Field Trips

Trips are over for this season. Check back in October for our new program for 2023–24.

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. Also please note that there are schedule changes since the last newsletter was printed. The website has the latest schedule.

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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 Ccockroach Bay 8:00  Steve Burkholder  206-786-7618 steve@steveandjan.comModerate hiking, including a hill. Free No limit. Open to non-members Trip lasts 3:00 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
Monday, March 6Tampa 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.