Field Trips

Seminole Audubon Society

Field trips for the 2016/2017 season

Photo by Roger Grimshaw

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

Questions about field trips? Plan to attend? Here are three ways to contact us:
1. www.meetup.com/SeminoleAudubon-com
2. Email: seminoleaudubon@gmail.com
3. Sign-up at Program Meeting

2016/2017 Field Trips



Sat. Sept. 17 Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas
Guided tour by tram of this landmark location. $5 donation suggested. Car-pool leaves Sanford library 7:15 am or meet 8 am at park.

Fri. Sept. 23 Yankee Lk Treatment Facility, Sanford
Guided tour of this protected property, home to Florida Scrub-Jays. Meet 8:00 am at the facility on Yankee Lake Rd.

Sat. Oct. 15 Bio Bingo, Gemini Springs Park
Biology treasure hunt meets bingo at Gemini Springs, one of Florida’s Special Places. Meet at park 9 am.

Sat. Nov. 19 Disney Wilderness Preserve
Dr. Ross Hinkle, UCF professor & Zach Prusak, Manager of Disney Wilderness Preserve will discuss the ecosystem and restoration of the site during buggy ride. Limited to 20 people. $10 fee. Tour begins 10 am. Leave Jo-Ann Fabric 8 am.

Sat. Dec. 17 Wekiva Christmas Bird Count.
SAS will form groups to participate

Sat. Jan. 14 2017 Lk. Harney Wilderness Area, Geneva
Guided walk will end at the new observation tower. Leave Jo-Ann Fabrics, Sem. Towne Center at 8 am or meet at parking lot of property at 8:45.

Jan 25-26 Overnight Jonathan Dickinson State Park & Blowing Rocks Preserve,
Stuart & Hobe Sound FL. Visit a number of natural communities, Loxahatchee River, nature trails, pontoon boat, etc. Blowing Rocks is a restored barrier island. Motel or campground accommodations.

Sat. Feb. 18 Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.
Prey ID with raptor expert Bob Sanders. Depart Jo-Ann Fabrics, Seminole Towne Center at 6:45 am or meet at LAWD entrance 7:30 am. $10 fee.

Thu. Feb. 23 Blue Heron River Tour, DeLand
2-hr. narrated pontoon boat tour of St. Johns River. Manatees, shorebirds, some nesting sites. $25 fee. Reservations required. Call Sarah Donlan at 407-687-6087

Sat. Mar. 18 Evening Bat Hike, Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park. 2-mile hike.
Leave Jo-Ann Fabrics, Seminole Towne Center at 6:30 pm or meet 6:45 pm at the south entrance to park.

March 26-28 Overnight Wakulla Springs State Park
Tallahassee. Tour the park on foot and by boat, Mission San Luis, St. Marks NWR & other Great FL Birding Trail sites. We will stay at the historic Ed Ball Lodge.

Sat April 15 Port Orange Colony.
Observe the breeding birds at the Colony. Depart Jo-Ann Fabrics at 8 am or meet under the bridge at 9:15. Lunch afterwards.

Christmas Bird Counts

Come out, relax and spend a couple of hours to a full day with us counting birds!

For more information please call Shirley: 407-797-4636


Previous Field Trips

Gemini Springs
Springs and Birds. Leave Jo-Ann Fabrics Seminole Towne Center 8 am or meet West parking lot at Springs 8:30 am.

Mead Botanical Gardens, Winter Park
Birds, Butterflies, Gardens. Leave at8:30 am from Jo-Ann Fabrics Seminole Towne Center or 9:00 at Mead Gardens.

Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland
Limited space for this guided tour by tram. Leave Jo-Ann Fabrics, Sem. Towne Cntr 7:30 am or meet Discover Ctr 9 am.

Lake Apopka North Shore
Wildlife Drive. Parking limited. Meet 434/436 intersection in front of Kohls and Dollar Tree at NW quadrant by 8:00 am.

Hal Scott Preserve, Orlando
9387 acres of flatwoods and open prairies ideal for wildlife viewing. Leave at 8 am Jo-Ann Fabrics, Seminole Towne Center.

