Field Trips

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 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. – 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, one mile south of CR 510 and the Wabasso Causeway – 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 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. – 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.
December 1 – Sun – 7:30AM – Blue Cypress Lake Kayak Trip – Guide: Steve Goff – Details to be announced.
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 14 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – 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. 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 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. No registration required.
January 18-19 – Sat & Sun – Central Florida Birding Overnight Trip – Guide: Bill Loftus – Details to be announced.
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 6AM at the Knights Inn Vero Beach West, 8800 20th St. (Rt. 60) for carpool – 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 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. 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 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.
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 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. No registration required.
March 21 – Sat – 7AM – 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. Click to register.
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. Click to register.
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.
April 11 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – 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. No registration required.
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.
April 18 – Sat – 7AM – Turkey Creek Sanctuary, 1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay – 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. Click to register.
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.
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. Click to register.
May 9 – Sat – 7AM – Bee Gum Point – Guide: Jim Shea – 111-acres of protected wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon – 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. No registration required.