Field Trips

Snowy Egret - photo by Ken Schmidt

 

 

It is essential to notify us in advance if you plan to attend.
Meeting places and times vary; last-minute changes happen.
Trips are open to the public. Liability release must be signed.
Remember: hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are often a good idea.

 

 

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Saturday September 15, 2018

Enchanted Forest Titusville

Originally purchased as an Environmentally Endangered Lands Property, it is a diverse 472 acre property with Coquina and boardwalk hiking trials. Wildlife, nature photography and hiking with a first class education center is a highlight of the trip.  A wealth of plant life including beautyberry, many host plants for butterflies, and an array of trees and bushes, including native hibiscus are found there. Shady trails abound. A regularly scheduled walk leaves every Sat. Morn at 10 am and we will have a guide. Arrive at the education center at 9:30am to participate. 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville

 

Friday October 5, 2018

Yankee Lake Treatment Facility Sanford

Guided tour of this protected property, home to Florida Scrub-Jays.  Meet 8 AM at the facility on Yankee Lake Road. Contact Phyllis Hall at phylliscath814@gmail.com to sign up.

 

Sunday October 21, 2018

Bird Banding at Lake Lotus Park

Wekiva Basin Banding Station is located in Altamonte Springs at Lake Lotus Park. This is an all--volunteer citizen science project led by certified bander Andy Boyle. Mist nets are set in approximately 6 acres of mixed habitat. The banding station runs from the beginning of August when fall migration starts until the end of May when all migrants have left the state and the local birds continue to raise their broods. Peak season is usually October/November. Meet in parking lot at Publix, 851 S State Rd. 434, Altamonte Springs 7:00am. We will carpool the short distance to the location. 


Sunday November 18, 2018 *Note Special Sunday Field Trip*

Sunrise Tour, Lake Apopka Restoration Area

Early morning Sunrise tour at Clay Island, Lake Apopka Restoration Area. Bring your binoculars and cameras to this Important Bird Area. Rosi Mulholland of St. Johns River Water Management District is our guide. Limit 20; SAS members have priority. To reserve a spot and receive carpool information email Leslie at woodstork.martin@gmail.com.

 

Saturday December 15, 2018

Wekiva Christmas Bird Count

This is the 119th year for the Christmas Bird Count, the longest running citizen science project in the world.  SAS will form groups to survey in the Sanford area.  No birding experience necessary. The results of the counts are used to help determine the long-term health and status of bird populations.  The data has been especially useful to climate change research. Since its inception, counts are done in circles with a 15-mile diameter. The Wekiva CBC will be held on December 15 and SAS will concentrate on birding in Zones 10 and 11 in Sanford and Lake Mary.  If you would like to participate with an SAS team please contact Leslie Martin at woodstork.martin@gmail.com. For more information visit www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count

 

Saturday January 19, 2019

Black Hammock Wilderness Area

This years’ field trip to one of the Seminole County Natural Lands takes us south of Lake Jesup to Black Hammock Wilderness Area, a 700- acre property acquired as part of a comprehensive effort to preserve significant habitat along the shores of the lake.  The variety of habitats and beautiful boardwalk and trail system makes this property a popular destination for hikers, photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Join us for 4.5 miles of birding and exploring. Meet 8:00am at the Trailhead, 3276 Howard Ave., Oveido. Parking is limited. For more information visit www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Black-Hammock-Wilderness-Area.stml

 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Bird Count at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

Home to many endangered species Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge seasonally boasts inhabitants like Manatee, Eagles, Swallowtail Kites, gopher tortoise, a variety of wading birds and 230 species of migrating birds. Water levels are usually lower in Feb. and fish and food sources are concentrated in fresh water ponds surrounded by man-made dikes.  This will be a guided hike, leaving no later than 8:30 at the trailhead. Restrooms available. Carpool to be announced.  Bird count from today’s hike will be submitted to The Great Backyard Bird Count 2019. The GBBC is Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18, 2019. gbbc.birdcount.org

 

Saturday March 16, 2019

Boat Trip to New Smyrna

Guided boat tour of the Indian River Lagoon departing from the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach. Tour the mangroves and explore the variety of species that call the lagoon home. Time TBD

 

Saturday April 20, 2019

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Attractions include Wading Bird Rookery, Lemurs of Madagascar, Python Cave, Saltie Crocodiles, Birds of Africa, and all sorts of great reptiles. The Oasis on the Nile exhibit has wonderful picture-taking opportunities as well. Nile Crocodiles and vipers figure prominently. As those of you who went to Gator Land with us this year know, a wading bird rookery above the gators can be spectacular. The Park is located at 999 Anastasia Blvd. in St. Augustine. This is a one and one-half hour trip from Sanford. We will arrange carpooling from Joanne’s in Sanford at 7:00 AM as we get closer to the date of the trip. Cost of Admission is $25.00.

 

 

 

Sometimes we’ll investigate unusual bird sightings or go out just for the fun of it. 

 

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