Rainbow River, Dunellon
Singing Pontoon Boat Ride. $15 per person cash/check only. Leave Jo-Ann Fabrics 7:45 am. Reservations required.

Overnight Corkscrew Swamp and Station 5
Planning to tour Corkscrew and Station 5 in Clewiston. More info to follow.

Wekiva Christmas Bird Count.
SAS will form groups to participate.

Shiloh Marsh, Oak Hill
Looking for waterfowl. Leave at 8 am from Jo-Ann Fabrics, Seminole Towne Center.

Blue Heron River Tour, DeLand
2-hr. narrated pontoon boat tour of St. Johns River and Hontoon Dead River. $25 Reservations required.

Marl Bed Flats, Sanford
This SJRWMD property can be muddy. Leave at 8 am from Sanford Library. Parking very limited at the site.

Orlando Wetlands Park in Christmas.
Leave Jo-Ann Fabrics at 8 am or meet 9:15 at the Park. Hardwoods, hammock, marshes, and lakes.

Black Bear Wilderness Area, Sanford
Remote trail one mile in; one mile out. Leave 7:30 am from Jo-Ann Fabrics or meet at BBWA parking area 8 am.

Fort DeSoto Park, multi-day trip.
Tierra Verde. 328 species of birds documented. We hope to see species on their annual migration.

BBA II Bird Walks
Sanford Bird walks - organized as part of Breeding Bird Atlas II Citizen Science.

Thornby Park and Audubon Park, Deltona.
This will be a walking tour of two parks. We will meet at Thornby Park , 110 Providence Blvd. Deltona (Enterprise). This is a follow up to our September 13th meeting with Sandy Walters, who was instrumental in preserving this 40 acre property. This is a pristine, wooded property with 1000 feet shoreline on Lake Monroe. From there we will caravan to the newly created Audubon Park on Lush Lane off of Doyle Road in Deltona. This storm water treatment site and ecological education facility has more than 40 verified bird species that nest and feed here. A walking tour is planned.

Lake Proctor Wilderness Area, Geneva
Guided 2-3 mile bird walk on this 475- acres Seminole County Natural Land. We will follow a trail through sand pine, pine flatwoods, and bayhead swamp. In addition to birds, deer, and gopher tortoise are frequently seen on this property.

Seminole Rest and Riverbreeze Park, Oakhill, Volusia County.
We will car pool for the 30-mile scenic drive to Oakhill on the Intercoastal Waterway. At Seminole Rest, part of the Canaveral National Seashore, we will visit an ancient Native American Mound created by the Timucuan Indians. There will be a 2-hour ranger-guided tour of this scenic park and the restored Snyder residence. Close by is Riverbreeze Park with it's wonderful pier and park that juts out into the river. Many birds inhabit this park with many more who call the Intercoastal Waterway their home. Seminole Rest and Riverbreeze have bathrooms and picnic tables. Goodrichs' for lunch on the river anyone?

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Deleon Springs
A Ranger guided tour of this National Wildlife Refuge along the St. John's River. The refuge has overlapping zones between subtropical and temperate climates providing a variety of habitats and wildlife. This should be follow up to our Nov. 10 meeting about three central Florida women's kayak trip up the St. Johns River from Sanford to Jacksonville.

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey and Lake Lotus Park, Maitland
We will be taking a tour of the Audubon's Rehabilitation Center. Afterwards we will proceed to Lake Lotus Park for a guided walk. Habitats in Lake Lotus Park include a sandhill community, pine scrub, mesic hammock, and wetlands in the area near the Little Wekiva River. The variety of habitat provides a home for a wide variety of birds and other animals.

Trimble Park, Tangerine
A scenic 1.3 mile walk between Lake Beauclair and Lake Carlton on the Harris Chain of Lakes. We should see wading birds, dragonflies, butterflies and turtles. We are close to Mt. Dora for lunch or we can picnic in the park. Binoculars, comfortable shoes, jacket layers, and snack recommended.

