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.
RESCHEDULED FOR OCT. 15 DUE TO HURRICANE
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
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Location: Fort Pierce Inlet State Park - 905 Shorewinds Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Paleo Hammock Preserve
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
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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.

Meet at: Preserve parking lot between 7:45 - 8:00 am

Program Time: 8 to 11 am

Directions:  See map.

Leader: Eva Ries, Advanced Florida Master Naturalist and Director of Avian Research - www.OneMoreGeneration.org

Details: A variety of bird species regularly seen or heard are warblers, woodpeckers, wrens, and owls. The trails lead through a mix of several habitats and include multiple species of native trees: hickory, elm, fig and oaks. There is an observation deck overlooking Malabar Marsh.

Requirements: We recommend long pants, close-toed shoes, insect repellent, and water. There are picnic tables if you want to bring lunch. There are no toilet facilities, so plan accordingly.

Sign Up: contact Adella. Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com You can also sign up at the SLAS General Meeting.


Lakeside Ranch

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

 
 

CANCELLED.

Leader unable to attend.


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

 

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville. 

Time: 6 am to approximately 6 pm

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville. 

Leaders: Avid birders and nature photographers Hart and Jewel  Rufe. 

Meet at:  Home Depot Parking Lot in Fort Pierce. We plan to leave promptly at 6:30 am.

We will meet up with Hart & Jewel at 8:00 am at McDonalds Titusville (Rt 406)

Directions:  I-95 N to Exit 220 (Rt. 406) McDonalds is ¼ mile on left

Merritt Island NWR is 92 miles from Fort Pierce Home Depot and we encourage carpooling if possible.

Details: After meeting Hart & Jewel, we will make a stop at Sand Point Park and Parrish Park and then  to Black Point Wildlife Drive. There is a $5 fee per vehicle to enter Black Point Drive.

The wildlife found in the area is phenomenal. Excellent birding and a variety you will never forget.

This is an all day event, and after driving through Black Point, we will stop at the Visitor’s Center where we can snack or have lunch at the picnic tables.

Afterwards we plan to stop at Viera Wetlands aka (Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands) for more phenomenal   birding.  Directions:From Merritt Island NWR I-95 S approx 50 miles, Exit 191 - proceed west, straight around a traffic circle until you come to the end of the road.

Bring your snacks, lunch, bins, scopes, cameras for a fun day.

Contact: Adella Blacka for sign up. You can also sign up at the Jan. 5th   General Meeting. 

Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com

 


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


Bird-a-thon
March
 

Bird-a-thon  -  More information to follow

 


STA 2, Palm Beach, County
April 8, 2017
 

Guide: Audubon Society Everglades

More information to follow


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.