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. 

GUESTS MAY ATTEND ONLY ONE FIELD TRIP BEFORE NEEDING TO JOIN THE CLUB TO ATTEND ANY MORE.

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

June 18, 2019 - The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (done)

July 17, 2019 - Giraffe Ranch (Wednesday) (done)

August 16, 2019 - Clearwater Marine Aquarium (done)

September 23, 2019 - Sawgrass Lake Park (done)

October 15, 2019 - Alderman's Ford Park (Tuesday)

Alderman's Ford Park is a Hillsborough County Park, located about 25 miles from SCC on CR 39 in Lithia. It features paved hiking trails and a boardwalk, which goes over the point where the north and south prongs join to form the beginning of the Alafia River.

We will be met by Park Manager Bryan Hughes, who will provide an overview of the park and accompany us on our walk. There is a fee of $2. per vehicle, payable on site.

Following our walk, we will luncheon at Tim's Diner, a homey eatery on Lithia Pinecrest Rd., a short distance from the park.

We will meet at 9 AM, at the Community Hall on S. Pebble Beach Blvd. and carpool to the park

November 14, 2019 - Latitudes Boat Tour (Thursday) 

Latitudes Tours operates a 24-passenger canopied boat out of Ruskin, at Little Harbor. We will be taking a 90-minute tour on the Little Manatee River and Tampa Bay. We will be accompanied by a naturalist who will provide informative details along our cruise, and point out wildlife as we go. We have committed to TWO TOURS of 24 passengers each. The first to pay will be assigned to the earlier tour. the cost will be $27. per person.

** TRIP IS LIMITED TO 48 PERSONS. THE TRIP IS PRESENTLY FULL; ANYONE SIGNING UP NOW WILL BE ASSIGNED STANDBY STATUS.

Mail your check for $27., payable to SCC Audubon Club, to Ray Webb, 1404 Cherry Hills Dr, SCC. You will not be officially signed up until you have paid. The first group will meet at the Community Hall at 10 AM, for an 11:00 departure, and lunch at about 1 PM. The second group will meet about 2 hours later.

Lunch will be at the Sunset Grill, located at the same location.

December 4, 2019 - Bok Tower Gardens (Wednesday)

Bok Tower Gardens is a beautiful venue, located in Lake Wales. It features formal gardens and several buildings, which will be even more spectacular during our visit during the Holiday season, which features Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens.  We will be taking the docent-led Holiday Home Tour to see the decorated Pinewood Estate. There will be ample time to explore on our own as well.

We are expecting a sizeable turnout, so we have reserved a bus. 

Following our visit, we will go to Woody's BBQ in Lake Wales for our luncheon.

The fee will be $50. per person, which covers the entrance fee to the Gardens, our tour and the bus.

**YOU MUST SIGN UP HERE OR AT A MEETING, AND PRE-PAY.**

**LIMITED TO 56 PARTICIPANTS.** 

Send your check for $50, payable to SCC Audubon Club, to Clara Clancy, 680 Allegheny Dr. SCC

We will assemble at the Community Hall at 9 A.M.

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.
























 



 













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.