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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Thursday September 14, 2017

Bug Closet UCF – CANCELED due to Irma

Biological Science Building- rm 112

One of the largest collections in the world. $5 donation. Limit ten participants. 10 -11:30 am.  Contact

Saturday September 16, 2017

Ant Hike - CANCELED due to Irma

Wekiwa Springs State Park, Guided tour with Dr. Zachary Prusak, $ 5 donation. Identify and learn about ants ecological roles in nature. Leave Jo-Ann Fabric, Sem Towne Center 8:00 am or meet at the parking lot behind the Main Entrance Station 8:45 AM. There is entrance fee to park. Contact  Joy Rector at to sign up.


Friday September 22,2017

Yankee Lk Treatment Facility CANCELED due to Irma 

Sanford Guided tour of this protected property, home to Florida Scrub-Jays.  Meet 8 AM at the facility on Yankee Lake Road.  .


Saturday October 14, 2017

Bio Bingo

Our 2nd. Annual Bio Bingo Challenge will be held at Lyonia Preserve located at 2150 Eustace Avenue in Deltona.  Friendly competition is the name of the game while locating the plants and animals on your bingo card. Play on your own or form a team with your favorite nature buff. Bring hat, sunscreen and snack. Waer provided. Meet in the JoAnn parking lot near Seminole Town Centre and depart at 8:30 am, or meet at the preserve 9:00 am.

October 15-18, 2017

Paynes Prairie and Sweetwater Wetlands

Multi-day trip to Gainesville area will include visits to the La Chua and Bolen Bluffs trails at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Sweetwater Wetlands Park, and the University of Florida Bat Colony. Gainesville wildlife photographer, Roy Herrera, will be our guide for part of the trip. Daily schedule to be determined based on weather and recent sightings. Choose your own accommodations from the many hotels nearby or walk-in campsites can be reserved at

Space limited. If you are interested in more information or would oike to reserve a spot please e-mail Leslie Martin at $25.00 donation includes local guides.


Saturday November 18, 2017 

Seminole State Forest, Sorrento

Guided trip at Seminole State Forest in search of Scrub-Jays. Depart JoAnn Fabric near Seminole Towne Centre 8 am.


Friday December 1, 2017

Yankee Lake Treatment Facility, Sanford

This is a guided tour of the protected property that is home to Florida Scrub-Jays. We will meet at 8 am at the facility on Yankee Lake Road (501 Yankee Lake Road off 46 by the entrance to the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park).


Saturday December 16, 2017

Wekiva Christmas Bird Count

This is the 118th. 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 17-mile diameter. SAS has teams that will participate in two local circles. The Wekiva CBC will be held on December 16 and SAS will concentrate on birding in Zones 10 and 11. The Econlochatchee CBC will be December 23.  If you would like to participate with an SAS team please contact Leslie Martin at


Saturday January 20, 2018

Crystal Lake Preserve, Lake Mary

Guided walk through this special property. We are likely to see gopher tortoise, wetland birds, and Sandhill Cranes. Meet 8:30 am Timacuan Club parking lot.


January 25-28, 2018

Archbold Biological Station, Venus FL.

Cancelled due to low number of participants.
Station tour, swamp buggy, etc. Dorm style rooms. Fee required. Space limited.


Saturday February 17, 2018

Great Backyard Bird Count

 Join Seminole Audubon Society for birdwatching fun! We will meet at 8:00 am to participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) February 17 at Liberty Park, 455 N. Country Club Rd, Lake Mary. The Park has a number of changing ecosystems and we anticipate a good count. This is an opportunity for new birders to learn from our experienced members

The 21st annual GBBC is actually a three-day event; Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. It engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations across the planet. 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.


Thursday February 22, 2018

Blue Heron River Tour, DeLand

2-hr. narrated pontoon boat tour of St. Johns River focusing on the effect of climate change while viewing manatees, shorebirds, some nesting sites.  $25 fee. Reservations required. Call Sarah Donlan at 407-687-6087


Saturday March 17, 2018

Ponce Inlet and the Marine Science Center

Ponce Inlet in Volusia County is a birding hotspot known to attract many species of shorebirds and the occasional pelagic species. The long pier is a great place to scope the jetty and inlet for Purple Sandpipers and other rarities. After we have birded  the park, we will visit the Marine Science Center.

The Marine Science Center is involved in turtle and seabird rehabilitation, as well as research. We will tour their facilities and exhibit gallery as we learn about their mission to protect the delicate coastal environment and the wildlife that calls it home.

We will depart from the Jo-Ann Fabrics at Seminole Town Center at 7:30am if you want to carpool or meet in the Ponce Inlet main parking lot at 8:45am. There are fees to both enter the park and the Marine Science Center that vary by age and car occupancy, so be sure to bring some cash. Please let us know if you plan to join us.


Saturday April 14, 2018 

Gatorland Rookery, Orlando

We have made arrangements for early admission which will afford prime photographic opportunities. There will be a guided tour. Cost $20. Depart JoAnn Fabric, Seminole Towne Centre, 6 am or meet at Gaterland 7 am.  





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


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