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 ā€“ 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 is necessary, and the trip is limited to 8 people. Click for more information and to register.
December 18 – 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 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 is necessary, and the trip is limited to 8 people. Click for more information and to register.
2021
January 17 – Sunday – 7:15AM – 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 is necessary, and the trip is limited to 8 people. Click for more information and to register.
February 17 – Wednesday – 7:00AM – Circle B Bar Reserve – 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540), Lakeland. Restored floodplain and marsh makes for impressive wildlife viewing. Limited to 15 people. Click for more information and to register.
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