St. Lucie Audubon Society

FIELD TRIPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS 2016-2017

Information updated and links provided as available. Reminder: Wear comfortable closed-in shoes.  Bring hat, binoculars, scopes, cameras, bug repellent, snacks and water. We encourage carpooling when possible.
Fort Pierce Inlet
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
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Location: Fort Pierce Inlet State Park - 905 Shorewinds Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Meet At: the parking lot between 8:00- 8:15 am. This is near the playground after passing through the entrance gate. Note:  You must sign up in advance with Adella in order to avoid entrance fee.  Ranger will waive fee this time for St Lucie Audubon.

Start Time:  8:15 am to approximately 11 am

Directions:  See map.

Details: Avid birder and naturalist, Billi Wagner and co-leader Adella Blacka, St Lucie Audubon Field Trip Chair will lead the group.  Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is a 340-acre park with hiking trails and beaches. There are picnic tables if you want to bring your lunch after the event.  Facilities also available. Looking forward to a fun-filled day of birding at this beautiful place.  This is a good time of year to see migrating warblers and shorebirds.

Please consider purchasing an annual pass. This helps support Florida State Parks. They come as individual or family passes. Available online at www.floridastateparks.org 

Sign Up: Contact Adella - Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.comYou can also sign up at the Oct 6th General Meeting.


Paleo Hammock Preserve
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
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Location: Paleo Hammock Preserve, St Lucie County 8551 Carlton Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987 - (Not exact for GPS). Located within the Steven J. Fousek Natural Area.

Meet at: Preserve parking lot between 7:45 - 8:00 am

Program Time: 8 to 11 am

Directions:  See map.

Leader: Eva Ries, Advanced Florida Master Naturalist and Director of Avian Research - www.OneMoreGeneration.org

Details: A variety of bird species regularly seen or heard are warblers, woodpeckers, wrens, and owls. The trails lead through a mix of several habitats and include multiple species of native trees: hickory, elm, fig and oaks. There is an observation deck overlooking Malabar Marsh.

Requirements: We recommend long pants, close-toed shoes, insect repellent, and water. There are picnic tables if you want to bring lunch. There are no toilet facilities, so plan accordingly.

Sign Up: contact Adella. Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com You can also sign up at the SLAS General Meeting.


Lakeside Ranch

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

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Meet at:  Lakeside Ranch Entrance Gate at 8:00am we will drive to Parking Lot from there.

Start Time: 8:15 am

Place: Lakeside Ranch STA - Martin County

Directions: Route 15B in Martin County. From I-95, take Route 714 west. Turn right on Route 710. Go ¼ mile and turn left on Route 15B.  The Lakeside Ranch STA is immediately after the milk production plant on the left.  See map/directions below.

Guide: John Nelson, President of the Audubon of Martin County, Advanced Florida Master Naturalist and voice of “The Audubon Moment” broadcasted on Public Radio.  John specializes in wildlife videography and has produced several videos.

Donation: $5 requested to Audubon of Martin County,  (AoMC)

Details: We will be driving on impoundments around the wetlands.  Expect to see many wading bird species, cranes, swallows, song birds, pelicans, raptors. This is an excellent opportunity to photograph birds and the Florida wetland habitat.  White Pelicans have been seen there, in addition to Roseate Spoonbills, Snail Kites, Eastern Meadow Larks.

Sign Up: contact Adella. You can also sign up at the SLAS General  meeting. 

Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com.


Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

 

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville. 

Leaders: Hart and Jewel Rufe.

Details will follow


Green Cay Nature Center and Wakodahatchees Wetlands
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
 

Location: Green Cay Nature Center and Wakodahatchees Wetlands (Boynton Beach)

Leaders: Hart and Jewel Rufe.

Details will follow


Bird-a-thon
March
 

Bird-a-thon  -  More information to follow

 


STA 2, Palm Beach, County
April 8, 2017
 

Guide: Audubon Society Everglades

More information to follow


May
  No field trip scheduled
 
   
St. Lucie River Nature Cruises
 

Call River Lilly Cruises at 772-489-8344 for prices and reservations (required). The River Lilly leaves most days year-round from the River Park Marina on Prima Vista Boulevard. See alligators, birds, turtles and more. Visit their web site riverlillycruises.com Deena and Dana have retired. Meet the new owners Ed and Steph Hamrick.