• Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count Beginning February 12th!


    The 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will soon be here! This year's count is from February 12th-15th. This has become an important global event for tracking our birds. Bird populations are constantly changing and with the addition of weather patterns such as El Niño, it will be interesting to see if we get some unseasonal sightings.

    Researchers and scientists will use the data collected to track trends such as increases or decreases in populations. This information can help determine where conservation efforts are needed. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as you wish) on one or more days of this four-day event and report your sightings online at birdcount.org.

    We will have a table outside the entrance of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on Saturday, February 13th. Stop by and learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count and how you can help protect birds by participating in this fun Citizen Science event.








  • Another Successful Christmas Bird Count For Kids


    Our second annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids on January 9th co-sponsored by Camp Chowenwaw had 40 participants! Thank you to all the volunteers who made this possible. This is a fun, family event that we hope to continue annually.

    CBC4Kids is an opportunity to introduce our young folks to birdwatching and help hone their identification skills. It is also a way to instill an appreciation for nature and hopefully help grow an awareness for environmental stewardship.



    The groups were divided into teams. Here volunteer, Martha Fethe, leads a field trip to find some birds.




  • Help fund this project for Crosby Sanctuary!


    We are pleased to tell you about an upcoming project for the benefit of Crosby Sanctuary in Orange Park that needs funding. Brian Christ of Boy Scout Troop 321 is planning to build a Kiosk at the north entrance of the Sanctuary for his Eagle Scout Project. Brian attended our December meeting to introduce himself, outline the project, and ask for fundraising support to raise $450 to build the kiosk. He received several generous donations that night.

    In order to help him reach his goal, please consider making donations directly to him for this project. In the event of excess funding, he will make sure that any overage goes for conservation at the Sanctuary.

    If you have any questions, you can contact Brian directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Make your check payable to Brian Christ and mail to
    Brian Christ
    4502 Bannons Walk Ct.
    Jacksonville Fl. 32258