Our Mission: To preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural communities
in Indian River County through advocacy, education, and public awareness.
FIELD TRIPS 2017 - 2018
For more information or to make reservations, please call 772-567-3520.
If you would like to lead a field trip for Pelican Island Audubon, please call 772-567-3520.
Click to view the lists of Pelican Island Audubon field trip bird sightings on eBird.

August 2017

August 24 - Thursday - Visit the Florida Museum of Natural History Butterfly Rainforest & Frogs! A Chorus of Colors exhibits in Gainesville - Travel in comfort in the new Pelican Island Audubon passenger van to visit these two natural history exhibits. The Butterfly Rainforest is a can’t-miss living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience firsthand. Frogs! A Chorus of Colors is an interactive exhibition featuring fascinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world. Experience some of the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and remarkably adaptable life forms on earth. Plan to leave Audubon House at 8:00AM and return at 7:30PM. Combined transportation and museum ticket is $25. Bring a bagged lunch or buy a meal on your own at the museum cafeteria. Limited to twelve participants. Click to sign up and pay online.

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

November 11 - Saturday - Bee Gum Point - Guide: Jim Shea - Indian River Land Trust - Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Bee Gum Point. This 111-acre property is one of the last unprotected wetlands on the barrier island and contains a mile of Indian River Lagoon shoreline. It is situated along the Atlantic Flyway, a major corridor for millions of migrating birds. DIRECTIONS: At the blinking light on A1A in Indian River Shores, turn west onto Fred Tuerk Drive and proceed to the end of the road. Entrance is on the left by the electrical substation. Sign up online for this field trip. Click to signup online.

November 12 - Sunday - Cypress Bend Preserve - Guide: Ken Gonyo - Starts at 9:00AM - Cypress Bend Community Preserve is a unique nature preserve along the south prong of the St. Sebastian River. The property is over 47 acres with over 43 acres of citrus groves which had been abandoned before Indian River County purchased the land for preservation in 2006. Location: Cypress Bend: entrance to the preserve is at the intersection of Potomac Avenue and Gardenia Street in Sebastian. No signup required.

November 26 -Sunday - T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area - Guide: Steve Goff will lead a biking tour around T.M. Goodwin WMA - meeting time 7:15AM at the T.M.Goodwin entrance parking lot with bike trip starting at 7:30AM - Sign up online for this field trip.

December 2017

December 2 - Saturday - Blue Cypress Conservation Area Kayak Trip - Guide: Steve Goff - Limited to five participants - Must supply own kayak (solo or tandem) - Participants must supply their own kayak (solo or tandem) and must not be afraid to paddle with alligators nearby in the water. Meet at Blue Cypress Conservation Area parking lot on County Road 512 at 7:30AM - Click to signup online.

December 8 - Friday - Indrio Savannahs - Guide: Diane Morgan - Start time 9:00AM - This preserve was purchased by St. Lucie County to protect the savannahs wetland system, this site features three miles of trails that cover the 297-acre site, including an observation tower and a fishing pier. The 35-acre lake is designated as a “catch-and-release” area. Location: Indrio Savannahs: 5275 Tozour Road, Fort Pierce - No signup required.

December 16 - Saturday - South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Barbara Riebe - Start time 9:00AM - South ORCA, located on the south side of East Oslo Road is comprised of approximately 70 acres of maritime hammock, xeric uplands, and impounded wetlands. The new link connection trail also traverses mesic hammock and a disturbed area through reclaimed abandoned citrus groves. There is an active Bald Eagle nest on the site. Location: South ORCA: Audubon House, 195 9th Street SE (Oslo Road) - No signup required.

January 2018

January 5 - Friday - Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: Nancy Soucy - Start time 9:00AM - This 50-acre block of conservation lands is situated on the west side of the Lagoon a mile south of the Wabasso Causeway. It contains oak trees, scrub forest, mangroves, and beautiful views of the Indian River Lagoon. Location: Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail: 79th Street, east off U.S. Highway 1 - No signup required.

January 13 - Saturday - North Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Barbara Riebe - Start time 9:00AM - ORCA is comprised of approximately 300 acres of varied tropical habitats including mesic hammock, scrubby pine flatwoods, and coastal wetlands. This two hour tour covers 1.5 miles of trails and the far destination is an observation deck over impounded wetlands often teaming with wading birds. Location: North ORCA: Located on the north side of East Oslo Road - No signup required.

