Our Mission: To preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural communities
in Indian River County through advocacy, education, and public awareness.
FIELD TRIPS 2018 - 2019
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 2018

September 2018

September 29 - Saturday - Captain Forster Hammock Preserve - Guide: Will Johnson - Start time 8:00AM - Meet at the Captain Forster parking area on Jungle Trail, one mile south of CR 510 and the Wabasso Causeway. Click to signup online.

October 2018

November 2018

November 10 - Saturday - Bee Gum Point - Guide: Jim Shea - Indian River Land Trust - Meet at 7:00AM 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.

November 17 - Saturday - South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Terry Greene - 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)

November 25 -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 - Click to sign up for this field trip.

December 2018

December 2 - Sunday - 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 sign up for this field trip.

December 7 - 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

December 8, 2018 - North Sebastian Conservation Area, Jane Schnee. Meet at 8:00AM in the parking area at 1200 and 1295 Main St. in Sebastian for an easy hike around a preserved scrub habitat in which Florida Scrub Jays and Gopher Tortoises thrive.

December 14, 2018 - Friday - Short hike at Cypress Bend Community Preserve - Start time 9:00AM - Guide: Richard H. Baker - Meet at the intersection of Potomac Avenue and Gardenia Street in Sebastian - last known site for the extinct Carolina Parakeet. This will be followed by Holiday Treats at near by Richard & Juanita Baker’s home, 522 N. Blue Island Ln, Sebastian. Click to signup for this field trip.

December 15 - Saturday - South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Terry Greene - 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)

January 2019

January 4 - 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

January 12 - Saturday - Bee Gum Point - Guide: Jim Shea - Indian River Land Trust - Meet at 7:00AM 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.

January 12 and 13, 2019 - Lake Apopka and Central Florida birding sites, hosted by Oklawaha Audubon chapter. This is an overnight trip with birding on our own on Saturday, the 12th at several hotspots, overnighting in Leesburg, then a guided trip at Lake Apopka on Sunday before returning to Vero Beach. The PIAS van will be available to take the first 8 participants who sign up, although other interested parties may drive in their own vehicles. Additional details to follow. Online sign up coming soon.

January 15 - Tuesday - Lagoon Greenway - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Start time 9:00AM - Guide: Donna Winter - 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

January 19 - Saturday - North Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Terry Greene - 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

January 23 - Wednesday - Bee Gum Point - Guide: Rody Johnson- Indian River Land Trust - Meet at 9:00AM 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.

January 27 - Saturday - 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.

February 2019

February 1 - Friday - Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: Nancy Soucy - Start time 1:00PM - 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

February 8 - Friday - Round Island - Guide: Diane Morgan - Start time 10:00AM - 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.

February 9 - Saturday - Bee Gum Point - Guide: Jim Shea - Indian River Land Trust - Meet at 7:00AM 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.

February 12 - Tuesday - Lagoon Greenway - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Start time 9:00AM - Guide: Donna Winter - 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

February 16 - 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. Online signup coming soon.

February 20 - Wednesday - Bee Gum Point - Guide: Rody Johnson - Indian River Land Trust - Meet at 9:00 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.

February 23 - Saturday - South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Terry Greene - 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)

February 26 - Tuesday - 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. Online signup coming soon.

March 2019

March 1 - 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

March 8 - Friday - Spoonbill Marsh - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: David Hueberger - This 45-acre property is a man-made wetland designed and managed by the County to cleanse well-water brine and enhance wading bird habitat. It directly adjoins IRLT’s Winter Beach Salt Marsh, a 51-acre conservation area containing one of the last remaining high salt marshes in our County. Address: 2235 Silver Sands Court, Vero Beach

March 9 - 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.

March 12 - Tuesday - Lagoon Greenway - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Start time 9:00AM - Guide: Donna Winter - 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

March 14, 2019 - Thursday - Wakodahatchee and Green Cay, led by Bill Loftus. All day trip to two of the best birding spots in Florida, with a lunch break at a fine deli. Meet at TA truck stop at 6:00 am to carpool south to Delray Beach, returning to Vero by 5:00 pm. Online sign up coming soon.

March 23 - Saturday - Kashi Ashram - Guide: Felicity Rask - Meet at 11105 Roseland Road, Sebastian at 7:00 a.m. - Approximately one mile 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. to buy coffee, snacks or use the restrooms - then tour of temples and an explanation of the Kashi mission - Online sign up coming soon.

March 27 - Wednesday - Bee Gum Point - Guide: Rody Johnson - Indian River Land Trust - Meet at 9:00 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.

March 30 - Saturday - North Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Terry Greene - 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

April 2019

April 5 - Friday - Oyster Bar Marsh - Offered in partnership with the Indian River Land Trust - Guide: David Hueberger - 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

April 6 - Saturday - Captain Forster Hammock Preserve - Guide: Will Johnson - Start time 8:00AM - Meet at the Captain Forster parking area on Jungle Trail, one mile south of CR 510 and the Wabasso Causeway.

April 12 - Saturday - South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) - Guide: Terry Greene - 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)

April 17 - Wednesday - Turkey Creek Sanctuary - Guide: Bill Loftus - Start time 7:00AM - Turkey Creek Sanctuary consists of 130 acres of hydric hammock, mesic hammock, and sand pine scrub communities with 1.5 miles of hiking trails cutting through the wooded areas and along Turkey Creek.  Abundant birds are found in the old pine canopy, especially during migration. Location: 1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay

April 20 - Saturday - 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