Field Trips for 2019-2020
The Public is Invited!
These Palm Bay parks are migration hotspots, with over 30 warbler species recorded. We are going during prime fall migration season. There are boardwalks through hardwood hammocks and a Sand Pine ridge.
Mead Garden is a fall migration hot-spot with as many as 23 warbler species reported there in a fall season. Located in the heart of Winter Park, this 55-acre park offers migrating birds food, water, shelter, and rest as they travel to their winter homes. Other migrants and residents like Barred Owls, Northern Flickers, and various hawk species should add to the fun. We will join Orange Audubon Society's walk, led by Larry Martin. As an added bonus, Backyard Biodiversity Day is in the park on the same day!
Sunday, November 10, 2019 -- Pancakes and Scrub-Jays!
Join your Audubon friends in making your own hearty pancake breakfast on the table-top griddles at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant at DeLeon Springs State Park near DeLand. We will do a short after-breakfast habitat walk there, and then depending on birding reports we will travel the short distance to either Lyonia Preserve or Blue Spring State Park for a hike with endangered Florida Scrub-Jays and other scrub animals, plus some great scrub habitat plants.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 -- Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
This is a large preserve on the site of former muck farms that polluted Lake Apopka for years. It is being restored and has become excellent marshy habitat for a wide variety of species. We will tour the wildlife drive. This area has had some of the highest bird species counts in the state, and we will be there when some of our winter duck species will have arrived. It is known for common sightings of birds like Black-necked Stilts, American Bitterns, and Fulvous Whistling-Ducks.
Sunday, December 15, 2019 -- Kissimmee Valley Christmas Bird Count
Not exactly a field trip, but more! We have numerous teams that spread out close to home to count birds from sunrise to sunset as part of an annual Audubon Society citizen science and conservation project throughout the western hemisphere. This is the 120th year!
On this always-popular trip to the Space Coast, we will look for wintering ducks, shorebirds, wading birds, and numerous other species in the salt marsh habitats. Wigeons, Avocets, Godwits, Roseate Spoonbills, and Reddish Egrets are a few of the many species often seen here. Afterwards, we will have a late lunch at famous seafood restaurant Dixie Crossroads in Titusville!