Duval Audubon e-news November 2017




Audubon Observer

an e-publication of Duval Audubon Society

 serving Clay, Duval and Nassau counties

    November 2017    


Volunteers Needed for a Super Fun Event!

Volunteers are needed for our 4th Annual Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids on January 6 at Camp Chowenwaw from 8 am to 12:30 pm. We need volunteers for registration, field trips (one hour) and binocular bootcamp.

 The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) is a fun, family-friendly birdwatching event that promotes nature appreciation and environmental stewardship. Celebrate birds with youth and their families - while building bird identification skills and contributing to important Citizen Science for bird conservation!

If you are interested, please contact Debi Hill at fldeb@ymail.com or 904-612-3780.

 "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."  Rachel Carson, marine biologist and author of Silent Spring.

Our Annual Audubon Assembly Was Over Capacity!

Several Duval Audubon chapter members attended the recent annual Audubon Assembly in St. Augustine, Florida. 

AudubonAssembly 2017

This yearly gathering gives members the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals focused on the conservation priorities for our state by Audubon Florida. This over capacity event had attendees from 36 out of the 45 chapters in our state in addition to Audubon scientists, government officials and policymakers.

Out and About

The month of October proved to be productive for migrating warblers. Golden-winged warblers were reported by members Andrew Schumann in Nassau County and Candice Davis in Duval. Marie Chappell and Brett Moyer spotted Blue-winged warbler. Cape May, Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Green Warblers among others have also been reported. We'll be on the lookout now for our wintering species.  

A brisk and windy day didn't deter participants on our recent Clay County Caravan field trip! We hope to see you on one of our outings soon.

Clay County Caravan


November Program,  November 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Leeched, Stitched, Bitten and Poisoned: the Adventures of a Butterfly Photographer

Speaker: Bill Berthet

Have you ever wondered what a typical day in the field is like for a butterfly photographer? Dog bites, getting chased by a Brahma Bull or photographing butterflies next to fields of Coca in Bolivia are all part of the job documenting sightings of Neotropical butterflies. Come hear how this field photographer goes about finding the right habitats, using bait to attract butterflies and how he and the team identify photos and share in the excitement of finding a new or poorly known genus, species or subspecies.

Mr. Berthet will talk about photographing  a bilateral gynandromorph - the “Holy Grail” of butterfly photography and his experience photographing butterflies from 20 ft. to over 15,500 ft. in elevation. He will cover parts of Mexico, S. America, India, China, S. Thailand and Ussuriland, Russia, including  some culture and stories. Of course, when searching for butterflies in the field, birds are encountered, so he will have photos of such specialties as Marvelous Spatuletail and Andean Cock of the Rock.

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

November Field Trips

Nov. 4 8 a.m. Gold Head Branch State Park, entry fee  Leader: Martha Fethe (904-699-8453)

Nov. 5 8 a.m. Guana Sea Watch $ (w/St. Johns Audubon) Leader Aurelie Drexler (917-975-7467)

Nov. 5 10 a.m. Spanish Pond Leader: Jody Willis (904-874-4204)

Nov. 11 8 a.m. Okefenokee NWR Leader: Pat Murphy (904-608-7860) (Note: the $5 entrance fee has been waived on Veterans Day weekend!)

Nov. 18 8 a.m. Spoonbill Pond $ (w/St. Johns Audubon) Leader: Kevin Dailey (kedailey@yahoo.com)

Nov. 25 8 a.m. Crosby Saturday Contact: Pete Johnson (904-536-4806)

For details on these activities, check our web site calendar at www.duvalaudubon.org, www.meetup.com/Duval-Audubon-Society or Facebook.

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