FIELD TRIPS & ACTIVITIES

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

Tuesday, Oct 3: ROBINSON PRESERVE Leader: John Ginaven (383- 5133). Meet 8am in Robinson parking lot 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton.

Saturday, Oct 7: 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.

Sunday, Oct 8: BIG SIT Join SAS members to see how many birds can be counted in one day from a 17-foot circle! Contact Nancy Edmondson (nze@verizon.net)

Oct 13-15: FLORIDA BIRDING AND NATURE FESTIVAL Hillsborough Community College, Ruskin. Field trips, workshops, etc. ( fbnfestival.org)

Thursdays, Oct 19 – April 12: OSCAR SCHERER SP Meet at 8:30am inside the park at Lake Osprey/ Nature Center (opens 8am, park fee). Alternating leaders Joyce Leary (508-737-8954) & Peter Brown (508-241-5541).

Fri/Sat, Oct 20-21: AUDUBON ASSEMBLY World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine – Marriott . Details at fl.audubon.org/Assembly

Sat, Oct 21: ORIENTATION FOR VETERAN AND NEW VOLUNTEERS  Bird Naturalists: 9am – 11am, Nature Center. Docents: 11am – 1pm.

Monday, Oct 23: 4th MONDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK Joyce Leary (508-737-8954) leads this walk on the 4th Monday, Oct-Mar. The walk leaves Nature Center 9am.

Wednesday, Oct 25: CRITTER SURVEY/NATURE CENTER GARDENS  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 on as we try to document every living thing. Invited experts, too. Leader: Glynnis Thomas (glynnis65@gmail.com) Meet at 10am.

Thursday, Oct 26: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Oct 28: SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY!! The Deep-Sky Observers (www.lgdso.com) will set up their telescopes at the Nature Center for some fab star gazing. 6:45pm. Come see the planets and stars.

Thursday, Nov 2: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Nov 4: SIESTA KEY SHOREBIRDS Meet at SK public beach parking lot at 8am. Leaders: Mary Heinlen and Lynn Jakubowicz (lynn234@comcast.net).

Thursday, Nov 9: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Nov 11: 2nd SATURDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK Join some of our best birders on the 2nd Saturday of each month from Nov- Apr as we explore the great variety of habitats and birds found in the Celery Fields. Meet at the Nature Center at 8am.

Sunday, Nov 12: LONGBOAT KEY SHOREBIRDS Find resident and migrant shorebirds. Meet at Broadway beach access on north end of LBK at 8am. Leaders: Stu Wilson (512-897-8341) & John Ginaven.

Tuesday, Nov 14: CELERY FIELDS CLEANUP Meet in the Nature Center parking lot (999 Center Rd.) at 8am.

Thursday, Nov 16: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Thursday, Nov 23: OSCAR SCHERER See Oct 19.

Saturday, Nov 25: SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY!!  The Deep-Sky Observers (www.lgdso.com) will set up their telescopes at the Nature Center for some fab star gazing. 5:15pm. Come see the planets and the stars.

Monday, Nov 27: 4TH MONDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK See Oct 23 .

Tuesday, Nov 28: S LIDO COUNTY PARK Meet at 2201 Ben Franklin Dr. Lido Key in the parking lot at 8:30am. Leader: Peter Brown (508-241- 5541).

Thursday, Nov 30: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Tuesday, Dec 5: MYAKKA RIVER SP: Meet at 8:15am in the first parking lot on right just inside the park (FEE) (park opens at 8). Leaders: Stu Wilson (512-897-8341) and John Ginaven.

Thursday, Dec 7: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Dec 9: 2nd SATURDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK  See Nov 11.

Wednesday, Dec 13: HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Come join fellow SAS members and guests at the Nature Center 3pm to 5pm. Bring a snack to share and liquid refreshment of your choice. No reservations necessary. Call Martha Straub (207-595-6699) for more information.

Thursday, Dec 14: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Dec 16: VOLUNTEER DAY 10am to 1pm. Interested in volunteering for Sarasota Audubon? Come on down to the Nature Center to see what opportunities are available. All are welcome.

Monday, Dec 18: CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT MYAKKA SP  Contact Belinda Perry bperry51@verizon.net (941-924-9585)

Thursday, Dec 21: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Monday, Dec 25: There will be no 4th MONDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK

Thursday, Dec 28: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Thursday, Dec 28: 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. SAS/ VAAS combined trip.

Saturday, Dec 30: CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SARASOTA To participate contact Stu Wilson (stuwilson@comcast.net).

Thursday, Jan 4: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Tuesday, Jan 9: CELERY FIELDS CLEANUP Meet in the Nature Center parking lot (999 Center Rd.) at 8am.

Thursday, Jan 11: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Jan 13: 2nd SATURDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK See Nov 11.

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

Wednesday, Jan 17: SAWGRASS LAKE PARK A combined trip with VAAS. This St. Petersburg park (7400 25th St. N) has a boardwalk spanning wetlands and a large oak forest. Meet at 7:30am behind Starbucks (University & I-75 near Home Depot) or at the park at 8:30am. Leader: Susy d’Hont (942-697-1797) BRING LUNCH.

Thursday, Jan 18: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Jan 20: CONSTELLATION WALK Deep Sky Observers’ president Jonathan Sabin. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Sign up online at: sarasotaaudubon.org/TRIPS, at the Nature Center or at a monthly meeting. $5.00. Nature Center 6-8pm.

Monday, Jan 22: 4th MONDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK See Oct 23.

Tuesday, Jan 23: URFER FAMILY PARK This li le county park is a real gem. There is a 1-mile nature trail, winding through pine flatwoods and a boardwalk overlooking forested wetlands. Meet in the parking lot (4000 Honore Ave on the corner of Bee Ridge) at 8am. Leaders Lynn Jakubowicz (lynn234@verizon.net) and Martha Straub.

