Field Trips

Note: We do not charge for field trips unless our destination requires an entrance or tour fee, but membership is required to participate in any field trip. Trip leaders do not collect membership fees. If you wish to participate in trip, contact the trip leader within 3 months of the date of the trip.

General recommendations for bird watching: 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 suggested activities.  Carpooling is not recommended due to Covid.

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

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December through January 2022 (Except Jan 25th)
Tuesdays with Jan and Steve
Kings Point and Sun City Areas
Ruskin

Join us for a casual birding trip somewhere within the Kings Point / Sun City Center area for 2 hours each Tuesday. Meet at 9:00 at the South Clubhouse under the portico as long as it is not pouring rain. Bring you binoculars and Golf Cart if you have one. We should have enough to share if you don’t. If you live outside of Kings Point, just tell the guard at the gate that you are here for the Audubon Field Trip. We will have a spotting scope available so you can get a good look at the birds. Call or email with questions to Steve Burkholder (206) 786-7618 or steve@steveandjan.com.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Tampa Bay Watch Birding Boat Trip

3000 Pinellas Bayway South
St. Petersburg

Meet at Tampa Bay Watch building parking lot at 8:45 AM. Go out on the Tampa Bay Watch boat birding with one of the top birders in Florida, Eric Plage. You will see shorebirds on the sandbars, terns, gulls, and other water birds. Limit 20 people. Cost is $25.  Leaders are Don and Liz. 813-642-0434.

Saturday, February 5, 2022
Eagles Nest Tour

Meeting time is 8:00 A.M. at the Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota for a morning bus ride to about 6 active nests in Sarasota County. The cost is $35 per person. Limit: 13. Leader: Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Circle B Bar Preserve
4399 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland

Meet at 9:30 AM at the parking lot near the Circle B Visitors Center. Hopefully the trams will be taking groups out to bird, otherwise we will be walking the preserve. Either way you will see many birds such as terns, whistling ducks, wood storks, herons etc. Limit 25 people. Cost $5. Trip leaders are Don and Liz 813-642-0434.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Birding at Rock Pond
4221 Lavender Road
Ruskin

Meet at 8:45 AM at Borrow Pit Central Gate on Lavender Road. After 3 years we will hopefully tour the Rock Ponds with Nancy Norton, Site Engineer for South West Water Management. She will give us information on the building of the site and then take us on a birding trip around the north ponds to see many different shore birds. Limit 25 people. No cost. Leaders are Don and Liz. 813-642-0434.

Monday, March 14, 2022
Tampa Bay Butterfly Foundation
Little Red Wagon
4107-B Henderson Blvd.
Tampa

Time to meet is 9:45. There will be a presentation at 10:00 AM showing butterflies in different stages and the plants needed to sustain them. Limit 30. Lunch to be arranged. Leader: Joanne Finney 954-540- 5985.

Monday, March 30, 2022
Duette Preserve Wagon Tour
2649 Rawls Road
Duette

Meet at 9:15. Many species of birds are found here such as Scrub Jays, Burrowing Owls and Snowy Egrets. Many native plants and butterflies are also found in this area. Limit 20 people. Cost is $15 payable in advance. A cushion is recommended. Bring a lunch for afterwards or to eat while on the tour. Leader: Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948. Sign up for trip at one of the monthly meetings.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Carefree Learners Audubon Birding Boat Trip2
Marina Plaza
Sarasota

Meet at 11:00 AM at 2 Marina Plaza. A boat trip out in the Sarasota Bay to bird with Megan Ehlers. She and the captain plus a naturalist from Florida Audubon will help identify the birds as we cruise the Bay and circle Bird Key Rookery. Limit 20 people. Cost $20. Lunch at O’Leary’s Tiki Bar. Trip leaders are Don and Liz. 813-642-0434.

Monday, April 25, 2022
Birding at Ft. DeSoto
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
St. Petersburg

Meet at the flagpole as you enter Fort De Soto at 9 AM. Spring migration brings all the warblers to the Oaks in Fort De Soto, and we will be there to see them. Later we will walk over to the Gulf side and view the shore birds. Limit 25 people. No cost. Lunch-bring your own or buy at the snack bar. Leaders are Don and Liz. 813-642-0434.

HAPPY BIRDING!