Field Trips & Activities

No reservations necessary for field trips unless noted. Suggested donation: $2 members, $4 non-members

 Saturday, Oct 1: PINECRAFT PARK Look for fall migrants with Edith Miller (941-364-3637) at 1420 Gilbert Ave. off Bahia Vista. Meet in Pine­craft parking lot at 9am.

Tuesday, Oct 4: ROBINSON PRESERVE Leaders: Stu Wilson (512-897- 8341) and John Ginaven. Meet 8am in Robinson parking lot 1704 99’h St NW, Bradenton.

Saturday, Oct 8: 2nd SATURDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK  New this season! Join some of our best birders on the 2″d Saturday of each month from Oct-Apr as we explore the great variety of habitats and birds found in the Celery Fields. Meet at the Nature Center at 8am.

Sunday, Oct 9: BIG SIT Join Audubon members to see how many birds can be counted in one day from a 17-foot circle! Contact stuwil­son@comcast.net

Saturday/Sunday, Oct 15-16FLORIDA BIRDING AND NATURE FESTI­VAL. Hillsborough Community College, RuskinExhibits, workshops, field trips, food trucks and more. For details, www.floridabirdingandnaturefestivaI.org

Saturday, Oct 15: SIESTA KEY SHOREBIRDS Meet at SK public beach parking lot at 8am. Leaders: Lynn Jakubowicz (lynn234@verizon.net) & Mary Heinlen.

Tuesday, Oct 18: ORIENTATION FOR VETERAN AND NEW VOLUNTEERS – 8am – lOam, Bird Naturalists; 10am – noon, Nature Center Docents .

Thursdays, Oct 20 thru April 20: OSCAR SCHERER SP  Meet at 8:30am inside park at Lake Osprey/ Nature Center (opens at 8am, park fee) .Alternating leaders Joyce Leary (508-737-8954) & Peter Brown   (508-241-5541).

Sat, Oct 22: ORIENTATION FOR VETERAN AND NEW VOLUNTEERS  8am – 10am for Bird Naturalists; 10am – noon for Nature Center Docents.

Monday, Oct 24: 4th MONDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK  Joyce Leary (508-737-8954) leads this walk on the 4th Monday, Oct-Mar. Meet at the Nature Center, 9am.

Oct 28-29:AUDUBON ASSEMBLY, ST PETE BEACH Annual assembly of Florida chapter meml:iers and leaders. A great way to see how other chapters do things. Workshops; field trips, awards. Sirata Re­ sort http://www.sirata.com/resort   Special prices for Audubon mem­bers. Contact Jonathan Webber jwebber@audubon.org or 850-999-1030.

Saturday, Nov 5: SIESTA KEY SHOREBIRDS Meet at SK public beach parking lot at 8am. Leaders: Mary Heinlen and Claire Herzog (941-780-0545).

Saturday, Nov 5: STAR GAZING!!  The Deep-Sky Observers (www.lgdso.com) wiliest up their telescopes at the Nature Center for some fab star gazing. 6:45pm.  All are welcome to come and see the planets and the stars.

Sunday, Nov 13: LONGBOAT KEY SHOREBIRDS Find resident and migrant shorebirds. Meet at Broadway beach access on north end of LBK at 8am. Leader: John Ginaven (941-383-5133).

Tuesday, Nov 15: CELERY FIELDS CLEANUP Meet in the Nature Cen­ ter parking lot (999 Center Rd.) at 8am.

Wednesday, Nov 16: South LIDO COUNTY PARK Meet at 2201 Ben Frank­lin Drive, South Lido Key in the parking lot at 8:30am. Leader: Peter Brown (508-241-5541).

