Field Trips are in driving distance. We car-pool when possible.

Members of the club and their guests can join us on our field trips.  Details and a sign up sheet are available at our meetings, and there is a sign-up form in the side panel of this page.  You may also call the field trip leader (announced at our meetings) to sign up. Once you sign up, you will receive further instructions from the trip leader. Most of the time, we meet in a parking lot to carpool.  Sometimes we go to lunch together after we tour the site. Details, again, will be available when you submit the form to the left, or when you sign up at our meetings.  YOU MUST SIGN UP TO ATTEND A FIELD TRIP. 

October 18, 2018 - Perico Preserve (Thurs.) (done)

November 13, 2018 - Circle B Bar Reserve (Tues.) (done)

December 5, 2018 - Christmas Lights, Heritage Village, Largo (Wed.) (done)

January 16, 2019 - Emerson Point Preserve , Palmetto  (Wed.) (done)

February 7, 2019 - Crowley Museum and Nature Center, Sarasota (Thurs) (done)

March 12, 2019 - Siesta Key Beach Walk, Sarasota (Tues.) (done)

April 22, 2019 - Coquina Baywalk (Leffis Key) (Mon.)

Coquina Baywalk is located at the southern end of Anna Maria Island, just before the bridge to Longboat Key. It is across from Coquina Beach, on a tiny island known as Leffis Key. There is a path all around the Key, where we will bird. This is a very good spot for warblers and other spring migrants; I have planned this trip to be at the peak of spring migration. Possible are colorful warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks and orioles.

We will meet at the Community Hall at 8 AM and carpool to Coquina Baywalk, about 38 miles. Lunch will be at the Gulf Drive Café, about a mile from the Baywalk.

May 9, 2019 - Snook Haven Restaurant / Peace River boat ride (Thurs.)

We have visited this site before, and it has always been a favorite. The restaurant is located in Venice, FL and is off exit 191 of I-75. Logan River Tours is located right at the restaurant; we have reserved seats for their 12 noon 1-hour ride. The boat holds 29. If we have more participants than that, people can go on their 1:30 PM tour. We will not restrict our list to 29. The boat fee is $17.30 per person, PAYABLE BY CASH, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER AT THE BOAT.

YOU MUST SIGN UP BY APRIL 23, IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THE BOAT. 

Why are we going on a Thursday? Because on that day of the week, they feature a troupe of banjo players, who entertain the diners in an outdoor setting. This is a popular event each Thursday, so we will want to be there early to assure good seating at their picnic tables.

We will meet at 9:00 AM, at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd, and carpool to the restaurant.

June 18, 2019 - Ringling Museum, Sarasota (Tuesday)

This is a new site for us. It is located at the western end of University Dr. (Exit 213 off I-75). We will enter with general admission, and be able to visit the Museum of Art and the Circus Museum. There is no limit to the number of us that can go; 20 or more will allow us to enter as a group. We will receive wrist bands when we arrive, so we can go to lunch (Crager's Family Restaurant, US 41) and then return to the museum if you wish. There are cafes at the museum, if you wish to eat there.

The group rate will be $20. per person. Further details will be available later.




BirdViewing

Club members scan the horizon for shorebirds at Fort DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg, FL. Fort DeSoto is well known as a local hotspot for viewing neo-tropical passerines during spring and fall migration. It also offers excellent opportunities for sightings of shore birds, and wading birds.