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Monthly Program Update: "Crosby Sanctuary: A Place for Nature"
Monday, September 18, 2023, 06:30pm - 08:30pm
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Presenter: Pete Johnson, Duval Audubon Society Vice President and Crosby Sanctuary Manager

Location: Southeast Regional Library, Room B, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Our original speaker for next Monday’s program had a scheduling conflict for that date, so our very own Vice President and Crosby Sanctuary Director Pete Johnson will share the latest news and updates about what’s happening at Crosby.

Nestled in suburban Orange Park in Northeast Florida are 510 acres of swamp and hammocks called Crosby Sanctuary. Owned by Duval Audubon Society, this limited access nature preserve is home to a full biodiversity of native plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. This special place, now included in conservation lands mapping by Clay County and the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, provides respite amidst a busy, congested backdrop of human dominated landscapes.

Crosby’s swamp area is dominated by bald cypress, black gum, Carolina ash, American elm, swamp laurel oak, and red maple trees. Birds abound! It is an important breeding site for the Prothonotary Warbler, which returns from Central America each year to Crosby from April through August. Rusty Blackbirds (a declining species) have been seen there occasionally during wintering and migration periods. There are always great birds to see and signs of wildlife activity to enjoy when visiting Crosby.

Join us for a look at our favorite nature getaway, Crosby Sanctuary.

Meetings start with refreshments and networking at 6:30 pm and programs at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted). We will provide snacks and drinks; please feel free to BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner) and enjoy it during the program. Please also bring your own cup to help cut down on plastic trash at this event. Thank you!

COVID-19 Safety Measures: This event may include vaccinated and non-vaccinated participants. Masks are not required, but please bring a mask in case a situation arises where donning a mask may be warranted. If you have any of the following symptoms, do not attend this event:
- Fever or chills
- Congestion or runny nose
- Headache
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat.

Location : Southeast Regional Library, Room B, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256