2016-17 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

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Credit: Steve Tryon
Red shouldered hawk @ Circle B Bar
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Below are guides to help you get the most our of your birding experiences:
Birdwatching Basics (FWC)
For Beginners - Tips to help you enjoy your field trip
Hillsborough County Bird Checklist

For Trip Leaders
Tampa Audubon Society Trip Release Form
Tampa Audubon Society Field Trip Report Form

A Word from Tampa Audubon Society Regarding Our Field Trips

TAS field trips are open to members and non-members alike, to anyone interested in birds, nature and being outdoors. Pets and smoking are prohibited. Individual field trips will state approximate length of trip, (half day, all day, 1 mile, 6 miles) and degree of difficulty. The monthly walk in Lettuce Lake County Park is a good primer for beginning birders.

Advance registration is appreciated. Please e-mail trip leader if possible, or call if you are planning to attend. For all birding field trips, unless otherwise stated, bring water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and dress for the weather. Bring snacks, water, and lunch for most all trips. In case of emergency, it would be helpful if your emergency contact information was in your chest pocket.

TAS encourages carpooling. Please start with full tank of gas! Be prepared to share the cost of gas, tolls, and park entrance fees! Our FT's will meet at a central location for carpooling coordination. For safety reasons, TAS discourages caravanning . Maps and directions will be provided on website. Please bring your own maps. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time, longer if you plan to buy food. Do check the website for details and updates shortly before each trip.

Hillsborough County is home to over 200 species of birds during some part of the year, numerous reptiles and mammals, and many lovely native plants, including orchids. We hope you'll join us as we explore the great outdoors!

Note: Any person participating in a Tampa Audubon Society Field Trip does so at his or her own risk, and acknowledges that Tampa Audubon Society has made no warranty or representation, expressed or implied, regarding the safety of conducting this activity at this site. All participants will be required to sign a waiver form releasing Tampa Audubon Society and its Officers, Directors, Field Trip Leaders, Assistants and Employees from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damage, costs and expenses resulting from any injury to me or damage caused by my failure to follow instruction.

 


2017 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

APRIL 2017

April 28-30 – Cedar Key.  The beaches, back waters and marshes around these little islands are always full of great birds.  Last year the highlight was a clapper rail on a nest and another pair feeding day-old chicks!  Migrating warblers should be coming through, and all the shore and water birds from avocets to oystercatchers will be moving with the tides.  You’ll make your own motel reservations.  Local restaurants have great seafood.  The trip will start Saturday morning 8 am at the first bridge on the way into town, but where we go will depend on the tides, since low tide’s mudflats are the place to be.  It’s a 2.5 hr drive from Tampa, so you may want to go up Friday.  Contact the leader if you want a list of hotel options, or to arrange carpools.  Mary.keith@tampaaudubon.org

MAY 2017

Saturday, May 13 - Lettuce Lake Park: Beginning Birding. This trip is a casual 2-to-3-hr walk along the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park. We usually find a diverse mix of waterfowl, waders, and woodland species, with a few nice raptors occasionally mixed in as well. We will walk the boardwalk looking for whatever’s around. The park entrance is on Fletcher Ave., 1.4 miles west of I-75. The park entrance fee is $2. Meet us at the Nature Center parking lot at 9 a.m.  Bring water, binoculars if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather. We have some extra binoculars and a spotting scope for good looks! We should be done by 11 am.  Please contact the trip leader, Mary Keith (keithma1@juno.com , 813-935-6115) if you have any questions.

Saturday, May 20 – Celery Fields and Felts Preserve.  These two locations offer a range of habitats and birds, with easy walking at both.  We’ll start at the Celery Fields at 8 am, check the boardwalk and walk some of the paths around the wetlands looking for waders, shorebirds, sparrows and more.  Eagles, peregrine falcons and kestrels are always raptor possibilities.  Then we’ll move on to Felts Preserve.  It will probably be too late for buntings there, but wood ducks, owls and warblers are usually good.  We’ll visit the blind, and walk the loop path.  Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen.  We can lunch at the Preserve if you bring your picnic.  Celery Fields are off I-75 at the Fruitville Rd exit 210, about 50 miles south of Brandon.  Go east on Fruitville to the stoplight at the library, Coburn Rd. Turn south/right and follow Coburn to Palmer Ave.  Turn east/left and proceed to the Visitor Center at the far end of the restoration area. Contact leader Mary Keith with questions or to arrange carpool .  Mary.keith@tampaaudubon.org


JUNE 2017
Saturday, June 10 - Lettuce Lake Park: Beginning Birding. This trip is a casual 2-to-3-hr walk along the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park. We usually find a diverse mix of waterfowl, waders, and woodland species, with a few nice raptors occasionally mixed in as well. We will walk the boardwalk looking for whatever’s around. The park entrance is on Fletcher Ave., 1.4 miles west of I-75. The park entrance fee is $2. Meet us at the Nature Center parking lot at 8 a.m.  Bring water, binoculars if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather. We have some extra binoculars and a spotting scope for good looks! We should be done by 11 am.  Please contact the trip leader,Doug DeNeve, doug.deneve@gmail.com if you have questions. 
JULY 2017
Saturday, July 8 - Lettuce Lake Park: Beginning Birding. This trip is a casual 2-to-3-hr walk along the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park. We usually find a diverse mix of waterfowl, waders, and woodland species, with a few nice raptors occasionally mixed in as well. We will walk the boardwalk looking for whatever’s around. The park entrance is on Fletcher Ave., 1.4 miles west of I-75. The park entrance fee is $2. Meet us at the Nature Center parking lot at 8 a.m.  Bring water, binoculars if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather. We have some extra binoculars and a spotting scope for good looks! We should be done by 11 am.  Please contact the trip leader, Mary Keith (keithma1@juno.com , 813-935-6115)if you have questions. 
AUGUST 2017

Saturday, August 12 - Lettuce Lake Park: Beginning Birding. This trip is a casual 2-to-3-hr walk along the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park. We usually find a diverse mix of waterfowl, waders, and woodland species, with a few nice raptors occasionally mixed in as well. We will walk the boardwalk looking for whatever’s around. The park entrance is on Fletcher Ave., 1.4 miles west of I-75. The park entrance fee is $2. Meet us at the Nature Center parking lot at 8 a.m.  Bring water, binoculars if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather. We have some extra binoculars and a spotting scope for good looks! We should be done by 11 am.  Please contact the trip leader, Doug DeNeve, doug.deneve@gmail.com if you have questions.