Morning Nature Walks

Get outdoors and learn about our natural environments with these guided morning nature walks.

2021
June 10 – Thursday – Osprey Acres Stormwater Park & Nature Preserve – 925 5th Street SW, Vero Beach – 8AM-9:30AM – Guide: Hugh Stevenson – This 83.7 acre facility boasts a range of natural Florida ecosystems including uphill pine, mesic oak hammock, a small scrub area, and now manmade wetlands. Having these various habitats promotes a wealth of biodiversity within the property. Limited to 20 people. Registration required. Click to register.
June 16 – Wednesday – Grand Harbor  – 7:20AM-9AM – Guide: Dr. Woody Bracey – Tour the Audubon Nature (Butterfly) Garden – Meet at 7:20AM – Enter through the Oak Harbor gate on Oak Harbor Boulevard from the east side of Indian River Boulevard between 53rd and 45th St. The entrance is well marked. Meet Dr. Woody Bracey at the guest entrance gate and then we’ll proceed to the parking area near the Oak Harbor Club for access to the Audubon Nature (Butterfly) Garden. Car pool to visit additional areas. Limited to 15 people. Registration required. Click to register.
June 19 – Saturday – Bee Gum Point – 7AM-8:30AM – Guide: Jim Shea – Joint Pelican Island Audubon Society/Indian River Land Trust event – Meet at 7:00AM at Bee Gum Point. This 111-acre property owned by the Indian River Land Trust 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 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. Limited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
June 22 – Tuesday – West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility Wetlands – 8405 8th St., Vero Beach – 7:30AM – 9AM – Guide: Ricky Ray – Summer birding can be productive here; arrive early, as little shade is available. Bring water and sun protection. Limited to 12 people. Registration is required. Click to register.
July 6 – Tuesday – Indrio Savannahs Preserve – 5275 Tozour Road, Fort Pierce – 7:30AM – 9AM – Guide: Ricky Ray – Pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, scrub and depression marsh. Commonly seen wildlife: Florida Scrub-Jay, alligator, osprey, heron, ibis, egret, spoonbill and sandhill crane – Bring water and sun protection. Limited to 12 people. Registration required.  Click to register.
July 17 – Saturday – Sebastian Inlet State Park – 9700 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach FL 32951 – 7AM-8:30AM – Guide: Jim Shea – Tour the various habitats at Sebastian Inlet State Park – Enter through the north side entrance – After entering turn to the parking lot on the right under the bridge next to the tidal pool. Park entrance fee: $8 – Limited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
July 19 – Monday – West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility – 8405 8th St., Vero Beach – 7:30-9 AM- Guide: Ricky Ray.  Join the morning walk to enjoy nature, plus  discuss how to enhance and support this being a special habitat that will draw birds, exercisers, and tourists to make it an outstanding wildlife resource. Limited to 25 people. Registration required. Click to register.
July 31 – Saturday – Bee Gum Point – 7AM-8:30AM – Guide: Jim Shea – Joint Pelican Island Audubon Society/Indian River Land Trust event – Meet at 7:00AM at Bee Gum Point. This 111-acre property owned by the Indian River Land Trust 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 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. Limited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
August 9 – Monday – South Beach Park – 1702 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach – 7:30AM – 9AM – Guide: Ricky Ray – Listed on eBird’s top hotspots for Indian River CountyLimited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
August 14 – Saturday – Sebastian Inlet State Park – 9700 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach FL 32951 – 7AM-8:30AM – Guide: Jim Shea – Tour the various habitats at Sebastian Inlet State Park – Enter through the north side entrance – After entering turn to the parking lot on the right under the bridge next to the tidal pool. Park entrance fee: $8 – Limited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
August 28 – Saturday – Bee Gum Point – 7AM-8:30AM – Guide: Jim Shea – Joint Pelican Island Audubon Society/Indian River Land Trust event – Meet at 7:00AM at Bee Gum Point. This 111-acre property owned by the Indian River Land Trust 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 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. Limited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
September 11 – Saturday – Sebastian Inlet State Park – 9700 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach FL 32951 – 7AM-8:30AM – Guide: Jim Shea – Tour the various habitats at Sebastian Inlet State Park – Enter through the north side entrance – After entering turn to the parking lot on the right under the bridge next to the tidal pool. Park entrance fee: $8 – Limited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
September 25 – Saturday – Bee Gum Point – 7AM-8:30AM – Guide: Jim Shea – Joint Pelican Island Audubon Society/Indian River Land Trust event – Meet at 7:00AM at Bee Gum Point. This 111-acre property owned by the Indian River Land Trust 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 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. Limited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
October 9 – Saturday – Sebastian Inlet State Park – 9700 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach FL 32951 – 7AM-8:30AM – Guide: Jim Shea – Tour the various habitats at Sebastian Inlet State Park & look for early signs of Fall migration – Enter through the South Side Entrance. After entering turn to the parking lot on the right near the bridge. Park entrance fee: $8 – Limited to 12 people. Registration required. Click to register.
More Morning Nature Walks to be added. Check back often.

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