Check the meeting place carefully, changes have been made.
Unless otherwise noted, for information, and to reserve:
call Roberta 863-599-0124. Plan to leave promptly.
Sunscreen, water, walking shoes, and other sensible attire are recommended..
(E) Easy—(M) Moderate—(C) Challenging
Thursday, Oct. 12—Scrub Pens Road, Istokpoga Park, and Spring Lake STA. Wading birds, waterfowl, possible bald eagle sighting, and woodpeckers. Lead by Dr. Paul Gray. Meet at Audubon Florida Office 1564 Hwy 98, Lorida—7:30 AM Lunch at Gator Shack (E)
Thursday, Oct. 26—Myakka River State Park. Wading birds, raptors, song birds, migratory birds and ducks. Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 AM. Lunch at Mexican Rest in Arcadia (M)
Thursday, Nov. 9—Rafter T Ranch. Local cattle ranch eco tour with 12 threatened and endangered animals including Wood Storks, Crested Caracara, and Scrub Jays. Meet at Audubon Florida Office 1564 Hwy 98, Lorida 7:30 AM or entrance 7400 Arbuckle Creek Road 7:50 Bring Lunch (M)
Thursday, Nov. 30— Highlands Hammock State Park. Walking tour on established trails. Meet at HHSP entrance at 7:30AM $6.00 Entrance Fee per car required. Bring Lunch. For more information call Roberta at 863-599-0124. (M)
**** Changed to: Wednesday, Jan. 3—Celery Fields and Park in Sarasota. A variety of species at a favorite spot of locals for water and land birds. Bring Lunch or eat at local Restaurant. Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 AM. (M)
Thursday, Jan. 18—Platt Branch Wildlife Management and Environment Area (WEA) Red-cockaded woodpeckers make their home in the old-growth longleaf pine. Florida scrub-jay habitats, seasonal wetlands, and gopher tortoise areas abound. Lunch at a local Restaurant. Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 AM. Led by Steve Shattler of FWC (M)
Thursday, Feb 1—Circle B Bar Reserve & Nature Center in Lakeland. Wetlands, and diverse habitat with lots of species. Leave Walmart Avon Park Garden Center at 7:30AM. Lunch at nearby Restaurant. (C)
***Changed to Sunday: Feb 18—Avon Park Air Force Range. Various habitats exist to view a variety of birds maybe even the resident burrowing owls. Bring Lunch, water, and snacks. Meet at entrance by lake behind guard shack at 7:30AM Led by Patrick Blake. (M)
Thursday, March 7—Environmental Learning Center. ELC's classic pontoon tour that takes you up-close for an intimate look at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, a protected bird rookery and the first designated national wildlife refuge in the country. $35-$40 depending on size of group. Reservations required. Long drive but well worth it. Reserve call Roberta, 863-599-0124 Bring lunch or local restaurant. Meet at Audubon Florida Office 1564 Hwy 98, Lorida 7:00 AM (E)
Thursday, March 21—Ft. DeSoto St. Petersburg. Highlands County Audubon Bird-a-thon. Migratory birds and water birds galore. Bring Lunch and Snacks. Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 AM. (M)
Thursday, April 4 – Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & Blair Audubon. Online registration required. Register under Highlands County Audubon E23. Boardwalk
tour winding through the swamp. $14.00 for National Audubon Members $17.00 for non members. Entrance Fee required. Bring Lunch or eat at their cafe. Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 AM. Led by Sally Stein of Audubon. (M)
Thursday, April 25—Royce Unit. Bluebirds with a chance of chicks. Birds Galore. Be prepared to walk on dirt trails. Bring water and lunch. Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 AM. Contact David Forman at 954-695-2008. (M)