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 (done)
July 17, 2019 - Giraffe Ranch (Wednesday) (done)
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.
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 sign up will be assigned to the earlier tour. the cost will be $27. per person.
** TRIP IS LIMITED TO 48 PERSONS. YOU MUST SIGN UP HERE OR AT A MEETING, AND PAY IN ADVANCE.**
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 AM.