Field Trips

Upcoming Field Trips

As the weather warms, being by the water seems to make sense. I’m going to try just letting participants show up for these trips instead of reserving. But if you do have any questions, feel free to contact Helen Jelks King at thekingsom@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 3: Alligator Lake Park, Lake City
Meet at 7:30 at the Publix parking lot at I-10 and US 90 East. We will be carpooling, so please indicate if you are a willing driver. The park has a 3 mile loop hike around the lake. We will eat lunch out on the way home.

Friday, June 23: Wakulla Springs Boat/Bird Trip
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the TnT Hide-a-Way canoe rental on US98 and the Wakulla River. Please call Jackie at 850-925-6412 to reserve a boat or spot and indicate that you are with the Audubon group. The single person kayak is $30, the double canoe that can also fit 3 people is $45, and there is a $10 shuttle fee if you plan to bring your own boat. Friday was chosen on purpose as the river is too crowded on weekends. The ride lasts 2 hours and ends at the outpost. If you would like a partner to boat with, please email Helen.


Please email Helen King at thekingsom@gmail.com if you would like to join a field trip.  AAS list subscribers will receive a notification when the next month’s schedule is announced. Non-members are welcome. Not yet a member? Subscribe here.

Call 850-765-2488 if you have any questions.


Previous Field Trips

2017

Saturday, May 6:  St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Rails to Trails main parking lot on Woodville Highway or directly at the Visitor Center parking lot at 8 a.m. at the Refuge. We are hoping to see some migrants. There will be some walking involved and some folks may elect to eat lunch at Riverside Cafe.

Friday, May 19: Piney Z/Lake Lafayette Park
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the main parking lot of Piney Z. There will be some walking involved.

Friday, April 7 –  Monticello Water Park, Letchworth Mounds Park
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Publix parking lot at the corner of US90 East and I-10. We will be carpooling so please indicate if you are a willing driver.

Saturday, April 15 – St. George Island State Park
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Publix parking lot at the corner of Capital Circle SW and Crawfordville Highway. We will be carpooling so please indicate if you are a willing driver. We will be eating lunch out in that area.

Saturday, March 18 – Bald Point State Park
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Publix parking lot at the corner of Capital Circle SW and Crawfordville Highway. We will also visit Mashes Sand and Bottoms Road if time permits. We will be carpooling so please indicate if you are a willing driver.

Friday, March 31 – Munson Hills, Tram Holding Ponds
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the main parking lot of St. Mark’s Rails to Trails on Woodville Highway. There will be some walking involved to see the selection of woodpeckers available, then on to the Tram ponds.

December

Ducks are in full season, so we will spend time identifying them.

Friday, Dec. 2- Lake Seminole, 3 Rivers State Park
Meet at 8 a.m. at the Pilot Gas Station at the intersection of I-10 and US 90 West. We will carpool, so please indicate if you are a willing driver.

Saturday, Dec. 10- St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 12:45 p.m. . We will join Don Morrow for a tour of ducks behind the gates. St. Mark’s has a policy of only allowing public bird tours using the trams/wagons, therefore you will need to call St. Mark’s directly to reserve your spot on the 1 p.m. tram tour at 850-925-6121.

November

Saturday, Nov. 12- Munson Slough
Meet at the Lake Henrietta parking lot at 8 a.m. We will be doing a fair amount of walking, and the path may be overgrown with grass, so dress appropriately. We will be finished by noon.

Sunday, Nov. 20- Lost Creek Forest, Thomasville, GA
Beth Grant will be leading us into this old growth forest. Meet at MyEyeDr parking lot at 1480 Timberlane Rd at 7:15 a.m. to carpool. Or meet at the main entrance gate to the forest on CR 122 at 8 a.m.

October

Saturday, October 2:  Lake Lafayette Heritage Trail Park
Meet at the main parking lot in Piney Z Plantation at 8 a.m. If time permits, we may visit a few other nearby bird friendly spots.

Friday, October  21:  Fred George Park This new park  has plenty of diverse terrain, including wetlands. Meet at 8 a.m. at the main trailhead parking lot which is near the intersection of Fred George Rd. and Capital Cir. SW. A brown sign directs the parking lot. We will be finished by noon.

Saturday, October 29:  St. George Island State Park
We may get lucky with migrants. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Publix parking lot at the intersection of Crawfordville Highway and Cap Cir SW. We will be carpooling, so please indicate if you are a willing driver. Also indicate if you plan to meet directly at the park in the parking lot of the Boy Scout camp. We will eat lunch on the way home and return by mid afternoon.

