Our fall season is about to begin!

 

A note from the Chapter President, Judy Jeffas:

Our new season is upon us so let's recap the previous season and give you a preview of the next one.

We have continued to make improvements at our Crosby Sanctuary in Clay County. These include a new bridge over a wide culvert on the main trail, a new kiosk at the North entrance in the Orange Park Country Club and some benches to rest on along the main path. Unfortunately, we had a large unanticipated expense at Crosby when we discovered that there was a Pine Beetle infestation and several dozen trees had to be cut down to prevent the infestation from spreading to nearby areas.

We had a great turnout at our second annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids at Camp Chowenwaw with 46 youth participating. Our Youth Outreach Director, Christina Dembiec, has started the Northeast Florida Young Birders Club for high school age students.

We moved the end of the year breakfast to a new location at the Arlington Lion's Club Park. This event was well attended and we will reserve this location again for next year.

We have some great programs scheduled for our upcoming season. Members should be receiving their print copy of our annual calendar in the mail any day now. If you're not a member, we hope you'll join. Also, our calendar can be downloaded and printed here

We have kept many of our favorite field trip sites and added a few new areas to explore. This year we are asking for advance notice for those who want to share photos at the potluck dinner meeting in December so that we can allow more members to participate. Details are on the web site. For information about the camping weekend events, feel free to contact me at 904-612-7036.

Thanks to all our great volunteers last season. There are still numerous volunteer opportunities such as Eagle Watch (training coming up on September 17th), Crosby Sanctuary work days, Christmas Bird Count for Kids, shorebird stewarding or the Great Backyard Bird Count events so we hope you'll participate. Now mark your calendars and join us for fun and adventure as we kick off this next season!