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.

PARTICIPANTS: Please help us by downloading, filling out and signing the SLAS Liability Form, and submitting the group leader as you begin EACH outing.

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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


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.


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


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


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

Leaders: Avid birders and nature photographers Hart and Jewel Rufe. 

Meet at:  Home Depot Parking Lot in Fort Pierce to leave promptly at 6:30 am. Please arrive by at least 6:15am so we can have an on-time departure. We will meet up with Hart & Jewel at 8 am at the Publix Parking lot in Titusville (Rt 406). If you prefer to meet directly in Titusville, let Kathy Mayshar know of your intent ahead of time.

Directions:  I-95 N to Exit 220 (Rt. 406) Publix Parking Lot; McDonalds is across the street ¼ mile on left. Merritt Island NWR is 92 miles from Fort Pierce Home Depot and we encourage carpooling if possible.

Details: After meeting Hart & Jewel, we will make a stop at Sand Point Park and Parrish Park and then to Black Point Wildlife Drive. There is a $5 fee per vehicle to enter Black Point Drive.

The trip is dependent on the weather and the birds so some adjustments may be made.  The wildlife found in the area is phenomenal. Excellent birding and a variety you will never forget. This is an all-day event, and after driving through Black Point, we will stop at the Visitor’s Center where we can snack or have lunch with food brought from home at the picnic tables.  You may leave at any time, please just let Kathy know that you will be leaving the group.


Afterwards, weather and birding permitting, we plan to stop at Viera Wetlands aka (Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands) for more phenomenal   birding.  Directions:From Merritt Island NWR I-95 S approximately 50 miles, Exit 191 - proceed west, straight around a traffic circle until you come to the end of the road. Bring your snacks, lunch, bins, scopes, cameras for a fun day.

Contact: Kathy Mayshar for sign up. You can also sign up at the Dec 7th or Jan. 4th   General Meeting. Cell: 772-359-9108. Email:cmectvtfl@gmail.com


Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands
February 3, 2018

Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands - (Viera Wetlands)  

Location:  3658 Charlie Corbeil Way, Viera, FL 32940. GPS Coordinates:  N 28.22954, W 80.75501

Meeting Place:  Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands parking area at 8:30 am.

Guide: Linda Sullivan - World traveler, avid birder & photographer

Directions:  From north- or southbound I-95, take exit 191 and head west on N. Wickham Rd. Continue west through the traffic circle at Lake Andrew Dr., go 1.75 miles, and make a slight left onto Charlie Corbeil Way. Go 0.25 miles to the entrance and follow the road to the parking lot.

Details: Viera Wetlands offers a wonderful opportunity to view and photograph birds as we drive the berm roads around water treatment impoundments. 
Sign up: Contact Doris Brookens for sign up. Cell: 717-576-7876 email: dorisbrookens@gmail.com. You can also sign up at the January 4th or February 1 general meeting.


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

Wakodahatchee Wetlands / Green Cay Nature Center

Location: 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 at 7:30 am.
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

Details: Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay are wonderful opportunities to photograph a variety of colorful ducks, wading birds as well as other wildlife up close from the boardwalks.  Herons, cormorants, anhinga can be seen up close in nests with babies.  These are some of the most peaceful, serene places to see wildlife in their relaxed and natural state.
Optional: After the tour, we plan to get lunch at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant, 1900 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Sign up: Contact Doris Brookens for sign up.  Cell: 717-576-7876 email: dorisbrookens@gmail.com. You can also sign up at the February 1st or March 1st general meeting.


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.