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.


 

 

February 3rd RAPTOR FEST
Boyd Hill Nature Park, St. Petersburg 10am - 4pm Great Fun for the entire family. www.raptorfest.org

February 3rd Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am Leader - Cuneyt Yilmaz Accessible with assistance ♿

February 17th Largo Central Park Nature Preserve
Meet at 8:00am at the park at 150 Highland Ave N, Largo, 33770. Leader Steve Aversa

February 24th Wall Springs Park & Crystal Beach Park
Meet at 8:00 am at 3725 De Soto Blvd, Palm Harbor 34683 in the south parking lot. 2nd Crystal Beach Ave. Leader - Bill Kaempfer

 

March 2nd Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Madeleine Bohrer- Accessible with assistance ♿

March 9th Island Girl Cruises Homosassa River
Meet at Walgreens at the SW corner of Curlew Rd & US19 at 8am. Limit 19 birders, $12.50. Reservations required. Carpooling, bring gas $$ and lunch. Leader - Dale Goebel (727) 510-1462

March 16th Picnic: John Chesnut Sr. Park
Bring a dish to share. Shelter 10 at 11:30am Drinks, paper products & dessert provided. If you can, please let us know you’re attending.
Dale Goebel (727) 510-1462

March 23rd Walsingham Park
Meet at Shelter 6 12615 102nd Ave, Seminole, 33778 at 8:00am. Leader - Carl Shavers

March 30th Sawgrass Lake Park
Meet in the parking lot at 8:30am at 17400 25th St. N, St. Pete, 33702. Leader - Cuneyt Yilmaz

 

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

April 13th John Chesnut Park
Meet at shelter 6 at 8am. Leader - Steve Reardon

April 20th McGough & Bonner Nature Parks
Meet 8:00am. at McGough 11901 146th St N, Largo 33774, then to Bonner 14444 143rd St. N, Largo 33774. Leader - Madeleine Bohrer

April 24th WEDNESDAY Honeymoon Island SP
Migrating songbirds, raptors, wintering shorebirds & more. Meet at 8:15am 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin at the Osprey Trail head at the north end of the playground parking lot.
Leader Steve Reardon

April 27th Ft. De Soto Park
Meet at the flagpole inside the gate at 7:30am. 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde 33715 Leader - John Swenfurth

 

May 4th Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Madeleine Bohrer- Accessible with assistance ♿

May 11th Sand Key Park
Meet at the southwest corner of the beach parking lot at 8:00am at 1060 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, 33767.
Leader - Madeleine Bohrer

 

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The Olympic Peninsula, Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Westport Seabirds Pelagic Cruise, Cape Flattery, Neah Bay,

Ruby Beach, Whale/Bird Watching in the San Juan Islands with Shep Thorp as our expert guide.

August 9th – 18th, 2024

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Previous Trips


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
 
 
November 4th Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Madeleine Bohrer- Accessible with assistance ♿

November 11th Key Vista Nature Park
Meet at the parking lot. 2700 Baillies Bluff Rd Holiday 34691 8:30am. Leader Cuneyt Yilmaz

November 18th John Chesnut Sr. Park
Meet at Shelter 6 at 8am. Steve Reardon

November 25th Safety Harbor ‘”Tour of Upper Pinellas”
Meet at 8:00am at North City park (North City Park at 2075 Swan Ln, Safety Harbor, FL 34695), then more stops at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, Philippe Park, RE Olds Park, and Oldsmar Veterans Park as time permits.
Leader - Bill Kaempfer

December 2nd Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am. Leader - Paul Trunk
Accessible with assistance ♿

December 9th Fred Howard Park
Migrants and shorebirds Meet on the park’s causeway SW corner before the beach at 7:30am.
Leader- John Swenfurth

December 23rd North County CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Want to help? Contact Bill Kaempfer (303) 717-5063 or Cuneyt Yilmaz (727) 657-0803

January 6th Monthly Bird Outing at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Meet at 8:00am Leader - Paul Trunk - Accessible with assistance ♿

January 13th Myakka River State Park
Meet at the Walmart at 2677 Roosevelt Blvd. at 7:30am. Carpooling,
bring gas $$ and lunch OR meet at Myakka State Park 13208 State Road 72 Sarasota 34241 at 8:30am.
Guest Leader - Holley Short (352) 455-8993

January 20th Roosevelt Wetlands
Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot at 8:00am. Corner of 110th Avenue & 43rd Street.
Leader - Steve Aversa

January 27th Brooker Creek Preserve
Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot at 8:00am
Leader - John Swenfurth



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