St. Lucie Audubon Society

FIELD TRIPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS 2015-2016

Information updated and links provieded as available. Reminder: Bring binoculars, scopes, cameras, snacks and water. We encourage carpooling  when possible
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
 

St. Lucie County, Pinelands Preserve, POSTPONED DUE TO HIGH WATER AT SITE

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
 

Savannas Preserve State Park-- HAWKS BLUFF

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

CANCELLED

  Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach and Wakodahatchees Wetlands.
Canceled due to weather. ... Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

 

 

St. Lucie County-sponsored Christmas Bird Count, LeStrange Preserve, Session 1, 8-10 a.m., Session 2, 10:01 a.m-noon.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015
  SLAS Annual Christmas Bird Count. Contact Ed Bowes (eddie_ruth@msn.com) to volunteer.
Saturday, Jan 9, 2016
 

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge,

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
 

Breakfast and Tour at Adams Ranch.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
 

Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area

Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016
 

Green Cay Nature Center and Wakodahatchees Wetlands

Saturday, March 12, 2016
 

INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING CLASS WITH HIKE.

Saturday &Sunday,
Mar. 19 & 20, 2016

 

SLAS Annual Bird-A-Thon. March 2016 will mark the Fifth Annual Bruce Bardsley Memorial Bird-A-Thon held by our chapter.  The Bird-A-Thon serves two purposes; one, it is a chapter fundraiser. Two, is provides an opportunity to survey springtime bird populations in St. Lucie County. We use this information to identify local trends and to update the county-specific bird checklist available on our Web site.

A Bird-A-Thon works much like a walk-a-thon. Participants register to participate*, then solicit sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money. Where a walk-a-thon pledge is by the mile, a Bird-A-Thon pledge is by the species. Sponsors would be asked to fund participants on a species basis, pledging a specified amount, such as 25 cents, 50 cents, or $1, per species sighted. Sponsors may also place a ceiling on their tax-deductible donation; for example, $25, $50, or $100. All proceeds go to the St. Lucie Audubon Society.

Participants solicit as many sponsors as they can, then either Saturday or Sunday the weekend of March 19 & 20, they go out and count birds. The rules are very simple. First, all counting must be done inside the St. Lucie County line. Second, birds are counted by the species, not the number of individuals sighted.  Participants can travel around the county, spend the day at a single park or preserve, or count birds from the comfort of their living room; the choice is theirs. You may take part as an individual or gather a team of likeminded birders. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Individuals and teams tally the number of species seen and report this information to their sponsors and to Ruth Neese via the email slabirdathon@gmail.com. A list of the total species seen is posted on the SLAS Web page and FB Page. There are prizes, too! Prizes will be awarded for the individual and team with the highest species count and that raises the most money. Winners will be notified via email and announced at the April chapter meeting. 

*Please send registrations to Ruth Neese at slabirdathon@gmail.com

Saturday, April 9, 2016
 

Platt’s Creek Preserve, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m, adult hike with Eva Ries. A special program, St. Lucie Audubon Society Chapter Field Trip, limited to 12 persons.

Bring your binoculars, scopes and cameras for a birding etravaganza through this preserve, still-closed to the general public.  Our Christmas Bird Count in December revealed close to 50 species present in this restored wetland habitat, and our tour will take a route around the perimeter of the lake.  There will be “bird stops,” with an opportunity to sit and observe, so bring portable seating if desired. 

Advisory:  Route around the lake requires ability to walk on narrow surfaces and other non-standard terrain.  There are no established graveled or paved, even paths.  This trip is not recommended for persons with limited mobility or who have difficulty with balance on uneven surfaces.

Contact: Adella Blacka  for sign up  phone/text 856-261-8599 or email  ablacka.florida@gmail.com. You can also sign up at the Mar 3rd or Apr 7th General Meetings. 

May 2016
 

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.