Get Ready for Our Fall Season - New Beginning Birder Field Trips - Costa Rica - EagleWatch!




Audubon Observer

an e-publication of Duval Audubon Society

 serving Clay, Duval and Nassau counties

    September 2017    


Our New Season Begins!

Dear Members and Supporters,
We are about to kick off our fall season in a few days! We have a great schedule of programs and field trips planned for you for our 2017-2018 season. We are excited to have some new birding opportunities for everyone, locally and abroad.  This year Duval Audubon is leading monthly walks for novice birders at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Of course, experienced birders are welcome too! We will also host a trip to Costa Rica in March of next year. We hope that you will find the time to join us this season and learn more about birds and nature!

We are an all-volunteer nonprofit organization and we are supported entirely by contributions. We need your help more than ever so that we can continue to offer excellent programs, field trips, educational outreach, and continuing improvements to our Crosby Sanctuary property in Orange Park. All of this is to achieve our mission: Connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife. Please consider making a donation to today to help support our work.

As we begin our season, we can always use volunteers. We can use help staffing our outreach table at events, trail maintenance at beautiful Crosby Sanctuary, leading or assisting with field trips, fundraising and Bald Eagle nest monitoring. Please contact me if you are interested in helping out with any of our volunteer opportunities.

Speaking of volunteers, thanks to all of our volunteers for their many hours of dedication to counting and stewarding shorebirds, monitoring Eagle nests and working at Crosby Sanctuary. I would also like to acknowledge our volunteers who have participated in collecting data for the Breeding Bird Atlas.

A notable change this year is our meeting place for programs. We will continue to have program meetings on the third Monday of the month, but this year we will meet in a great new location: Community Hospice at 4266 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32257. We will begin the evening at 6:30 pm with refreshments  and meet-and-greet, and the program will start at 7:00 pm.

I hope to see you soon at one of our activities!
Jody Willis, President

EagleWatch Training Workshop, Sept. 30, 2017 10 a.m.

On Saturday, September 30 the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey will conduct an EagleWatch training session at Deerwood Country Club. Program starts at 10:00 am. Pre-registration is required due to limited space.

You may register here

The Audubon EagleWatch Program started in 1992 in the Central Florida region.  Since urban eagle nesting activity in Florida has increased dramatically in the last decades, the Audubon EagleWatch Program seeks to:

  • Compile data for publication to document urban nesting activity
  • Emphasize monitoring of urban pairs to record long-term nesting trends
  • Identify potential threats to nesting success since most threats are related directly or indirectly to human activity

Find out where eagles live and nest in NE Florida. Volunteers can earn volunteer hours for school. Be a part of the expansion of Audubon EagleWatch on a statewide basis.

For more information about EagleWatch visit Contact Ann Harwood-Nuss at or Shawnlei Breeding at for more information.

Location: Deerwood Country Club

Join us for a week in Costa Rica:
Introduction to Neotropical Birding, March 23-29, 2018

If you’ve always wanted to go birding in Costa Rica — or never taken a birding trip abroad at all — this program is a great introduction to the Neotropical birds of Central America. This trip will be booked through Holbrook Travel. Holbrook’s local birding guides are experts at identification by both sight and sound, and they’ll help ensure our group spots as many species as possible. Despite its small size, more than 900 types of birds have been recorded in the country. Combine that with its accessibility and its friendly people, and Costa Rica is a perfect destination for beginners and more advanced birders alike. Plus, you’ll discover fascinating wildlife like frogs, monkeys, bats, and sloths.

Male Green Honeycreeper Wainwright

• Take guided hikes in primary and secondary rainforest of the Sarapiqui Valley, which provides habitat to a number of bird species, including the endangered Great Green Macaw.
• Get a different perspective of the rainforest from atop the 100-meter suspended walkway at Tirimbina Biological Reserve for the chance to see species that spend their time within the forest canopy.
• Watch for species like the Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Crested Guan, and Spectacled Owl at the world-renowned La Selva Biological Station.
• Search for the highly sought-after Resplendent Quetzal in the cloud forests of San Gerardo de Dota.
Deadline to register is November 23, 2017

Cost is based on double occupancy; for a single room throughout the trip add $200 per person. A $200 per person deposit and enrollment form are required to reserve your space on the trip no later than November 23, 2017. This deposit is refundable excluding a $100 cancellation fee until December 18, 2017, at which time non-refundable final payment is due. Travel/trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Click here for a direct link to the Holbrook Travel website about our trip or for a trip itinerary, click here.

To reserve a spot, contact  Sandy Schmidt: 800-451-7111 x379

September Program,  September 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Examining the Ecology of Birds through Art

Speaker: Chris Farrell, Northeast Florida Policy Associate, Audubon Florida

Come hear Chris as he examines Florida’s wading birds, their unique environment, and the art they’ve inspired through time.

Location 4266 Sunbeam Rd. #100, Jacksonville, FL.

September Field Trips

This is the time of year when we get to experience fall migration. We hope to see you at some of our field trips.

Sept. 3 10 a.m. Spanish Pond: Focus on beginning birders Leader: Jody Willis (904-874-4204)

Sept. 23 8 a.m. Crosby Sanctuary Walk & Work Day Leader: Pete Johnson (904-536-4806)

Sept. 24 8 a.m. Westside Industrial Park Leader: Dave Foster (

Sept. 30 8 a.m. Reddie Point Preserve Leader: Judy Jeffas (904-612-7036)

For details on these activities, check our web site calendar at, or Facebook.

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