• On April 2 at The BookMark at Neptune Beach, the Northeast Florida Young Birders Club made its appearance at a very special event—the David Allen Sibley book signing. Mr. Sibley told us about some additions to his new Sibley Birds East (including the parasitic Pin-tailed Whydah, which now breeds in Florida) and overviewed several incredible bird behaviors and mysteries which still fascinate him (do you know exactly where the Chimney Swift winters?).

    And, of course, we had our Sibley books signed. We even got a photo with this nationally-renowned birder and got to ask him a few questions. All in all, we had a great time, and we’re looking forward to the next event together!

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    Speaking of the next event, don't forget the Global Big Day, an international birding extravaganza on May 14th! Meet us with the Duval Audubon Society at Huguenot Memorial Park at 8:00 AM (see Activities > Calendar of Events for more details). We're looking forward to it, and we hope to see you there. 

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  • Join Our Board!

    It’s that time of year when we elect our board members. Currently, there are positions available. If you would like to be considered, please download the application here and email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    You must be a member of the chapter and board members are expected to attend our monthly board meetings. We are in particular need of an Education Director as our current Director is retiring. However, she will be available to get you started. If you don’t want to join the board, but would like to lead a committee, we could use a volunteer coordinator, newsletter editor, publicity chair and historian to name a few. Committee chairs are not required to attend board meetings, only to report periodically on your efforts.

    If interested, please email your application or committee request as soon as possible. We will be voting on our slate of board members and officers for the 2016-2017 season at our annual meeting on May 21st.

     
  • Bird Feeding Tips

     

    It’s that time of year when we hear the returning sounds of some of our favorite birds, like the buzzy trill of Northern Parulas, the whee-eep call of Great Crested Flycatcher or the chee-dits of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Spring is a good time to get our feeders ready for our nesting species as well as migrating birds. Be sure to routinely clean your feeders and bird baths to reduce exposure to disease. Always offer fresh water, particularly as our temperatures begin to rise. A bird bath can be as simple as using a clay saucer on a plant stand.

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    Offering a range of foods will increase your chances of attracting a greater variety of species. Here are some suggestions:

    • Birdseed: Black oil sunflower seed is the most popular and a favorite for many of our resident species. Nyjer or a Finch Blend is also a good choice for migrating American Goldfinch.  
    • Nuts: Peanuts (roasted, unsalted is a good choice)
    • Mealworms: Live mealworms are popular with numerous feeder birds and especially Eastern Bluebirds. Offer these in a container with smooth sides where they can’t crawl out. ‘Giant’ mealworms are not recommended because the larger exoskeleton is not readily digested.
    • Fruit: This time of year wild fruits and berries are minimal so offering orange halves and plain grape jelly in a container will be attractive to fruit specialists, such as Baltimore Oriole.
    • Nectar: For our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, make a solution of one part white sugar to four parts water. Never use artificial sweeteners or honey. It is not necessary to add red food coloring. Boil briefly to dissolve sugar crystals and sterilize. Black spots inside the feeder are mold which can be detrimental to a hummingbird. Wash the feeder every few days with hot water to prevent mold growth.
    • Suet: Because of our warm climate, we recommend a no-melt suet. Buy commercially prepared or try making your own!

    For more bird feeding tips, check out these suggestions from Audubon. Bird feeding tips.

    To download a brochure on bird feeding basics from Audubon, click here.

     

     
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    Now there is a simple way you can help our Chapter.

     

     

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  • Join the Northeast Florida Young Birders Club!

    The Northeast Florida Young Birders Club (NEFLYBC) meets monthly at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (auditorium in the Education Campus) every third Wednesday from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. If you're interested in our club, come join us!

    Membership is $20 annually, but those interested can attend their first meeting for free!

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