September

Sunday, Sept. 4: Lake Lafayette Park
For those few of us remaining in Tallahassee on a holiday weekend, here is a rather low impact trip. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Lake Lafayette in Piney Z Plantation. If time permits, we may visit a few other nearby bird friendly spots.

Friday, Sept. 23:Big Bend WMA Bird/Butterfly Trip
The first half of this trip will be birding and the second half discovery of butterflies led by Brian Lloyd. This is your chance to see if the insect world is of interest. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Publix parking lot at the intersection of Cap. Cir. SW and Crawfordville Highway. We will be carpooling, so please indicate if you are a willing driver.

 August

Friday, August 12: Bald Point State Park
Meet at the Publix parking lot on Crawfordville Highway and Cap Cir SW at 7:30 a.m. We will be carpooling and also making stops at Bottoms Rd and Mashes Sand Beach. Please indicate if you are a willing driver.

Saturday, August 27:  Lake Henrietta and Martha Wellman Park
Meet at Lake Henrietta on Springhill Rd at 8 a.m.

Friday, May 13 – Munson Hills Bike Trail
There are two options for this trip. One is a guided 10.75 mile rambling bicycle ride loop to seek out our resident woodpeckers, most of which will have fresh fledglings. This is off road biking. Option two is a 2 mile slow hike to see the birds. Meet at 8 am at the main parking lot of the St. Mark’s Rails to Trails on Woodville highway. Please indicate if you intend to bike or hike this trip. We will compare notes between the two groups when finished.

Sunday, May 15 – South Georgia Bird Rookery Trip
We will once again be visiting the ibis rookery, expecting more nesting and baby birds. Meet at 4:15 pm at the Hourglass on 1480 Timberlane Rd in the back parking lot OR at 5 pm at Grandaddy’s BBQ in Thomasville, GA on SR84. Please indicate if you are a willing driver as we will be carpooling to the property.

Friday, May 27– Joe Budd WMA
Meet at 8 am at the Pilot Gas Station on US90 West. Please indicate if you are a willing driver.

Friday, April 8:  Natural Bridge and environs
Meet at 7:30 am at the St. Marks Rails to Trails main parking lot. We will be carpooling and visiting several areas and be done by lunch time.

Saturday, April 23:  Hickory Mound WMA
Meet at 7:30 am at the St. Marks Rails to Trails main parking lot. We will be carpooling and doing mainly a driving tour. We return for a late lunch.

Saturday, March 12:  J.R.Alford Greenway/Canopy Bridge/Lake Lafayette
Meet at 8 am at the main parking lot of J.R.Alford Greenway on 2500 S. Pedrick Rd. We will scour skies and woods, requiring several miles of slow walking.

Friday, March 18:  Bald Point State Park/ Mashes Sand/Bottoms Rd.
Meet at 7:30 am at the Publix parking lot located at the intersection of Crawfordville Highway and Capital Circle SW. Please indicate if you are a willing driver. We will return for a late lunch. Meet directly at Bald Point State Park at 8:45 am if you live closer to that location.

Friday, February 5: Park on McGinnis Arm of Lake Jackson
Meet at 8 a.m. in the main parking lot of Lake Jackson Indian Mounds State Park. We will also be visiting other nearby landings. We will finish by lunch.

Saturday, February 27: Rookery in Brooks County, GA
Meet at 3 p.m. in the back parking lot of the Hourglass/MyEyeDr office on 1480 Timberlane Road. This private property has a rookery where over 2000 white ibis come to roost and nest as well as wood stork, anhinga, cattle egret, wood ducks, and other birds. We will watch them fly in for the night. If you are interested, I will give more details. We will carpool and will return well after dark.

Saturday, January 16: Tall Timbers Research Station

Meet in the main parking lot at 8 am. This trip is limited to 15 participants, so please email me at thekingsom@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Directions to Tall Timbers: https://goo.gl/maps/zi9RoJzKQ1Q2

Head North 8.3 miles from the intersection of US319 and Bannerman Rd and turn left on CR12 ( brown sign for Tall Timbers on the right). Go 2.7 miles and turn left onto Henry Beadel Dr. Go 0.4 miles and bear to the left for the parking lot.

Friday, January 29: Southwood and Environs
The male whooping crane has arrived so meet at the south pond on Biltmore Rd. at 7 am. We will also be birding other areas around Southwood. This trip is also limited to 15 participants, so please email me at thekingsom@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Both trips will be finished by lunchtime.


2015

December Field Trips: This month we will  visit inland birding spots, looking for our winter visitors.

