Field Trips



Hog Island 2014

2016 -  2017


Saturday, October 15, 2016 – OPENING FIELD TRIP.  Northwest Lake Okeechobee  “Dr. Martin Stapleton Memorial Birding Trail.” Bring lunch to Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM.

Thursday, October 20, 2016—Scrub Pens Road & Arbuckle Creek Road.   Dr. Paul Gray with Audubon of Florida will lead our group.  Bring Lunch to Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM or meet at Church of Brethren 332 Palm Estates Road, Lorida at 8:30 AM

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Myakka State Park.  Wildlife viewing in diverse natural areas.  Leave Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM.  Lunch at Mary Margaret’s Tea Room Arcadia. Please call to reserve...Roberta 863 599 0124

Friday, November 18, 2016   NEW  Burrowing Owls Cape Coral Seahawk Park and Lehigh Acres Harns Marsh  Beverly Saltonstall of Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife to guide trip.  Bring lunch Leave Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM.

Monday, November 21, 2016- Lake June in Winter and Placid Lakes Easy trip, some walking and driving checking parks, lakes and undeveloped areas for water and land birds. Lunch at Golden Corral. Meet at Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Avon Park Airforce Range.  Various habitats exist to view a variety of birds.  Bring Lunch  Leave Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM or Quality Inn 6525 US27 North Sebring. at 8:20 AM.

Monday, December 12, 2016  NEWHickory Hammock WMA   Evening and night trip to see/hear owls.  Bring food and beverage.  Possible campfire for roasting marshmallows.  Meet at Lake Placid Tower at 3:00 PM.

Friday, January 6, 2017—Lake Istokpoga & Royce Unit. Windy Point, Peace Pond, and Istokpoga Park.  Blue birds, meadowlarks, quail, wild turkey, water birds, and kites.  Bring Lunch to Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM

Saturday , January 14, 2017– STA 5/6 New Area by Permit Only Brian Garrett will lead trip. Shallow, constructed wetlands.  Bring Lunch  Leave LP Tower promptly at 7:00 AM.  A brief stop in Clewiston’s McDonalds.

Thursday and Friday, January 19 and 20, 2017.  Overnight Fakahatchee Strand and Shark Valley Day one, Fakahatchee Strand and Big Cypress with overnight stay at Everglades City Motel.  Boat Trip out of Everglades City with Shark Valley culminating second day.  Reservations required with monies paid by October 15, 2016  Call Roberta for details 863 599 0124

Thursday, January 26, 2017st  NEW Ft Pierce Inlet State Park and Avalon State Recreation Area. –  Historic Dynamite Point Bring Lunch Leave Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM. Or meet at Country Store on 98 at 8:30AM

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 NEW Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.— Lunch at Local Restaurant.  Wetlands.  Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:00 AM or meet at Country Store on 98 at 7:30 AM Reserve Tram ride by January 7.  Roberta 863 599 0124

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Payne’s Creek Historic State Park and Solomon’s Castle. $10.00 fee for Castle / Lunch at the Castle is reserved with prices comparable.  Leave Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM

Monday, February 20, 2017—Circle  B Bar Ranch & Nature Center in Lakeland. Wetlands, and diverse habitat with lots of species. Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30AM or Quality Inn 6525 US27 North Sebring at 7:50 AM

Tuesday, February 28, 2017—Kissimmee Prairie State Park Grasshopper sparrow habitat. Guided by Dr. Paul Gray.  Bring Lunch  Leave Lake Placid Tower at 8:00 AM or meet at Country Store on 98 at 8:30AM

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & Blair Audubon Boardwalk guided tour winding through the swamp.  Entry Fee required... Purchase Lunch on site or Bring Lunch. Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 AM

 Friday, March 17, 2017 – NEW- Lake Kissimmee State Park Pontoon Boat Tour. Snail Kites and Eagles.  $20.00 First ten to sign up and pay. Bring Lunch or purchase food at snack shack.  Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30AM or  Quality Inn 6525 US 27 North Sebring 7:50AM Call Roberta 863 599 0124

 Saturday, March 25, 2017—FLAMINGOS !!!— NEW—Markham Park and STA 2 — Only 30 people can go due to demand.  Best viewing of flamingos is afternoon.  Markham Park for lunch and birding then on to STA2 for scheduled trip.  Bring Lunch Leave Lake Placid Tower at 10:00AM  Reservations required Roberta 863 599 0124

 Friday, March 31, 2017—Ft. DeSoto St. Petersburg Water Birds Galore. Bring Lunch and Snacks Leave Lake Placid Tower 7:30AM

 Wednesday and Thursday, April 5 & 6, 2017- Overnight Sanibel Is/Lighthouse Woods/Ding Darling/Six Mile Cypress/Bunche Beach  Migratory Birds, need commitment of interest by December 30, 2016 call Julie Henderson  863 304 8385

 Saturday, April 22, 2017 - NEW - Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary Tampa Boat Trip Limit 10 persons Led by Ann Paul. Reserve.  Roberta 863 599 0124
 
Saturday May 13, 2017-  NEW—Birding By Car. 182 miles roundtrip to West Coast of Florida .  Bring Lunch and Snack Recommended in the Polk County Sun. Leave Lake Placid Tower 8:00AM Julie 863 304 8385

 Saturday, May 27, 2017 —NEW - South Lake Howard Nature Park Winter Haven Rookery  Nestlings, & other wonders.  Lunch in Local Restaurant.  Leave LP Tower 8:00AM or Quality Inn 6525 US 27 No. Sebring 8:20 AM

***Unless otherwise noted. Plan on carpooling to field trips, and leaving promptly.  Sunscreen, walking shoes, and other sensible attire are recommended***

For more information (unless otherwise noted above) and to make reservations call Helen 269-932-8934  Julie 863-304-8385 or Roberta 863-599-0124.