January 16 - Tuesday - Lagoon Greenway - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Start time 9:00AM - Guide: Felicity Rask - Start time 9:00AM - This exciting property boasts an ecologically diverse three-mile trail system for hiking, jogging or bike riding. The Lagoon Greenway is an example of a public/private cooperative developed by the Land Trust, working with Indian River County Commissioners, The Mosquito Control District and F.I.N.D. (Florida Inland Navigation District). Location: Lagoon Greenway - NE Intersection of Indian River Blvd & 8th Street - No signup required.

January 21 - Sunday - Orlando Wetlands Park - 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas - Guides: Steve Goff
and Bill Loftus - Meet at the Chevron station on 512 near I-95 at 6:00AM - Click to signup online.

January 24 - Wednesday - Bee Gum Point - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: Rody Johnson - Start time 9:00AM - Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, this 111-acre property is part of an important block of conservation lands acquired by the Land Trust along the Indian River Lagoon in 2011. It was one of the last unprotected wetlands on the barrier island and includes a mile of Lagoon shoreline. DIRECTIONS - At the blinking light on A1A in Indian River Shores, turn west onto Fred Tuerk Drive and proceed to the end of the road. Entrance is on the left by the electrical substation. - No signup required.

January 27 - Saturday - Bee Gum Point - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: Johnson Family - Start time 9:00AM - Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, this 111-acre property is part of an important block of conservation lands acquired by the Land Trust along the Indian River Lagoon in 2011. It was one of the last unprotected wetlands on the barrier island and includes a mile of Lagoon shoreline. DIRECTIONS - At the blinking light on A1A in Indian River Shores, turn west onto Fred Tuerk Drive and proceed to the end of the road. Entrance is on the left by the electrical substation. - No signup required.

February 2018

February 2 - Friday - Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: Nancy Soucy - Start time 9:00AM - This 50-acre block of conservation lands is situated on the west side of the Lagoon a mile south of the Wabasso Causeway. It contains oak trees, scrub forest, mangroves, and beautiful views of the Indian River Lagoon. Location: Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail: 79th Street, east off U.S. Highway 1 - No signup required.

February 9 - Friday - Round Island - Guide: Diane Morgan - Start time 9:00AM - This tour will take you through a park with boardwalks and natural trails along the Lagoon. The park is rich with wetland birdlife and often offers viewing of manatees. Directions: Meet at the park on the west side of A1A approximately 7.5 miles south of 17th Street Causeway intersection. No signup required.

February 13 - Tuesday - Lagoon Greenway - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Start time 9:00AM - Guide: Felicity Rask - Start time 9:00AM - This exciting property boasts an ecologically diverse three-mile trail system for hiking, jogging or bike riding. The Lagoon Greenway is an example of a public/private cooperative developed by the Land Trust, working with Indian River County Commissioners, The Mosquito Control District and F.I.N.D. (Florida Inland Navigation District). Location: Lagoon Greenway - NE Intersection of Indian River Blvd & 8th Street - No signup required.

February 17 - Saturday - Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area - Guide: George Glenn - We will meet out at the parking area near the first gate at Fort Drum at 7 AM. It is important that everyone try to get there on time because we will enter through a gate that we will have to lock after driving through. To get to the entrance to Fort Drum, go west on Rt. 60 as if you are heading to Yeehaw Junction. The entrance is on the South side of the road, and is roughly 15 miles from the I-95 interchange and right before you get to the "bend" on Route 60. You do NOT go all the way to Yeehaw Junction. Once you make the turn into Fort Drum access road, you will travel around 1/2 mile to the gate. It's a single road so you don't have to worry about getting lost. Everyone will be provided the combination to the gate lock so that if you decide you want to quit the hike early, you will be able to leave when you want. Contact the field trip leader, George Glenn, at 850-294-4586 if you need further directions, especially on the morning of the field trip. Click to signup online.

February 21 - Wednesday - Bee Gum Point - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: Rody Johnson - Start time 9:00AM - Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, this 111-acre property is part of an important block of conservation lands acquired by the Land Trust along the Indian River Lagoon in 2011. It was one of the last unprotected wetlands on the barrier island and includes a mile of Lagoon shoreline. DIRECTIONS - At the blinking light on A1A in Indian River Shores, turn west onto Fred Tuerk Drive and proceed to the end of the road. Entrance is on the left by the electrical substation. - No signup required.

February 27 - Wednesday - Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area / Joe Overstreet Landing - Guides: Caroyln Cimino - Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the TA Truck Stop, corner of SR 60 and 90th Avenue, for carpool. Sign up online for this field trip.

