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 Facebook page close to the trip date for any possible changes. Announcements will also be made about a week in advance in the Charlotte Sun, PRAS Updates and Charlotte County Nature Alert.


  • Don’t forget your binoculars, walking shoes, hat, water bottle, a snack and/or lunch.
  • Please contact the trip organizer or contact us at 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)

2019-2020 Schedule

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Walkabout: Audubon Pennington Nature Park
Meet: 8:00 AM at the park
Coordinator: Rob Mills, 305-607-6548

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Field Trip: Tippecanoe Environmental Park
Meet: 7:00 AM at Entrance to Trails
Coordinator: Rob Mills, 305-607-6548

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Walkabout: Sunset at Hathaway Park
Meet: 4:00 PM at the large shelter at Hathaway Park
Coordinator: Ron Mills, 941-575-6968

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Field Trip: Caloosahatchee Creek and Powell Creek Preserves
Meet: 8:00 AM at Caloosahatchee Creek Preserve
Coordinator: Barney Bontecou, 203-952-4048

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Walkabout: Seaboard Grade @ Babcock/Cecil Webb Wildlife Management Area
Meet: 8:00 AM at pay station-carpool from there
Coordinator: Phyllis Cady, 941-286-7638

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Field Trip: Annual Christmas Bird Count
Meet: Meeting places will vary
Coordinator: Tony Licata,, 941-505-9775

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Walkabout: Welcome in 2020 at Ollie’s Pond
Meet: 8:00 AM at Ollie’s Pond
Coordinator: Dave Lancaster, 586-214-4546

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Field Trip: Myakka River State Park
Meet: 7:00 AM at the North Car Pool Location
Coordinator: Eleanor Marr, 941-624-4182

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Walkabout: Punta Gorda Nature Park (Aqui Esta & Bal Harbor) and then to Ponce de Leon Park.
Meet: 4:00 PM at Punta Gorda Nature Park
Coordinator: Starr Zachritz 941-391-4446

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Field Trip: Circle Bar B Reserve, Lakeland
Meet: 7 AM at the North Car Pool Location
Coordinators: Kevin & Kelle Gushue, 709-770-8591

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Walkabout: Owl Prowl Night Walk at Hatha-way Park
Meet: 6:30 PM at the Hathaway Park Shelter
Coordinator: Ron Mills, 941-575-6968

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Field Trip: Babcock Webb WMA
Meet: 7 AM at the pay station
Coordinator: Dave Lancaster, 586-214-4546

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Walkabout: Pinecraft Park
Meet: 8:00 AM at Pinecraft. For carpooling, email
Coordinator: Brenda Curtis, 615-477-9067

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Field Trip: Fort De Soto, St. Petersburg
Meet: 7:00 AM at the North Car Pool Location
Coordinator: Mike Krzyzkowski, 863-244-2652