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 Meet at the parking lot between 8:00- 8:15 am. This is near the playground after passing through the entrance gate. Note:  You must sign up in advance with Adella in order to avoid entrance fee.  Ranger will waive fee this time for St Lucie Audubon.

Start Time:  8:15 am to approximately 11 am.  Adella Blacka, St Lucie Audubon Field Trip Chair to lead the group.

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is a 340-acre park with hiking trails and beaches.  Bring your binoculars, scopes and cameras.  We recommend comfortable closed-in shoes, hat, and water.  There are picnic tables if you want to bring your lunch after the event.  Facilities also available.  Egrets, night herons and shorebirds are frequently seen there.  Migrating warblers are easy to see as they like to feed on the fruit of large Stranger Fig tree.

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

NOTES:Please consider purchasing a state park annual pass. This helps support Florida State Parks. They come as individual or family passes. Available online at www.floridastateparks.org 


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 7:30 am. Event Time:   8 am to 10:30 am. Guide Eva Ries, Advanced Florida Master Naturalist and Director of Avian Research - www.OneMoreGeneration.org

NOTE:  Trip is limited to 15 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.


Vero Wetlands
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017

Vero Wetlands (West Regional WTF) 8405 8th St, Vero Beach, FL 32968 Indian River County, 8 to approx. 11 a.m.

Meet at: Home Depot parking lot, 5880 Okeechobee Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34947 between 7 and 7:20 am. We will leave promptly at 7:20 am.  From there we will drive to the wetlands or you can meet us there. 

Directions: From Home Depot get on I-95 North.  Follow I-95 N to exit 147. Follow Rt. 60 East until you see 90th Ave.  Turn right onto 90th Ave going south. Follow 90th Ave S until reach 8th St. Turn left onto 8th St. Follow 8th St 0.6 miles to entrance. Coordinates: 27.617164, -80.502300

Guide:  Tim Towles, Expert Birder & Wildlife Biologist familiar with area.

Details:  There are hundreds of indigenous plants growing and the wetlands host habitat for a wide variety of birds and animal species.  Large numbers of water fowl, gallinules and wading birds are often seen in the fall/winter.  Shorebirds sometimes visit the area.  There is a wooded outer area where Painted Buntings, warblers and other songbirds have been seen.  Keep an eye out for many surprises. You never know what you will see.

Requirements: We recommend long pants, a hat, close-toed shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and water.  We will be walking in the open sun on berms near wetland areas and there could be uneven surfaces in some places.  No toilet facilities, so plan accordingly.

Sign up: Contact Adella Blacka for sign up. You can also sign up at one of the SLAS General Meetings. Cell: 856-261-8599. Email: ablacka.florida@gmail.com.


TBA
December 2017

December field trip info to come


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 2018 TBA

Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands - (Viera Wetlands), 3658 Charlie Corbeil Way, Viera, FL 32940. GPS Coordinates:  N 28.22954, W 80.75501
Meet  TBA. Guide Linda Sullivan, world traveler, avid birder and photographer. More information to follow.


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

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

Meet TBA. Guides Hart and Jewel Rufe. 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.