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Field Trip Report: 16 Apr 2016 (PDF)
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FIELD TRIPS AND PROGRAMS (just one so far - Fall 2016 coming soon)
Field Trips and Program Meetings are free and open to the public - NOTE OUR NEW PROGRAM MEETING PLACE. Field Trips begin at specific place described under each event. For programs, the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society meets at 6:30 PM on the first Thursday of each month (exc. June, July) in Room 110 of the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (bldg 350) at Northwest Florida State College main campus in Niceville (click Earth view in Google Maps). Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00. Admission is free and open to the interested public. For more information, click our Facebook link or call Alan Knothe (850) 208-1780 or Don Baltz at (225) 252-2760. The interested public is invited to all of the events. Children should be accompanied by their parent(s) or guardian(s).
August 4, THURS PROGRAM: Dr. Caroline Stahala, Program Manager for Audubon Florida in the FL panhandle, will present Natural History and Conservation of the Bahama Parrot. All though the Bahama Parrot is one of the closest native parrots to the United States, people rarely know of this species. Caroline has been conducting behavioral and demographic studies on this parrot for 14 years now and will be presenting some of this work in addition to the species' natural history to Choctawhatchee Audubon Society. The Bahama Parrot is a charismatic and unique bird species. This parrot exhibits a unique behavior in that it nests underground in limestone solution cavities. This also poses unique management challenges which other parrots do not face. The Bahamas National Trust has addressed this challenge as well as other conservation issues through its management.
PREVIOUS 2016 PROGRAMS AND FIELD TRIPS
January 7, THUR EVENING PROGRAM: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society wishes to thank Walt Spence for serving as our President for the past several years. Helping to protect the Great Blue Herons at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island is one of Walt's most recent endeavors. Our members and friends are invited to bring their favorite photographs of scenery and wildlife at Veterans Park.
January 16, SAT. MORNING FIELD TRIP - Join members of the Bay County Audubon Society at 8:30 am in the Pepitos Restaurant parking lot at 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Wright, Florida (north side of Fort Walton Beach). Experienced birder Lenny Fenimore will be our leader on this Bird Walk to the Wright Landfill, the Passerine Trail, and the Okaloosa Holding Ponds. Aside from Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island, these are among the most consistently productive sites in Okaloosa County.
February 12-13/14, C.A.S. ANNUAL RETREAT - THIS YEAR TO CEDAR KEY (Park Place Motel). Contact Margaret Benner (850) 678-6665. Time and Location: 5:00PM at Park Place Motel, 211 2nd St, Cedar Key. We will bird island nature trails, and take a boat trip to other islands including famous Seahorse Key. The Boat will approach to 100 yards off shore without landing. Bring binoculars/scope/camera, AND bring warm clothes (coat, etc.) to break the wind chill.
February 27, SAT. FIELD TRIP: FWB Landfill and Okaloosa Holding Ponds. Contact Alan Knothe (850) 208-1780. We meet 7:30 AM at the Pepitos Restaurant parking lot at 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Wright, Florida (north side of Fort Walton Beach). We'll look for waders, herons, ducks and hawks.
March 3, THURS PROGRAM: “The Biology of Marine Birds” by Professor Emeritus Don Baltz, Louisiana State University. Dr. Baltz will explore the biology of the four primary groups of marine birds, Sphenisciformes (Penguins), Procellariiformes (Albatrosses and relatives), Pelecaniformes (Cormorants and relatives), and Charadriiformes (Gulls and relatives). These groups include about 275 species distributed around the world. Each group shares unique characteristics, but families and species within each group make a living in the marine environment in diverse ways. Many other species, which are considered secondary marine birds, use the marine environment in some manner but breed and rear their young in freshwater systems. The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the Student Services Center at Northwest FL State College main campus in Niceville. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00. Admission is free and open to the interested public. Call or e-mail Dr Don Baltz at 225 252-2760 ( email@example.com ) for more information.