Saturday, Nov 19CRITTER SURVEY OF THE NATURE CENTER GAR­DENS  –  9am – l am  One of two scheduled mornings where we will do a bio-blitz to see what critters, from insects to birds, find a home in the gardens. Bring your cameras, binoculars and powers of observation as we try to document every living thing. Invited experts too. Leader: Glynnis Thomas, glynnis65@gmail.com

Tuesday, Nov 22: MOTH MORNING Leader Glynnis Thomas (glynnis65@gmail.com) willset up a moth light box the night before and then check to see what came in.View, ID and release. Meet at the NC at 8am.  THIS ACTIVITY IS CANCELLED

Tuesday, Dec 6: MYAKKA RIVER SP  Meet at 8:15am in the first park­ ing lot on right just inside the park (FEE) (park opens at 8) Leaders:  Stu Wilson (512-897-8341) and John Ginaven.

Saturday, Dec 10: VOLUNTEER DAY 9am to 1pm. Interested in volun­teering for Audubon? Come on down to the Nature Center to see what opportunities are available. All are welcome.

Tuesday, Dec 13: CELERY FIELDS CLEANUP  Meet in Nature Center Parking lot (999 Center Rd) at 8am.

Wednesday, Dec 14: HOLIDAY LUNCH Palm Aire Country Club. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Sign up online,at the Nature Center or at a monthly meeting. Contact Julie Byrne (941-379-3882) for details.

Monday, Dec 19: CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT MYAKKA SP  Contact kencalvarez@msn.com

Thursday, Dec 29: N LIDO BEACH AND WOODS Meet Stu Wilson (512- 897-8341) and John Ginaven in the small parking lot at the end of Ringling Blvd on Lido at 8am to scout out birds for the CBC.

Saturday,Dec 31:CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SARASOTA To participate contact stuwilson@comcast.net

Tuesday, Jan 10: CIRCLE B BAR PRESERVE Meet Lynn Jakubowicz (lynn234@verizon.net) & Mary Heinlen behind Starbucks (Univ & 1-75) 7am BRING LUNCH

Tuesday, Jan 10CELERY FIELDS CLEANUP Meet in the Nature Center parking lot (999 Center Rd) at 8am.

Monday, Jan 16: MYAKKA RIVER SP  Meet at 8:15am in the first park­ ing lot on right just inside the park. (Park opens at 8am – FEE). Lead­ ers: Joyce Leary (508-737-8954) and Eileen Teel.

Tuesday, Jan 24: MORRIS BRIDGE TROUT CREEK Two more great Hillsborough County parks.  Meet Lynn Jakubowicz (lynn234@verizon.net) and Mary Heinlen behind Starbucks (University & 1-75 near Home Depot) at 7am BRING LUNCH.

Tuesday Jan 31: EAGLE WINE & CHEESE Join Barry Gerber at 6pm at the Nature Center for an informative talk about Bald Eagles, $8.

Wednesday, Feb 1: South LIDO COUNTY PARK Meet at 2201 Ben Franklin Dr. South Lido Key in the parking lot at 8:30am. Leader: Peter Brown (508-241-5541).

Saturday, Feb 4: ALL ABOARD THE EAGLE TROLLEY Ride with eagle expert Dale Nauman and Barry Gerber to observe several active nests. RESERVATION REQUIRED Barry Gerber (941-228-7459). Sign up online, at the Nature Center or at a monthly meeting.  Cost $25    ACTIVITY IS FULL

Saturday, Feb 4: STAR GAZING!!  The Deep-Sky Observers will set up their telescopes at the Nature Center for some fab star gazing. 6:15pm.

Tuesdays, Feb 7 – TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS  at the Nature Center, 10am – 11am. Learn Tai Chi with Marcy Packer. This gentle (low impact) martial art of spiritual and physical discipline developed in China over millennia to bring balance to the body and flowing peace to the mind. Learn the first part of Yang style in these sessions.  6 Sessions: Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7 & 14    $3 per session, $15 for all 6. Pay at first session.

