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”).  Walk-Abouts are on the first Tuesday of the month in October – May, except January’s New Years Day Walk-About. They are held at local locations and are typically a low impact morning walk, lasting about two hours. Walk-Abouts begin at 8:00 a.m. at the park entrance, unless otherwise noted.

Field Trips are held on Saturdays (with the exception of December’s Christmas Bird Count) and tend to be more of a nature adventure, and are often a greater travel distance from our ‘home’ area. All Field trips begin at 7:00 a.m., except the February trip.  Reservations are not necessary but you are welcome to contact the trip organizer for further information. Meeting locations designated beside each trip are described below.

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 – the parking lot by McDonalds at Peachland Mall near I75 and Kings Hwy in Port Charlotte (24133 Peachland Boulevard)
SOUTH – Burnt Store Publix parking lot on U. S. 41 near Burnt Store Road, 3941 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda

EAST – the parking lot of Winn-Dixie on State Route 17 east of Punta Gorda (27680 Bermont Road)
WEST – the parking lot of the Charlotte County Stadium on State Route 776 (2300 El Jobean Road)

              2015 Fall Schedule

October 6
(Tuesday)
Walk-About

Jelk’s Preserve
Sarasota

Larry Behrens
941-204-1708

Entrance
8:00 am

October 17
(Saturday)
Field Trip

Highland Hammocks State Park
Sebring

Shannon McGinnis
941-629-9116
North
7:00 am
November 3
(Tuesday)
Walk-About

CHEC Cedar Point
Englewood

Larry Behrens
941-204-1708

Entrance
8:00 am

November 14
(Saturday)
Field Trip

Wildflower and Amberjack Preserves

Placida

Bob Winter
941-828-2627

Entrance of

Wildflower Preserve
8:00 am

December 1
(Tuesday)
Walk-About

CHEC Alligator Creek
Punta Gorda

Phyllis Cady
941-286-7638
Meet at the boardwalk near
the parking lot
8:00 am
December 19
(Saturday)
Field Trip

Annual Christmas Bird Count

(various locations)

Tony Licata
941-505-9775

Contact Tony Licata

to sign up

          2016 Spring Schedule

                    more dates and events will soon be added

January 1
(Friday)
Walk-About

Ollie’s Pond
Port Charlotte

Stu and Louise Lewis
(603) 742-2874

Entrance
8:00 am

(Saturday)
Field Trip

 

(Tuesday)
Walk-About

 

 

(Saturday)
Field Trip

 

 

(Tuesday)
Walk-About

 

 

(Saturday)
Field Trip

 

 

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(Saturday)
Field Trip

 

(Tuesday)
Walk-About

 

Paddling Trip