CAS Field Trips

Most trips are led by volunteer Clearwater Audubon Society leaders. Unless otherwise indicated, they are free and open to the public. We host monthly guided bird walks/outings at Moccasin Lake Nature park which is free to the public. The schedule will be updated as more information becomes available. When you arrive we'll have our sign-in sheet. Pets and smoking are prohibited.  Be sure to plan accordingly: bring water, snacks (lunch is appropriate), hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and dress for the weather (know the current forecast for the trip location). Keep emergency contact information on your person (for example, in your chest pocket or on your phone). We look forward to seeing you at the park.
  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled meet time designated.

DISCLAIMER: Any person participating in a Clearwater Audubon Society (CAS) Field Trip does so at the individual's own risk, and acknowledges that CAS has made no warranty or representation, expressed or implied, regarding the safety of conducting these activities at these sites. All participants will be required to sign a waiver form/sign-in sheet releasing CAS 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 or damage caused by failure to follow instruction.
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Field Trips by Month


Field trips are usually October to May.

Our field trips and programs are open to anyone who has an interest in learning about Florida’s environment. Call the trip leader prior to the trip for directions and information. Phone numbers are in calendar entries above and in MailChimp.

September 23rd John Taylor Park

Migrants, bittern, Green herons and more. Meet at the park’s Shelter 6 at 8:00am. Leader - Steve Aversa


September 30th Honeymoon Island State Park

Meet at 8:30am at 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin at the Osprey Trail head at the north end of playground parking lot. Leader - Cuneyt Yilmaz

October 7th Monthly Bird Walk at Moccasin Lake Nature Park

Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Dr. Lynn Sumerson
Accessible with assistance ♿



October 12th -15th Florida Birding and Nature Festival

A four-day festival offering field and boat trips, presentations, keynotes, and a free nature expo of vendors and exhibits. Enjoy and learn from renowned professionals, experience peak migration, and shop unique products. Highlights Wildlife Corridors and Migrating birds, experience Central FL’s peak fall migration. 6650 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. Contact - Info (813) 444-0115 or http://www.floridabirdingandnaturefestival.org/ or info@fbnfestival.org


October 21st Sand Key Park

Meet at the southwest corner of the beach parking lot 8:30am at 1060 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater., 33767. Leader - Cuneyt Yilmaz & Steve Aversa

October 28th Colt Creek State Park

Meet at Target’s northern portion of the parking lot, 2747 Gulf to Bay Blvd. at 7:00am or meet at the park entrance at 8:30am. CCSP 16000 SR 471 Lakeland, 33809. BRING your own lunch. CAS will cover admission fee. Leader - Paul Trunk

 

 


Previous Trips


September 17th Fred Howard Park Migrants and Shorebirds.
Meet on the park’s causeway SW corner before beach 7:30am.
Leader - Cuneyt Yilmaz

September 24th Brooker Creek Preserve
Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot at 8:00am
Leader - John Swenfurth

October 1st Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Madeleine Bohrer
Accessible with assistance ♿

October 8th Eagle Lake Park
Meet at shelter #1 at 8am. 1800 Keene Rd.
Leader - Steve Aversa

October 15th Honeymoon Island State Park
Meet at 8:30 a.m. at 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin at the Osprey Trail head at the north end of playground parking lot.
Leader - Cuneyt Yilmaz

October 20th-23rd Florida Birding & Nature Festival
Highlights Wildlife Corridors and Migrating birds, experience Central FL’s peak fall migration
6650 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL
Contact - Info (813) 444-0115 or www.floridabirdingandnaturefestival.org/

October 29th John Chesnut Park
Meet at shelter 6 at 8am. Leader - Steve Reardon

November 5th Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Madeleine Bohrer
Accessible with assistance ♿

November 12th War Veterans Memorial Park
Meet at 9600 Bay Pines Blvd, St. Petersburg 33708
Early birds meet at Shelter 5 at 7am, others meet at Shelter 1 at 8am.
Leader - Carl Shavers

