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.
GUESTS MAY ATTEND ONLY ONE FIELD TRIP BEFORE NEEDING TO JOIN THE CLUB TO ATTEND ANY MORE.
September 23, 2019 - Sawgrass Lake Park (done)
October 15, 2019 - Alderman's Ford Park (done)
November 14, 2019 - Latitudes Boat Tour (Thursday)
December 4, 2019 - Bok Tower Gardens (done)
January 17, 2020 - Felts Preserve (Friday)
We will begin the new year with a local trip - only 25 miles away, in Palmetto. Felts Preserve is a 27-acre parcel of land which features walking trails and a bird observation blind. The feeders behind the building attract numerous wintering songbirds, including the indigo bunting and the gorgeous painted bunting, You have to see this bird to appreciate how much it deserves its name. There are usually 2 or 3 pairs of them which overwinter here, and up to a dozen indigos.
Additionally, there are well manicured paths which pass through wooded lots and alongside ponds and open channels. Wood ducks are year-round residents.
We will meet at 9 A.M. at the Community Hall on S. Pebble Beach Blvd. and carpool to the Preserve. Following our trip there, we will luncheon at either Butterfield's Family Restaurant on US 301 in Ellenton, or at Woody's River Roo, also in Ellenton.
February 11, 2020 - Lettuce Lake Park (Tuesday)
Lettuce Lake Park is a Hillsborough County Park located on Fletcher Ave. near I-75 in Tampa, about 30 miles from SCC. It features extensive boardwalks, a Visitor Center and an observation tower. It is very easy walking, through riverine habitat. Limpkins, herons and egrets, and ospreys are expected, along with a variety of wintering songbirds.
Following our walk, we will have lunch at Bob Evans Restaurant, on Morris Bridge Rd. near the park. We will meet at 9 AM art the Community Hall on S. Pebble Beach Blvd., and carpool to the park.
March 9, 2020 - Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Monday)
Nestled on the shores of beautiful Sarasota Bay, Selby Gardens is a tropical urban oasis with something for everyone. Relax amidst nature's beauty and allow the scenery of unparalleled botanical bliss to carry you away.
We will be arranging a tour of the gardens. Following the tour, we will have our luncheon at Marina Jack's, located within walking distance.
The cost will be $30, payable in advance. Please send your check for $30. payable to SCC Audubon Club, to Ray Webb, 1404 Cherry Hills Dr., SCC. We will meet at 9 AM at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd,, and carpool from there.
April 22, 2020 - Honeymoon Island State Park (Wednesday)
This will be our annual bird spring migration field trip. Many species of songbirds, including warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, buntings and orioles will be moving north to breed in the U.S. and Canada. They will be decked out in their colorful breeding plumage. We visit coastal sites like Honeymoon Island, located in Dunedin (just north of Clearwater Beach), to view them as they reach landfall after a lengthy flight across the Gulf of Mexico. Since we are going on Earth Day, there will be festivities going on at the park that day as well.
We will gather at the Community Hall, on South Pebble Beach Blvd. at 8 AM, and will carpool from there. The only fee will be the standard State Park entry fee of $4 per vehicle and $4 per person.
Lunch will be at Dominic's Restaurant, located on US 19.