St. Lucie Audubon Society

FIELD TRIPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS 2017-2018

Information updated and links provided as available. Reminder: Wear comfortable closed-in shoes.  Bring hat, binoculars, scopes, cameras, bug repellent, snacks and water. We encourage carpooling when possible.

EVENTS FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, 905 Shorewinds Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949. GPS Coordinates:  N 27.48482, W 80.30316


UPDATED: Platt’s Creek Preserve Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Platt’s Creek Preserve, 3915 Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Pierce, FL 34982. GPS Coordinates:  N 27.39094, W 80.33855.

Meet at Platt’s Creek Entrance at 7 am. Event Time:   7:30 am to 10 am. Guide Eva Ries, Advanced Florida Master Naturalist and Director of Avian Research - www.OneMoreGeneration.org

NOTE:  Trip is limited to 12 participants on a first sign up basis.  Route around the lake requires ability to walk on narrow surfaces and other non-standard terrain.  There are no established graveled or paved, even paths.  This trip is not recommended for persons with limited mobility or who have difficulty with balance on uneven surfaces. We recommend long pants, close-toed shoes, insect repellent, and water.  There are no toilet facilities, so plan accordingly. Bring your binoculars, scopes and cameras.

Sign up: Contact Adella - Cell: 856-261-8599. Email:  ablacka.florida@gmail.com
You can also sign up at the Oct 5th General Meeting.


NEW SITE:Teague Hammock Preserve,
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017

Teague Hammock Preserve, St Lucie County, 8551 Carlton Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987. (Not exact for GPS) GPS Coordinates: 27.310203, -80.546328

Meet at: Paleo Hammock Parking Lot between 7 - 7:15 AM 

Program Time: Walking Tour - 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Directions:  I 95 Exit 126, CR 712 (W Midway Rd),  Midway Rd to Okeechobee Rd, FL 70 West, Turn left onto Carlton Rd - State Hwy 613, Paleo Hammock parking lot entrance on right  (4.4 miles)

Guide:  Tim Towles, Expert Birder and Wildlife Biologist

Habitat: prairie hammock , wetlands and several species of unusual  tropical trees. We will be walking the north trail along a berm.  The trail is about 1.5 miles.  Parts of the trail can be uneven and  slightly wet. The preserve is wetter than usual with some great birding.  Warblers, wrens, wading birds, water fowl and even a Snail Kite has been spotted. 

Requirements:  We recommend long pants, close-toed shoes, insect repellent, and water.  There are no toilette facilities, so plan accordingly.

Contact Adella Blacka for sign up. Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com.


TBA
December 2017

December field trip info to come


3rd Annual St. Lucie County Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 2, 2017

3rd Annual St. Lucie County Christmas Bird Count, December 2, 2017 - 8 to 10 a.m., George LeStrange Preserve Registration:

This program is modeled after the Audubon Society’s yearly event, allowing  participants to learn basic count techniques we’ll use to assess the morning’s bird species present at this preserve.  Members of St. Lucie Audubon Society will be on hand to answer questions about birding, identification, and help hikers complete an official bird checklist submitted to the National Audubon Society!

www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/environmental-resources/guided-hikes


SLAS Annual Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 16, 2017

No matter your skill, sign up to join us as we travel in teams throught the county. This is an all-day event, followed by a pizza party as we compile the counts.


Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, FL 32796. GPS Coordinates:  N 28.65740, W 80.75439.

Meet TBA. Guides Hart and Jewel Rufe, avid birders and photographers.  Hart is the writer of the Hart Beat column on the SLAS website. More information to follow.


Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands
February 3, 2018

Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands - (Viera Wetlands), 3658 Charlie Corbeil Way, Viera, FL 32940. GPS Coordinates:  N 28.22954, W 80.75501

Meeting Place:  Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands parking area

Guide: Linda Sullivan, world traveler, avid birder & photographer.More information to follow later.


Green Cay Nature Center / Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Wakodahatchee Wetlands / Green Cay Nature Center

Locations: Wakodahatchee Wetlands - 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33484
Green Cay Nature Center - 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33437
GPS Coordinates:  Wako: N 26.47801, W 80.14698 - Green Cay: N 26.48597, W 80.16388

Meeting Place:  Wakodahatchee Wetlands Boardwalk entrance
Time: 7:30 am to approximately 1:00 pm (We will meet at Wakodahatchee at 7:30 am and enjoy the wildlife there for approximately 2 hours before traveling to Green Cay and spending approximately 2 hours.)

Guides: Hart and Jewel Rufe

Optional: After the tour, we plan to get lunch at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant, 1900 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. More information to follow


Annual Bird-athon
March 2018

TBA


4-hour boat trip of Spoil Islands
Saturday April, 7, 2017

Friends of Spoil Islands, 4 Hour Boat Trip

Guide Matthew Anderson, FL  Aquatic Preserves, shoreline expert. More information to follow.


St. Lucie River Nature Cruises ... Call River Lilly Cruises at 772-489-8344 for prices and reservations (required). The River Lilly leaves most days year-round from the River Park Marina on Prima Vista Boulevard. See alligators, birds, turtles and more. Visit their web site riverlillycruises.com Owners Ed and Steph Hamrick.