St. Lucie Audubon Society

FIELD TRIPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS 2014-2015

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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.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
 

Indian River West County Wastewater Management, Vero Beach, leader Dr. Dan Walma.

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

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, leaders Hart and Jewel Rufe.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
 

Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, led by Hart and Jewel Rufe.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
  Breakfast at Bud Adams Ranch. 8 a.m., $25 in advance for breakfast and tour of Adams Ranch, wildlife and cattle co-exist.
Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015

 

 

Dupuis Wildlife Management Area, Canal Point, Martin County.23500 SW Kanner Hwy, Canal Point, FL 33438. Avid birders - Linda Sullivan and Jody Levin will be leading the group.

Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015
 
 

(Meeting) James Currie, Host and Creator Nikon's Birding Adventures TV.

     
Saturday &Sunday,
Apr. 11 & 12, 2015

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Bird-a-Thon, April will mark the Fourth Annual Bruce Bardsley Memorial Bird-A-Thon held by our chapter.  The Bird-A-Thon serves two purposes: One, it is a chapter fundraiser and two, it provides an opportunity to survey springtime bird populations in St. Lucie County. We use this information to identify local trends and to update the county-specific bird checklist available on our Web site.

A Bird-A-Thon works much like a walk-a-thon. Participants solicit sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money. Where a walk-a-thon pledge is by the mile, a Bird-A-Thon pledge is by the species. Sponsors would be asked to fund participants on a species basis, pledging a specified amount, such as $.25, $.50, or $1.00, per species sighted. Sponsors may also place a ceiling on their tax-deductible donation; for example, $25, $50, or $100.

Participants solicit as many sponsors as they can, then either Saturday or Sunday the weekend of April 11 & 12, they go out and count birds. The rules are very simple. First, all counting must be done inside the St. Lucie County line. Second, birds are counted by the species, not the number of individuals sighted.  Participants can travel around the county, spend the day at a single park or preserve, or count birds from the comfort of their living room; the choice is theirs. You may take part as an individual or gather a team of likeminded birders. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Individuals and teams tally the number of species seen and report this information to their sponsors and to Adella Blacka. There are prizes, too! Prizes will be awarded for the individual and team with the highest species count and that raises the most money.

Click here for last year's results.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

 

Last Field Trip of the Season: Paleo Hammock Preserve, 8551 Carlton Road Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987 - (Not exact for GPS).

This will be an informal morning walk through the hammock preserves.  Meet at the preserve at 7:15am.  Walk starts at 7:30am.  The one mile walking trail leads you through a mix of several habitats including some very old Hickory, Florida Elm, Sugarberry, Live and Laurel Oak, a Depression Marsh and basin swamp.

Species that have been seen or heard in the general area are Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Meadowlark, Barred Owl, Barn Owl, Wild Turkey, Great-crested Flycatchers and many other common species. If time permits, we will walk through Teague Hammock Preserve located in the same general area. Recommend long pants and closed in shoes.

Directions: From St Lucie West - Take I 95 N (4.2 mi) to Exit 126 CR 712 (Midway Rd); turn left Midway Road (5.0 mi): turn left SR 70 (3.2 mi), turn left onto Carlton Rd (4.4 mi).  Traveling south, entrance is on right before turn.

Contact:  Adella Blacka at 856-261-8599 or ablacka.florida@gmail.com

 
 

 

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