The Florida Scrub-Jay is our state’s only endemic bird species. The state’s population of Florida Scrub-Jays is estimated to have declined by 90% since the early 1800s. Between 1993 and 2010 our state’s Scrub-Jay population declined another 26%. Currently it is mostly found on public lands where they are generally better protected. The Cedar Key Scrub Reserve was set aside for their protection, but are any still here?
You can help — Attend one of our onsite training sessions in 2018, to be held in nine counties across the Florida peninsula. Contact Audubon's Jacqui Sulek for more information about our trainings. — Join a Jay Watch survey team: contact Audubon's Marianne Korosy — Donate to Jay Watch - support a program that directly trains volunteers, supports survey teams, analyzes, and compiles statewide survey data for use by site managers, wildlife agencies, and researchers.
Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch
Help collect data on nesting horseshoe crab. For anyone who is interested in getting involved in the FL Horseshoe Crab Watch program, see below for more information:
To learn a bit more about the program, visit: https://ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/florida-horseshoe-crab-watch/
To register for the March 5th training workshop in Cedar Key (11 am – 5 PM), follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-horseshoe-crab-watch-training-workshop-tickets-36546138484
To view the schedule for spring 2018 and sign up for sampling days, follow this link and read the instructions at the top. Please only sign up for sampling days if you are trained or plan to attend the training. Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sWdUKfbEOIDOYXVgMj6Dj8C-FN9xqK4IlHL7dXQymhU/edit#gid=0
The training videos can be viewed at the following link as a refresher for trained volunteers or as a preview of what you will learn in the training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV0Nf-Mq69A&list=PL49ILpscAX53wrdt3waiF-DdPIexhIWQK. The videos add up to about 30 minutes of watch time.
Florida Winter Shorebird Survey 2018
Florida’s Annual Winter Shorebird Survey starts on Friday, February 2nd, and continues through Thursday, February 8th. This week-long survey serves as the official statewide snapshot of coastal wintering shorebirds and seabirds in Florida. For the 2018 survey, FWC and partners updated the protocol and streamlined the sign-up process to make it easier to participate! Please check the FSA website and Facebook group in mid-January for more details and to participate. We hope you enjoy this fun and challenging winter survey and Thank You for your continued efforts.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19, 2018
It’s a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
Spot Banded Pelicans
Rochelle Streker a Clemson University graduate student research assistant is seeking likeminded Gulf Coast residents and visitors to help make a real-world impact on the birds and the coastal environment they call home. More details here: http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/clemson-researchers-seek-publics-help-in-spotting-gulf-pelicans
Northern Bobwhite Quail Sightings
How to Participate:
▪ FWC is interested in ANY sightings of quail including personal observations or birds calling but not seen.
▪ Do not record pen-raised quail that have been released for hunting.
▪ More recent sightings (within the past year) are preferred, but older sightings are appreciated. If a sighting is not recent, please remember to put the correct year and month if possible.
For more info or to report: https://public.myfwc.com/HSC/Quail/GetLatLong.aspx