The Hernando Audubon Society has numerous meetings and birding trips planned throughout 2019. October events include:

-- The next Hernando Audubon Society meeting will feature a talk on Florida’s cranes. Tim Dellinger will present an overview of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes in Florida, with a focus on the natural history of the state’s non-migratory subspecies. He will describe ongoing Florida Sandhill Crane research, along with suggestions on how we can be good neighbors to cranes that live among us. He is assistant research scientist in the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, part of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Community Activity Center, 205 E. Ft. Dade Ave., Brooksville. For information, contact Bev at 352-686-0460 or bevalhansen@gmail.com.

-- Hernando Audubon members will take a birding trip to Dixie Shores on Monday, Oct. 7. Meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot at the intersection of Dixie Shores Drive and Fort Island Trail Road, 2.5 miles west of U.S. 19 in Crystal River. We will walk 1.5 miles in an oak hammock around three man-made lakes. For information, contact Eileen at naturecoastbirder5@yahoo.com.

-- Hernando Audubon will host Beginning Birding at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Learn to identify birds and feeders during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird guides available for use. For information, contact Bev at 352-686-0460 or bevalhansen@gmail.com.

-- Hernando Audubon will take a Birding Trip to Cypress Lakes Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 26. Meet at 8 a.m. at the park entrance, 33597 Ridge Manor Blvd. (at Olancha Road) in Ridge Manor, Hernando County. Don’t block the gate and park well off the road. Jim King, retired land manager for Hernando County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands, will lead a walk at this seldom-visited county park. He will speak briefly to introduce us to this 331-acre property. Then he will guide us about 1.5 miles on the Florida National Scenic Trail as we look for birds and wildflowers. For information, email Jim at jking019@tampabay.rr.com.

For more details about these activities, visit the website at www.hernandoaudubon.org.

All Hernando Audubon activities are free and open to the public.

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