March 2018

March 2 - Friday - Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: Nancy Soucy - Start time 9:00AM - This 50-acre block of conservation lands is situated on the west side of the Lagoon a mile south of the Wabasso Causeway. It contains oak trees, scrub forest, mangroves, and beautiful views of the Indian River Lagoon. Location: Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail: 79th Street, east off U.S. Highway 1 - No signup required.

March 13 - Tuesday - Lagoon Greenway - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Start time 9:00AM - Guide: Felicity Rask - Start time 9:00AM - This exciting property boasts an ecologically diverse three-mile trail system for hiking, jogging or bike riding. The Lagoon Greenway is an example of a public/private cooperative developed by the Land Trust, working with Indian River County Commissioners, The Mosquito Control District and F.I.N.D. (Florida Inland Navigation District). Location: Lagoon Greenway - NE Intersection of Indian River Blvd & 8th Street - No signup required.

March 15 - Thursday - Combined Trip: Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach, and Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach - Guide: Bill Loftus - boardwalk over wetlands/expect to see numerous species of waterbirds and other wildlife - Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the TA Truck Stop, corner of SR 60 and 90th Avenue, for carpool. - Lunch at Flakowitz Deli or on your own - Return to Vero at approximately 5:00 p.m. - Click to signup online.

March 24 - Saturday - Kashi Ashram - Guide: Felicity Rask - Meet at 11155 Roseland Road, Sebastian at 7:00 a.m. Park in the event parking lot. - Approximately two miles of total walking through areas of hardwoods, pines, oaks, and a section along the St. Sebastian River - Mid-morning break at 10:30 a.m. - Includes tour of temples and an explantion of the Kashi mission - Tour ends at 12:30 or 1:00 p.m. - Click to signup online.

March 24 - Saturday - North Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Barbara Riebe - Start time 9:00AM - ORCA is comprised of approximately 300 acres of varied tropical habitats including mesic hammock, scrubby pine flatwoods, and coastal wetlands. This two hour tour covers 1.5 miles of trails and the far destination is an observation deck over impounded wetlands often teaming with wading birds. Location: North ORCA: Located on the north side of East Oslo Road - No signup required.

March 28 - Wednesday - Bee Gum Point - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: Rody Johnson - Start time 9:00AM - Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, this 111-acre property is part of an important block of conservation lands acquired by the Land Trust along the Indian River Lagoon in 2011. It was one of the last unprotected wetlands on the barrier island and includes a mile of Lagoon shoreline. DIRECTIONS - At the blinking light on A1A in Indian River Shores, turn west onto Fred Tuerk Drive and proceed to the end of the road. Entrance is on the left by the electrical substation. - No signup required.

April 2018

April 14 - Saturday - Oxbow Eco-Center, 5400 North East St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie - Guide: Bill Loftus - Meet at the Center at 7:00 a.m. - Click to signup online.

April 6 - Friday - Oyster Bar Marsh Trail - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: David Heuberger - Start time 9:00AM - Oyster Bar Marsh consists of a 155-acre mangrove forest located on the lagoon-side of the barrier island, one-half mile north of the St. Lucie County Line. In 2015, the Land Trust acquired 30-acres of Oyster Bar Marsh, thereby protecting nearly all of the two miles of Lagoon shoreline. Not yet open to the public this walk affords scenic views of the Lagoon. Location: Oyster Bar Marsh: the lagoon-side of the barrier island, one-half mile north of the St. Lucie County Line - No signup required.

April 14 - Saturday - South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Barbara Riebe - Start time 9:00AM - South ORCA, located on the south side of East Oslo Road is comprised of approximately 70 acres of maritime hammock, xeric uplands, and impounded wetlands. The new link connection trail also traverses mesic hammock and a disturbed area through reclaimed abandoned citrus groves. There is an active Bald Eagle nest on the site. Location: South ORCA: Audubon House, 195 9th Street SE (Oslo Road) - No signup required.

April 15 - Sunday - Sebastian Stormwater Park - Guide: Karen Schuster - Start time 9:00AM - Stormwater Park was designed to naturally treat storm water runoff before it enters the Indian River Lagoon. Untreated storm water contains fertilizers, lawn clipping, pesticides, and pet wastes. The retention areas eliminate large percentages of the nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment pollutants. Location: Sebastian Stormwater: south side of Englar Drive between Barber Street and Schumann Drive - No signup required.

May 2018