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 1,200 members in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties in Northeast Florida. We host monthly online informational meetings throughout the year and also offer field trips, 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!
We are now on Summer Break and won't have any scheduled activities during the months of June, July, and August. We are cautiously optimistic that with the availability of the COVID vaccines, we will be able to get back to a more normal schedule of activities in the fall. Check back in late summer to see what we have planned!
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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!
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (#CH4724) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR DUVAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, A FLORIDA-BASED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISITING WWW.FLORIDACONSUMERHELP.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
Now that the summer rains are upon us, it is especially important to remember to properly maintain your bird feeders. Dirty/moldy feeders and bird baths can transmit disease, particularly salmonella. Salmonella from birds can also be spread to people and pets as well as other birds. It’s not just salmonella, either. Just last month a strange and frightening disease started affecting birds in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and other east-central US states, and federal agencies are urging residents NOT to feed any birds until more is known about the nature and causes of the affliction.
There are many hints and videos online to show you how to clean your bird feeder. They all involve washing it with soapy water and soaking the feeder in bleach OR vinegar.
Imagine, you just landed your dream job, aced that final exam, or delivered an award-winning performance. Family and friends rush to their feet and give you the warmest standing ovation to show their support and admiration and you simply feel great. Now, remember that feeling and let’s head to your backyard. We’re about to make some hummingbirds feel just as great with a standing ovation of their own. All we need is a dazzling red wildflower.
Standing cypress is a native biennial wildflower with bright red and yellow, ornate, tubular flowers that bloom downward on a thick spike. The first year, it produces a fern-like rosette and on the second, a flower spike. Although the standing cypress does have a two-year life cycle, through reseeding, it can remain in your garden for years. And it’s fairly easy even if your green thumb is still growing. Standing cypress also requires little water. However, when it does, it must be watered deeply, and the soil should be allowed to dry. It is sensitive to root rot if its soil doesn’t drain properly. It also thrives in both the full sun and minimally shaded areas. Now, the best part is that not only does it attract hummingbirds and butterflies, but the standing cypress is also deer and drought tolerant!
Standing cypress is a great addition for your native pollinator garden, backyard and even rock gardens. It’s pretty accessible as well. You can find juvenile plants and seeds at your local plant and garden nurseries as well as online platforms like Etsy. With that, let’s get out there and give our nectar-loving, pollen-spreading feathered friends a standing (cypress) ovation.
~ Chris Conner, EDI and Volunteer Director
Even though we're (mostly) on break this month, there are still some great community events and volunteer opportunities coming up in July:
- Activating Jacksonville's Riverfront Public Meeting hosted by Jessie Ball duPont Fund: 5:30 pm, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 via Zoom (free, but you must register here to receive the Zoom meeting link).
- Riverfront Activation Community Meeting (San Marco, Riverside, and Mandarin residents) hosted by Groundwork Jacksonville: 5:30 - 7 pm, Thursday, July 15, 2021 @ San Marco Preservation Hall, 1652 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 (also free, but registration is required).
- (Virtual) Boardwalk Talk: The Nature Photography of Will Dickey and Tom Schifanella hosted by Beaches Museum and Timucuan Parks Foundation: 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 15, 2021 via Zoom (free registration for Beaches Museum members, suggested $5 donation for non-members - register here).
- Building a Bioswale workshop hosted by Duval Soil and Water Conservation District and Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board: 10 - 11 am, Sunday, July 18, 2021 @ Regeneration Park, Moncrief Road and West 13th St, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Free event, but registration is required.
- Riverfront Activation Community Meeting (Arlington, Spring Park, St. Nicholas, & Southside residents) hosted by Groundwork Jacksonville: 5:30 - 7 pm, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ Cuba Libre Ultra Lounge, 2578 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 (register here).
- Working Wednesday Summer Project: Castaway Island Preserve volunteer opportunity hosted by the Timucuan Parks Foundation: 9 am - 12 pm, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ Castaway Island Preserve, 2921 San Pablo Road South, Jacksonville 32224 (more info).
- Invasive Plant Control Volunteer Work Day hosted by Duval Audubon Society and the Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society: 8 am - 12 pm, Saturday, July 24, 2021 @ Crosby Sanctuary, 427 Aquarius Concourse, Orange Park, FL 32073 (more info).
Lots to do in our area this month - have a great summer!