Thursday, Jan 25: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

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

Thursday, Feb 1: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Friday, Feb 2: SAS MEMBER ART EXHIBIT OPENING “Wild About Art” Join us at a receptIon as we open a month-long exhibit of our own members’ spectacular artwork. 5pm Nature Center. Refreshments.

Saturdays, Feb 3 & 10: ALL ABOARD THE EAGLE TROLLEY Ride with eagle expert Dale Nauman and observe several ac ve nests. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Sign up online at: sarasotaaudubon.org/TRIPS, at the Nature Center or at a monthly meeting. Feb 3 – Harma Nyhof (birdsrq@gmail.com); Feb 10 – Barry Gerber (blgerber@comcast.net). Cost $25.

Tuesdays, Feb 6 – March 13: TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS Learn beginner Tai Chi (Yang style) with Marcy Packer at the Nature Center in 6 sessions. $4 donation per session or $20 donation for all 6. Pay at first session. 10 – 11am.

Wednesday, Feb 7: CELERY FIELDS WALK Meet at the Nature Center at 8am. Stu Wilson (512-897-8341) and Kathryn Young.

Thursday, Feb 8: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Feb 10: 2nd SATURDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK See Nov 11.

Tuesday, Feb 13: S LIDO COUNTY PARK See Nov 14.

Tuesday, Feb 13: TAI CHI at the Nature Center, 10am. See Feb 6.

Thursday, Feb 15: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Feb 17: CELERY FIELDS MANAGEMENT WALK Lisa Wedin and Tom Medel, Environmental Specialists with Public Utilities of Sarasota County, will lead a Celery Fields walk and will discuss the many and varied ways they help manage the Celery Fields for plants and wildlife while balancing its function as a stormwater collection zone. Meet at the nature center at 8:30am. Leader: Jeanne Dubi (dubi@comcast.net)

Tuesday, Feb 20: TAI CHI at the Nature Center, 10am. See Feb 6.

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

Thursday, Feb 22: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Feb 24: SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY!! The Deep-Sky Observers (www.lgdso.com) will set up their telescopes at the Nature Center for some fab star gazing. 6:30pm. Come and see the planets and stars.

Monday, Feb 26: 4th MONDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK See Oct 23. Tuesday,

Feb 27: TAI CHI at the Nature Center, 10 am. See Feb 6.

Tuesday, Feb 27: AFTERNOON BIRDING New this year! Don’t love those early morning bird walks? Margi Haas likes afternoon birding and will be happy to show you her favorite spots in the Celery Fields. Meet at the Nature Center at 3:30pm. (mhaas@pipeline.com)

Thursday, Mar 1: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Tuesday, Mar 6: TAI CHI at the Nature Center, 10am. See Feb 6.

Wednesday, Mar 7: PERICO PRESERVE Meet behind Starbucks (University & I-75) at 8am or at Perico Preserve (11700 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton) at 9am. “Soo” Whiting & “Flip” Harrington (508-939- 0236) BRING LUNCH

Thursday, Mar 8: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Mar 10: 2nd SATURDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK See Nov 11.

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

Tuesday, Mar 13: TAI CHI at the Nature Center, 10am. See Feb 6.

Thursday, Mar 15: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Mar 17: 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.

Monday, Mar 19: CAREFREE LEARNER Private narrated boat tour to Roberts Bay Rookery. 1-3pm. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Contact Harma Nyhof (birdsrq@gmail.com) with questions. Cost $25. Sign up online at sarasotaaudubon.org/TRIPS, at the Nature Center or a monthly meeting.  TRIP IS FULL/SOLD OUT

Thursday, Mar 22: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Monday, Mar 26: 4th MONDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK See Oct 23.

Tuesday, Mar 27: 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) & John Ginaven. SAS/VAAS Combo Trip.

Thursday, Mar 29: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Thursday, Mar 29: PINECRAFT PARK 1420 Gilbert Ave, o Bahia Vista. Tom Jiamachello (802-734-6182), Lynn Jakubowicz, and Peter Brown. Two scheduled walks: #1 at 8am and #2 at 9am. Please choose one.

Tuesday, Apr 3: CAREFREE LEARNER Private narrated boat tour to Roberts Bay Rookery. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 1-3pm. Harma Nyhof (birdsrq@gmail.com) for info. Cost $25. Sign up at www.sarasotaaudubon.org/TRIPS, at the Nature Center or at a monthly meeting.  TRIP IS FULL/SOLD OUT

Thursday, Apr 5: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Apr 7: VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION  All SAS volunteers invited. In appreciation for all your contributions to Sarasota Audubon please join us for refreshments as we celebrate another wonderful year. 6-8pm Nature Center.

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

Thursday, Apr 19: OSCAR SCHERER SP See Oct 19.

Saturday, Apr 14: 2nd SATURDAY CELERY FIELDS WALK See Nov 11.

Tuesday, Apr 17: 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 21: PINECRAFT PARK 1420 Gilbert Ave, o Bahia Vista. Edith Miller (941-364-3637) , “Soo” Whiting and “Flip” Harrington. Meet there at 8am.

Wednesday, Apr 25: CRITTER SURVEY/NATURE CENTER GARDENS See Oct 25 for details.

Saturday, May 19: SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY!! The Deep-Sky Observers will once again set up their telescopes at the Nature Center for wonderful star gazing. 8:15pm.

Thursdays, June 21, July 19, August 16: SUMMER MOVIES AT THE NATURE CENTER Join us for a free movie during the hot summer months at Sarasota Audubon’s cool Nature Center. 5:30 pm.

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