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.) (done)

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

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

The originally scheduled field trip to Ringling Museum has been CANCELLED. There are renovations in progress at the Original Circus Museum, which will last through the summer.

We will instead visit the Bishop Museum, which was previously called the South Florida Museum. Located in Bradenton, it was the home of 69-year-old Snooty the Manatee until his demise in 2018.

We visited here in 2016, when we took the morning museum tour. Due to our late signup we will begin our 2-hour tour this time at 1:00 PM. We will be shown the museum for one hour, and also have a manatee presentation and a visit to the adjoining planetarium.

It is planned to luncheon at Pier 22, on the water and near the museum, at 11:30 AM, subject at this time to change. We will meet at 10:45 AM at the Community Hall, on S. Pebble Beach Blvd.

PREPAYMENT OF $15.00 IS REQUIRED, either by cash, or check made out to SCC Audubon Club. Payments should be mailed to Ray Webb, 1404 Cherry Hills Dr., or dropped thru the mail slot on his front door.

July 17, 2019 - Giraffe Ranch (Wednesday)

Giraffe Ranch is located in Dade City. We will ride through pristine oak hammocks and ephemeral wetlands in the comfort and safety of customized safari trucks equipped with stadium seating and a full-coverage canvas shade. We'll get spectacular close-up encounters with giraffe, ostrich, bongo, antelope, Grant's zebra, blackbuck antelope, axis deer, warthog, red river hog, pygmy hippopotamus, Indian rhinoceros, scimitar-horned oryx plus other unique and endangered species in large herds. There will be an opportunity to take part in hands-on interaction with many species that feed from the vehicle.

We will leave Sun City Center from the Community Hall parking lot at 9:00 AM. We were able to get special pricing for our group of $49.50 per person (usually $90). PREPAYMENT IS REQUIRED. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please prepare a check for $49.50 made out to Giraffe Ranch, and mail it to Clara Clancy, 680 Allegheny Dr, SCC, no later than July 5. We need a minimum of 20 persons to participate (with a maximum of 80).

Our tour begins at 11 AM. There are also optional extras. You may pay for them at the Ranch.

August 16, 2019 - Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Friday)

You may recall the "Dolphin Tale" movies about a young dolphin who was rescued from a fishing net, but had to have its tail amputated. This dolphin was named "Winter," and is now living at the facility we will visit on August 16.We have visited the site previously, and it has been popular. It is a rehabilitation facility, and houses a variety of species in addition to dolphins.

Our visit will cover only general admission, and we will be free to take their self-guided tour. There will be docents there to discuss the various exhibits, and to answer any questions.

A 90-minute boat ride is optional, leaving at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 4:45 PM. If you choose to go, you would need to coordinate this with your passengers ($18.95).

Lunch will be at the Windward Bar and Grill, about 2 blocks from the facility.

Parking will be in their garage ($12. per vehicle, for the day).

If you wish to go, 

   (1) SIGN UP FOR THE TRIP (ON THIS WEBSITE)

   (2) Prepare a check for their general admission ($17.95) made out to SCC Audubon Club, and mail it to:  Peter Aluotto, 203 Sola Lane, Sun City Center,  FL   33573.

   (3) Meet us at the Community Hall at 8:30 AM on August 16.

September 23, 2019 - Sawgrass Lake Park (Monday)

We enjoyed seeing the spring migration in April, and now these birds will be leaving us for the winter. This park is an excellent location to view them, and late September is within the peak period of their migration.

Fall migration is different from the spring; in the fall, the migration occurs over a longer period of time and across a broader front. Some of the birds will no longer have their brilliant spring plumage, and will be less conspicuous. Breeding is no longer their prime motivation; now, they just don't want to get eaten!!

Sawgrass Lake Park has nice facilities, and displays, within a Visitor Center. Interestingly, most of the birding will be right there, in or near the parking lot!

Lunch will be at the Spring Garden Family Restaurant, a short drive from the park.

We will meet at the Community Hall at 8 am, and carpool from there. There is no fee for this trip.












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.