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Observe Nesting Birds on Boat Trips

Updated: Feb 24

Roberts Bay Bird Colony on the Carefree Learner

 

Wednesday May 15, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm. Be on the boat by 11 am.

Cost $30/person. Reservations required as boat space is limited.

Contact Ann Paul president@tampaaudubon.org 

813/624-3149

Nesting Brown Pelicans photo ©Tom Bell

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota.

The Carefree Learner boat is located at the south end of the Marina.

 

We’ll cruise south across Sarasota Bay to see the largest nesting colony for wading birds and Brown Pelicans in Sarasota Bay. The Roberts Bay Bird Colony has been designated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a critical bird area and is managed by Audubon Florida’s Coastal Islands Sanctuaries staff.

 

Listed species, including Little Blue Herons, Tricolored Herons, Reddish Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and American Oystercatchers nest here. We will coast near the three islands and watch courtship and see nestlings and adults.

 

Coffeepot Bayou Bird Colony on the Discovery Eco-Tour Boat

 

Saturday, June 22, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Be on the boat between 6 – 6:15 pm.

Leave from the St. Petersburg Pier

Cost $25/person. Reservations required as boat space is limited.

Contact Ann Paul president@tampaaudubon.org 

813/624-3149

 

We’ve reserved Tampa Bay Watch’s Discovery Eco-Tour boat for an evening field trip to Coffeepot Bayou.

 

We leave the dock at 6:30 pm and return by 8 pm at dusk. We travel across Old Tampa Bay to Coffeepot Bayou Bird Island and watch nesting colonial waterbirds up close. Nesting birds include Brown Pelicans, Anhingas, cormorants, Roseate Spoonbills, and all the herons and egrets, including threatened Little Blue Herons, Tricolored Herons, and Reddish Egrets and Tricolored Herons.

 

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