November 19th Hammock Park, Dunedin
Meet at 8:00am at 1900 San Mateo Drive at the chapel entrance. Park down by the bathrooms.
Leader— Cuneyt Yilmaz

November 26th Safety Harbor ‘HOT Spots’
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at North City Park (2075 Swan Ln, Safety Harbor, FL 34695). We will then continue on to other hotspots in town possibly including Folly Farms, Marshall Street Park, Safety Harbor City Park and Safety Harbor Waterfront Park
Leader - Bill Kaempfer

December 3rd Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Madeleine Bohrer
Accessible with assistance ♿

December 10th Fort DeSoto Park
Meet at the flag pole at 8am. 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde 33715
Leader - John Swenfurth

December 17th Green Key, Key Vista & Anclote Gulf Parks
Meet at the Walgreens on the SW corner of US19 & Curlew @ 7AM
Lunch in Tarpon Springs following the walk.
Leader - Dale Goebel

December 26th North County CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Want to help? - Contact Bill Kaempfer  or Cuneyt Yilmaz

January 7th Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am Leader - Paul Trunk
Accessible with assistance ♿

January 14th John Chesnut Sr. Park
Meet at shelter #6 at 8AM.
Leader- Jennifer Zelik

January 20th - 21st Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands
[View the Flyer] Must make reservations Dale Goebel
*TRIP IS FULL*

January 28th Myakka River State Park
Meet at the Wal-Mart 2677 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater at 7:30am or meet at the park entrance at 8:45am.
Carpooling, bring gas $$ and lunch. Myakka 13208 SR72, Sarasota 34241
Guest Leader - Holley Short

February 4th RAPTOR FEST
Boyd Hill Nature Park, St. Petersburg 10am - 4pm
Great Fun for the entire family. www.raptorfest.org

February 4th Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am Leader - Cuneyt Yilmaz
Accessible with assistance ♿

February 11th Largo Central Park Nature Preserve
Meet at 8:00am at the park at 150 Highland Ave N, Largo, 33770.
Leader – Steve Aversa

CANCELLED February 25th TECO Manatee Viewing Big Bend Power Station
Meet at the Wal-Mart 2677 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater at 9am.
Carpooling, bring gas $$ and lunch. 6990 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, 33572.
Leader - Dale Goebel

March 4th Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Paul Trunk
Accessible with assistance ♿

March 11th Celery Fields
Meet at the Wal-Mart 2677 Roosevelt Blvd. at 7:30am.
Carpooling, bring gas $$ and lunch. Celery Fields 999 Center Road, Sarasota, 34240.
Leader - Dale Goebel

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
March 18th Picnic at John Chesnut Park
Bring a dish to share. Shelter 10 at 11:30am
Drinks, paper products & dessert provided.
Contact Dale Goebel

March 25th Possum Branch Preserve
Mulberry trees, great migrants.
Meet at the gated entrance just south of Curlew Rd. on McMullen Booth Rd. at 8:00am.
Leader - Cuneyt Yilmaz

April 1st Monthly Bird outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Lynn Sumerson
Accessible with assistance ♿

April 5th WEDNESDAY Fred Howard Park Migrants and shorebirds.
Meet on the park’s causeway at the SW corner before the beach 7:30am.
Leader - Merle & Jo Hubbard

April 8th John Chesnut Park
Meet at Shelter 6 at 8am. Leader - John Swenfurth

April 15th Honeymoon Island State Park
Migrating songbirds, raptors, owls, wintering shorebirds & more.
Be sure to notify the toll attendance upon entering the park that you are joining Clearwater Audubon for a field trip. Your entrance should be free.
Meet at 8:15am at 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin at the Osprey Trail head at the north end of playground parking lot.
Leader - Paul Trunk

April 22nd Ft. DeSoto Park
Meet at the flag pole inside the gate at 7:30am. 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde 33715
Guest Leader - Dave Goodwin

May 6th  Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Madeleine Bohrer
Accessible with assistance ♿

May 26th-31st Maine
Mountains to the Sea with Seth Benz
[View the Flyer] Reservations required





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