Field Trips

All remaining field trips for the 2019-2020 season have been canceled in order to protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, and to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


Schedule of the 2019-2020 Pelican Island Audubon field trips. Click here for the meeting & program schedule.

2019

September 21 – Sat – 9AM – North Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) – Guide: Terry Greene – 300-acres of varied habitats including mesic hammock, scrubby pine flatwoods, and coastal wetlands – Located on the north side of Oslo Road east of US-1 – No registration required.
October 12 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – Directions: At the traffic 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 registration required
October 19 – Sat – 9AM – South ORCA – Guide: Terry Green – ~70-acres of maritime hammock, xeric uplands, and impounded wetlands – Meet at 195 9th St. SE (Oslo Rd) – No registration required.
November 2 – Sat – 8AM – Captain Forster Hammock Preserve – Guides: Wes & Susan Lovelace – Meet at the Captain Forster parking area on Jungle Trail. Due to the closure of Jungle Trail at 510, participants will have to approach from the south at A1A and Old Winter Beach Drive.  Additionally, the main trail is wet in a few spots but passable.  Please plan accordingly.  Some sort of wading boots are recommended. – Registration required. Click to register.
November 9 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – Directions: At the traffic 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 registration required.
November 10 – Sun – 7:30AM – T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area Bike Trip – Guide: Steve Goff – Bike through wetland restoration project in the upper St. Johns River Basin including open marsh habitat, mudflats and impoundments – Location: 3200 T. M. Goodwin Rd., Fellsmere, 32948 – Registration required. Click to register.
November 16 – Sat – 9AM – North Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) – Guide: Terry Greene – 300-acres of varied habitats including mesic hammock, scrubby pine flatwoods, and coastal wetlands – Located on the north side of Oslo Road east of US-1 – No registration required.
November 21 – Thu – 4PM – 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 PIAS members & their guests – Click to register.
December 1 – Sun – 7:30AM – Blue Cypress Lake Kayak Trip – Guide: Steve Goff – Steve Goff will lead a kayak excursion on Blue Cypress Lake on Sunday, December 1, 2019 starting at 7:30 a.m.  Meet at the boat ramp near the Middleton Fish Camp at the end of Blue Cypress Road off of Route 60.  Click for map.  Limited to 15 participants who must supply their own kayaks. Click to register.
December 7 – Sat – 9AM – Cypress Bend Preserve – Guide: Richard Baker – 47-acres along the south prong of the St. Sebastian River – Location: enter at the intersection of Potomac Ave. and Gardenia St. – Registration required. Click to register.
December 8 – Sun – Indrio Savannahs Preserve – Guide: Diane Morgan – Expect to see Florida Scrub-Jays – Meet at 9AM in Indrio Savannahs parking lot at 5275 Tozour Road off of US-1 in northern St. Lucie County. Registration required. Click to register.
December 13 – Fri – 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 PIAS members & their guests – Click to register.
December 14 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – Directions: At the traffic 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 registration required.
December 19 – Thu – 9AM – South ORCA – Guide: Terry Green – ~70-acres of maritime hammock, xeric uplands, and impounded wetlands – Meet at 195 9th St. SE (Oslo Rd) – No registration required.