Disney Wilderness Preserve, Kissimmee
We will have a guided tour of the Country's first large scale off site wetands mitigation project. We will enjoy their birds and plants.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Carpool or caravan to this premier birding spot. We should see ducks, wading birds, shorebirds, and there are always surprises. Most viewing will be done from vehicles.

Ferndale Preserve, Ferndale
Guided walk through this park on the western shore of Lake Apopka. The park is known for a large number of birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. It is a protected historic site with scenic vistas due to its proximity to the highest point on the Florida peninsula.

Seminole Audubon Picnic and Paddle
A fun day on Wekiva River, a beautiful spot for birding and serenity. We will have a pot luck lunch and then climb into provided kayaks (or bring your own) for a trip down the Wekiva River. Experienced kayakers will be available to assistance novice kayakers.

MULTI-DAY TRIP - Florida Aquarium and Tarpon Springs
A tour through the Florida Aquarium at your own pace. Meeting outside , arrive by 10 am and tour the Aquarium, have lunch on premises and take the Dolphin Cruise at 1:45 or arrive by 12;30--board the boat at 1;45 and after 3 do a self guided tour of the Aquarium. Per internet: Aquarium plus cruise is $33.95. We will be spending two nights at John's Pass at the Tahitian Resort, a 50's retro style motel on the beach on the Gulf. John's Pass is 32 miles from the Aquarium. There's a Denny's across the street. Traveling north ,to Dunelleon on scenic Highway to Tarpon Springs. Tarpon Springs is 32 miles from John's Pass and the Tahitian Resort. 2nd day Tarpon Springs at your leisure, join the boat ride if you choose--out on the Gulf. View the bird life with a guided tour of the mangrove islands.

Washington Oaks State Park - Bird Hike
The Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River provide the natural boundaries for this 389 acres Park that includes maritime hammock, estuarine tidal marsh and a formal garden. In the Fall, Washington Oaks is popular stopping spot for neotropical migrants on their trip to their wintering grounds. Graham Williams will lead us on a walk through the park in search of migrants.

Palm Bluff Conservation Area and Lake Ashby Park
We will have guided bird walks in these two properties in Volusia County. Palm Bluff Conservation Area is a newly-acquired St Johns River Water Management District property. It consists of 3,321 acres within the Deep Creek basin, a sub-basin of the Middle St. Johns River Basins. Following our visit to Palm Bluff we will visit Lake Ashby Park is a 64 acre park on the shore of Lake Ashby. We will walk the boardwalk trail that goes out over the lake. There are picnic facilities for those who wish to bring their lunch.

St Johns River Cruise. Blue Spring State Park
Observe manatees and wading birds during this narrated pontoon boat tour. Boat is handicapped accessible.

Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet
This is a follow-up to Michael Brothers Program on Pelagic Birds. The Marine Science Center has aquarium, artificial reef, nature trails, rehabilitation for turtles, seabirds and other exhibits. We will have a guided tour of the Center and then look for birds.

Crystal Lake Preserve
A guided bird hike on this 40 acre preserve where you may see anhinga, wood storks, brown thrasher, limpkins, gopher tortoise and many native plants.

Gemini Springs
A guided bird, plant and geology hike of this 210 acre Volusia County park.

Chuluota Wilderness Area
A guided bird hike of this 625 acre natural area. It contains a variety of natural systems such as mesic hammock, pond pine flatwoods, hardwood swamp and some rare habitats such as sand pine scrub.

Sarasota Weekend - Members only
We will tour birding “Hot Spots” in the Sarasota/Venice area. This may include Marie Selby Gardens, Celery Fields and Pinecraft Park in Sarasota, and the Pinelands in Venice. Itinerary will be finalized in early March. Reserve your spot by January 15, 2012. Details will be in The JAY.

Crystal Lake Preserve
A guided bird hike on this 40 acre preserve where you may see anhinga, wood storks, brown thrasher, limpkins, gopher tortoise and many native plants.

Faver-Dykes State Park
You will learn about the Timucuan Indians, Faver-Dykes' first inhabitants, that arrived around 500 B.C and visit remote areas of the park in search of birds.

