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PROGRAMS, FIELD TRIPS September through December 2015


Field Trips and Program Meetings are free and open to the public. Field Trips begin near the specific birding site. Program meetings begin at 6:30 PM, and each night's program begins at 7:00. Where? Usually in Room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at Northwest FL State College main campus in Niceville. For more information, click our Facebook link or call Walt Spence at 850-582-7064.


August 8 (done) FIELD TRIP to SOUTH WALTON CO. PINEY FLATWOODS. Leader: Tom Greene 850 694 6403. We met at the Sandestin WalMart and were prepared for boggy conditions. This summer the pitcher plants bogs were unusually dry, but we still saw many cool plants.


September 3, THUR EVENING PROGRAM: One of the finest nature photographers on the Gulf Coast, Jeff Waldorff, will present his exquisite visions of our beaches, birds and general environs at the next monthly meeting of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society. His images of Black Skimmers are some of the best in the world, and his nocturnal beachscapes are gorgeously saturated and often ethereal. His slideshow should be of particular interest to anyone learning nature photography.


September 19, SAT. MORNING BIRD WALK at SWIFT CREEK and NICEVILLE SPRAYFIELDS. Leader: Lenny Fenimore 850 863 2039. Meet 730 AM at 304 Piney Creek Cove, Swift Creek, Niceville. See interesting ravine topography and also the birds of open meadows, including raptors and Wild Turkeys. Meet at the home of Gary and Kay Parsons at 304 Piney Creek Cove in Swift Creek, Niceville, at 7:30 AM, but park in the rear. From Hwy 20, turn north on Hwy 285N and proceed 1.7 miles, then turn east on Winding Waters Way. Proceed past Sweetwater Way, and park on the left, just before reaching Coldwater Creek. This is Gary’s back yard. Wear good walking/hiking shoes, and bring binoculars and scopes, water, bugspray, long pants and a hat.


September 26, SAT. MORNING BIRD WALK to the OKALOOSA HOLDING PONDS. Leader: Malcolm Mark Swan 210 343 9082. Meet 7:30 AM at the (new) Pepitos Restaurant, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. With eyes like yours, we can find rarities, fall migrants, and maybe a surprise.


October 1, THUR EVENING PROGRAM: Noted birder and videographer Malcolm Mark Swan will present “Endangered Birds of America” with his amazing bird footage at our regular monthly meeting. Enjoy Malcolm’s up-close views of interesting species and their entertaining behaviors that will educate, amuse, and delight. The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the new Student Services Building at Northwest Fla. 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 Walt Spence at 850-582-7064 for more information.


October 3, SATURDAY FIELD TRIP to Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore. Leader: Alan Knothe 850 208 1780. Meet 7:00 AM at Uptown Station, 99 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach (city) or Battery Langdon at 8:15 AM. Wear water, long pants, closed shoes, hat, and binoculars. Look for migrants and learn about shorebirds with an enthusiastic birder. An adventure-packed day of birding in some of West Florida’s finest viewing locations. Note: PARK ENTRANCE FEE.


October 10, SATURDAY EVENT Explore the Outdoors Festival, Live Oak Landing, Freeport. Leader: Lori Ceier 850 267 2064. Meet 9:00 AM at 229 Pitts Ave, Freeport WEBSITE: LIVE OAK LANDING RVC OUTDOORS This family festival centered on outdoor pursuits has a laid-back atmosphere and many different exhibitors in a gorgeous location. We’ll be using games to help children learn to identify birds, and will also offer hands-on instruction in the use of binoculars and spotting scopes. Audubon members who would like to volunteer to help should bring water, insect repellent, and a lawn chair. Call Lori Ceier for info about the Festival at 850-267-2064, and call Margaret Benner at 850-678-6665 to volunteer to help. No admission fee is required.


October 17, SAT. MORNING BIRD WALK to NICEVILLE SHORELINES. Leader: Lenny Fenimore 850 863 2039. Meet 7:30 AM at Badcock Furniture, Bayou Plaza, 597 (500-600) W John Sims Pkwy (in front of the new Mattress Depot store) in western Niceville. We'll Look for ducks and shorebirds. Bring cameras and binoculars and wear closed shoes and a hat. No fee.


November 14, SAT. MORNING BIRD WALK to DESTIN BEACHES. Leader: Bruce Purdy 305 359 5334. Meet 7:30 AM at the public parking lot at the SW end of the Marler (Destin) Bridge over East Pass (south side of the 4-lane highway). Study gulls, terns, shorebirds with an experienced birder. Wear closed shoes, hat, and bring your camera and a friend.


November 21, SAT. MORNING BIRD WALK: HIGHLIGHTS of NICEVILLE, BWB MARINA and LAKE PIPPEN. Leader: Carole Goodyear 850 897 2666. Meet 7:30 AM at Bluewater Bay Winn Dixie under the sign, 4512 East Highway 20, Niceville. See gulls, terns, shorebirds with an experienced birder. Wear closed shoes, hat, and bring your camera and a friend.


December 12 AUDUBON CHRISTMAS PARTY: SAT. EVENING 5:30 PM at 4085 Bond Circle, Rocky Bayou, Niceville. Hosts: The Benners 850 678 6665. BYOB and a dish to share.


2015 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - date TBA, perhaps Dec 19. Alan Knothe 850 208 1780 has coordinated birding in our circle in this worldwide citizen science event (all experience levels welcome). The 15-mile-diameter circle is centered 4 mi N of the Marler (Destin) Bridge over East Pass.