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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

21th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count


February 16 through February 19th


The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is taking place in Marion County on February 16 through February 19th, in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, — anywhere you find birds. This is a great activity for families, school children, and residents of all ages. Bird watchers from Marion County will be counting their birds and may enter the GBBC photo contest. Bird watchers count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists at birdcount.org. All the data contribute to a snapshot of bird distribution and help scientists see changes over the past 20 years. Learn more about how to take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count at www.birdcount.org , where downloadable instructions and an explanatory PowerPoint are available.

Marion Audubon Society Events for the Great Backyard Bird Count: Friday, February 16 at 9am: Birding by kayak led by John Schaefer, President of Marion Audubon. Meet at Silver Springs State Park Main Entrance Kayak Launch area. Rent a kayak at the concession table or bring your own. If bringing your own, pay your launch fee when you drop your kayak off. The $6 fee includes all day admission to the rest of the Park. If bringing your own kayak, bring a life vest and whistle; the rental kayaks will provide this. The four mile/four hour trip includes a rest/lunch stop. Bring water, a tow rope for the front of your kayak, sun hat, lunch/snack, bug spray and binoculars.

Saturday, February 17th, there will be a guided bird walk at Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala 34470. Meet at 9am at the picnic area next to the playground. Binoculars are helpful but not essential. Larry Sutton, Treasurer for Marion Audubon Society will be the Guide. On Monday, February 19th, Marion Audubon Society will be spending the day at Silver Springs State Park. Park entry fees are $2 per person at the Main Gate.

9am: Birding by Kayak with Park Ranger Craig Littauer. Please follow the instructions above for Friday’s birding by kayak trip. This trip will last for 2 hours.

Marion Audubon Society will provide an information table, bird lists, and instructions for entering your bird counts into the database. Find us in front of the Education Center. This table is the meet up location for two guided bird walks. The 10am walk will be led by Liza Caudillo, a member of Marion Audubon. The walk at 1pm will be led by Park Ranger Craig Littauer. For information on the meetings and guided bird walks, please go to www.marioncountyaudubon.com . “LIKE” us on Facebook. And sign up for our activities and programs on Meetup.

The Florida Park Service is committed to making State Parks accessible to all visitors. This event has multiple opportunities for participation by all levels of ability and skill.

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.

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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