Intracoastal Waterway Boat Tour
A 2-hour boat tour sailing out of Ponce Inlet. Carpool from Sanford. Bring binoculars, a hat and suncreen. $25 pp. Reservations required. Details in The JAY.

Gemini Springs, Enterprise
Jim Denslow will guide us through this beautiful park and explain some of its unique geological features. Meet 8:30 at the park.

Central Florida Zoological Park
We'll explore this lush tropical paradise with the staff who transformed its landscape into 23 acres of native gardens. Afterwards, linger and enjoy the over 400 animals, Insect Zoo and Reptile House. Group rates apply.

Mead Gardens Winter Park
Meet 8:30 am at the entrance for a leisurely walk in the Gardens which are a local birding hot spot. Carpools will be arranged.

Lake Proctor Wilderness Area – Geneva
Meet 8:30 am at the entrance off SR 46. We will walk through a range of habitats where we hope to find a variety of birds.

Ritch Grisson Memorial Wetlands at Viera
Carpool or meet at the entrance for a morning of birding at a premier birding location. Most viewing will be done from vehicles.

Lake Harney Wilderness Area Geneva
Carpool from library at 8:00 am or meet at the LHWA parking area at 8:30 am for a walk on the trail to the shore of Lake Harney. Expect to see songbirds and shorebirds.

Ft. Desoto Pinellas County Park
Neotropical migrants and the possibility of adding species to your Florida life-list are the lures for this trip. Overnight accommodations available at Eckerd College. Advanced Reservations required.

St Johns River Cruise, Orange City
Meet Blue Spring State Park 9:30 AM for this 2-hour cruise. Reservations required.

Yankee Lake
Meet at the entrance on SR 46. We hope to see Florida scrub jays.

Black Hammock Wildness Area, Oviedo
Meet at the main parking area on CR 426 at the Barr Street entrance of the Little Big Econ State Forest for this 4.5 mile walk.

DeLeon Springs State Park / Pontoon Boat
Ride. Call for carpool arrangements, or meet at the park at 9:00 AM for pancake breakfast followed by pontoon boat ride. $25.00 Reservations required.

Wekiva Christmas Bird Counts
We will take this opportunity to visit Black Bear WA, Yankee Lake, and other spots in the Wekiva CBC count circle.

Merritt Island NWR, Titusville
Roseate spoonbills, Amer. avocets, wintering ducks, and more can been seen this time of the year at MINWR. Half-day trip, or all day if you choose. Most birding will be viewed from our vehicles. Carpool or meet there.

Three Lakes Wildlife Mgt. Area
Snail kite, crested caracara, and bald eagles are among the species we hope to find on this all-day trip. Meeting location & time TBA

Lake Norris Conservation Area, Eustis
Meet at the Publix at Lake Forest to carpool to Eustis. This trip will be a walk or a paddle. Bring your canoe or kayak.

Wakulla Springs Birding Trip
We will stay at the lodge in Wakulla Springs State Park and look for spring migrants at St. Marks NWR and other local birding spots. Tours of Wakulla Springs SP and the historic Mission San Luis will also be possible. Reservation deadline March 1st.

Rock Springs Run State Reserve, Sorrento
Meet at the entrance off SR 46 for a walk through a variety of plant communities on this 14,000-acre property.

Spring Hammock Preserve
Meet at the entrance at 8:00 am for a walk through this natural area which features trails and a boardwalk to Lake Jesup. We hope to find some Fall migrants.

The Big Sit, Sanford or Geneva
SAS will have 2 locations from dawn-noon for this national competitive sedentary birding event. If you would like to sit with us for all or part of the morning.

Mead Gardens, Winter Park
Meet 7:30 am in the Lake Mary K-Mart parking lot or 8:00 am at the entrance for a leisurely walk through the Garden known for warblers and other migrants.

Colt Creek State Park, north of Lakeland
Meet at the K-Mart parking lot in Lake Mary at 8:00 for the 90-min.drive. There will be a 2-hr. guided tram tour of the Park. Space is limited.

