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SPRING FIELD TRIPS AND PROGRAMS JANUARY - MAY 2019

 

All events are free and open to the public. Field Trips begin near the trip's birding site. Programs are held the first Thursday of most months (not June/July) beginning at 6:30 PM, and each night's program begins at 7:00 PM in Room 302 or Room 308/309 on the THIRD floor of the Student Services Center (BLDG 400) at Northwest FL State College main campus in Niceville. For more information, click our Facebook link or call President Dave Clausen 907 321 3701. Admission is free and open to the public. Children should be accompanied by their parent/s or guardian/s.

 

2019 January 5, Saturday Rare Bird Hunt - a follow-up to interesting birds spotted during December's Christmas Bird Count. Leader Alan Knothe 850 208 1780. Meet at 7:30 am in the Pepitos Restaurant parking lot at 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Wright, Florida (north side of Fort Walton Beach). Wear closed shoes and long pants & bring bug spray.

 

2019 January 10, MONTHLY PRESENTATION: North American Raptors by Greg Greer of the Georgia Raptor Center. The program will be held in Room 302 or Room 308/309 on the THIRD floor of the Student Services Center at Northwest FL State College main campus in Niceville. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the interested public. For more information, click our Facebook link or call President Dave Clausen 907 321 3701.

 

2019 January 12, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to northern Okaloosa County. Leader Malcolm Mark Swan 210 343 9082. We'll search for winter birds not often seen in the area. Our wish list includes Hairy Woodpecker, Rusty Blackbird, woodcock, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and junco. Meet 7:30 AM at the CVS parking lot, Oak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville OR MEET AT 8:15 at Crestview's Twin Hills Park, almost 1/2 mile E of the Hwys 85 and 90 intersection. Park at the N end of the footbridge over the western pond. Bring sack lunch & wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy footwear and perhaps a hat. Bring water, sun lotion, and spray repellent. Bring binoculars and/or a camera. Two spotting scopes and bird books will be shared among the group.

 

2019 January 26, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to Niceville & Valparaiso Shorelines. Leaders Walt Spence 850 582 7064 and Lenny Fenimore 850 863 2039. Bring binoculars and scopes for an interesting mix of birding and local history. Wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Meet 7:30 am in Mattress Depot parking lot, Bayou Plaza, 597 W John Sims Pkwy (light at Hwy 85) in western Niceville.

 

2019 February 7, MONTHLY PRESENTATION: Birds of the Apalachicola Basin by Dr. Todd Engstrom of the Tall Timbers Research Station. The program will be held in Room 302 or Room 308/309 on the THIRD floor of the Student Services Center at Northwest FL State College main campus in Niceville. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the interested public. For more information, click our Facebook link or call President Dave Clausen 907 321 3701.

 

2019 February 16, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to the Okaloosa Holding Ponds and Wright Landfill. Leader Alan Knothe 850 208 1780. Meet at 7:30 am in the Pepitos Restaurant parking lot at 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Wright, Florida (north side of Fort Walton Beach). Wear closed shoes and long pants & bring bug spray.

 

2019 February 15-through-18, The Great Backyard Bird Count Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. We invite you to participate! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 15-18, 2019, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!

 

2019 March 7, MONTHLY PRESENTATION: A Cruise Down the Amazon by Neil Lamb from Bay County Audubon, with a good portion of the program about tropical birds. The program will be held in Room 302 or Room 308/309 on the THIRD floor of the Student Services Center at Northwest FL State College main campus in Niceville. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the interested public. For more information, click our Facebook link or call President Dave Clausen 907 321 3701.

 

2019 March 9, SATURDAY VOLUNTEER WORK DAY at Audubon property Laidlaw Preserve, in Bay County. Join Bay County Audubon members for a work day on their property. Bring tools, sack lunch, wear closed shoes and long pants. We will bird after the trail clearing. Leaders: Neil Lamb 850 814 1276 and Ron Houser 850 774 9733. We leave at 7:00 am from the CVS parking lot, Oak Creek Shopping Center, Niceville, or you can meet us at 7:30 am in the Publix parking lot, Rt 331, Freeport. From there, we will carpool eastward to join Bay County Audubon members at this protected wetland. Bring binoculars and woodland trail walking shoes.

 

2019 March 16, SATURDAY MORNING BIRD TRIP to Destin parks along Choctawhatchee Bay. Leader: Bruce Purdy, 305 926 6030. Meet 7:30 am in the CVS parking lot at Hwy 98 and Main St., Destin opposite Regions Bank. Be prepared to car-pool. Wear long pants & closed-toe shoes. Bring binoculars and scope, if you have one.

