WHAT: Beginner birding classes
WHEN: March 17, 24, 28
WHERE: Pensacola Public Library, downtown at 239 N. Spring St.
These classes with field trips are a wonderful opportunity for individuals in the community to learn about birds in the Pensacola area. The first class on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 covers birding basics (binoculars, field guides, birding ethics, etc.). The second class, Tuesday, March 24, covers how to identify birds of the shoreline (sandpipers, herons, gulls, terns, ospreys, eagles, etc).

Classes will be held at the Pensacola Public Library downtown from 6 to 7:30 pm. The field trip will be March 28, Saturday, at a time to be announced depending on tides and other factors.

Jan Lloyd, biologist, archaeologist, long- time teacher and FM Weston Audubon member, is the instructor. No prior experience necessary. Binoculars and bird guides are available.

To register for the classes or for more information and questions, call or email the FM Weston Audubon Chapter Education Chair, Ellen Roston, at ekroston@aol.com or 850 453-0730. To confirm your registration, send a participant contribution of $35 to FM Weston Audubon Society, PO box 17484, Pensacola, FL 32522.  Make a note on the checks “Birding Class.”


WHAT: Rooftop Nesting Fencing
As we approach the end of January of this wonderful New Year, here at Audubon we are gearing up and getting ready for our rooftop nesting season! We have a lot of volunteer opportunities coming up that I hope many of you will choose to be a part of. I’ve attached a brief list and description of each, as follows:

  1. Rooftop Fencing – Many of our sites have fencing that is installed at the beginning of each nesting season to help prevent chick falls. Most of our sites are in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa county and need to be completed in February.
  2. Chick Shelter Designs – We re-purpose old pallets into flat chick shelters that can be transported up to the rooftops easily. We need about a dozen made! Several of our rooftop sites did not have the appropriate shelters. These need to be done by March 1. No woodworking skills required, but if you have tools that is helpful!
  3. Decoy Painting – Several Black Skimmer and Least Tern decoys need to be touched up with paint and wood glue for our rooftop at the Panama City Dillard’s. Least Terns and Skimmers began nesting there since the early 1990’s and Audubon is working on attracting the Skimmers back to the location. No art training necessary! Decoys need to be finished by March 1.
    *Note: cannot guarantee that each site will have nesting birds*

If you or anyone you know is interested in any of these opportunities, please do not hesitate to call or email me. Rebekah Snyder Rooftop Nesting Technician (570)242-7524 Rebekah.Snyder@audubon.