Savannas State Preserve Park Christmas Count
Dec
16
7:00 AM07:00

Savannas State Preserve Park Christmas Count

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Annual Christmas Bird Count working with the team(s) to count birds within the park’s boundaries to help the regional teams. Arrive no later than 7 a.m.

Bring water, binoculars/spotting scope, camera, identification material, and friends with birding experience and a desire to contribute.

CONTACT: Doug Rogers, Biologist, Savannas Preserve State Park, Office: 772-340-7530, doug.t.rogers@dep.state.fl.us

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Bat-tastic Night Out: Bat Detecting Basics
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

Bat-tastic Night Out: Bat Detecting Basics

Oxbow Eco-center, 5400 NE St James Drive, Port St Lucie. Adults over age 17..

During this event Ken Gioeli, UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension Agent, will go over the basics of bat detecting and guide you on a search for life after dark! Have you ever wondered what kind of bats and other creatures of the night live in Florida? Meet at the UF/IFAS St Lucie County Extension for an informative bat chat with Ken Gioeli, University of Florida/St. Lucie County Extension Natural Resource Agent. Learn about this fascinating, beautiful, misunderstood mammal that is an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. As the sun sets we will walk the trail at the Oxbow Eco-center. Ken will bring along bat detectors and night vision goggles for our quest to discover these nocturnal creatures!

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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Jan
12
6:15 AM06:15

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, FL 32796. GPS Coordinates:  N 28.65740, W 80.75439

Leaders: Avid birders Doris and Steve Brookens 

Meet at:  Home Depot Parking Lot in Fort Pierce by 6:15 am. We plan to leave promptly at 6:30 am. We will then meet up with Doris & Steve at 8:00 am at the Publix at St. Johns Plaza, 3275 Garden St. Titusville (Rt 406).

Directions:  I-95 N to Exit 220 (Rt. 406) Publix is ¼ mile on right. Merritt Island NWR is 92 miles from Fort Pierce Home Depot; we encourage carpooling if possible.

Details: After meeting Doris & Steve, we will proceed to Black Point Wildlife Drive. There is a $10 fee per vehicle to enter Black Point Drive. (Federal Duck Stamps are also valid for admission.) 

The wildlife found in the area is phenomenal. The coastal location, tropic-like climate, and wide variety of habitat types contribute to the refuge's diverse bird population. Usually herons and waterfowl are abundant in January. 

This is an all-day event.  After driving through Black Point, we will stop at the Visitor’s Center where we can eat lunch at the picnic tables.  Please bring a packed lunch. 

On the way home, 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, water, bins, scopes, cameras for a fun day.  

For questions please contact: Doris Brookens at cell: 717-576-7876 email: dorisbrookens@gmail.com               

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Joe Overstreet Landing
Feb
9
7:15 AM07:15

Joe Overstreet Landing

Joe Overstreet Landing

Location:  Joe Overstreet Road and Landing, 3701 Joe Overstreet Rd., Kenansville, FL 34739.  GPS Coordinates:N 27.99087, W 81.17803

Leader: Linda Sullivan -World traveler, avid birder & photographer

Meeting Places:  7:15 am – Roadside on N Canoe Creek Rd. approximately 1 mile before the turn onto Joe Overstreet Rd.

8:15 am – Roadside at the beginning of Joe Overstreet Rd.  Address for GPS is 3701 Joe Overstreet Rd., Kenansville FL.

Directions: I-95 N, FL-60 W, US-441 N, S Canoe Creek Rd. which becomes N Canoe Creek Rd., left on Joe Overstreet Rd. The trip is approximately 80 miles from the Port St. Lucie I-95 exits.

Details: We will begin the day by looking for Red-cockaded Woodpecker from the roadside along N Canoe Creek Rd., Kenansville FL.  The best time of day to observe these birds is at dawn as they leave their roosting trees for the day.  We will meet at 7:15 am along the side of N Canoe Creek Rd. about 1 mile before the turn onto Joe Overstreet Rd.  Look for the group of birders with binoculars!

For those preferring a later start time, we will meet at 8:15 am roadside near the beginning of Joe Overstreet Rd.  Joe Overstreet Road is a rural road ending at a Landing on Lake Kissimmee. Red-headed Woodpeckers and Eastern Bluebirds have been observed near the start of the road.  On the drive to the Landing we will check the pastures for resident species such as Florida Sandhill Crane, Wild Turkey, Eastern Meadowlark, Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara and Loggerhead Shrike. We will check the boat ramp area and marsh for Limpkins and ibis. Bring along a spotting scope to search for Snail Kites, which cruise over Lake Kissimmee in search of apple snails. We will scan the lake for wintering ducks and Purple Gallinule.

Bring your snacks, lunch, water, bins, scopes, cameras for a fun day. At the end of the road there is a campsite, store and restrooms.  You may want to bring snacks and a packed lunch to eat while enjoying the view of Lake Kissimmee.

For questions please contact: Doris Brookens at cell: 717-576-7876 email:dorisbrookens@gmail.com               

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Green Cay Nature Center
Mar
6
to Apr 3

Green Cay Nature Center

Location: Wakodahatchee Wetlands - 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33484

Green Cay Nature Center - 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

GPS Coordinates:  Wako: N 26.47801, W 80.14698 - Green Cay: N 26.48597, W 80.16388

Meeting Place:  Wakodahatchee Wetlands Boardwalk entrance at 7:30 am.  Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged.

