Field Trips

Important Statement Regarding COVID-19 and Field Trips

During the PIAS 2020-2021 season, we will be leading a smaller number of field trips because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our goal is to offer a series of exciting visits to good birding locations that will get people outdoors while keeping each other safe and healthy. Birding offers a wonderful means of escaping the indoors, exercising, socializing with friends at a distance and contributing to our mental well-being.

Participants must sign up for trips on our website so we may limit the number of people. Following CDC safety guidelines, masks will be required and physical distancing observed when necessary, for example, on crowded boardwalks and trails. In the past, we have encouraged carpooling to trip locations, but will not do so this year. We will not share binoculars or spotting scopes, so please bring your own equipment. By following these few simple steps, we can enjoy nature together and maintain our health. 


Schedule of the 2020-2021 Pelican Island Audubon field trips.
Click here for the meeting & program schedule.

2020
November 20 – Captain Forster Hammock Preserve – Friday – Join Guides Susan and Wesley Lovelace for an easy hike through one of their favorite locations on the barrier island. The 110-acre conservation area includes several different habitats, especially the Maritime Hammock, which is one of the last remaining mature maritime hammocks in the county. The 1.1-mile trail is easy walking, and extends from the parking area on South Jungle Trail onthe shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon through the hammock and Coastal Scrub to the dune at the oceanfront. Birding is often good, especially during migrations. Due to the recent rains, the trail is very muddy and boots are recommended.

Meet in the parking area at 8650 Jungle Trail, Vero Beach, FL at 7:30 am. Restrooms are available at the parking area. Registration below is required, as are masks and physical distancing while on the trail. Please bring your own binoculars. Limited to 10 participants. Click to register.
November 20 – Friday – Start time to be determined – Egret Marsh Stormwater Park – Guide: Felicity Rask & Alexa Peralta – Sunset walk at Egret Marsh to see large numbers of roosting Sandhill Cranes and Wood Storks – Limited to 15 people – Social distancing/masks might be required – Click to register.
December 6 – Sunday – 7:00AM – TM Goodwin, Birding and Bicycling – This is an easy bicycling trip on levee roads at a well-known birding area northwest of Fellsmere. Leader Steve Goff will take people on a bike hike for several miles to look for birds and other wildlife. Bring your own bicycle, binoculars and other personal gear. Registration required and the trip is limited to 8 people. Click for more information and to register.
December 18 – Friday – 4:30PM – Egret Marsh Stormwater Park – Guide: Felicity Rask & Alexa Peralta – Sunset walk at Egret Marsh to see large numbers of roosting Sandhill Cranes and Wood Storks – Limited to 15 people – Social distancing/masks might be required – Click to register.
December 27 – Sunday – 8:00AM – Blue Cypress Lake Kayaking and Birding – Guide Steve Goff will lead a kayak trip on Blue Cypress Lake, one of the most pristine lakes in Florida, and home to a large nesting population of Osprey. The shores of the lake are protected by scenic cypress trees and marshes and offer the chance of viewing wading birds, raptors, alligators and other wildlife. Bring your own kayak, binoculars and other personal gear. Registration required and the trip is limited to 8 people. Click for more information and to register.
2021
January 9 – Saturday – 8:00AM – Osprey Acres Stormwater Park & Nature Preserve – Guide: Bill Loftus – This 83.7 acre facility boasts a range of natural Florida ecosystems including uphill pine, mesic oak hammock, a smallscrub area, and now manmade wetlands. Having these various habitats promotes a wealth of biodiversity within the property. Originally slated for more than 400 home parcels, Osprey Acres was bought by Indian River County, to not only preserve these fragile ecosystems, but to aide in further treatment of stormwater. Special treatment cells and a constructed serpentine flow way not only filters the surface water, removing nutrients that could have caused harmful algal growth in the Lagoon, but now also provide essential wetland habitat for birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects – up to 45% which are rare and endangered. Registration required and the trip is limited to 8 people. Click for more information and to register.
January 17 – Sunday – 7:15AM – TM Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area: Birding and Bicycling – Guide: Steve Goff – This is an easy bicycling trip on levee roads at a well-known birding area northwest of Fellsmere. Leader Steve Goff will take people on a bike hike for several miles to look for birds and other wildlife. Bring your own bicycle, binoculars and other personal gear. Registration required and the trip is limited to 8 people. Click for more information and to register.
January 24 – Sunday – 6:00AM – Orlando Wetlands Park – 25515 Wheeler Rd., ChristmasGuide: Bill Loftus – 1,650-acres of man-made wetlands with a tremendous potential for birds and other wildlife viewing – Meet at 6AM at the Chevron Station on CR512 near I-95 in Sebastian – Registration required and the trip is limited to 15 people. Click for more information and to register.
February 17 – Wednesday – 7:00AM – Circle B Bar Reserve – 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540), LakelandGuide: Steve Palmquist – Restored floodplain and marsh makes for impressive wildlife viewing. Limited to 15 people. Click for more information and to register.
February 28 – Sunday – 7:00AM – Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area – Guide: George Glenn – Southernmost reach of the St. Johns River’s headwaters containing a mosaic of wetland and upland communities – Registration is required and the trip is limited to 15 people. Click for more information and to register.
March 3 – Wednesday – 6:00AM – Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area & Joe Overstreet Landing – Guide: Ricky Ray – Meet at 6AM at the Knights Inn Vero Beach West, 8800 20th St. (Rt. 60). We won’t carpool. We’ll meet there so people can follow us to Three Lake in case they are uncertain of the location. Much of the birding will be from our cars but we plan to hike a mile or so at Three Lakes. Birds of interest are Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman’s Sparrow, various waterbirds, Snail Kite, and Red-headed Woodpecker. Return time to Vero about 2:00 pm. – Registration required. Click to register.
March 25 – Thursday – 6:00AM – Wakodahatchee Wetlands 13026 Jog Rd., Delray Beach & Green Cay 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach – Guide: Bill Loftus – All day birding trip to two Florida favorite birding spots – Meet at 6AM at the Knights Inn Vero Beach West, 8800 20th St. (Rt. 60) – Registration required and the trip is limited to 10 people. Click for more information and to register.
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