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Our walks and field trips are open to the public. These live experiences are offered with attention to National Audubon and local Guidelines to minimize exposure to COVID-19. In the field, we ask that participants wear masks to protect yourself and anyone near you. Please bring your own binoculars, spotting scopes (and water & snacks). Don't have binoculars? Many identifications are made on sounds and behavior. We will teach you how.


2022 January 22, SATURDAY MORNING BIRD WALK along the Niceville & Valparaiso Shorelines. Leader: Walt Spence, 850`582`7064. Meet 7:30 am in Skippers Furniture and Mattress parking lot, Bayou Plaza, 597 W John Sims Pkwy (light at Hwy 85) in western Niceville. Bring binoculars, scopes, and/or cameras. Walt is a knowledgeable birder, bird photographer and repository of local history which he enjoys sharing. It may be cold and windy along the shorelines so dress accordingly.


2022 February 12, SATURDAY FIELD TRIP to Conservation Park near Panama City. Leader Ron Houser 850`381`5651


2022 February 19, SAT FIELD TRIP: Freeport's Hidden Birding Sites, Walton County. Join Malcolm Swan 210`452`4899 Either (1) at 7:30 AM at the Bluewater Bay Winn Dixie, 4512 East Highway 20, Niceville under the sign, or (2) at 8:15 at the Publix parking lot, Rt 331, Freeport. We'll see early migrants, warblers and maybe a Northern Parula. Figure on spending 3 hours visiting 6-8 places with very short walks, followed perhaps by a brunch or lunch somewhere.


2022 February 26, SATURDAY BIRD FIELD TRIP to Little Creek Woods, North Walton County. Leader: Bob Reid, 850`768`1926. Meet 7:00 am in the CVS, Oak Creek Shopping Center parking lot, Niceville. We will look for Brown-headed Nuthatches among other species. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes & hat. Bring sack lunch, camera, binoculars, and a friend or two.


2022 March 12, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to the Destin Parks and Heron rookery. Join Bruce Purdy 305'926'6030 for short walks at multiple sites looking for spring migrants and Black-crowned Night-Herons. Meet 7:30 am in the CVS parking lot at Hwy 98 and Main St., Destin opposite Regions Bank. Wear long pants & closed-toe shoes. Bring binoculars and scope, if you have one.


2022 March 26, SATURDAY MORNING BIRD FIELD TRIP to the Wright Landfill and the Okaloosa Holding Ponds. Leader: Malcolm Swan 210`452`4899 to text. Meet 7:30 am at Pepitos Restaurant, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. We will look for ducks, waders, hawks and migrants. Wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes, & hat. Bring camera and/or binoculars.


2022 April 7, PRESENTATION: ALASKA - BIRDS OF THE FAR NORTH COUNTRY Malcolm Swan and Shannon Hobson will present recent videos and photographs of spectacular birds, Kodiak Bear cubs, and sea mammals observed during their 2021 trip to Pt. Barrow, Nome, Kodiak Island, and Seward. The program will be held in Room 302 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 pm. Admission is free and open to the interested public. Call or e-mail TBD for more information.


2022 April 9, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to Veterans Park, Okaloosa Island. Malcolm Swan 210`452`4899 leads this trip. We visit bayshore, barrier island woodland, and 5 wetlands. Meet 7:30 am in the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot. Wear closed-toed shoes, binoculars and/or camera, and perhaps a hat.


2022 April 23, SATURDAY FIELD TRIP to perhaps Deer Lake [cancelled].


2022 May 5, PRESENTATION: Seabirds and Shorebirds by Caroline Stahala, Ph.D., who will talk about the farthest flying animals on (and above) the Planet. The program will be held in Room 302 on the THIRD floor 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 pm. Admission is free and open to the interested public. For more information, click our Facebook link or call President Dave Clausen 907`321`3701.


2022 May 6-8 (FRI evening, all-day SAT, SUN morning), MEMBERS RETREAT to Sweetwater Wetlands Park and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (both South of Gainseville). Meeting places, times, and hotel information to be posted here and on Facebook by 28 February. Leader Malcolm Swan 850`452`4899.


2022 May 14, SATURDAY FIELD TRIP to Eglin Piney Woods for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and other specialties of tall and frequently-burned pine forest. Leader: Malcolm Swan 210`452`4899 to text. Meet 7:30 am at the Eglin AFB Armament Museum parking lot, 100 Museum Dr, Eglin AFB. Search for Bachman’s Sparrow and Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Go online to purchase a Jackson-Guard Pass for Eglin Reservation prior to this date. The physical office is open weekdays until 4:30 at Eglin Jackson Guard office 107 Hwy 85 North, in Niceville.

CAS Newsletter Shorelines (PDF files):    Spring 2017     Winter 2016-17     Fall 2016     Spring 2016     Winter 2015-16

Some past trip reports (PDF files):    19 Nov 2016 in E Okaloosa Co   16 Apr 2016 at Veterans Park   19 Mar 2016 at 7 Pines Nursery