RECOMMENDED PLACES: Choctawhatchee Aububon Society

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Introducing a property of Okaloosa County, Florida
Please join Wendi Greene and
Choctawhatchee Audubon
in our campaign to protect the
80 Great Blue Herons that
nest in Veterans Park from
40-year development of County
land at the front doorstep
of their majestic rookery.
Please read these letters...
Aug 2016 letter to members
Lease map & photos
Letter from a Teacher
Walt Spence Murray Cragin Roger Cook Bruce Purdy Wendy Greene Malcolm Mark Swan
 All 200+ photos organized taxonomically...

Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island, next to the Emerald Coast Convention Center, is Okaloosa County’s premier 14-acre park, featuring dune live oaks, 5 ponds, 3 marshes, tall pines, Sabal Palms (Florida state tree, aka Cabbage Palmetto or Sabal palmetto), a boardwalk, an undeveloped beach, and views of Choctawhatchee Bay. Audubon Society birders with decades of field expertise and led by Wendy Greene began counting birds here in 2014 when we recognized that the park's unique coastal location and habitats should attract hundreds of species each year. Much of the park's appeal for visiting birders is the prospect of seeing something unusual, including virtually any U.S. warbler at eye level. The park's long bird list is attributable to severe weather that interrupts migrating (and, consequently, weary and hungry) birds. For people, the adjacent Ross Marler Park offers picnic tables and restrooms.
Recent visits to watch Veterans Park birds
Total Birds at Veterans Park in 2014