2020

January 4 – Sat – 8AM – North Sebastian Conservation Area – Guide: Jane Schnee – Easy hike through preserved scrub habitat where Florida Scrub-jays thrive – Meet in the parking lot at 1200 & 1295 Main St., Sebastian – Registration required. Click to register.
January 11 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – Directions: At the traffic 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 registration required.
January 17 – Fri – 5PM – 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 – Click to register.
January 24 – Fri – 9:00 a.m.:  Field trip to Egret Marsh, a county water-treatment area home to both land and waterbirds. This field trip is geared especially to mobility-challenged individuals. Assistance from volunteers will allow folks with walkers and wheelchairs to access paved areas and view a variety of birds. Alexis Peralta, County Stormwater Educator, will explain the process of removing pollutants at the site while, at the same time, providing habitat for wildlife. Please sign up online and specify any particular requests. Audubon will provide binoculars, spotting scopes and birding field guides. Trip is limited to 15 persons. Click to register.
January 31 – Fri – 9AM – North Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) – Guide: Terry Greene – 300-acres of varied habitats including mesic hammock, scrubby pine flatwoods, and coastal wetlands – Located on the north side of Oslo Road east of US-1 – No registration required. 
February 2 – Sun – Orlando Wetlands Park, 25515 Wheeler Rd., Christmas – Guide: Steve Goff & Bill Loftus – 1,650-acres of man-made wetlands – Meet at the Chevron station on 512 near I-95 in Sebastian.  Car pool leaves Sebastian at 6:00AM. – Registration required. Click to register.
February 8 – Sat – 9AM – South ORCA – Guide: Terry Green – ~70-acres of maritime hammock, xeric uplands, and impounded wetlands – Meet at 195 9th St. SE (Oslo Rd) – No registration required.
February 8 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – Directions: At the traffic 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 registration required.
February 9 – Sun – 9AM – Round Island Riverside Park – Guide: Diane Morgan – Boardwalks and trails along the Lagoon rich with birdlife and manatees – Location: Meet at the park on the west side of A1A approximately 7.5 miles south of the 17th Street intersection. Registration required. Click to register.
February 12 – Wed – 5:30 am-10:00 am – St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park – Guide Samantha McGee, Park Environmental Specialist – Meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Park Visitor Center, 1000 Buffer Preserve Dr. on Route 507, north of Fellsmere. Early morning trip by vehicle to view Red-cockaded Woodpeckers emerging from nest cavities at dawn. Good chance of seeing Brown-headed Nuthatch and Bachman’s Sparrow. Trip limited to 8 persons. Registration required. Click to register.
February 18 – Tues – Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area & Joe Overstreet Landing – Guide: Carolyn Cimino – Meet at 6AM at the Knights Inn Vero Beach West, 8800 20th St. (Rt. 60) for carpool – Registration required. Click to register.
February 22 – Sat – 7AM – 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 – 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. Registration required. Click to register.
February 26 – Wed – 5:45AM-12:00PM – Shiloh Marsh, Merritt Island National Wildlife RefugeGuide: Julian Grudens – Carpool from the McDonalds parking lot on 512, west of Sebastian. Early morning trip by vehicle to search for rails, sparrows and waterbirds. View birds from parking area, access road, and easy hiking on dike trail. However, to find Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelsons Sparrow, Wilsons Snipe, and possibly see rails at close range, rubber boots are needed to walk in the wet marsh. Good birding can be had without traversing the saltmarsh though. Possibilities include Reddish Egret, and high counts of White Pelicans, Spoonbills, Ibises, Swallows, Gulls, Terns, shorebirds, and diving ducks. Trip limited to 12 persons. Registration required. Click to register. (Following Shiloh Marsh, parties may drive the Black Point Wildlife Drive on their own. No fee for Shiloh Marsh, but Black Point Drive is a fee area.)
February 28 – Fri – 7:30AM – Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland – Guide: Ricky Ray – Circle B Bar Reserve on the northwest shore of Lake Hancock, is a former cattle ranch that today boasts a wide variety of plants and animals. You can see several distinct ecosystems including oak hammocks, freshwater wetlands and marsh, in this reserve of 1,267 acres. You’re almost guaranteed to see alligators in Lake Hancock, often considered the headwaters of the Peace River, which flows more than 100 miles from Polk County southwest to the Gulf of Mexico. Meet at the southwest corner of the Dillards parking lot at the Vero Mall, 6200 20th Street, Vero Beach at 7:30AM for car pool. Registration required. Click to register.
March 7 – Sat – 9AM – Oxbow Eco-Center – Guide: Bill Loftus – Meet at the Center at 9AM – 5400 North East St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. Registration required. Click to register.
March 14 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – Directions: At the traffic 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 registration required.
CANCELED – March 21 – Sat – 7:30AM – Kashi Ashram – Guide: Felicity Rask – ~1-mile walk through hardwoods, pines, and oaks along the St. Sebastian River – Location: 11105 Roseland Rd., Sebastian – Registration required.
CANCELED – March 24 – Tue – Wakodahatchee Wetlands & Green Cay – 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) for carpool – Registration required.
CANCELED – March 28 – Sat – 9AM – North Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) – Guide: Terry Greene – 300-acres of varied habitats including mesic hammock, scrubby pine flatwoods, and coastal wetlands – Located on the north side of Oslo Road east of US-1 – No registration required.
CANCELEDApril 11 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – Directions: At the traffic 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 registration required.
CANCELED – April 17 – Fri – 9AM – South ORCA – Guide: Terry Green – ~70-acres of maritime hammock, xeric uplands, and impounded wetlands – Meet at 195 9th St. SE (Oslo Rd) – No registration required.
CANCELED – April 18 – Sat – 7AM – Turkey Creek Sanctuary, 1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay – Guide: Bill Loftus – 130-acres of hydric hammock, mesic hammock, and sand pine scrub communities with 1.5 miles of hiking trails cutting through wooded areas and along Turkey Creek. Abundant birds are found in the old pine canopy, especially during migration. – Registration required.
CANCELED – April 21-22 – Florida west coast overnight birding trip, highlighted by spring migration tour of Fort Desoto State Park in St. Petersburg led by Archaeopteryx Tours on April 22nd. Tuesday morning, April 21st, travel to the west coast for afternoon birding at some hotspots, overnighting in St. Petersburg motel, followed by Wednesday morning birding at Fort Desoto. Return to Vero Beach in the afternoon. Group limited to 15 people. Registration required. Small fee involved for tour. More details to follow.
CANCELED – April 25 – Sat – 9AM – Sebastian Stormwater Park – Guide: Karen Schuster – Man-made wetlands – Location: South side of Englar Drive between Barber St. and Schumann Drive – Registration required.
CANCELEDMay 9 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – Directions: At the traffic 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 registration required.
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