Field Trips

Black Bear Wilderness Area - photo by Cecilia Carey



This season, because of concerns about COVID-19, field trips will be limited.  No carpools are planned. Most venues are close by and easily accessible.  Attendance is limited on some trips. For the safety of participants, we will be following CDC guidelines and local COVID-19 orders regarding social distancing and wearing masks.

Liability release must be signed. Remember: hat, appropriate footwear, sunscreen, water, snack, and insect repellent.



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Lake Jesup Park


SAS adopted Lake Jesup Park as part of Seminole County’s Adopt-a-Park Program. Lake Jesup Park is located at 5951 S. Sanford Avenue in Sanford. Bring gloves, trash grabber tools, garbage bags and any other equipment needed to collect trash, or sweep the pavilion. 

If you’d like to sign up for the next cleanup day, contact Leslie Martin at or Marguerite Terwilleger at  


Thursday September 17, 2020

Blue Heron River Tour, DeLand


We will leave from St. Johns Marina & Resort, 2999 West SR 44, DeLand for this two-hour, narrated tour which will take us north on the St. Johns River into the Ocala National Forest, the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and river tributaries. There will be discussions of river history, human environmental impact and stops for wildlife viewing and photography. You won’t want to miss this immersion in the magnificent splendor of the St. Johns River watershed. $25 per person, cash or check to be paid to the tour boat director. Binoculars, camera, water, snack, jacket and hat suggested.  Snack bar and restroom are available at the dock.

Lunch is possible after the tour at a local restaurant. Be at the landing by 9:30 am. Reservations required. Contact Sarah Donlan 407-687-6087 or email


Saturday October 17, 2020

Princess Place Preserve Flagler County


At the confluence of Pellicer Creek and the Matanzas River, Princess Place Preserve is a Flagler County park protecting the oldest homestead in the county, Cherokee Grove. In 1997, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  We should be able to see vultures, hawks, crows, warblers, woodpeckers, wrens, herons and other water birds.

It is located between SR A1A and I-95, on Pellicer Creek, just south of the St. Johns/Flagler county line. 2500 Princess Place Rd, Palm Coast, FL 32137.

Lat-Long: 29.654000, -81.241431

Moderate hiking level. Restroom available.

Meet at the Red/Orange Trail parking area at 9:00 am.

Contact Sarah Donlan 407-687-6087 or email


Sunday November 15, 2020

Wekiva Basin Banding Station


The 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 is open on Sunday mornings 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 and March/April. Limited parking on Gateway Drive on 414/Maitland Blvd., which is just prior to the ranger gate to the park. The banding station has a locked, gated entrance.  Meet Phyllis Hall on Gateway Drive at 7:30 am.  Limited to 10 people.  Reservation required. Contact Phyllis Hall at


Saturday December 19, 2020

Audubon Christmas Bird Count


This is 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 will be used to help determine the long-term health and status of bird populations.  Using a circle with a 15-mile diameter, SAS will concentrate on Zones 10 and 11 in Sanford and Lake Mary.  To volunteer, contact Leslie Martin at


Saturday January 16, 2021

Circle B Bar Preserve


Cowboys once roamed this land when it was a functioning cattle ranch. Now Circle B Bar Reserve is home to many species of wildlife. The preserve includes a hardwood swamp, freshwater marsh, and lake shore. The preserve has been recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the “51 Great Places to See Wildlife”. Volunteer guides will take us on a personalized tram tour through the marsh where we will learn about the American alligator, a keystone species of the reserve.  4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL

The tram tour is free but a donation to the preserve will be appreciated.

Meet at the park at 9:00 am. Limited to 9 people. Reservation required. Contact Sarah Donlan 407-687-6087 or email


Saturday February 20, 2021

Little Big Econ, Oviedo


Bird count from this hike will be submitted to the Great Backyard Bird Count 2021. Flanking the banks of the Econlockhatchee River, a ribbon of wilderness protects a swath of forests edged on one side by suburbia, on the other by ranchland. It is the Little-Big Econ State Forest, more than 5,000 acres of uplands and cypress swamps along this floodplain river, a sinuous waterway with tall bluffs and many tributaries.

Meet 8:00 am at the Little Big Econ Barr Street Trailhead, 951 Barr St, Oviedo, FL 32765

28.687403, -81.159278 (Barr Street)

Moderate to difficult hiking.  No restroom.
Contact: Leslie Martin at


Saturday March 20, 2021

Lake Harney Wilderness Area, Geneva


The Lake Harney Wilderness Area (LHWA) is approximately 300 acres, located on the St. Johns River and the northwest shore of Lake Harney. This site is home to an historic crossing of the Flagler Railroad, Native American shell middens, oak hammocks and mixed hardwood swamps. This site also contains extensive floodplain marshes associated with Lake Harney, which serve as important feeding grounds for wading birds and as a natural filter improving water quality.  There are several bald eagles’ nests and we hope to see eaglets. This walk will end at the new observation tower, which is wheelchair-accessible.  Meet at the parking lot of the property at 8:30 am. 

2187 Osceola Fish Camp Rd, Geneva, FL 32732. From the intersection of SR 46 and SR 415 east of Sanford, drive east on SR 46 towards Geneva for 2.8 miles. Turn left on West Osceola Road. The road becomes Osceola Fish Camp Road after 7.6 miles. The large parking area is on the right after another 0.7 mile. Easy to moderate hiking. No restroom.

Contact Sarah Donlan 407-687-6087 or email


Saturday April 17, 2021

Crystal Lake Preserve (CLP)


This property of 40 acres was originally owned by Darrell and Bettye Leidigh. They preserved it from residential development by designating the property to be held in perpetuity as undeveloped property for the benefit of wildlife, native plants and water conservation. The preserve has all native plants. Bird and butterfly surveys are done on the property periodically. In addition to birds, we hope to see gopher tortoises.   CLP is managed by a board, which includes several SAS members.

Meet at the clubhouse parking lot at 9:00 am, 550 Timacuan Blvd, Lake Mary, FL 32746. We will carpool to CLP from there.  Limited to 20 people. Reservations required.  Contact Jim Denslow




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


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