Halifax River Audubon
Halifax River Audubon A Florida Chapter of the National Audubon Society
Serving The Greater Daytona Beach Area

Halifax River Audubon

Welcome to 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.

The Pelican, Our Monthly Electronic Newsletter: 

Click here to view our newsletter and our archives.

 Field Trips

Download a printable copy of the field trip schedule so that you can start planning. There are several outings that require reservations and have limited slots so they will be on a first come, first serve basis.

2017 - 2018 Field Trip Schedule



December Meeting - A Holiday Celebration

Monday, December 18, 2017


Join us for our annual Christmas/holiday party. Bring a dish (appetizer or dessert) if you feel inspired to do so. Our chapter is providing finger foods, beverages, etc. We’ll see bird videos and slides, and swap a few bird stories.  It’s also a great opportunity to show off some of your favorite bird-themed outfits and accessories. (It’s the bird enthusiast’s answer to Ugly Sweaters.)  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Sica Hall, 1065 Daytona Avenue, Holly Hill. The business portion of the meeting will be especially short.




It’s time to start planning for this annual event. We have many opportunities to participate in this area. Halifax River Audubon is in charge of the Daytona Beach Circle under David Hartgrove. The count will be held Saturday, December 23, 2017. Please! contact David if you're planning to come. It makes organizing so much easier. 386-788-2630 or birdman9@earthlink.net Meet in the parking lot in front of the Publix at the corner of Granada and Williamson Boulevards at 7:00 a.m. Granada Blvd. is SR 40 and Williamson Blvd. is the first traffic light east of I-95. This is an all day event but as usual, we can accommodate those who need to leave sooner.

Other area Count Circles:

Contact the compilers to confirm assignments and meeting places

West Volusia

Compiler: David Stock

Email: dstock@stetson.edu

Count Date: Saturday 12/16/2017



Compiler: Walter Mahler

Email: walter.mahler@gmail.com

Count Date: Friday 12/15/2017

We welcome any experienced birders to help us obtain the best results. A tally party is held at the end of the day at the compiler's home. We have six sections, each with an experienced captain who will coordinate your day. Email: walter.mahler@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.


Ponce Inlet

Compiler: Donald Picard

Email: dpicard2@cfl.rr.com

Count Date: Saturday 12/30/2017

Contact Don Picard at president@sevolusiaaudubon.org. Meet at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach at 7:00 a.m.


Shearwaters and Northern Fulmars.....

The Seawatch at Tom Renick Park in Ormond Beach is going strong. Harry Robinson has been peering across the waves for almost 2 years now and this September and October have been the most exciting reports to date. Take a look at the October Report and you will be compelled to drop by the watch some morning. Harry welcomes company. Bring your scope to follow along as the birds can move very fast. It's like a pelagic trip without the swells.

In addition to Ormond Beach, Harry has joined with Kim Ramos and Sam Krah on Tuesday afternoons at Dunlawton Bridge. Together they have compiled their observations into a concise spreadsheet that is available now on the website. They have been meeting at 4PM, but may "Fall Back" to 3PM with the time change.

As always, the complete series of reports for the Lake Apopka Restoration area and for Audubon Park are archived here on the website.

Seawatch Reports

Dunlawton Bridge Numbers

About Harry Robinson


Other News:

FL SUN is now Solar United Neighbors of Florida

If you have been interested in transitioning to solar power, but were concerned about the process and the cost, Solar United Neighbors of Florida can help you. This organization has the answers and a unique strategy to leverage buying power to get the best price - co-operative purchasing. Check here for more info. Be sure to go to the Volusia County link for specific information for your area.


Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza Birding Festival

January 18-21, 2018

Sponsored by Orange Audubon, this festival centers its activities on the northwest side of the Lake Apopka North Shore. It has become increasingly popular and has expanded to Thursday through Saturday. There 20 great field trips planned. Out of town birding super stars that will be leading are Greg Miller, Clay Taylor (Swarovski Optik), and David Simpson, plus some fantastic local leaders, including Bruce Anderson, who co-wrote the Bird Life of Florida.

There is no registration fee and trip prices (all donations to our nature center fund) are very reasonable.

The festival is a fund-raiser for Orange Audubon Society’s long-planned Nature and Environmental Education Center on the Lake Apopka North Shore, as well as a way to prove that Birding Ecotourism is a real thing. 

For more information follow this link to the official website.


21st Space Coast Birding Festival

Registration for the festival has opened and the catalog of this season's field trips and lectures are available now. Click here for the link.


See an Injured Bird?

Mary Keller
Rehab Center at Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet

Gina Holt

Marine Discovery Center
North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach

Jackie Anthony
Wildlife Rehabilitation of Daytona Beach, Inc.


Upcoming Events

12/18/2017 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Halifax River Audubon Monthly Meeting

12/20/2017 at 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Marl Bed Flats

1/2/2018 at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Halifax River Audubon Board Meeting

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