Monthly Archives: October 2015

Field Trips

Membership: Meetings are open to all, but membership is necessary for participation in any EAS field trip or special event. The fee is $10.00 and covers the Oct 2016-Sept 2017 season.

Reservations: Reservations for field trips currently open may be made at our monthly meetings. Season membership receipt or current membership card must be presented when signing up for any trip. Minimum charge for all trips (excepting those to the Butterfly Habitat or Window-in-the-Woods) is $3.00.Payment of trip cost is due at the time of sign up. Leaders for each trip will suggest passenger’s gratuity to drivers, but gratuities are not included in trip costs.

Trip Refund Policy:
– No refunds for trips costing $10.00 or less. Exception noted below.
– Refunds for trips costing more than $10.00 are subject to a $10.00 cancellation fee. Exception noted below.
– If an individual’s cancellation results in a reduction of the number of participants needed to obtain group rates, no refund will be made to that individual.
– Exception: If a trip must be cancelled for all participants by its EAS leader due to weather or venue emergency, requested refunds will be available at the next meeting . Mailed refunds will be subject to a small handling fee.
– Overnight trips have a special policy for refunds.

General recommendations for trips: walking shoes, cameras, binoculars, water, sun screen.  Eagle Audubon will not be responsible for personal injuries or losses incurred by anyone while taking part in its activities.

Please be prompt. We are not able to wait for latecomers.

2016-2017

Monday, October 24, 2016

TOUR OF SUNKEN GARDENS WITH LUNCH AT CARRABBA’S

St. Petersburg

 Tour the newly renovated Sunken Gardens with a Garden Specialist.  Join us for lunch (not included in the cost) at Carrabba’s.  Meet 8:30 AM at KPCH. Cost: $10.00.  Limit 20 people. Trip leader:  Don Grozis 642-0434.

 Wednesday, November 2, 2016

TRAM TOUR OF COCKROACH BAY

Ruskin

 Andy Fairbanks, the Environmental Outreach Coordinator at Cockroach Bay, will explain the restoration of the property including a tram ride through the preserve and a hike up to the new shelter on Mount Cockroach.   Meet at 9:30 AM at KPCH.  Cost $8.00.  Limit 20 people.  Lunch at Beanies not included in the cost.  Trip Leader: Don Grozis 642-0434

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

HIKING ECOLOGY ADVENTURE TRIP

Location TBA

Andy Fairbanks, the Environment Outreach Coordinator at Cockroach Bay, will lead at three mile hike over uneven terrain pointing out plants, birds and animals at a preserve TBA at the October meeting.  Meet at 8:30 AM at KPCH. Cost $8.00 Limit 10 people.  Trip Leader: Don Grozis 642-0434.

Monday, November 14, 2016

LETTUCE LAKE

   Tampa

 Birding on the Boardwalk with Mary Keith, an expert birder from Tampa Audubon.  Lunch at Bob Evans not included in the cost. Meet 8:00 AM at KPCH. Cost: $3.00.  Trip Leader: Don Grozis 642-0434.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

ELMIRA

Wimauma

 A guided tour of the animal sanctuary providing loving care, life management and enrichment to exotic and wild animals in need of a home.  Meet at 9:00 AM at KPCH. Cost $13.00.  Trip Leader: Don Grozis 642-0434

Thursday January 12, 2017

TOUR OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATION

Ruskin

Just outside the back gate of Kings Point, is the Tampa Bay area office of one of the 122 offices of the NWS. Learn about hurricane, storm, temperature and other meteorological predication and tracking. The staff at the NOAA weather station will provide fascinating information and visuals and a chance to see inside this national nerve center.  Meet at KPCH at 9:15 AM.  We will stop for lunch (at your expense) at the Fish House in Ruskin. Limit 20 members. Cost: $3.00 Trip leader Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CIRCLE B BAR PRESERVE