 

2019 March 23, SATURDAY BIRD WALK WITH BAY COUNTY AUDUBON to Conservation Park near Panama City. Leader Ron Houser 850 774 9733. Meet 7:00 AM at the parking lot of the Walton County Library along (actually 1000 ft west of) Rt 331 near Hwy 98. Bring sack lunch. Wear closed shoes & long pants. Bring binoculars and spotting scope, if available.

 

2019 March 30, WEEKEND MEMBERS' RETREAT TO St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (see also their Facebook page) to see a wide variety of birds near the Lighthouse south of Tallahassee. Leader Malcolm Swan 210 343 9082. Meeting 5:00 PM at the Shell Island Fish Camp in St. Marks, a small town 9 miles (driving) from the refuge's Visitor Center. Plan to bird all day Saturday and until noon Sunday. Bring snacks & beverages. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat.

 

2019 April 4, MONTHLY PRESENTATION: Birds of a Tropical Paradise: The Island Nation of Trinidad and Tobago by Shannon Hobson and Malcolm Swan, who will show photos and video clips of Scarlet Ibis, Oilbird, Motmot, Jacamar, Tufted Coquette, and other marvelous birds. The program will be held in Room 302 or Room 308/309 on the THIRD floor of the Student Services Center at Northwest FL State College main campus in Niceville. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the interested public. For more information, click our Facebook link or call President Dave Clausen 907 321 3701.

 

2019 April 6, SATURDAY, the ESTUARY FESTIVAL at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville. Contact: Samantha Linder 850 729 4915 or Margaret Benner, 850 678 6665. Meet 9:00 am at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Rt 20, Niceville. Spend a day in the Park teaching children about birds. Bring sack lunch and lawn chair.

 

2019 April 13, SATURDAY FIELD TRIP to Fort Pickens Area, Gulf Islands National Seashore. Leader Lenny Fenimore 850 863 2039. Join Lenny at either of two places/times: 7:00 AM at Uptown Station, 99 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach (city) or 8:15 am at the Battery Langdon parking lot. Bring water and binoculars. Wear long pants, closed shoes, hat. Look for migrants and learn about shorebirds with our most traveled birder. An adventure-packed day of birding in some of western Florida’s finest viewing locations. Click to read about the: PARK ENTRANCE FEE.

 

2019 April 20 (Easter weekend), SATURDAY BIRD BANDING at Fort Morgan, at Fort Morgan in coastal Alabama. Leader Lenny Fenimore 850 863 2039. The Bird Banding event is all weekend, but we will observe and participate Saturday morning and early afternoon. Observe a dedicated group of bird banders mist-netting and banding Spring migrants along this beautiful barrier Island. Explore the fort and accompany Lenny Fenimore in a birding expedition of the grounds. Join Lenny at either of two places/times: 7:00 AM under the sign at Uptown Station, 99 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach (city) or 7:30 AM at the Panhandle Butterfly House at 8581 Navarre Parkway, Navarre - OR continue directly to the Ft. Morgan State Historic Site Museum parking lot between 9:30 and 10:00 am. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a lawn chair.

 

2019 April 27, SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIP to Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. Leader Malcolm Mark Swan 210 343 9082. We visit bayshore, barrier island woodland, and 5 wetlands for Spring migrants and nesting birds highlighted by the Great Blue Heron nest colony. Meet 7:30 am at the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot. Wear closed-toed shoes, binoculars and/or camera, and perhaps a hat.

 

2019 May 2, MONTHLY PRESENTATION: The Ecology of Carnivorous Plants, especially in the Apalachicola National Forest by Florida State University Professor Thomas Miller, PhD. Northwest Florida is a hotspot for diversity and abundance of carnivorous plants. Dr. Miller will discuss their biology and ecology using living specimens and video slides. The program will be held in Room Room 308/309 on the THIRD floor of the Student Services Center at Northwest FL State College main campus in Niceville. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the interested public. For more information, click our Facebook link or call President Dave Clausen 907 321 3701.

 

2019 May 4, SATURDAY BACKYARD BIRD WALK & SIT. Join Margaret Benner to count species and numbers of birds visiting three different homes from Niceville to Freeport. The venue begins at 4085 Bond Circle in Niceville as early as 7:30 AM. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. Prepare to carpool if you'd like. For additional information contact Margaret at 850 678 6665.

 

 

 

CAS Newsletter Shorelines and some past trip reports

CAS Newsletter Shorelines (PDF files):    Spring 2017     Winter 2016-17     Fall 2016     Spring 2016     Winter 2015-16

Some past trip reports (PDF files):    19 Nov 2016 in E Okaloosa Co   16 Apr 2016 at Veterans Park   19 Mar 2016 at 7 Pines Nursery

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