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.
|TRIP DATE||TRIP TITLE||TIME||Trip Leader||DESCRIPTION|
|Wednesday, October 19||Suncoast Youth Conservation Center 6650 Dickman Road Apollo Beach||9:30 to Noon||John Stocksdale 813-841-7227||Kathy 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 2||Fred & Ida Schultz Preserve 5906 Kraker Ave. Gibsonton||9:30 to 11:30||Julie Stocksdale 727-418-5119||John 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 4||Tiger Creek Preserve 674 Pfundstein Rd, Babson Park, FL||9:30 to Noon Break for lunch on-site Optional hike at 1:00||Julie Stocksdale 727-418-5119||Tiger 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 15||Celery Fields, 6799 Palmer Road Sarasota||9:30 to Noon Lunch at Der Dutchman||Anne 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 30||Historic Spanish Point 337 N Tamiami Trail Osprey||9:30 to Noon Lunch at Casey Key Fish House||John Stocksdale 813-841-7227||This 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 7||Se7en Wetlands 500 W Carter Rd, Lakeland We will meet at the Loyce Harpe Park entrance at 10:00||10:00 to 11:30 Lunch TBA||Joanne Finney 954-540-5985||Van 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, Bradenton||9:30 Meet at the boat area Food truck lunch at the park||Anne 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 15||Hillsborough River State Park 15402 US-301 Thonotosassa||8:30 to Noon Meet at River Rapids Trail parking lot||Julie Stocksdale 727-418-5119||The 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 18||Robinson Preserve 10299 9th Ave. NW Bradenton||Meet in the parking lot at 8:30||Donna Blaha 813-922-6555 email@example.com||We 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 24||Cockroach Bay Nature Preserve 3839 Gulf City Rd Ruskin||Meet in the parking lot at 9:00||Steve Burkholder 206-786-7618 firstname.lastname@example.org||Moderate 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||9:45||Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948||Wheelchair accessible Limit 20 Free|
|Saturday, February 11||Sawgrass Lake Park 7400 25th St N St Petersburg||9:30 to 11:30||Julie Stocksdale 727-418-5119||This urban park is an oasis of bottomland forest, creek, and lake. Wheelchair accessible, Observation tower optional. Free, Limit 20.|
|Tuesday, February 28||Exum’s Honey Farm 1418 14th Ave S Ruskin||9:35||Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948||Meet at the honey farm. Wheelchair accessible. Limit 20. Free|
|Wednesday, March 8||Tampa Bay Watch 3000 Pinellas Bayway South Tierra Verde||8:45||Joanne Finney 954-540-5985||Boat 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 22||Latitudes Boat Trip 580 Bahia Beach Blvd, Slip F10, Ruskin||Meet at 5:45 p.m. at the dock||Anne Whitehall 413-364-6948||Limit 22 Cost: $36 for 2-hour sunset cruise|
|Wednesday, April 12||Fort DeSoto 3500 Pinellas Bayway S Tierra Verde||9:00 to Noon Meet in front of Flagpole at Park Headquarters||Steve Burkholder 206-786-7618 email@example.com||$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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a birding map of this fascinating jewel of Florida’s parks.|
|Wednesday, April 19||Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin||Meet at 9:00 For a 9:30 Ferry from Honeymoon Island Park to Caladesi||Joanne Finney 954-540-5985||Caladesi 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.|