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Experience the diverse natural resources and scenic environment of North Central Florida's
Marion County with Marion Audubon Society:

Marion Audubon Society announces the

118th Christmas Bird Count

On December 14, 2017 and Will End on January 5, 2018.

Who: Marion Audubon Society Organizes a Local Count for Marion County. The Name for this count is SW Marion Christmas Bird Count
Why: The data collected from our local count is transmitted to National Audubon for inclusion with data from all other counts during this specified time frame.
When: This Year the SW Marion CBC was held on Monday, December 18, 2017

The 12/18/2017 CBC results are in. You can view them as a PDF file
by clicking here 2017 CBC Final Report (PDF)

NOTE: Photo above was taken during the 12/18/2017 SW Marion Christmas Bird Count and was displayed in a recent Ocala Star Banner article. To view this article click here CBC 2017 Media Release

20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count



As a follow up to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) community event, February 17 through 20, published in the media last month, attached is the final and combined bird count for Marion County residents. There were 128 species counted over the four day period including Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, and Long-billed Dowitcher just to name a few.

Also of interest are the top ten reporting sites used by residents during this bird count. Lake Weir was number one and Rainbow Springs State Park was number 10.

The top residents reporting were Douglas Richard, Michael Paczolt, Josephine Muncy, Donna Schromm, Rick Purvis, James Sheppard, just to name a few.

Marion Audubon Society can also be found on FACEBOOK at http://www.facebook.com/marionaudubonsociety/

WHY IT MATTERS : This great backyard bird count is part of a global event which began twenty years ago. This activity is educational and helps scientists and Marion County residents study changes over time in regarding to bird migration. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada and is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

by clicking here GBBC Combined Results

Additional information related to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
can be found by clicking here GBBC

Check out the March 13th GBBC article in the Ocala Star Banner by clicking here GBBC Star Banner article

Or navigate directly to the Star Banner site at Ocala Star Banner

Results of Recent Bird Counts

NOTICE: All information related to the recent bird counts can be found by clicking here Recent Bird Counts

Hot Off the Press - MAS Newsletter

Click here for all the latest information about: Newsletter
        * Monthly Nature Walks by Carolyn Retey
                * MAS's Citizen Science program
                        * Regular Monthly Programs
                                        * Conservation Festivals and Events
                                                        and much more

Check out National Audubon Society's
"Plants For Birds" Campaign

Native plants are the foundation of the ecosystem that our beautiful birds depend on—they provide food, shelter, and places for birds to nest. Native plants also help birds weather the effects of climate change, and they reduce pollution and water use, promoting more healthy habitats for birds. That’s why hundreds of Audubon chapters promote the use of native plants and run native plant programs.

Together, we want to take that message to even more people, and that’s what the Plants For Birds campaign is all about. We’ve set an initial goal of engaging 50,000 people to plant 1,000,000 new native plants.

What will you find on the website? Here’s a short list:
        * A 60-second video and articles about why native plants are important for birds
        * A first-of-its-kind searchable database that highlights garden-friendly native plants for
              specific ZIP codes (and the bird groups that depend on those plants)
        * Local Audubon chapters and Audubon centers with native plant services
        * Native plant nurseries and suppliers
        * Ways to sign up, get involved, and learn more

Get Involved

Mark Your Calendar

The Nature Walk & Program Schedule is Posted at the Calendar of Events Button.
Click here: Calendar of Events

On the Conservation Front

Marion Counties newest conservation area is named:

Silver Springs Forest
Conservation Area

This 4,900 acres is near the Indian Lake State Forest. Stay tuned for more info about its potential for birding.

Florida is a great place for birding because of the year-round presence of a vast number of species.
Learn More about Birds & Birding in Florida & Marion County at these Links:
Birding Sites
Marion County Bird Checklist

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