Saturday, December 5:  Birdsong Nature Center
Meet at the Trader Joe’s parking lot at 8 am, where we will carpool. There is a $5 admission and we will be doing a fair amount of walking.

Friday, December 11:  Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines
Meet at the Trader Joe’s parking lot at 7:30 am, where we will carpool. This is a Nature Conservancy property that Annie Schmidt will be leading us. There will be open air riding and also some walking.

 

November Field Trips
This month we will hunt for ducks ( with our binoculars and cameras), which are on their way down south.

Saturday, November 7 – Lake Seminole/3 Rivers State Park
Meet at the Pilot gas station at the intersection of US90 West and I-10 at 8 am. We will be carpooling, so please indicate if you are a willing driver. We will return for a late lunch.

Friday, November 13 – St. Mark’s NWR
Meet at 8 am at the Visitor’s Center. There will be some walking required.

Saturday, September 12, 2015: Wakulla Springs & Swift Night Out 
No sign-up requested for this trip. We will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot outside the lodge for a walking/birding trip on the grounds surrounding the lodge. This trip will be led by AAS member Elizabeth Platt.

Then stay for the ranger-led event, Swift Night Out. Event details at:

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Wakulla-Springs

Saturday, June 6th: Cascades Park/Lake Elberta
Meet at 8 am in the main parking lot where the restrooms are. We will explore the urban park before moving on to Lake Alberta.

Saturday, June 26th: Ochlockonee River State Park
Meet at 8 am at the Publix parking lot at the corner of Crawfordville Highway (CR 369) and Capital Circle SW. Please indicate if you are a willing driver and the riding fee is $5.

Friday May 23rd: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Meet at 8 a.m. at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Friday May 15th: Hickory Mound Wildlife Management Area
Meet at 7:30 am at the main parking lot of the St. Mark’s Rail Trail on Woodville Highway. This will mainly be a driving tour. We will return for a late lunch.

Saturday, April 26th: Wakulla Springs State Park
Helen will lead a longer trip at Wakulla Springs State Park to try out your new birding skills. Meet in the lodge parking lot.

Saturday, April 18th: Wings Over Wakulla Festival field trip, Wakulla Springs State Park
For those of you who have always wanted to start birding, but don’t know the logistics, I will be available at the Audubon Tent to lead short trips on the premises.

Saturday, March 18th: Jackson View Park/Tower Road Landing/Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area
Meet at 8 am at Jackson View Park. To get there, go on N. Monroe Street to the sign for Faulk Landing. Drive another 0.6 miles and turn right onto Clara Kee Blvd. Meet in the parking lot.

Friday, March 13th: Southwood/Tran Holding Ponds/St. Marks River State Park
The cow pond area is a good meeting area anyway, to make it to these other places. So meet at 7:30 a.m. at the cow pond on Biltmore Rd. We will then carpool to the Tram Holding pond facility. Then a quick peak down the street at the St. Mark’s River State Park and return to the Biltmore cow pond for one final look.

Sunday, February 22nd: Tall Timbers Research Station
Jim Cox has graciously offered to tour us around the property, looking for woodpeckers and nuthatches in particular.  Meet at 8 am at Tall Timbers. We will be finished by noon.

Friday, February 13th: JR Alford Greenway
Hoping to see migrating raptors and woodland birds, we will meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m. and be finished by noon.

Saturday, January 31st: Southwood Biltmore Cow Pond
Budd Titlow, accomplished photographer and publisher has offered to show us some new hot spots. Meet at Biltmore Pond at 7 am. There will be some walking involved.

Friday, January 23rd: Apalachee Wildlife Management Area
This is adjacent to Lake Seminole. Meet at 8 am EST at the Pilot Gas Station at the intersection of US90 West and I-10 to carpool. Or meet at 8 am CST at the boat ramp on River Rd (CR271) 2.5 miles north of Three Rivers State Park. This will mainly be a driving tour, getting out of vehicles here and there.


2014 trips

Sunday, December 14th: Mission San Luis
Meet at 10 a.m. inside the visitor’s entrance gate for a guided bird walk during San Luis Mission’s Winter Solstice celebration.

Sunday, November 30th: Robert Williams Birding Trail/Lake Henrietta/Lake Elberta
Meet at 8 a.m. at Lake Henrietta on Spring Hill Rd. We will carpool to Robert Williams Birding Trail and return to bird at Lake Henrietta.

Saturday, November 15th: Bald Point State Park/Bottoms Road
 Join Audubon Florida’s John Murphy to seek out migratory and wintering shorebirds. If you would like to carpool, meet at the Publix parking lot at Capital Circle and Crrawfordville Highway at 7 a.m. