October 25 SATURDAY AUDUBON BIRD WALK 7:30 AM at Destin Beach & Choctawhatchee Bay with Bruce Purdy. Meet in parking lot at SW corner of Marler (Destin west side) Bridge over East Pass. Focus on ducks & shorebirds. Call Bruce at 850-359-5334 for more info.
Program meetings are free and open to the public: 6:30 PM in Room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. For more information, click our Facebook link or call Walt Spence at 850-582-7064.
PLACES OF INTEREST Okaloosa Holding Ponds is open to birders with a Jackson Guard pass. Constantly watch for work trucks and park off the paved road (avoid deep sand), either between the two basins along Robert Road or south of the first (the south basin along Roberts Road). You may walk to the more eastern basins, even to the slough along Timberlake Rd. Rattlesnakes are seen occasionally. Stay away from all buildings and equipment. Be courteous to the employees; many wave back. Once in a while, they may have a question or report an eagle.
Coffeen Nature Preserve: 146 Coffeen Hill Rd Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 622-3700. Call before visiting for access through gate. From the West (Destin), Go east on Hwy 98 to Sandestin Blvd traffic light, watch for a water tower with South Walton written on it. Take the 3rd turning after the water tower. The entrance road has no name but there is a sign ‘Coffeen Nature Preserve’. Take the first right turn after the gate to the office.