Field Trips

Black Bear Wilderness Area - photo by Cecilia Carey


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


September 18, 2021 - Saturday

Seminole State Forest


Looking forward to seeing all who signed up.


The endemic Florida Scrub-Jay is restricted to Florida’s ever-decreasing sand pine scrub habitat. The 30,000-acre Seminole State Forest hosts a relatively stable population of this friendly and charismatic bird. Possible sightings include Sandhill Crane, Wild Turkey, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Bluebird and pineland specialties such as Bachman’s Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Brown-headed Nuthatch.

Guided tour by Ralph Risch (Florida Forest Service).

Meet at 8:00 am at the Bear Pond Trailhead located off of State Road 46, Wekiva River Rd, Sorrento, FL 32776. From Interstate 4 exit 101C at Sanford, take SR 46 west for 5.2 miles. After you cross the Wekiva River, look for the entrance to Seminole State Forest on the right. At Bear Lake Road, take a right. Then turn left to the Seminole Forest Road. Continue about a mile on the forest road. Parking at the trailhead. Vault toilets available. Moderate walking over uneven terrain. All levels and ages of birders are welcome. Contact Phyllis Hall at:


October 30, 2021 - Saturday

Join a Central Florida Audubon Assembly Field Trip


Details and sign up at Reservations required. Morning trip options to: Mead Garden, tram or walking tours at Orlando Wetlands, or a driving tour of Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Optional networking lunch will be at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland about 12:30 pm.


November 20, 2021 - Saturday

Mead Botanical Garden and Kraft Azalea Garden


Mead Botanical Garden is on 47 acres that include a boardwalk and trails through pine trees and a butterfly garden. We expect to see wading birds and migrating birds.

Meet at Mead Garden at 8:30 am, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park 32789. Parking with restroom available. Moderate walking over uneven ground. All levels and ages of birders are welcome.

For those interested in doing more, we will travel to Kraft Azalea Garden nearby for more viewing of wading birds. This is also a rookery location in the springs. This 5.22-acre public garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland. The beautiful park is shaded by enormous cypress trees that add to the old Florida charm. Kraft Azalea Garden is located at 1365 Alabama Drive, Winter Park 32789. Parking lot. Wheelchair accessible. No restroom.


December 18, 2021 - Saturday

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


January 14, 2022 - Friday

Yankee Lake Field Trip. Yankee Lake Treatment Facility in Sanford


Looking forward to seeing all who signed up.


This is a guided tour of the only habitat in Seminole County for Florida Scrub-Jays. We will meet at 8 am at the Seminole County Northwest Water Reclamation Facility on 501 Yankee Lake Road, Sanford, off SR46 just before the entrance to the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park. Restroom in the administration building. We will be riding in the management company’s pickup trucks. All levels and ages of birders are welcome. Limited to 10 people. Reservations required. Contact Phyllis Hall at:


January 22, 2022 - Saturday

D Ranch Preserve in Osteen


Looking forward to seeing all who signed up.

Owned and managed by Conservation Florida, D Ranch Preserve is a beautiful 476-acre piece of wild Florida that is now protected forever. In addition to buffering public conservation lands, D Ranch further protects the Lake Monroe watershed. The preserve contains 149 acres of critical Florida scrub habitat and 60 acres of scrubby flatwoods. Many iconic Florida species require this habitat for their survival, including Florida Scrub-Jays, sand skinks, eastern indigo snakes, wood storks, burrowing owls, and gopher tortoises. This special property’s rare ecosystems provide habitat for Florida’s wildlife. It also builds on current conservation areas and helps protect Florida’s freshwater.

Meet at the preserve at 8:30 am, 2655 Reed Ellis Road, Osteen, FL 32764. Moderate walking over uneven terrain. No restroom.  All levels and ages of birders are welcome. Contact Sarah Donlan 407-687-6087 or email


February 19, 2022 - Saturday

Boat Tour of the Indian River Lagoon


Looking forward to seeing all who signed up.

Guided eco 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.

Meet at the Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. Restrooms in the Discovery Center. Uneven pathway to the boat ramp.

Tickets paid at the Discovery Center: Adults/Seniors/Students $25 & Children $15

Be at the center at 12:30 p.m. for 1:00 p.m. departure.

Limited to 20 people. Reservations required by February 1.

Contact Sarah Donlan 407-687-6087 or email


March 19, 2022 - Saturday

Birds of Prey Center in Maitland


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Guided tour of this Audubon Center that focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of Florida’s raptors. It is located in the City of Maitland and the Town of Eatonville along Lake Sybelia. Meet at the Center at 8:30 am, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751. Admittance fee is $8. Restrooms available. Parking lot with uneven pathway to the Center. All levels and ages of birders are welcome. Contact Sarah Donlan 407-687-6087 or email


March 26, 2022 - Saturday

Lake Harney Wilderness Area in Geneva


The Lake Harney Wilderness Area (LHWA), approximately 300 acres, is 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 so 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.

All levels and ages of birders are welcome. Contact Sarah Donlan 407-687-6087 or email




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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  




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