Monthly Archives: August 2019

Field Trips

EAGLE AUDUBON SOCIETY

MEMBERSHIP, FIELD TRIPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

2019-2020

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 2019-Sept 2020 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.  Refunds for trips costing more than $10.00 are subject   to a $10.00 cancellation fee.  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.

Exceptions: If any 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.

Eagle Audubon 2019/2020 Field Trips and Events

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

PORT TAMPA BAY HARBOR TOUR

Tampa

Join us for a 90-minute tour aboard the “Bay Spirit II” to learn about Tampa Bay working as a cargo port and Florida’s largest and most diversified seaport. There is a 5-8 minute walk from the parking garage to the dock, and you must be able to cross the gang plank from the wharf to the boat. After the tour we’ll walk down the street to Sparkman Wharf to Splitsville (containers converted into restaurants) for an early lunch.  Meet at 7:30 AM at KPCH.  Cost:  $8.00.  Limit 25. Trip Leader: Joanne Finney 954-540-5985.

Monday, October 28, 2019

FWC SUNCOAST YOUTH CONSERVATION CENTER

Apollo Beach

Kathy Guindon will speak about marine science conservation at Eagle Audubon’s  October 17 meeting. We will tour their facility on Dickman Rd. and their Florida Aquarium facilities to learn of their conservation education work. Meet at 8:40 AM at KPCH. Cost: $3.00.  Limit 15.  Trip Leader:  John Stocksdale 813-841-7227.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

MOCCASIN LAKE RAPTOR CENTER

Clearwater

We will visit Moccasin Lake Raptor Center for a 2-hour tour by Barbara Walker, last year’s raptor presenter. First, we will tour the center followed by a bird walk around the preserve. Afterwards join us for lunch at Bahama Breeze on Tampa Bay at your expense. Meet at 8:00 AM at KPCH. Cost $10.00. Limit 15. Trip leader: Don Grozis 642-0434.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

BIRDING AT LETTUCE LAKE WITH MARY KEITH

Tampa

Birding on the boardwalk with Mary Keith, an expert birder and president of Tampa Audubon. Afterwards join us for lunch at Bob Evans at your expense. Meet at 8:00 AM at KPCH. Cost $3.00. Limit 25. Trip leader: Don Grozis 642-0434.

Friday, November 22, 2019

CELERY FIELDS BIRDING

Sarasota

Sarasota Audubon volunteers will assist us with scopes at this fall birding hot spot. We will visit boardwalks with an optional climbing of the “mountain.”  Lunch follows at your own expense at Yoder’s. Meet at 8:00 AM at KPCH. Cost: $3.00.  Limit 25.  Trip leader:  Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

GUIDED TOUR OF MARIE SELBY GARDENS

Sarasota

Guided 1 1/2hour tour of a world class botanical garden. We will see their orchid show and tour 15 acres of gardens with 20,000 exotic plants located on Sarasota Bay. Lots of walking on irregular surfaces. Lunch at O’Leary’s Tiki Bar at your expense. Meet at 8:30 AM at KPCH. Cost: $28.00. Limit 20.  Trip leader: Don Grozis 642-0434.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

BIRDING AT LAKE MORTON AND POLK MUSEUM OF ART

Lakeland

Stop at several places around Lake Morton to see both black and white swans and many other native birds followed by a guided tour of the Polk Museum of Art. Lunch will be held at Lake Mirror at the Garden Bistro. The gardens are open to walk through after lunch. Meet at 8:30 AM at KPCH to carpool and get directions. Cost $5.00. Limit 25. Trip Leader: Joanne Finney 954-540-5985.

Friday, January 17, 2020

BIRDING AT CROWLEY NATURE CENTER WITH BOB ANDRINI

Sarasota

Birding at Crowley Nature Preserve located on the Myakka River with Bob Andrini who

will be our January speaker. Bob is an expert birder and president of the Kane County Audubon. We will also view the museum and nature center. Afterwards join us for lunch at Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse at your expense. Meet at Time TBA at KPCH.   Cost $10.00. Limit 15. Trip leader: Don Grozis 642-0434.

