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 State
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
 

Location: Fort Pierce Inlet State Park - 905 Shorewinds Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Paleo Hammock Preserve
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
 

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.

 

Lakeside Ranch

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

 

RECHEDULED TO MARCH 11, 2017 (see below)

Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
  Anyone interested should email Ed Bowes at slacbc2010@gmail.com. Teams will meet at Oxbow Eco-center to compile count. Pizza and salad will be served .
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017
 

CANCELLED. As an alternative, Hart & Jewel will meet  at the Viera Wetlands (Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands) (Melbourne) 1/7 at 9:00 am.


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

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

Time: 7:30 am to approximately 1 pm

Location: Wakodahatchees Wetlands  13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach (8:00 to 10:00 approx.)

Green Cay Nature Center 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd Boynton Beach, FL 33437 (10:00 to 1:00 approx.)

Meet At:   Wakodahatchees Wetlands Entrance. We will start promptly at 8:00 am

Leaders: Avid Birders Hart and Jewel Rufe. Hart is a published author of Birding in a Hart Beat, and writer of the SLAS Hart Beat column.

Details: Green Cay and Wakodahatchees Wetlands are wonderful opportunities to photograph a variety of colorful ducks, wading birds as well as other wildlife up close from the boardwalks.  Herons, cormorants, anhinga can be seen up close in nests with babies.  These are one the most peaceful, serene places to see wildlife in their most relaxed and natural state.

Optional: After the tour, we plan to get lunch at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant, 1900 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Contact Adella Blacka for sign up. You can also sign up at the Feb 2nd meeting. Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com


Adams Ranch Breakfast and Tour
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
  Our immensely popular annual fund-raiser. Click here for more information.

Lakeside Ranch
Mar. 11, 2017
 

(Rescheduled from December) Lakeside Ranch STA, Martin County

Meet at:  Lakeside Ranch Entrance Gate at 8 am and we will drive to parking lot from there, starting tour at 8:15 am

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. 

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

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.

Contact: Adella Blacka for sign up. You can also sign up on Feb 2 or Mar 2 at the SLAS general meetings.  Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com


NEW! Platt's Creek Preserve
Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017
 

Platt’s Creek Preserve, 3915 Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Pierce, FL 34982, 8 to 10:30 am Guide: Eva Ries, Advanced Florida Master Naturalist and Director of Avian Research -   www.OneMoreGeneration.org

Meet at:  Platt’s Creek Entrance at 7:30 am

Directions:  From Oxbow Nature Center:  Travel north on St James Drive to Midway Road (approx. 1.7 miles - 3 min).  Turn right on Midway Road Travel East (approx. 0.7 miles - 1 min). Turn left on Sunrise Blvd. going north. Follow Sunrise Blvd. approximately 1.2 miles (2 min).  Entrance on left - Look for green & white sign and large body of water

NOTE:  Trip is limited to 15 participants on a first sign up basis.  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.

Requirements:  We recommend long pants, close-toed shoes, insect repellent, and water.  There are no toilette facilities, so plan accordingly. Bring your binoculars, scopes and cameras.

Contact Adella Blacka for sign up. You can also sign up at the SLAS Feb 2nd or Mar 2 at the SLAS General Meetings.  Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com


Bird-a-thon
March 25-26, 2017
 

Bird-a-thon  -  More information to follow


STA 2, Palm Beach, County
April 8, 2017
 

Flamingo Quest, hosted by St. Lucie and Everglades Audubon Society with expert guides familiar with area

Place: STA 2 -- Palm Beach County, approximately 25 miles South of South Bay, FL, and 30 miles North of Weston, FL. Driving time from St Lucie West  is about  2¼  hours.  Detailed directions will be provided for participants after registration.

Meet at:  7:15 am - Burlington Store Parking Lot - 1363 NW St Lucie West Blvd, Port St Lucie. Will leave promptly at 7:30 am and car pool to the site. The actual tour starts at 10:30 am and lasts 3.5 hours.

Donation: $5 donation is requested by Audubon Society of Everglades.

Details: This is a very popular trip.  The flamingos have been returning to the area for 10 years.  There is no guarantee the flamingos will be seen. It depends on the weather, water levels, and food availability. Carpool tours inside the restricted area allow four people per car. We will stop frequently along the 20 mile route with time to view, scope, and photograph.

Sign Up:  The final deadline to sign up is March 25. Please submit your name, phone number, and email address to the contact below. You will be emailed detailed information. Every participant is required to fill out a SFWMD liability release form. Please bring it with you on the day of the trip. The trip is limited to the first 20 people who sign up.

NOTE:  The STA 2 is a working Storm Treatment Area which does not have any “public use” facilities.  Generally, a port-a-potty would be supplied at the entrance during scheduled tours.  Also, there are public facilities 25 miles north and in South Bay, 3 miles south. There are no picnic areas, but you are welcome to eat lunch at your vehicle.

Contact Adella Blacka for sign up. You can also sign up at a SLAS general meeting. Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com


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.