Time: 7:30 am to approximately 1 pm (We will meet at Wakodahatchee at 7:30 am and enjoy the wildlife there for approximately 2 hours before traveling to Green Cay and spending approximately 2 hours.)

Leader: Linda Sullivan - World traveler, avid birder & photographer

Details: Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay are wonderful opportunities to photograph a variety of colorful ducks, wading birds as well as other wildlife up close from the boardwalks.  Herons, cormorants and anhinga can be seen up close in nests with babies.  These are some of the most peaceful, serene places to see wildlife in their 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

For questions please contact: Doris Brookens at cell: 717-576-7876 email:dorisbrookens@gmail.com               

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Painted Bunting Feeder Watch
Mar
23
7:45 AM07:45

Painted Bunting Feeder Watch

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Painted Bunting Feeder Watch

Location:  6153 S US1 - White City, FL  34982. NOTE: Behind Easy Street Fresh Market. Meet at: parking lot between 7:45 a.m. - 8 a.m. Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

Program Time:  8 a.m.to approx. 10:30 a.m.

Guide:  Sam Comer

Details:  Sam has wonderful feeders at his nursery business where Painted Buntings have been coming to every year for quite some time.  He also has Indigo Bunting and other bird species that frequent his feeders.   If you have never had the opportunity to view buntings up close, here is your chance.  This is a great photo opportunity, so bring your bins, cameras and enjoy.  Participants will also have the opportunity to explore areas around the nursery for more bird activity.  Also, in the parking area there is a lunch restaurant and produce market.

For questions please contact: Adella at cell: 856-261-8599.

Email:ablacka.florida@gmail.com or stlucieaudubon@gmail.com

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South Fork Kayak Outing
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

South Fork Kayak Outing

Meet: South River Outfitters, 7647 SE Lost River Rd. Stuart Fl 34997 on Saturday Dec. 8, 2018, at 9 a.m., leaving at 9:30 a.m.

Guides: Co-leaders Kathy Mayshar and Roger LaLiberte

Details: You may bring your own canoe or kayak at no charge or you may rent a single kayak for $28, a double kayak or canoe for $38 for the day. If you are renting a canoe or kayak, you must use the link below to reserve and pay.

here are 10 single kayaks, six double kayaks and two canoes available for rent. Paddles and life preservers will be included in the rental price. Please bring sun block, a hat, appropriate clothing for boating, binoculars, water, snacks, and a lunch. It is about a 3-hour paddle both ways. It is a long paddle because of the time but not a strenuous paddle, as there are no currents. You must be physically capable of paddling for 3 hours.

For questions, please contact: Kathy Mayshar, cmectvtfl@gmail.com

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FIRST: If you need to rent a kayak or canoe. CLICK HERE TO DO SO.

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Teague Hammock Preserve, St Lucie County & C-23 Reservoir
Nov
10
7:15 AM07:15

Teague Hammock Preserve, St Lucie County & C-23 Reservoir

Location: Paleo Hammock Preserve, 8551 Carlton Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987 - (Do not use for GPS). GPS Coordinates: N 27.310203, W 080.546328

Meet at: Paleo Hammock Parking Lot between 7 - 7:15 a.m. Start Time: 7:30 a.m. Program Time: 7:30 AM to approximately 11:00 AM

Guide: Tim Towles, Expert Birder and Wildlife Biologist

Directions: I 95 Exit 126, CR 712 (W Midway Rd), Midway Rd to Okeechobee Rd, FL 70 West, Turn left onto Carlton Rd - State Hwy 613, Paleo Hammock parking lot entrance on right (4.4 miles)

Details: Walking Tour: We will be walking trails, about 1.5 miles. Parts of the trail can be uneven and slightly wet.

Habitat: Wetlands and prairie hammock and unusual tropical trees. Bird species such as warblers, water thrush, wrens, wading birds, water fowl and Snail Kites are often seen there. There are many butterflies and native flowers found in the area. Afterwards, depending on the road conditions, we will drive to C-23 Reservoir off of Germany Canal Road to view more wildlife.

Requirements: We recommend long pants, close-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and water. Bring your bins, cameras and enjoy. There are no toilette facilities.

For questions please contact: Adella at cell: 856-261-8599. Email:ablacka.florida@gmail.com

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Weldon B. Lewis Park, White City
Oct
13
7:30 AM07:30

Weldon B. Lewis Park, White City

Location: Weldon B. Lewis Park, 4650 Oleander Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

Meet: The parking lot between 7-7:15 am. Start Time: 7:30 am

Guide: Adella Blacka, St Lucie Audubon Society “Birding Adventure Chair”

Details: This is a 38-acre shady, peaceful preserve with a one-mile trail winding through hammocks. We recommend comfortable closed-in shoes, hat and water. There could be mosquitos so bring repellent as a precaution. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are available. Commonly seen are Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Pileated Woodpeckers and Northern Cardinals. We will look for migrating species. Citrus Hammock Preserve is in the vicinity, about a five-minute drive from Ancient Oaks where there is a lovely pond with several species of water birds.

For questions please contact: Adella at cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com

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