment of birds and other wildlife. We have a primary focus on the preservation of a diversity of species and habitats through education, conservation, environmental leadership and community involvement. We offer a variety of field trips, programs, and volunteer opportunities that are open for anyone to attend.
We are an all-volunteer chapter governed by a Board of Directors who work together to determine the activities offered by the organization to further our mission, “Connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife.”
For our upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, we are anticipating two Board vacancies and would encourage anyone interested in serving as a Board member to apply. Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings and participate in chapter activities on a regular basis. Board Officers are appointed for a one-year term, and Directors serve for two years.
Here is a brief description of each upcoming Board position:
The Recording Secretary takes minutes at the monthly meetings of the Board and distributes them to all Board members in a timely manner. The Recording Secretary is appointed for a one-year term but may continue if willing and approved by the Board.
The Volunteer Coordinator helps with recruiting volunteers from the chapter membership and the community for chapter projects and activities such as leading field trips, representing the chapter at outreach events, helping with monthly cleanups, and other projects as determined by the Board. The Volunteer Coordinator serves a two-year term but may continue if willing and approved by the Board.
If you are committed to helping to connect people with nature, please consider applying to join us in managing our chapter. You don’t have to be a great birder but having a love for nature and a passion for protecting and conserving birds and other wildlife would make you a wonderful addition to our team!
Questions? Please feel free to contact Jody or any current Board member (http://duvalaudubon.org/index.php/get-to-know-us/board-of-directors).
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 this month? 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.
Sign up for The Advocate!
Sign up for The Advocate, a once-a week publication by Audubon Florida during the Florida Legislative session that will keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in the Florida government concerning conservation. Bills being introduced in the House and Senate, and the Audubon take on these bills are discussed as are any measures you can do to help influence your Legislators. Sign up now by going to fl.audubon.org. Enter your email address at the botom of their home page. The Advocate will come directly to your email every Friday.
2017 Grimes Environmental Award
Congratulations to Duval Audubon Society Board Member Carol Bailey-White, recipient of the 2017 Bob and Carol Grimes Foundation Environmental Award! The Bob and Carol Grimes Foundation for the Environment was established in 2006 to honor the memory of Robert G. “Bob” Grimes (1928-2001), a Jacksonville insurance executive who was active in The Audubon Society and volunteered for many local environment issues.
(L-R: Duval Audubon Society President Jody Willis, Board Member Emeritus Carole A. Adams, Carol Bailey-White, Carol Grimes.)
Tips for Identifying Sparrows
It is sparrow season in Northeast Florida. They're small, plump and generally brown. Lest you refer to them as LBJ's (little brown jobs), here are a few tips in identifying some species you may encounter this winter. For starters, note if the breast is clear or streaked. Generally, adult sparrows in our area with little to no streaking on the breast could be Chipping, White-throated, White-crowned, Bachman's, Field, and Grasshopper. Sparrows with streaked breasts could be Savannah, Song, Swamp, Vesper, Henslow's, Lincoln's and Le Conte's. Another key to consider is does the sparrow have an eye ring? Vesper is a good example. Consider habitat. A Swamp Sparrow would not be found in a field. Likewise, a Field Sparrow would not be found in a wet, swampy area. Another clue is whether or not the sparrow is solitary or seen with others. Savannah and Chipping Sparrows are often seen with others. Henslow's and Lincoln's (if you're fortunate enough to see one) will likely be solitary. Here are a couple of documents prepared by Adam Kent to assist with identification. One is sparrow identification. Head patterns should also be considered. Does the sparrow have dark whiskers or stripes on the crown? Here is a link to Sparrow head topography.
For our wintering marsh sparrows, Nelson's and Saltmarsh, here is a link to a photo essay by the American Birding Association: https://www.aba.org/nab/v65n2sparrows.pdf
Some members of Duval Audubon recently helped with St. Augustine's annual Christmas Bird Count. Members of Laura Johannsen's team were treated to great views of a Lincoln's Sparrow.
Please note dates for our next two exciting programs!
Our programs are normally held the third Monday of the month. However, our December and January programs are the exception. The December program “Eyes on the Sparrow: Innovations in Conservation at White Oak” will be held on Tuesday, December 19th. It will be a fascinating discussion of White Oak's conservation programs with a focus on their role in the collaborative effort of saving the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow.
Our January program “Birds of Paradise, Jewel-babblers and Paradise Kingfishers - birding New Guinea!” will be on Monday, January 22nd.
Both are listed on our Calendar of Events on this site. We hope you can join us at Charles M. Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Rd. #100, Jacksonville, Fl. 32257 for both of these programs.