Field Trips for 2021-2022
The Public is Invited!
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. As a bonus, this date corresponds with Backyard Biodiversity Day at the garden, with numerous exhibits and native plants for sale.
We will search at Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area near Kenansville for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman's Sparrows, and other species. We will move on to Joe Overstreet Road, where Whooping Cranes, Sandhill Cranes, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Crested Caracaras are possible, and at Lake Kissimmee (the “Landing”), we may see Bald Eagles, Snail Kites, and lots of wading birds. We will also be on the lookout for American Kestrels, Burrowing Owls, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, and Sherman's Fox Squirrels.
Sunday, December 19, 2021 -- 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 122nd year!