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Plan Now for Out-of-Town Field Trips

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Tampa Audubon is planning several out-of-town field trips in early 2023. Space is limited, so sign up soon. We also ask that you make your own lodging arrangements if you decide to stay overnight.

Avon Park Air Force Range and Highlands County Feb. 18-19

Register by Feb. 8 On Saturday, we’ll visit Avon Park Air Force Range. On Sunday, we’ll visit other birding hotspots in the area. The range is a 106,000-acre military training facility in Polk and Highlands County. It is also home to several key species of birds that can be tough to find. We’ll be led by Patrick Blake, the Avon Park ranger and an expert birder. The range has a large population of Florida Scrub Jays and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. It is not unheard of to find Painted Buntings, Hermit Thrush or King Rail. We will also attempt to locate Burrowing Owls and White-tailed Kites. We ask that you make your own lodging and dining arrangements and pack lunches and beverages for both days. Be willing to carpool. We will be escorted at Avon Park to ensure no one gets lost or ends up in restricted areas. The cost is free, and registration is required, and the trip is limited to 10 participants. Register by Feb. 8.

IMPORTANT: This trip could be cancelled because of a last-minute scheduling conflict at the base. For more information and to register, contact

Eco-Tour, Kissimmee River, Lorida

Saturday, Feb. 25 - $35,

Reserve by Jan. 31

Interested in learning about the Kissimmee River and the largest river restoration in the world?

Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies at Riverwoods Field Lab offers field-based environmental science and education programs for students, educators, and adults via pontoon boat. The Eco-tours offer participants a first-hand view of the Restoration Project illustrating the inter-disciplinary nature of environmental science and management. You learn about the watershed as you explore the biological habitats of the river to see the birds, gators and fish rebounding.

Limited to 16 people! Registrants will receive detailed maps and directions. Registration to Tampa Audubon and $35 payment to Tampa Audubon must be done no later than January 31, 2023.

Click here for registration form: Eco-tour of the Kissimmee River

Contact TAS Field Trip Coordinator Mic McCarty

April 15-16: Cedar Key

We will bird for Avocets and other great birds on Saturday and Sunday. We recommend arriving Friday evening so that you can enjoy the local area. Please make your own lodging arrangements.

More information will be provided as we get closer to the event.

For a full calendar of area and out-of-town field trips, see our calendar on our Field Trip page at: IMPORTANT:

If you have not yet been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we respectfully request that you do not join us for our outings. Tampa Audubon reserves the right to cancel outings as necessary to respond to COVID-19. All participants must fill out the TAS Wellness Self-Certification.


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