The Citrus County Audubon Society has a variety of events planned during the month of October. All are open to the public and anyone interested in birding is welcome to attend.

Upcoming events include:

-- Citrus Audubon will host a birding trip led by Eileen Riccio to Dixie Shores Trail in Crystal River from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Meet in the parking lot at the intersection of Dixie Shores Drive and Fort Island Trail Road about 2.5 miles west of where it intersects with U.S. 19. Dixie Shores is a rather undiscovered gem of a trail that leads around and past three man-made lakes through beautiful oak hammock. Because of the many small oaks, participants will be searching for a variety of fall migrants. The walk is about 1.5 miles out and back (note: there are no restroom facilities at Dixie Shores). Time-permitting we may do a stop afterwards at Fort Island Trail Park for wading birds and additional passerines.

-- Citrus Audubon will meet at the Eco-Walk Trail in the Crystal River Preserve State Park on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This will involve some easy walking, and will last 1-3 hours. The ECO Trail is a easy, well-maintained, 2.2 mile walking trail that takes you through multiple habitats. This location is a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Some of the unusual birds members hope to see include: Northern Bobwhite, Blue Grosbeak, Great Horned Owl, and Summer and Scarlet Tanagers. For more information, contact fieldtrips@citr​uscountyaudubon​.org. Led by Fred Hileman.

-- Citrus Audubon will sponsor an educational booth from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Three Sisters Springs National Wildlife Refuge Day. There will be brochures, bluebird houses and educational materials for viewing. Free parking will be available at Kings Bay Plaza, and there will be a free shuttle to the springs property.

-- Citrus Audubon will host their general meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Unity Church of Citrus County, 2628 W. Woodview Lane, Lecanto. The program this month will feature Billy Brooks, a recovery biologist for USFWS who has worked in the Jacksonville Ecological Services Field Office for 22 years. He has the national lead for several listed species including the endangered whooping crane. He has been involved in three of the whooping crane’s reintroduction, including Florida nonmigratory, the eastern migratory and the Louisiana nonmigratory populations. Hear him give an update to the current status and populations of the whooping crane.

-- Citrus Audubon will meet from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S. U.S. 19, Homosassa Springs. Meet in the visitor center parking lot. Participants will walk on the Pepper Creek Trail, which is approximately 3/4-mile in length and follows along the park’s tram road, connecting the Visitor Center on U.S. 19 and the west entrance on Fishbowl Drive. This trail is part of the west section of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Participants can either walk back down the trail, or wait and take the first returning boat after the park opens. Led by Elaine Roche.

For more information, contact Kathy Lemmer at kalkayaker@aol.com or 989-714-1736.

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