Membership in Halifax River Audubon offers a number of benefits. If you’re a beginning birder or a seasoned pro we can help you learn more or suggest ways to best utilize your skills in our conservation efforts on behalf of birds and other wildlife. There are 2 ways to sign on. Many members choose to belong to both the National Audubon Society and Halifax River Audubon to support birds globally and locally. Whatever level you choose, you are awarded full benefits of membership at Halifax River Audubon.
You may choose to join Halifax River Audubon (HRA) locally. In that case your chapter membership records are retained locally. While local members are counted among national member numbers, joining at the chapter level means that all your dues remain in Halifax River Audubon for local projects and expenses. Joining locally is also a way for snowbird Audubon members to support our local chapter. Want to sign up or renew with the local chapter?
Now join National Audubon online for the new, low introductory cost of $20. Use a credit card to pay for your Audubon membership on the new secure site. Your membership dues and any additional contributions will be donated to our chapter for the initial year. Subsequent year's dues will remain at with National Audubon to fund its initiatives.
National Audubon collects dues and maintains a list of HRA chapter members, including their addresses and email addresses, if you provide them. The list of members is shared with HRA. National Audubon membership includes a subscription to Audubon magazine. National Audubon supports our Chapter with an nominal annual contribution, the Audubon Safety Net, to help cover some of our operating expenses.
Halifax River Audubon (HRA) is actively involved in our community in many different ways. We encourage you to join us for all (or just a few) of our activities. We have something to interest almost everyone. Read a brief history of the chapter.
Several HRA members assist Louise Chapman, a teacher with Volusia County Schools, by volunteering several days a week with the Environmental Service Learning Legacy Project at Rose Bay. They teach bird identification and educate students in all aspects of environmental conservation.
Halifax River Audubon partners with environmental, historical and civic organizations to preserve, protect and enhance our local area. Members attend meetings with city commissioners and county council members regarding environmental issues.
Chapter volunteers blazed a walking & bird watching trail at Dunlawton Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens in Port Orange, maintain a bird feeder and water feature and tend to the gardens.
FIND (Florida Inland Navigation District) appointed HRA as the steward of the Port Orange Sanctuary. Work continues on educational signage and maintenance of the islands.
In concert with West Volusia and Southeast Volusia Audubon Chapters, we sponsor awards for the Volusia County Science Fair. Our members have been working with high school students from Spruce Creek in various projects.
HRA is a partner with Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail CME, Inc. to preserve and protect the habitat along the designated corridor roads. In April 2007, the Board approved a grant to OSLT to create and install interpretive signs at two different trailheads in Tomoka State Park and to defray the cost of construction of an observation platform at Summer Pond which can be accessed by a new trail off Pine Tree Drive.
If birds are more to your liking, join us for the fall Beginner Bird Class. Local wildlife refuges such as Merritt Island or Canaveral National Seashore welcome experienced birders who can donate their time and expertise for bird counts. For the most fun of all, join our field trips to discover the best birding areas, hone your ID skills and provide that extra pair or eyes (and ears) to ensure our group spots every species in the area.
The newest project is a partnership with Tomoka Elementary School (Mrs. Belsky's class) and the Pawpaw Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society to enhance their existing Certified Butterfly Garden to entice local birds as well. Parents joined volunteers from both organizations to weed, plant new natives and install mulch.