Tuesday, Feb 7: FT DESOTO BIRDS AND DUCKS Meet behind Star­bucks (University and 1-75) at 7:30am. Lynn Jakubowicz (lynn234@verizon.net) and Mary Heinlen BRING LUNCH

Sunday Feb 19CRITTER SURVEY OF THE NATURE CENTER GAR­DENS   9am-l am  second of two scheduled mornings where we wild a bio-blitz to see what critters, from insects to birds, find a home in the gardens. Bring your cameras, binoculars and powers of observation as we try to document every living thing. Invited experts too. Leader: Glynnis Thomas, glynnis65@gmail.com

Tuesday, Feb 21: RED BUG SLOUGH Meet at 5200 Beneva Rd at 8am. Lynn Jakubowicz (lynn234@verizon. net) and Martha Straub.

Wednesday, Mar 1: Exhibit Opening – Backyard BeautiesNa­tive Plants of the Celery Fields and Florida Join us for this specially commissioned artwork by the Florida Society of Botanical Artists’ members. These beautiful images of Florida native plants will amaze you. Nature Center at 5pm. Refreshments too.

Tuesday, Mar 14: FELTS PRESERVE 4200 24th Avenue East in Pal­metto (corner of 24th Av E & 49th St E). Meet at 9am. Joyce Leary (508-737-8954) & Eileen Teel.

Tuesday, Mar 21: PERICO NEAL PRESERVES Meet behind Star­ bucks (University & 1-75) at 8am. Lynn Jakubowicz (lynn234@verizon.net) & Mary Heinlen. BRING LUNCH

Friday, Mar 24: CAREFREE LEARNER Private boat tour to Roberts Bay Rookery. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Meet at Marina Jack’s next to Le Barge at 9am. Call Harma Nyhof at 703-615-0864 with questions. Cost $25. Sign up online, at the Nature Center or a monthly meeting.   ACTIVITY IS FULL

Friday, Mar 24: VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION 5:30pm  We value all of our wonderful volunteers and want to show our thanks for your tremendous contributions to the Sarasota Audubon. Join us for refreshments as we celebrate another wonderful year.

Tuesday, Mar 28: MOTH MORNING – Leader Glynnis Thomas (glynnis65@gmail.com) willset up a moth light box the night before and then check to see what came in.View, ID and release. Meet at the NC at 8am.

Tuesday, Mar 28 NORTH LONGBOAT KEY LEFFIS KEY Look for resi­dent and migrant shorebirds at the north end of LBK, then drive north one mile to Leffis Key to check for early spring migrant songbirds.  Meet at Broadway beach access on the north end of LBK at 8am. Stu Wilson (512-897-8341).

Thursday, Mar 30: PINECRAFT PARK  1420 Gilbert Ave,off Bahia Vista.  For more information call Martha Straub (207-595-6699).  Due to the extreme popularity of our Pinecraft Park walks, we are changing the times of the March 30 walk as follows: There will be three separate groups entering the park, one at 7:00 AM, a second at 8:00 AM, and a third at 9:00 AM.  You are welcome to join any of the three groups, and there will be at least one leader for each group.  We are hoping that each group will not be in the park for much more that one hour, thus avoiding the noisy chaos  we had last year with over 80 birders all entering the park at the same time!  Needless to say, we saw very few birds!

Monday, Apr 3CAREFREE LEARNER Private boat tour to Roberts Bay Rookery. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Meet at Marina Jack’s next to Le Barge at 9am. Call Harma Nyhof at 703-615-0864 with questions. Cost $25. Sign up online, at the Nature Center or a monthly meeting.  ACTIVITY IS FULL

Tuesday, Apr 18: FORT DESOTO Meet at the first rest stop just after the tollbooths on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (I-275) at 8am. Stu Wilson (512-897-8341) and John Ginaven.  BRING LUNCH

Saturday, April 22: PINECRAFT PARK 1420 Gilbert Ave, off Bahia Vista. Edith Miller (941-364-3637). Meet at 8am.

Tuesday, Apr 25: FORT DESOTO Meet behind Starbucks (University & I-75) at 7am.   Mary Heinlen and Martha Staub (207-595-6699)  BRING LUNCH

Saturday, May 6: STAR GAZING!! The Deep-Sky Observers will set up their telescopes at the Nature Center for some fab star gazing. 8pm.