• Many Voices for Conservation and the Environment: Ashantae Green

    Ashantae Green by Eridan ImagesContinuing our series focusing on the contributions of historically under-recognized groups to conservation and environmental sciences, this month we are featuring newly-elected member of the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District Ashantae Green, whose term representing Group 4 will begin on January 1, 2021.

    Ashantae’s passion is connecting the community to a green lifestyle and working to ensure that everyone has access to green spaces, healthy food, and clean water. For many years she has been an advocate for environmental equity, community education, and sustainability, and in her position on the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District, she plans to continue and amplify this work.

    Growing up on Jacksonville’s Eastside, Ashantae witnessed firsthand the impacts of environmental inequities, with higher rates of asthma and heat stroke among neighborhood children due to the lack of trees as well as pollution from factories and roads built right through the area, making the community up to 10 degrees warmer than other areas of town. And it’s not just the Eastside – other Jacksonville neighborhoods are also dealing with air pollution, regular flooding and erosion, contaminated soil, and inequitable access to healthy food.

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  • Audubon Adventures Classroom Kits Now Available!

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    Looking to reward your favorite teacher, student, or class with free Audubon science curriculum? Duval Audubon Society is currently accepting applications for Audubon Adventures classroom kits with print and online components for students, teachers, and parents.

    What’s in a kit? Printed student magazines, letter to instructor, letter to parent/caregiver, classroom certificate, online user guides for teachers, and an online portal for parents. Audubon Adventures also includes access to online group activities, posters, quizzes, puzzles and games, teaching standards, assessment, glossary, bibliography, and other environmental education resources.

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  • Jacksonville's Urban Forestry Program

    COJ Urban Forestry Program red maple 1If you are a Jacksonville resident, the City of Jacksonville will plant a tree (or two) on the City's right of way at your home for FREE. All you have to do is call the city (630-CITY) and ask for the trees and they will send an Urban Forestry staff member out to evaluate your right of way and help you select the best tree(s) to plant. It’s recommended that you do your homework first by going to the City's Urban Forestry website. You will find all kinds of information there including a list of available trees.

    How is this possible? The City has tree mitigation money that it is required to spend on replanting trees. The trees must be planted on City property (hence planting on the right of way), but these will add to the aesthetics of your yard and neighborhood, and will also help support the bird population in your area.

    Besides getting free trees, the Urban Forestry website gives you information about tree protections and tree removal policies. There is an extensive list of invasive plants as well. You can also find out how and when to report tree removal that you feel may be unlawful. Just remember that home owners are legally allowed to cut down trees on their own property.

    Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group is hosting an online informational session about Jacksonville's Urban Forestry Program at 7 pm on Monday, December 14, 2020. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

    Let’s bring the trees back to Jacksonville! Get your free tree now.

    --Carolyn Antman, Conservation Director for Duval County, December 2020


     
  • Crosby Sanctuary Fall 2020 News

    Crosby oak canopy watermark CBW IMG 20200426 130005Most members of our chapter know about our Crosby Sanctuary conservation property by now, but here’s a brief introduction for any new members: Crosby is a 510-acre nature and wildlife preserve in Clay County, Florida near the Town of Orange Park. We own the sanctuary and manage it with the help of volunteers who contribute their time every month performing tasks such as mowing, trail maintenance, native plantings, trash pickup, and invasive plant control. Crosby contains bottomland swamp, mesic pine flatwoods, and mesic hammock, natural communities that provide valuable habitat for many species of birds and wildlife. The Crosby swamp drains into the Ortega River, which is a tributary to the St Johns River.

    Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic last spring, our activities at Crosby have been reduced to avoid excess contact between volunteers. Instead, we’ve started hosting Open House events each month since September to give folks an opportunity to enjoy nature in our favorite place. These have been carefully run to avoid congregating groups of people. I want to thank chapter president Carol Bailey-White for organizing a responsible process for visitors to check-in and enter the sanctuary. I would also like to thank all the volunteers who have come out to help with the Open House events so far!

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  • Upcoming Activities

    As we announced previously, no group outings or indoor gatherings are planned for this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But we still have some fun and informative events planned! Here's what's coming up for December:

     

    Wishing you good health and happiness this holiday season and always. We look forward to seeing you soon!