Hernando Audubon Invites Nature Lovers to October’s Outings

birdHernando Audubon is an adventurous, fun-loving group that is passionate about environmental conservation, with a special interest in birds. The mission of the Hernando Audubon Society is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature; to preserve and protect natural ecosystems; and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship. Hernando Audubon takes an active role advocating for conservation issues of importance to counties that comprise the Nature Coast. The group hosts monthly meetings with a speaker regarding either birding or conservation issues and goes on birding trips regularly. Programs and field trips are open to all and there is no fee to participate. October’s activities are:

Meeting:
October 22: At 7 pm Colleen Werner, biologist at Withlacoochee State Forest, will speak about Florida’s bat species, and will discuss WSF management strategies for cave-dependent bats. The meeting will occur at the Brooksville Women’s Club, 131 S. Main St. The following evening there will be a bat viewing at 6:15 pm at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Bats will leave their roosts at dusk. Both events are free and open to the public.

Birding Trips:
October 17: Fort Cooper State Park in Inverness, 8 am. Look for birds along the lake and nature trails. Park fee: $3 per vehicle. For information, contact Eileen, naturecoastbirder5@yahoo.com.

October 23: Kayak trip at Lake Panasoffkee Outlet at 8 am. Paddle pristine river leading to Princess Lake and Withlacoochee River. Limit of 12 canoes/kayaks. For information, contact Eileen, naturecoastbirder5@yahoo.com.

October 23: At 6:15 pm, watch Brazilian Free-tailed Bats emerge from their roosts at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. For information, contact Linda, 352-428-2629, lindalark85@gmail.com.

October 30: Beginning Birding, 8:30 am at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. For information, contact Linda, 352-428-2629, lindalark85@gmail.com.

October 31: Crews Lake, Pasco County Park, at 8 am. Look for birds along the lake edge and nature trails. Park fee: $2 per vehicle. For more information, contact Mike at 813-482-1473, mliberton@earthlink.net.

For more details about these birding trips, check hernandoaudubon.org. All Hernando Audubon activities are free and open to the public.

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