St. Lucie Audubon Society

FIELD TRIPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS 2013-2014

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
 

Birding Port St Lucie

SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2013 (rescheduled)
 

Boat Ride Indian River Lagoon

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
 

Owl Prowl.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
 

Changed to Green Cay / Wakodahatchee in Boynton

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
 

Annual Christmas Bird Count.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
 

Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve  

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
 

OWL PROWL

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
 

Lakeside Ranch STA, Martin County. 

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
  Adams Ranch Breakfast.
Saturday, Feb. 15. 2014
  OWL PROWL,
March, April and May 2014, full moon nights
 

OWL PROWLS: Birding experts Billi Wagner and Tim Towles will lead some OWLING trips on Full Moon evenings here in St Lucie County. Learn about the work they are doing on the current Breeding Bird Atlas ... and how YOU can help. Be prepared to have fun learning out in the field with these 2 pros. More details to come.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
  Painted Bunting Trip,
UPDATED! Saturdays , March 8, 15, 22 (Rain dates on Sundays)
 

Bird Identification Classes. Instructed by Billi Wagner. Classes will be incorporated into field trips and cover such subjects as making your yard attractive to birds, conservation of birds and bird identification using field marks and calls. Beginners are welcome. Cost $25 for the course. Times will be announced later. Bring binoculars and bird guides and dress for the possible wet or uneven terrain.

Classes are limited to 12 members. To reserve, contact Ellen Lynch, 2travelinglynches@gmail.com or 772 466-6158

Field trip #1, 6:30 a.m., Mar. 8, Location: St. Lucie County Regional History Center, 414 Seaway Drive www.stlucieco.gov/history/index.htm open and click on Google Map link on right)

Field trip #2 4:30 p.m. Mar. 15. Location: Education Center at Savannahs Preserve State Park, 2541 Walton Road www.floridastateparks.org/lib/img/park/parkmap/sav-map.jpg

Field Trip #3 7 a.m., Mar. 22. Location: To be announced.

Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
 

Paleo and/ or Teague Hammocks

April 5-12, 2014
 

Annual Bruce Bardsley BIRDATHON:     For this years’s birdathon, you get to choose any day between April 5  to April 12 to do your birding .

AND, if you are interested in using this event to help us gather data for the “Breeding Bird Atlas”, check the end of this notice !  (We REALLY could use your help !)

 You are in control of where you go , as long as it is in St Lucie County. You can stay in one area or travel about in the county. The different number of species is what is counted (NOT the number of individual birds in each species ).  And you can bird for as long or as little as you choose, but just on 1 day.

Let your wife…husband….friends….relatives…co-workers….know you are participating in a Birdathon and see if they will “sponsor” you and give a donation to show their support of your efforts, to our St Lucie Audubon Society, But if you have a hard time asking anyone to “sponsor” you, please do not let that stop you from participating. You can still participate. N one is turned away !

You can do your birding by yourself or form a team. Let me know if you want to participate ASAP…you can send an email to SLABirdathon @gmail.com

Hoping for a fun Birdathon !     Dorothy  ( Field trip coordinator) ( 772-349-6025)

P.S. We have three fun prizes to give out: One to the individual person or team who raises the most money , one for the “individual” with the highest species count and one for the “team” with the highest species count.

To be eligible for a prize, you must have raised at least $5 for the Birdathon !

You do not have to be an Audubon member to participate. Any age group can participate Bring a friend who has never been birding to let them see what it’s all about .

To participants interested in helping observe for breeding bird behavior:

We're hoping you will jot down notes if you see evidence of breeding bird behavior while you do your birding with the EXACT location you saw that behavior.

What, may you ask, is some evidence of birds breeding to look for?? Here are some things to look for , and the “codes” to use to make note of it:

  • single bird observed in suitable nesting habitat ( code is “SH”)
  • singing male bird, or drumming by woodpeckers, heard in suitable nesting habitat (code is “SM”)
  • PAIR (male and female ) in suitable nesting habitat ( code is “P”)
  • Courtship behavior or copulation (code is “C”)
  • Visiting probable nest site, or nest building by wrens or woodpeckers (code is “V”)
  • Agitated behavior or anxiety calls from adult (code is “A”)
  • Nest building (except for wrens and woodpeckers), or adults carrying nest material (code is “NB”)
  • Distraction display or feigning injury, or attacking humans or predators (code is “DD”)
  • Recently fledged young, or downy young incapable of sustained flight ( code is “FY”)
  • Adults entering or leaving a nest site in circumstances indicating occupied nest. To be used for nests too high for the content to be seen (or enclosed, such as chimney ) ( code is “ON”)
  • Incubating position of bird (brooding, on eggs, or laying ) ( code is “IP”)
  • Nest with eggs (code is “NE”)
  • Nest with young seen or heard, or identifiable dead nestlings found (code is “NY”)
  • Carrying food for young (not for its own consumption) (code is “CF”)
 
   
 
   
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