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.
Last year Duval Audubon Society, St. Johns County Audubon Society, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens banded together as Lights Out Northeast Florida to study and ultimately try to reduce the deadly effects of excess nighttime lighting on birds migrating through our area. Routes in various areas of downtown Jacksonville were established, volunteers recruited, and data was collected during the spring migration season. In all, the routes were walked 129 times and 101 birds were found, 70 dead and 31 alive. Most of the birds found alive were able to be released. This was the first time that data relating to birds striking buildings at night had ever been collected in Jacksonville. (Read more...)
Despite their scientific name (Turdus migratorius), American Robin migration is hard to figure out. They can be entirely migratory, resident, or something in between. Emily Williams, a Georgetown University PhD student, is in our Northeast Florida area studying which robins migrate, when they decide to leave, and where they go. Emily’s research can tell us a lot about migration as a whole and provide insight into how birds respond to environmental change. Robins in this project will carry tracking tags that transmit locations throughout the year. (Read more...)
After more than a year of not being able to offer regular in-person activities, we’re happy to say that we’re planning to host more birding outings and other activities in our community this fall. However, in recognition of the current COVID resurgence, attendance at most outings will be limited and will require advance registration on our Meetup site. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged to provide a safe experience for all participants and volunteer leaders.
We will continue to offer our monthly Open House events at our Crosby Sanctuary conservation property in Orange Park from 8 am until noon on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December). If you haven’t visited Crosby Sanctuary yet, this is a great opportunity to experience this beautiful place for yourself. No group activities will be offered during the Open House - it's just an opportunity for folks to enjoy nature in our favorite place.
Programs will be still held virtually via Zoom on the third Monday of each month through November, but we are planning to host our first in-person meeting in over a year at 6:30 pm on December 20th at The Garden Club of Jacksonville. Our presenter that evening will be our very own treasurer Helen Kehrt, who will share her fabulous photos from her birding travels over the last several years. Our virtual program offerings include a presentation by conservationist Paul Baicich, whose talk will focus on birding and conservation in Cuba, as well as several other fascinating programs that you won’t want to miss. Details and instructions for Zoom participation are available on our website as well as our Meetup page and social media outlets.
Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic situation, we are waiting until later this year to make decisions about our Spring 2022 activities. We hope it will be possible to return to our full schedule of in-person outings and monthly meetings in the spring, but we first want to be sure that we will be able to provide a safe setting for all participants before making concrete plans.
Here are our upcoming activites for the month of September:
- Field Trip @ Jennings State Forest: 8 am, Saturday, September 4, 2021 (register here)
- Birding 101 @ Arlington Lions Club Park: 8 am, Sunday, September 5, 2021 (register here).
- Field Trip @ Black Creek Park: 8 am, Saturday, September 11, 2021 (register here).
- Nature Walk & Work Day @ Crosby Sanctuary: 8 am, Saturday, September 18, 2021 (register here).
- "Birding and Beyond in Cuba" Virtual Monthly Program: 6:30 pm, Monday, September 20, 2021 (register here).
- Open House @ Crosby Sanctuary: 8 am, Saturday, September 25, 2021 (no registration needed).
We are looking forward to an exciting fall season! Check our calendar of events for our full fall schedule.