St. Lucie Audubon Society

FIELD TRIPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS 2014-2015

Links provided if available
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
 

Indrio Savannah Preserve, North Fort Pierce, leader Eva Ries.

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
 

Lakeside Ranch Storm Treatment Area, Martin County, leader John Nelson. Meet at 7:45 in Lakeside Ranch parking lot. John is the President of the Audubon of Martin County. He is a Certified-Florida Master Naturalist and voice of “The Audubon Moment” broadcasted on Public Radio. John specializes in wildlife videography and has produced several videos.

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.

A $5 donation is requested to Audubon of Martin County, (AoMC) For your comfort, please wear proper foot wear. We recommend closed toes shoes or sneakers. Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, cameras, binoculars & scopes. 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. Last year 64 species were seen or heard. A sign-up sheet will be circulated at the SLAS General Meeting Nov 6. Please see Adella Blacka. For questions please contact Adella, cell 856-261-8599 and leave a message.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
 

Indian River West County Wastewater Management, Vero Beach, leader Dr. Dan Walma. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Fort Pierce Home Depot parking lot, 5880 Okeechobee Road. Dan is a Certified Florida Master Naturalist and our past SLAS President. He is very knowledgeable and familiar with the area and has led past field trips there.

We do encourage carpooling. Please dress accordingly. Wear proper foot wear and bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, cameras, binoculars & scopes. The wetlands are known as the “Best kept secret of the Treasure Coast” and is listed in the “Great Birding Trails of America” guide books.  They are home to alligators, otters, turtles, deer, migratory birds, waterfowl and raptors.  There are hundreds of indigenous plants growing in the area.

Adella Blacka will be passing around a sign-up sheet at the SLAS General Meeting Dec 4.  If you have any questions please contact Adella, cell 856-261-8599 and leave a message. 

Saturday, Dec. 20, 1014
  Annual Christmas Bird Count. Details to follow
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015
 

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, leaders Hart and Jewel Rufe. Keep in mind that the trip is scheduled BEFORE the next General Meeting on January 8. The trip will include a stop to the Viera Wetlands in Melbourne on the way back.

Meet at the Home Depot Parking Lot in Fort Pierce at 6:15am. We plan to leave promptly at 6:30am. We encourage carpooling. Bring snacks, beverages, binoculars and scopes. We will meet up with Hart & Jewel at the McDonalds off of US 1 from the I-95 Exit 220 and then caravan through Black Point Wildlife Drive. The wildlife found in the area is phenomenal. Last year there were Long-tailed Duck and White-winged Scoters spotted. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Adella Blacka (856-261-8599)

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
 

Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, led by Hart and Jewel Rufe. Meet at 6:30 a.m. in the St. Lucie West Burlington Coat parking lot, 1363 NW St. Lucie West Boulevard

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
  Breakfast at Bud Adams Ranch. Details to follow
Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015
 

Dupuis Wildlife Management Area, Canal Point, or Riverbend Park-Jupiter, leader Linda Sullivan. Meet 7:30 a.m. (tentative), at the main road entrance.

Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015
 

James Currie, Host and Creator Nikon's Birding Adventures TV, will be back. Time and place to be announced. He will be speaking about material in his new book, due out soon. When Eagles Roar - The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer, written with Bonnie J. Fladung.

James’ story begins with his roots in South Africa growing up under apartheid. His love of wildlife and birds, craving for adventure, and his mischievous nature lead him into humorous and life threatening situations. A childhood spent roaming freely on Table Mountain, exciting adventures as a game ranger and birding guide, working as the Managing Director of Africa Foundation and his emotional decision to move to the States to start his own birding TV show are described in detail in this book

He will do a book signing after his alk and will have copies for sale. He said, "My co-author and I are happy to donate 10% of sales back to the society".

     
Saturday &Sunday,
Apr. 11 & 12, 2015
 

Bird-a-Thon, details to come. Click here for last year's results.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
 

 

 
 

 

St. Lucie River Cruises
 

Call River Lilly Cruises at 772-489-8344 for prices and reservations (required). The River Lilly leaves most days November through mid-July from the River Park Marina on Prima Vista Boulevard. See alligators, birds, turtles and more. Visit their web site riverlillycruises.com