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Please join our walks and field trips. 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 while in close contact, but masks may be removed while participants are 6 feet away from each other. We are not allowed to share optics, so please bring you own binoculars, spotting scopes, water, snacks. Don't have binoculars? Many of our identifications are made on sounds and behavior. We will teach you how.


2021 September 11, 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.


2021 October 9, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to Camp Helen State Park in southern Bay County. Leader: Malcolm Swan, 210`452`4899 or Margaret Benner, 850`376`2025. Meet 8 to 8:15 am at the Visitor Center reached by turning S. off of U.S. 98 about 1.2 miles E. of the E. end of E Hwy 30A. Note: entrance fee $4 + donation. We are unable to do the Birding by Boat. We will do a bird walk as usual, by foot. Interesting birds can be seen both at the Gulf estuary and the north side of the park which is easier walking on concrete. Bring a sack lunch, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen.


2021 October 16, SATURDAY EVENT: Henderson Beach Wildlife Bash Volunteers appreciated, so call Margaret Benner 850`376`2025 (or Kali Hiemier, 386`538`4229) to help. We need volunteers to help play games, measure wing spans and teach children to use binoculars. Event goes 10 AM to 2 PM, but volunteers meet 9:00 AM at East end of Henderson Beach State Park, Destin. Website: Henderson Wildlife Bash This family festival centered on outdoor pursuits has a laid-back atmosphere and many different exhibitors in a gorgeous location.


2021 October 23, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to the Parks of Fort Walton Beach, Cinco Bayou, and Mary Esther. Join Malcolm Swan (210`452`4899 to text) at 8:00 AM at Uptown Station about half-way between Winn-Dixie and Starbucks, which is at 95 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL. We will look for migrant warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, and waterbirds. Wear closed shoes & hat. Bring your binoculars, camera and a friend or two.


2021 November 6, SATURDAY EVENT: Trail Brushing and Birding at Laidlaw Plantation (near Vernon in Holmes County). This Joint Event with the Bay County Audubon. Meet at any of the 3 places, the third being mandatory:
You can join us to depart by 7:00 am from the CVS, Oak Creek Shopping Center parking lot, Niceville,
or you can meet others of us before departing at 7:30 am from the Publix parking lot, Rt 331, Freeport.
Finally, we meet at 8:45 AM (to depart by 9 AM) at the Holmes Creek boat landing (entrance across from Hwy 279 entrance from FL HWY 79) from where we'll drive 4-5 miles to the unmarked park entrance. Bring drinking water, work gloves, and lopper/pruning tools, and a sack lunch. Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bay Audubon Leader Ron Houser 850`774`9733


2021 November 27, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to the Destin Shorelines. Join Bruce Purdy at 7:30 AM for a bird-walk to the East Pass, West Jetty, and Gulf Beach. We will be watching for uncommon loons, grebes, ducks, gulls, terns, and shorebirds. Wear closed shoes & hat. Bring your camera and a friend or two. MEETING PLACE TO BE DETERMINED. Wear closed shoes and a hat, AND get your current Eglin Beach Permit BY CLICKING VIDEOS in Note you will need to watch the whole 4-minute Beach video before you can answer currently very simple questions. Continue through the Shopping Cart process INCLUDING viewing your cart AND printing, which displays your permit. If you copy the screen, you can email the screen-capture file to yourself.


2021 December 11 Audubon Christmas Party on Saturday Evening 2:00 PM at the Kelly Plantation Owners' Clubhouse (not the Golf Clubhouse). RSVP 850`376`2025 by November 25. Call early, and upon arrival give your name at the entrance gate). It's a Potluck Dinner; bring your beverage and bring a covered seasonal dish to share. Bring an inexpensive "birdie" item (or similar) for our Silent Auction.


2021 December 18 SATURDAY Choctawhatchee Audubon CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2021. Malcolm Swan and Bruce Purdy coordinate our Audubon CBC 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, and the circle is divided into many sections for the different parties of observers. Contact Malcolm (210`452`4899 to text) to participate in one of the parties. PDF with local bird ID tips



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