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 21, 2019

Smyrna Dunes Park, New Smyrna Beach 

This 73-acre Volusia County park at the north end of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula contains five ecosystems and is home to a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat. $10 per car; limited parking. Meet at park at 8:30 am or carpool from in front of Ross in the Walmart parking lot on 17/92 near Lake Mary Blvd. Carpool will leave at 7:45 am for the 45-minute drive to the park. Bring snack or lunch, water, sand/beach shoes, hat and sunscreen. 2995 N. Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL.

 

Friday October 4, 2019

Florida Scrub-Jays at Yankee Lake Facility, Sanford

We will have a guided tour of this protected property, home to the only Florida Scrub-Jays in Seminole County. Meet at 8 am at the Seminole County Northwest Water Reclamation Facility, 501 Yankee Lake Road off SR46 near the entrance to the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park.  Contact: Phyllis Hall at [email protected]

 

Saturday October 19, 2019

Hatbill Park and Seminole Ranch Conservation Area, Mims

This 6000-acre preserve is home to lots of wading birds and other wetland species. We will drive along a dirt road and walk to the observation tower on Silver Lake.  Carpool from in front of Ross in the Walmart parking lot on 17/92 near Lake Mary Blvd. will leave at 7:45 am. Bring binoculars, hiking shoes for protection, sunscreen, and a chair if you care to sit.

 

Saturday November 16, 2019

Blue Heron Pontoon Boat Tour, DeLand

We will take off 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 stops for wildlife viewing and photography, discussions of river history, and human environmental impact. You won’t want to miss this immersion in the magnificent splendor of the St. Johns River watershed. $25 per person, cash or check. Binoculars, camera, water, snack, and hat suggested.  Snack bar and restroom are available on boat. 

 

Saturday December 14, 2019

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

This is the 120th year for this event, 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 Zone 10 and 11 in Sanford and Lake Mary.  Contact Leslie Martin at [email protected]. Info at www.audubon.org/conservation/join,christmas-bird-count

 

Saturday January 18, 2020

Black Bear Wilderness Area

This Seminole County Natural Land consists of 1600 acres in northwest Seminole County and features a variety of wetland habitats. The floodplain of the St. Johns River, Wet Prairie, Hydric Hammock, and Cypress Swamps form a mosaic of habitat diversity which hosts wildlife such as the white-tailed deer, Swallow-tailed Kite, and Florida Black Bear.  Its large size and proximity to other public lands make this site an important piece in a puzzle connecting natural areas between the Wekiva/St. Johns basins and the Ocala National Forest.  Meet at the trailhead at 8 am. 5298 Michigan Ave., Sanford, FL.  The trail consists of uneven ground; solid footwear is necessary. 

Leader: Audubon Board Member Lewis Gray

 

Saturday February 15, 2020

Audubon Park, Deltona

Join us on a bird walk at this City of Deltona park where 167 avian species have been recorded. The recreational facility features boardwalks, nature trails, and interpretive kiosks.  The property is also used for stormwater management and natural resource preservation purposes. Bird count from this hike will be submitted to The Great Backyard Bird Count 2020 corresponding to the dates for the event, Feb. 14-17. Meet 8:00 am at the park located near the intersection of Lush Lane and Doyle Road.  

 

Thursday February 20, 2020

Blue Spring State Park. Orange City

Manatee Observation.  This time of year there are often manatees galore in the spring run. In addition we could see other river dwellers, wading birds, birds of prey, alligators, and possibly Florida Scrub-Jays. It can be cold, so dress accordingly, including comfortable shoes, and hat. Carpool from JoAnn’s Fabrics near Seminole Town Center, 7:30 am sharp. Manatees will be in the warm water from the spring. If the air is cold a magical steam bath is created. If desired, lunch at Swamphouse Grill, Highbanks Marina in DeBary afterwards.

 

Saturday March 12, 2020

Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas

Join us for a guided tram tour of this premier birding area where 220 bird species have been documented. Weather can be cold and there is very little shade, so dress accordingly. Bring snack.  Meet at the park at 8:30 or carpool from in front of Ross in the Walmart parking lot on 17/92 near Lake Mary Blvd. Carpool will leave at 7:45 am. 

 

April 16-18, 2020 (Thurs-Fri-Sat)

Crystal River Overnight

11419 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429

Reserve a cabin, book your own hotel, or bring your RV. Make your own reservation. Activities will be finalized based on participants’ interests and can include birding, archeological dig area, and a day trip to Tarpon Springs with boat tour on the Gulf of Mexico.  This is a diverse area, including Homosassa Wildlife State Park nearby. Join us for all 3 nights or any part of the trip. Sanford to Crystal River is a 2-hour drive.  Carpooling is possible. Reservations are required. Contact: [email protected]. Deadline Feb 1. 

Make your reservations as soon as possible. It is a busy time of year in that area, especially with Spring bird migration.

 

 

 

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

 

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