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

DATE CHANGED

 

Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area, Indian River County. Natural communities include dry prairie, pine flatwoods, hardwood swamp and freshwater marsh.  This diverse habitat supports many forms of bird species and wildlife. There is a boardwalk through hardwood swamps that lead to Hog Island and trails.

Tim Towles, avid birder, world traveler and wildlife biologist, will lead the trip. The Meeting Place is Fort Pierce Home Depot Parking Lot at 7 a.m. We will leave promptly 7:15 a.m. 

Directions: From Home Depot we will caravan I-95N to Exit 147-Rt 60 West.  
We will meet our guides at the Fort Drum Entrance, (GPS: N27.641720  W 80.766379).  The entrance is on the left side of the road about 15.3 miles west of I-95 Exit 147, shortly after mile marker 8. From there, we will carpool to Lake Cara parking area. There is parking and picnic tables at the parking area. (The closest facilities are 6 minutes down the road at Blue Cypress Recreational Area). Only vehicles with permits will be allowed past the gate (5 maximum).

There will be some walking involved (1-2 miles) depending on how many birds we are seeing. Due to extra rains, trails will most likely be on the soggy side so wear appropriate foot wear.  Bring mosquito repellent, snacks, and water.

Sign up is limited to first 20 individuals. Contact Adella Blacka for sign up. You can also sign up at the Feb 4 meeting. Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com

Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016

SITE CHANGED

 

Green Cay Nature Center and Wakodahatchees Wetlands (Boynton Beach)
Green Cay has over 100 acres of wetlands. This is a wonderful opportunity to photograph a variety of birds up close from the boardwalks. Leaders Hart and Jewel Rufe are phenomenal birders and they always find something exciting for the group.  Hart is a published author of Birding in a Hart Beat, and writer of the SLAS Hart Beat column. His photographs and articles are enjoyed by many.

Meet at the Burlington Store parking lot on St Lucie West Blvd, Port St Lucie (next to Publix) between  6:00 - 6:15 a.m. We will leave promptly at 6:30 a..m. and meet up with Hart and Jewel at Green Cay.

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

For sign up, please contact Adella. You can also sign up at the General Meeting on Feb 4 and Mar 3. Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com

Saturday &Sunday,
Mar. 19 & 20, 2016
 

SLAS Annual Bird-A-Thon. Details to come.

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.