Wednesday, January 22 and 29, 2020

CIRCLE B BAR PRESERVE

Lakeland

Very popular birding field trip. A naturalist guided two-hour tram ride through oak hammocks, hardwood swamp, freshwater marshlands, ponds and lake. We will go rain or shine, but not if a thunderstorm is likely. Lunch at Fred’s Market Restaurant, Lakeland. This year we have two separate field trips.  Meet at 8:05 AM at KPCH.  Cost: $7.00. Limit 24.  Trip leader: Frank Quale 952-412-6367.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

BIRDING AT BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE

St. Petersburg

Ranger guided tour of the 245 acre preserve located on the shores of Lake Maggiore just south of St. Petersburg. We will view an amazing amount of diverse birds on our walking tour. Afterwards we will tour the raptor center, and the volunteers at the preserve will bring out and talk about some of the birds. Following we will do lunch (TBA at your expense). Meet at 8:15 AM at KPCH. Cost: $10.00. Limit 20. Trip leader: Don Grozis 642-0434.

February 11, 2020

BABCOCK RANCH ECO-TOUR

Punta Gorda

Once the largest in Florida, Babcock Ranch was established in 1909 for timber harvesting, cattle ranching and farming. Portions of the original ranch are now Babcock Ranch State Preserve, and Florida’s first solar city. A guided, 90-minute tour takes visitors through multiple ecosystems. Expect to see a variety of birds, alligators, wild hogs, deer, an historic breed of cattle, and possibly a Florida Panther. On a recent trip we saw a Great Blue Heron nab a walking catfish. Tour participants may want to visit the nearby Babcock Ranch Solar Community. Stroll around the center and gift shop until tour starts at 11:15am. Lunch is included and will be catered at the on-site Gator’s Café.  Meet at 8:00 AM at KPCH. Cost: $36.00. Minimum: 20.  Limit 40. Trip Leader: John Warbach. 517-303-1971.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

EAGLE NESTS BUS TOUR

Sarasota

This is a first for our club.  We will be driven to various nests to view Eagles nesting.  Scopes will be provided for an up-close look.  Trips in the past have gone to 5 to 7 nests.  This is a Saturday morning trip from Celery Fields.  Meet: TBA at KPCH.  Cost: $38.00.  Limit 22. Trip leader:  Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

LATITUDES BOAT TOUR

Bahia Beach Blvd, Slip F10, Ruskin

We are going on an eco-tour of the Little Manatee River and Tampa Bay.  The tour is 9am to 10:30 AM.  Optional early lunch at Julie’s Fish House at 11 AM (at your own expense).  Meet at the boat at 8:45 AM.  Cost: $28.00.  Limit 24.  Trip leader:  Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE

St. Petersburg

Guided environmental interpretive walking tour with Emma Mason to learn about the first people in North America to settle in Weedon Island and the unique technology and ingenuity they developed to survive. This is an Historical Native American Archaeology site with active excavations. The Cultural and Natural History Center houses 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits that reveal hidden worlds. Join us for lunch afterward at the Crab Shack. Meet at 7:30 AM at KPCH. Cost: $8.00. Limit 20. Trip leader: Joanne Finney 954-540-5985.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

13208 State Road 72, Sarasota

The entrance fee is $6, to be shared by car passengers.  We will first drive to the boardwalk, looking for birds there and on the way.  The pontoon boat leaves for our eco-guided tour at 11 AM.  Bring a lunch or purchase it at the concession stand near the dock.  Good food and drinks are reasonably priced.  Meet at 8 AM at KPCH. Cost: $25.00.  Limit 25. Trip leader:  Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

BIRDING AT ROCK PONDS

Ruskin

Once again we will try to bird at Rock Ponds contingent on the park being open to the public. Meet: TBA at KPCH.  Cost: TBA.  Limit 20. Trip Leader: Don Grozis 642-0434.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

GOLFCART BIRDING IN KINGS POINT

Sun City Center

Last year we did this for the first time and saw 30 different kinds of birds. We will visit the KP Rookery and the area of our Christmas bird count. Bring your golf cart and come join us. Meet at 8 AM at KPCH. Cost: 0. No limit. Trip Leaders: Don and Liz Grozis 642-0434.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

FORT DE SOTO PARK

Tierra Verde, Pinellas County

See spring migration of Buntings, Grosbeaks, Kingbirds, Orioles, Tanagers, Thrushes, Vireos, Warblers, etc. One of best eastern USA birding locations.  Lunch at The Island Grille & Raw Bar, Tierra Verde. Meet at 8:05 AM at KPCH. Cost: $3.00. No limit.  Trip Leader: Frank Quale 952-412-6367.