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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Marion Audubon Society planning multiple events for bird-watching enthusiasts

The Marion Audubon Society plans to host multiple events this month for bird-watching enthusiasts throughout the county.

On Thursday, September 9, the society will host a birding nature walk at Tuscawilla Park, which is located at 829 NE Sanchez Avenue in Ocala. Participants will meet across from the Discovery Center at 8:15 a.m.

“The lakes of Tuscawilla Park draw aquatic birds, giving the community a chance to see some slower moving birds up close while listening to songbirds,” reads a post from the society’s Facebook page.

Birds at Tuscawilla Park
Birds are everywhere at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida

The walk, which is free and open to the public, will include a stroll around the park while identifying the various birds that call it home. Participants may bring binoculars or a camera, and the society will have some binoculars to loan.

The society will also host a presentation on perching birds at the Marion County Public Library headquarters on Saturday, September 11 starting at 10:30 a.m. The presentation will be offered by Leroy Simon.

“More than half of the world’s birds are passerines, or perching birds. Their feet, created with three forward toes and one pointing back are designed for holding on to branches,” reads a post from the Marion Audubon Society Facebook page.

The group will meet in the conference room of the library, which is located at 2720 E Silver Springs Boulevard.