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. 

May 10, 2018 - Shamrock Park / Venice Rookery (Thurs.) (done)

June 12, 2018 - Airboat ride on Lake Kissimmee (Tues.) (done)

July 25, 2018 - 2-hour cruise on the Manatee River (Wed.) (done)

August 11, 2018 - Florida Railroad Museum (Sat.) (done)

September 17, 2018 - Sunken Gardens (Mon.) (done)

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.)

Special Event Holiday Lights in the Garden. Start the Holiday season early, on December 5, with this evening field trip. The gardens will be bedecked in over a million LED lights. Come out and see many traditional favorites, like the Snowman family. This holiday display is spectacular in a beautiful garden setting. We will be meeting at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd. for dinner (restaurant TBD) prior to going to the Gardens. This trip will be led by Ed and Clara Clancy.  

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

We will start out the new year with a visit to this local birding hotspot. Emerson Point Preserve has a local historical flavor, with a shell mound with boardwalk which we can explore. There is also a pond along the road out to the beach, which in winter attracts many ducks and wading birds. At the beach we can see the mouth of the Manatee River, and Robinson Preserve on the other side. We will meet at the Community Hall at 8 AM. Lunch will be at Popi's Place, on US41 north of Moccasin Wallow Rd.

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

We will once again attempt to visit this quaint Center, which was closed last year due to hurricane damage. It features a General Store, nature trails, other historic buildings and a boardwalk. It is set back from the road in a natural setting, near Myakka River State Park. We will have a tour of the facility, and then check out the boardwalk. Lunch will be at Stottlemeyers Smokehouse. We will meet at the Community Hall at 9 AM.

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

Siesta Key Beach is a very popular attraction. There is a large parking lot with bathroom facilities and access to the beach. We will be walking across a very wide beach to the water, where we should see many bird species. In the Gulf there should be pelicans, cormorants, a few species of ducks and maybe some common loons. On the beach we will look for snowy plovers along with other shorebirds such as sanderlings, least sandpipers, ruddy turnstones, black skimmers and laughing gulls.

We will meet at the Community Hall at 8 AM and carpool to Siesta Key. After our walk we will have lunch at a restaurant to be determined (stay tuned!)

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.



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.