Welcome to the website for Halifax River Audubon, the oldest and largest of the three Audubon chapters in Volusia County, Florida. We offer a variety of information and services to our members and the community at large.
Summer is here and with it the heat and rains that have many of us recalling the cooler, drier days of late November. Rookery Island, the island just south of the Port Orange Bridge with all of the nesting birds, is being nominated as a "Critical Wildlife Area" by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. On July 26th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, there will be a stake holder's meeting at the Pigott Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road, South Daytona. Other areas of our county are under consideration for a "CWA" designation also. However, due to continuing threats to the birds on Rookery Island, FWC thought it important to move ahead on this as quickly as possible. If you're in town please plan to attend this meeting. We want to show our support for the birds.
Florida’s second Breeding Bird Atlas is in its final year and there’s still lots to accomplish. We’re concentrating on what are called “the six blocks” since they represent the priority blocks for maps with a block 6 in them. You can get more information by checking this website. If you’re going to be out birding anyway your efforts can be invaluable in this important citizen science project.
Another fun way to improve your birding skills is to participate in the now famous “June Challenge.” Begun by a member of Alachua Audubon some years ago the idea was to see how many species you can find in one county here in Florida. This has now expanded beyond our state’s borders so that those in Georgia and other states can participate. There are no prizes awarded other than bragging rights but beginning at midnight on May 31st a lot of folks around the state and beyond will be trying to tally the highest total before the deadline at midnight on June 30th. If you want to try your hand at this fun exercise contact David Hartgrove for information on how to participate.
Our summer hiatus is upon us. Every year, in July and August, we take a break from monthly meetings and field trips. Many of our members head north to cooler climes to seek those colorful warblers we see here in migration. Our board will continue having their monthly meetings and of course the Pelican is published monthly. Have a safe and fun summer and remember to check this site for updates on our activities.
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Marine Discovery Center
North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach
Wildlife Rehabilitation of Daytona Beach, Inc.
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