• NFLT is So Close to the Goal to Help Save a Piece of Natural Florida!

    Birds Wood Stork watermark Emil KotikOur chapter is supporting the North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) and the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation Department in helping to raise funds to preserve a small (4.85 acre) parcel of land that is adjacent to the City's Ferngully Preserve in the Mandarin area. Ferngully is an undeveloped tract of land comprised mostly of wetlands and is habitat for several threatened and endangered species, including Wood Storks and possibly the Southeastern Fox Squirrel, Striped Newts, and several rare plant species. NFLT just needs a few more donations to complete this fundraising campaign!

    This property is up for sale and is in danger of being developed, which would cause significant environmental damage to the wetlands and further reduce suitable habitat for the birds, plants, and other wildlife species that rely on it for survival. If the North Florida Land Trust’s fundraising campaign is successful, the property would be added to the Ferngully Preserve and would be kept in its natural state, protected from development.

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  • Swallow-tailed Kite Population Survey

    Swallow tailed Kite watermark CBW 20150415The Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) is a nonprofit research organization that focuses on rare and imperiled bird species in the United States and Latin America, such as Magificent Frigatebirds, Snail Kites, Reddish Egrets, and Northern Harriers. Their research gathers data throughout the year-round ranges of the studied species in order to inform local and international efforts to conserve these and other threatened species.

    One of the most iconic species they study is the Swallow-tailed Kite. This stunning raptor species winters in South America, returning to North America to breed during the summer months. Many Swallow-tailed Kites nest right here in Northeast Florida, and it's always a pleasure to see these beauties soaring around in search for a meal for their young.

    ARCI is currently conducting a population study of Swallow-tailed Kites, and you can help by contributing your sightings from July 15 through August 10. It's easy! Just fill out their online form to report any Swallow-tailed Kites you see during that time period. The most valuable sightings are those in the mornings before 10 am, but all sightings will be helpful. Your sightings can help conserve this spectacular but vulnerable species.


     
  • June Challenge 2022 Results

    hat and coffeeWe are so pleased to announce our local winners of the 2022 June Challenge! Congratulations to Clay County winner Martha Fethe, who spotted 94 species, and Duval County winner Jeffrey Graham, who tallied an incredible 123 species last month. Since there were no participants this year from Nassau County, we're awarding a second place prize to Duval County participant Jay Kauffman, who hustled for an amazing 117 species, topping his last year's count by more than 25 species!

    A special shout-out to Jessica Dyszel, who participated not only in Duval County and Clay County, but also in Alachua County (and was in Maine for part of the month!)

    Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated! See the full statewide results here. Winners will get our limited-edition ball cap and a 12 oz. bag of delicious, bird-friendly Birds and Beans coffee.

    If you didn't get to participate this year, mark your calendars for next June! It's such a great way to keep on birding during the summer months and discover some magical places right in our area that you might not have visited before. Learn more at floridabirdingtrail.com/june-challenge/.


     
  • Join Our Board of Directors

    DAS Board 2022 2023We are still accepting nominations for our board of directors. We are an all-volunteer chapter governed by a board of directors who work together to plan and coordinate the activities offered by the organization to further our mission, “Connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife.”

    We have several board director openings, including Education Director, EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Director, Programs Director, and Volunteer Director. In addition, we are currently without a Vice President, an officer position that will be critical in the coming year as the current president’s final term will end on June 30, 2023.

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  • Summer Break

    Our chapter is on summer break!

    During the months of June, July, and August, we are taking our annual hiatus from our regular schedule of birding outings and other activities, but chapter leaders will still be working hard to plan activities for our upcoming 2022/2023 season starting in September.

    Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing summer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

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