March 12, SAT FIELD TRIP: South Walton Courthouse & local area. We meet leader Dee Nickerson (850) 499-9269 at 7:30 AM at the Bluewater Bay Winn Dixie, 4512 East Highway 20, Niceville under the sign, or at 8:15 at the SoWal (South Walton) Courthouse. We'll see early migrants, warblers and maybe a Northern Parula. Plan to have brunch together afterwards.
March 19, SAT FIELD TRIP: 7 Pines Native Nursery. We meet leader Dara Dobson (850) 830-8996 at 7:30 AM at the CVS parking lot, Oak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville. We'll go N on 285, turn Rt on 90, at 331 turn left, go N for 6 mi. Turn Right onto Co Hwy 192. See sign at 2 miles on Right. Address: 2435 County Highway 192, Defuniak Springs, FL.
March 26, SAT FIELD TRIP: Birding on Eglin AFB to see Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (maybe Bachman's Sparrow). We meet leader Malcolm Mark Swan (210) 343-9082 at 7:00 AM at the Eglin AFB Armament Museum parking lot, 100 Museum Dr, Eglin AFB. You must obtain a Jackson Guard Pass prior to this date to join the group. $20 for Annual Pass. Open weekdays at Eglin Jackson Guard office 107 Hwy 85 North, in Niceville.
April 7, THURS PROGRAM: Retired Federal Fishery Biologist Dave Clausen will present a program on the flora and fauna of Lord Howe Island, a U.N. World Heritage Site off the coast of eastern Australia. Clausen visited the island in 2015 and will report on many of the unique, endemic species of wildlife. The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the Student Services Center at Northwest Fl State College main campus in Niceville. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00. Admission is free and open to the interested public. Call Don Baltz at 225 252-2760, ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information.
April 16, SAT. FIELD TRIP: Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. We meet Malcolm Mark Swan (210) 343-9082 at 7:30 AM in the NE corner Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot. We'll look for migrant songbirds, some of which may just arrived after crossing the Gulf of Mexico. Over 200 species have been spotted here during the last 3 years. Looking for other animals and plants, as well. Wear closed shoes and hat. Binoculars, camera, and bugspray can be helpful at times. Restrooms at Ross Marler Park and the Convention Center.
April 23, Saturday: ESTUARY FESTIVAL, ROCKY BAYOU SP. See Gary, Phyllis, Don & Walt Spence (850) 582-7064. We meet 9:00 at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Rt 20, Niceville. We will spend a great day at the Park teaching children about birds.
May 5, THURS PROGRAM. The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a showing of a short film on Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes on the Northwest Florida State College campus. Award winning film maker, Elam Stoltzfus, has provided a stunning view of the scenery, ecology, and importance of 15 lakes that are extraordinary features of the panhandle’s coast. While the lakes are not unique, similar systems are found in only a few other places around the world. Professor Jon Bryan, chair of the Science Department, will be on hand to discuss the lakes’ geology. Ms Brandy Foley of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance will describe the pivotal role that CBA has taken in ensuring the preservation of the lakes ecological integrity. The meeting will be held in a new location: Room 110 of the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (bldg 350) at Northwest Florida State College main campus in Niceville (click Earth view in Google Maps). Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00. Admission is free and open to the interested public. Call Don Baltz at 225 252-2760, ( email@example.com ) for more information.
May 14, SAT. FIELD TRIP: Bay County Audubon President Ron Houser (850) 381-5651 will guide us at Bay County Audubon’s Laidlaw Plantation; we'll see the improvements made for birders. Meet 7:00 AM at the CVS parking lot, Oak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville. Bring sack lunch & wear appropriate clothing, including study footwear, hat and bugspray. Bring binoculars and camera.
May 21, Saturday: Coastal Bird Stewardship Program Training Walk. Contact Audubon Program Manager Caroline Stahala qt (850) 951-7704. We meet 7:30 AM at the Parking lot, SW Marler Bridge, Destin. We will learn what it takes to protect our nesting shorebirds such as Snowy plovers.