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 almost upon us. Birds in our area have been arriving back on nesting grounds, setting up house keeping and in some cases raising new families already. The Carolina Wrens in our yard have 4 little ones that have been following Mom around the yard the past few days learning what and where to eat. We’ve had our last field trip of the season, the boat trip on the Dora Canal. Unfortunately we didn’t see our target bird, the Prothonotary Warbler. That just means we’ll have to try again in the future.
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.
Remember, we have one more meeting before our summer hiatus in July and August. On June 20th our own Robert Wilson, a nationally rising star in the world of birding a bird photography will present a program on digiscoping. This involves using a digital camera (including those on your smart phone) and a spotting scope to capture photographs. His images of birds will take your breath away. Please plan to join us at Sica Hall. This promises to be a fascinating program. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Sica Hall, 1065 Daytona Avenue, Holly Hill. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. A brief business meeting follows.
Have a safe and fun summer and remember to check this site for updates on our activities.
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