Field Trips

Note:   We do not charge for field trips unless our destination requires an entrance or tour fee, but a paid membership is required to participate in any field trip unless otherwise noted.   For trips that are open to non-members, a liability form is required before or at the time of the trip. Trip leaders will have this form. You will be required to sign this liability waiver to participate. Trip leaders do not collect membership fees.  If you wish to participate in a trip, contact the trip leader within 3 months of the date of the trip. We will ask if you need a ride for the trip or if you are willing to provide a ride. A gratuity to the driver is suggested.

General recommendations for bird-watching: walking shoes, cameras, binoculars, water, and sunscreen.  Eagle Audubon will not be responsible for personal injuries or losses incurred by anyone while taking part in its suggested activities.

Note:  We are following current CDC Covid guidelines, and we ask for courtesy towards mask-wearers.

Note:  All costs are as of the printing of this brochure. Members will be notified if prices change.

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Wednesday, October 19Suncoast Youth Conservation Center 6650 Dickman Road Apollo Beach9:30 to NoonJohn Stocksdale 813-841-7227Kathy Guindon, Director  Tour the SYCC and its various efforts toward sea turtle rehab, coral reef salvation, along with youth conservation education. Limit 30, Free parking, Easy walking
Wednesday, November 2Fred & Ida Schultz Preserve 5906 Kraker Ave. Gibsonton  9:30 to 11:30  Julie Stocksdale 727-418-5119John Lampkin, Docent John will help us identify butterflies while Julie will focus on plants, No limit. Open to non-members. Free, moderate hiking
Friday, November 4Tiger Creek Preserve 674 Pfundstein Rd, Babson Park, FL  9:30 to Noon Break for lunch on-site Optional hike at 1:00 Julie Stocksdale 727-418-5119Tiger Creek Preserve protects a critical connection for the rare habitats, plants, and animals in the Lake Wales Ridge, a national hotspot of biological diversity. This is a buggy ride tour. There are steps to climb to access the buggy. There are stops along the way for some walking. Limit 18 people. The cost is $10.00.  Bring your lunch.
Tuesday, November 15Celery Fields,  6799 Palmer Road Sarasota9:30 to Noon Lunch at Der DutchmanAnne Whitehall 413-364-6948 This Sarasota Audubon property is a favorite birding spot for EAS trips. Easy walking, wheelchair accessible. Free, Limit 25 Meet at the restroom building in the parking lot.
Wednesday, November 30Historic Spanish Point 337 N Tamiami Trail Osprey9:30 to Noon Lunch at Casey Key Fish HouseJohn Stocksdale 813-841-7227This is a docent-lead tour of the 30-acre museum and environmental complex that includes an archeological exhibit, a pioneer homestead, nature trails, and more. Easy walking. $20 per ticket. Limit 20
Wednesday, December 7Se7en Wetlands 500 W Carter Rd, Lakeland We will meet at the Loyce Harpe Park entrance at 10:0010:00 to 11:30   Lunch TBA   Joanne Finney   954-540-5985Van tour with Julie Vogel, an environmental program specialist. Optional side trip to phosphate museum. No limit. Free
Wednesday, December 14  Myakka River State Park 13208 SR 72, Bradenton9:30 Meet at the boat area Food truck lunch at the parkAnne Whitehall 413-364-6948 Tram tour Cost $20 for tram, $6 car entry per car.  Limit 30 Must be able to get on the tram.  
Thursday, December 15Hillsborough River State Park 15402 US-301 Thonotosassa8:30 to Noon Meet at River Rapids Trail parking lotJulie Stocksdale   727-418-5119The River Rapids Trail is a good example of riparian and bottomland forest along with an unusual area of rapids on the Hillsborough River. Moderate hike. $6 Park entry fee per car, exact change, Limit 25
Wednesday, January 18Robinson Preserve 10299 9th Ave. NW Bradenton  Meet in the parking lot at 8:30  Donna Blaha 813-922-6555We will be led on a 1-hour tour by a preserve employee. We should see white pelicans and some migratory ducks.   Cost: $3 per person, Limit: 20
Tuesday, January 24Cockroach Bay Nature Preserve 3839 Gulf City Rd RuskinMeet in the parking lot at 9:00  Steve Burkholder  206-786-7618 steve@steveandjan.comModerate hiking, including a hill. Free No limit. Open to non-members Trip lasts 2.5 hours.
Tuesday, February 7 National Weather Service Weather Station 2525 14th Ave SE Ruskin 9:45Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948Wheelchair accessible Limit 20  Free
Saturday, February 11  Sawgrass Lake Park 7400 25th St N St Petersburg9:30 to 11:30 Julie Stocksdale 727-418-5119This urban park is an oasis of bottomland forest, creek, and lake. Wheelchair accessible, Observation tower optional. Free, Limit 20.
Tuesday, February 28Exum’s Honey Farm 1418 14th Ave S Ruskin9:35Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948 Meet at the honey farm. Wheelchair accessible.  Limit 20.  Free
Wednesday, March 8Tampa Bay Watch 3000 Pinellas Bayway South Tierra Verde  8:45Joanne Finney   954-540-5985Boat tour with Eric Plage Must be able to step onto boat You will see shorebirds on the sandbars, terns, gulls, and other water birds. Limit 20. Cost is $25.  Lunch TBA.    
Wednesday, March 22Latitudes Boat Trip 580 Bahia Beach Blvd, Slip F10, Ruskin   Meet at 5:45 p.m. at the dockAnne Whitehall 413-364-6948Limit 22 Cost: $36 for 2-hour sunset cruise  
 Wednesday, April 12Fort DeSoto 3500 Pinellas Bayway S Tierra Verde9:00 to Noon Meet in front of Flagpole at Park HeadquartersSteve Burkholder 206-786-7618$5.00 Park Entry Fee along with road tolls. Accessible, no limit, Open to non-members Trip lasts 3 hours Come join us at this world-renowned birding site during the height of migration. Email me at and I’ll send you a birding map of this fascinating jewel of Florida’s parks.   
Wednesday, April 19Caladesi Island State Park DunedinMeet at 9:00 For a 9:30 Ferry from Honeymoon Island Park to CaladesiJoanne Finney 954-540-5985Caladesi Island with a boat trip. Recommend carpooling.  $8:00 entry fee per car to Honeymoon Island State Park + $16 per person ferry cost.  A park ranger will show us a portion of the park. You can bring lunch or there is a snack bar and tables. There are restrooms on the Island. There is a four-hour limit on Caladesi Island, so at the latest, you can leave it on the 2:00 ferry. Limit 20.