Lakeland

 One of our favorite birding trips. A naturalist guided two-hour tram ride through upland habitat, marshlands and water ponds. We will go rain or shine, but not in thunderstorms. Lunch location to be determined. Meet 8:30 AM at KPCH. Limit 25 people. Cost: $5.00. Trip leader: Frank Quale, 952-412-6367.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

SNOOK HAVEN BOAT RIDE

North Port

 We will visit Snook Haven, an old fish camp, where we have charted the boat for a leisurely guided tour down the scenic Myakka River.  Upon return we will lunch with the banjo music provided by the Gulf Coast Banjo Association. You can bring your lunch or buy your lunch there. Meet at 8:45 AM at KPCH.  Limit 29 people. Cost:  $17.00.  Trip leader:  Don Grozis 642-0434.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BIRDING AT CELERY FIELD

Sarasota

 Visiting the Celery Fields in Sarasota where Linda, from Sarasota’s Parks and Recreation Department, will give us a brief history of the Celery Fields and lead us on a tour of the fields.  Plus we will visit the new Saraota Audubon Building which is on the grounds.  We will bird on the boardwalk where you can see eagles, hawks, rails, limpkins, and many more.  Meet at 7:45 AM at KPCH.  Cost:  $3. Trip leader:  Don Grozis 642-0434.  Lunch TBA.

Thursday March 9, 2017

CARLTON RESERVE

 Sarasota

Calling all birding enthusiasts! Join Venice Audubon member Charlie Sample on a four-hour guided auto tour of the Carlton Reserve.  Enjoy the beauty of nature while identifying many bird species – 153 have been spotted on the property. Meet at 7:45 AM at KPCH. Limit 14 Bring a lunch to eat during the tour. Cost $8.00  Trip leader Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

VISIT PERICO PRESERVE WITH A RANGER

Bradenton

The land has undergone significant changes from its original acquired state of farmland to the beautiful mix of habitats we see today. Featured at this site are the coastal wetlands expected in this area as well as carefully planned scrub hills and upland areas that hearken back to historical coastal Manatee County.

Tour Manatee County’s newest preserve with a ranger. It is rated 5 stars on trip adviser and is located on the Perico Bayou.   Meet at 8 AM at KPCH.  Cost:  $3.  Trip leader:  Don Grozis 642-0434.

Friday, March 24, 2016

SPRING BIRDING AT LETTUCE LAKE

Tampa

New birders are welcome as we are led by Roger Sheets of Tampa Audubon on the boardwalk to the Hillsborough River. Roger is a longtime volunteer there and conducts walks for beginning birders. Meet at 8:00 AM at the KPCH. Cost $3.00. Lunch TBA.  Trip Leader: Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.

Wednesday, March 29, 2016

OSCAR SCHERER STATE PARK TRAM TOUR

Nokomis

The park offers a chance to see the area’s largest population of Florida Scrub Jays. The Pine flatwoods offer a large variety of year-round residents including nesting Bald Eagles and five species of woodpeckers. Lunch stop, at your expense, on the waterfront at Casey Key Fish House, Osprey. limit 25 Meet at 8:00 AM at KPCH. Limit 25 people. Cost $12.00.   Trip leader Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BIRDING BOAT TRIP WITH ANNE PAUL

Riverview

 Take a boat ride with Anne Paul to Audubon’s Florida Coastal Sanctuaries where you will see many nesting birds—Red Egrets, Blue Herons, White Egrets and many other sea birds.   Meet at 9AM at KCPH.  Cost:  $25.  Trip leader:  Don Grozis 642-0434. Limit 11 people.

Friday, April 7, 2017

VENICE ROOKERY, RED BUG SLOUGH

Venice, Sarasota

Join a volunteer of Venice Audubon at the rookery to see nesting and baby birds.  A camera is a must.  Next stop is Red Bug Slough Preserve a remnant piece of natural Florida nestled in the midst of suburban Sarasota.  We’ll check out some of the short walking trails. Then it’s off to Lunch at Woodys in Ellington at your expense. Meet at 7:45 AM at KPCH. Limit 25 people. Cost $8.00. Trip leader Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.