Black Bear Wilderness Area, Sanford
Meet 8:00 a.m. in the Lake Forest Publix parking lot on SR 46. The walk through this Seminole Co. property will feature a variety of habitats and hopefully birds.

Econ River Wilderness Area
This 230 acre offers a scenic 3 mile walking trail through pine flatwoods, sandhill and river swamp leading to a bend in the Econ River.

DeLeon Springs State Park & Pontoon Boat to Lake Woodruff.
Call for carpool arrangements, or meet at the park 9:00 am for pancake breakfast or 11:00 am for 1.5-hr. boat trip. Reservations required.

Lake Ashby Park, Osteen
Meet 9:00 am at Library or 9:30 am at the Park. We will walk the trail and boardwalk through a hardwood hammock and a stand of bald cypress to the lake. Bring a picnic lunch.

Panhandle Birding Trip. We stayed at the lodge in Wakulla Springs State Park and look for spring migrants at St. Marks NWR and other local birding spots. Tours of the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and the historic Mission San Luis will also be possible. Reservation deadline March 1st.

Lake Proctor Wilderness Area Jim Duby, Principal Coordinator Seminole Co. Natural Lands Program will lead us as we observe and learn about native plants and animals. Trip will last 1.5 to 3 hours and may cover 2-4 miles. Bring items such as insect repellant, water, snacks, hat and binoculars. Meet in the parking lot at 8:00am.

 

International Migratory Bird Day

Seminole Audubon birders will participate in this international bird count.

 

North American Migratory Bird Count

No birding experience necessary, drivers & scribes needed!

 

Chelonian Research Institute

1-hour guided tour of internationally renowned facility dedicated to the study and conservation of the world’s turtles. Group size limited. Reservations required.

 

St Johns River Cruise

Meet Blue Springs State Park 9:30AM for this 2-hour cruise. Reservations required. $20.00.  Please contact Faith at puffin_fj@yahoo.com for details. 

 

Space Coast Birding Festival, Titusville

Car-pool to attend the lectures, workshops, and field trips that are part of this event. Please contact Faith at puffin_fj@yahoo.com for details. 

 

Geneva Wilderness Area.

Amy Raub, Seminole Co. Natural Lands Program will lead us on a 2-4 mile hike.

 

A Walk on the Sanford Riverwalk & North American Migratory Bird Count             

Join Seminole Audubon birders as we count the birds along the Riverwalk. We will then break into teams to count other areas in Seminole Co.  including Lake Jesup, Co. Natural Lands, and even backyards. No birding experience necessary,  drivers & scribes needed!

 

St Johns River Cruise

Meet Blue Springs State Park 9:30AM for this 2-hour cruise. This is a joint outing with Sierra Club, Central Florida Group. Reservations required. $20.00

 

Space Coast Birding Festival, Titusville

Car-pool to attend the lectures, workshops, and field trips that are part of this event.

 

Seminole State Forest, Sorrento

This morning trip will include driving and some walking. The area is known for Florida scrub-jay, limpkins, indigo bunting, vireos and warblers.

 

Oakland Nature Preserve

Walk 3100 linear feet of boardwalk that runs from uplands through wetlands to a pavilion and dock on Lake Apopka. We hope to see a variety of birds from warblers to white pelicans.

 

Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area

An all day trip. We should see caracara, whooping crane and snail kite. Also possible are red-cockaded woodpecker and bluebirds.

 

Ft. De Soto, Pinellas County Park 

Neotropical migrants in route to nesting grounds, and the possibility of adding species to your Florida life-list are the lures for this trip. All day trip, camping available Friday night.

 

International Migratory Bird Day

Seminole Audubon birders will participate in this international bird count. Call Shirley for a convenient territory and partner.

 

Gatorland Zoo, Kissimmee

Photo opportunity for close-ups of nesting wading birds.

Impromptu Field Trips 

Sometimes we’ll investigate unusual bird sightings or go out just for the fun of it.  Want to join us?  Email puffin_fj@yahoo.com (Faith) to be added to the notification list, or add your name and number to the phone tree at our next meeting.


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