Welcome to Duval Audubon Society
Connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife.
We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society and have about 1,100 members in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties in Northeast Florida. We host monthly online informational meetings throughout the year and also offer special events, volunteer opportunities, and other activities. Please check our calendar of events for a current listing of our upcoming activities. We hope you'll join us!
2021 EVENTS UPDATE: Although the news of an effective coronavirus vaccine is encouraging, it looks like it will still be some months before the spread of the virus slows down. With the pandemic still surging, our Board of Directors has decided that we will continue to limit hosted in-person activities this year (at least for the first few months) to ensure the health and safety of our members and volunteers. Registration will be limited and participants and volunteers will be required to observe COVID-19 safety measures including masks and social distancing for most in-person activities.
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As a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are grateful for your support. Every contribution helps us continue our work in Northeast Florida!
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We are deeply saddened to share the devastating news of the passing of one of our most dedicated volunteers, Emil Kotik, who lost his life in a traffic accident earlier this year.
Emil grew up in California in the 1960s and served as an Army Ranger during the Vietnam War. He worked a variety of jobs after his military service, including plant nursery handyman and machinist. He loved exploring the desert when he lived out west and once hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back in one day!
Emil's love of nature continued with his move to Florida. He volunteered with our chapter for many years at our Crosby Sanctuary conservation property in Orange Park, FL, and contributed an incredible amount of time and effort on projects to enhance the preserve.
Continuing our series focusing on the contributions of historically under-recognized groups to the conservation and environmental advocacy movement, this month we are highlighting the work of Hazel M. Johnson. Known as “The Mother of Environmental Justice” for her grassroots efforts to combat environmental racism, Johnson was a working-class woman who lived in a housing project managed by the Chicago Housing Authority on the South Side of Chicago for most of her adult life.
Ten years after her husband died of lung cancer in 1969, she became aware of the high rate of chronic health problems like respiratory and skin conditions among area residents, including her own children. She realized that these illnesses were likely caused by exposure to toxic fumes from local steel mills, refineries, and chemical companies, asbestos used in the construction of the buildings they lived in, and contaminated drinking water. In addition, the housing project itself was built on top of land that had previously been used as a toxic sludge dump for the Pullman Motor Company. Residents of the area were found to have the highest incidence of cancer in the city of Chicago.
With spring migration right around the corner, here's a reminder about our Lights Out Northeast Florida initiative in partnership with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and St. Johns County Audubon Society.
It is widely known that many of our feathered friends fly south for the winter and north for the summer. But did you know that 3.5 billion birds make this twice-per-year journey, and that Northeast Florida is the second-largest migration path for birds on the Atlantic Flyway?
We commonly see Canada Geese migrating overhead during the day, but many of our favorite songbirds travel at night under the cover of darkness using the moon and stars as their guiding lights. However, bright artificial lights on buildings draw birds toward these lights and off their natural migration paths. The birds will often aimlessly circle a brightly lit building until they collide with it or collapse from exhaustion. By turning out the lights, we can remove a major source of mortality from bird populations already threatened by predators, bad weather, food availability disruptions due to climate change, habitat loss, and more.
Duval Audubon Society is an all-volunteer organization operated by a Board of Directors who manage the day-do-day business of running a chapter of the National Audubon Society. The following have indicated their interested in serving on Duval Audubon Society's 2021/2022 Board of Directors:
- President: Carol Bailey-White
- Treasurer: Helen Kehrt
- Community Outreach Director: Johnna Bellen
- Conservation Director, Clay County / Crosby Sanctuary Director: Pete Johnson
- Conservation Director, Duval County: Carolyn Antman
- Conservation Director, Nassau County: Andrew Schumann
- Equity, Diversity & Inclusion / Volunteer Director: Chris Conner
- Membership Director: Christine Lucas
We bid a grateful farewell to our current Education Director Cristina Tuckness - Cris, thank you for your service to Duval Audubon Society and our community!
Current board openings include two officer positions, Vice President & Recording Secretary; and a director position, Field Trips & Programs Director. We are also in need of an Education Director for 2021/2022.
Board members attend monthly meetings (held virtually via Zoom) and participate in chapter activities on a regular basis. Board officers are appointed for a one-year term, and directors serve for two years. If you would like to join our board to help our chapter achieve its mission of connecting people with nature, please complete our online application form or download our paper application form and send via US Mail to:
Duval Audubon Society
PO Box 16304
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Here's what's happening in April:
- Virtual Bird Trivia Night: 7:30 - 8:30 pm, Friday, April 9, 2021 (this online event is free, but registration is limited; you must register to participate)
- Field Trip: St. Augustine Road Fish Management Area: 8:30 - 11:30 am, Sunday, April 11, 2021 (also free, but registration is limited and you MUST register on our Meetup site to participate)
- Crosby Sanctuary Nature Walk and Work Day: 8 am - 12 pm, Saturday, April 17, 2021 (attendance will be limited to no more than 20 people, and you must register on our Meetup site to participate)
- Audubon Florida Birdathon: 12 am - 11:59 pm, Saturday, April 17, 2021
- Cleanup at Heritage River Road Wetlands: 8:30 - 11:30 am, Sunday, April 18, 2021 (please register so we'll know how many to expect)
- Virtual Monthly Program: One Good Tern Deserves Another: 6:30 - 8 pm, Monday, April 19, 2021 (also free, but you must register to participate)
- Crosby Sanctuary Open House: 8 am - 12 pm, Saturday, April 24, 2021
- Forest Bathing Meditation at Crosby Sanctuary: 2 - 4 pm, Sunday, April 25, 2021 (attendance will be limited to no more than 20 people, and you must register on our Meetup site to participate)
We look forward to seeing you soon!