Field Trips

Please join us for some fun and birding. All level birders are welcome.

Southwest Florida has some of the best birding destinations in the country. Our trips explore many of these great places and offer an opportunity to learn, share your knowledge and enthusiasm, and have fun with your neighbors who share your interests.

We host two types of walking trips (“Walk-Abouts” and “Field Trips”).  Walkabouts – These easy walks last about two hours and are usually close to home. They are usually on the first Tuesday of the month and typically start at 8:00 a.m. Field Trips -These usually take place on the Saturday after the Thursday programs and are typically half day to full day trips to regional birding hot spots. We recommend bringing bag lunches along.

IMPORTANT: Please check our online newsletter, White Bird, close to the trip date for additional information, including directions to Walkabout sites, and for possible changes. Announcements will also be made about a week in advance in the Charlotte Sun, PRAS Updates and Charlotte County Nature Alert.

Tips:

  • Don’t forget your binoculars, walking shoes, hat, water bottle, a snack and/or lunch.
  • Please contact the trip organizer or contact us at fieldtrip@peaceriveraudubon.org if you would like more information about the destination, meeting place, and carpools.
  • If you would like to lead a trip or have a suggestion for a trip please contact us.

Meeting Locations:

For trips designated as:

NORTH – Kings Hwy Wal-Mart parking lot across from Culver’s (385 Kings Hwy) off I-75, Exit 170
SOUTH – Far end of Home Depot parking lot at Burnt Store Road and US 41.
EAST -Winn Dixie parking lot on Route 17, east of I-75. (27680 Bermont Rd., Punta Gorda)
WEST – the parking lot of the Charlotte County Stadium on State Route 776 (2300 El Jobean Road)

2018-2019 Schedule

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Walkabout: Special introduction to birding for new and novice birders.
Meet 8:00 a.m. Audubon Pennington Nature Park
Coordinator: Larry Behrens, 941-204-1708

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Field Trip: Solomon’s Castle w/optional castle tour and/or lunch following the birding.
Meet: 9:00 a.m. at Solomon’s Castle parking lot
Coordinator: Ron Mills, 941-575-6968

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Walkabout: “All About Birds” – Live Birds
Meet: 8:30 a.m. at Peace River Wildlife Center
Coordinator: Barb Taylor, 717-968-6013

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Field Trip: Caloosahatchee Creek and Powell Creek Preserves
Meet: 8:00 a.m. at Caloosahatchee Creek
Coordinator: Barney Bontecou, 203-952-4048

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Walkabout: Charlotte Flatwoods at 8:00 a.m.
Coordinator: Phyllis Cady, 941-286-7638

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Field Trip: Annual Christmas Bird Count
Coordinator: Tony Licata, alicata@dcwis.com

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Walkabout: Welcome in the New Year at Ollie’s Pond at 8 a.m.
Coordinator: Dave Lancaster, 586-214-0203

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Field Trip: Celery Fields
Meet: 7 a.m. at the North Car Pool Location
Coordinator: Eleanor Marr, 941-624-4182

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Walkabout: Punta Gorda Nature Park (Aqui Esta & Bal Harbor) and then to Ponce de Leon Park.
Meet: 4:00 p.m. at Nature Park
Coordinator: Starr Zachritz 941-391-4446

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Field Trip: Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
Meet: 7 a.m. at the South Car Pool Location
Coordinator: Ron Mills, 941-575-6968

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Walkabout: Hathaway Park Night Hike
Meet: 6:30 p.m. at Hathaway Park
Coordinator: Ron Mills, 941-575-6968

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Field Trip: Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area
Meet: 7 a.m. at the pay station
Coordinator: Dave Lancaster, 586-214-0203

Saturday, March 30, 2019
“Keep Charlotte Beautiful” Cleanup
Meet: 8:00 a.m. at Kiwanis Park, Port Charlotte
Coordinator: Nancy Turner, 941-286-0340

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Walkabout: “Birds, Buds, and Blooms”
Meet: 8:00 a.m. at Amberjack Preserve
Coordinator: Bob Winter, 941-828-2627

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Field Trip: Fort De Soto, St. Petersburg
Meet: 7:00 a.m. at the North Car Pool Location
Coordinator: Mike Krzyzkowski, 863-244-2652

Saturday, April 20, 2019
PRAS Earth Day Event at Deep Creek Preserve at 8 AM
Coordinator: Nancy Turner, 941-286-0340

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Walkabout: “Folklore Fun”, Hathaway Park
Meet: 8 a.m. Hathaway Park
Coordinator: Ron Mills, 941-575-6968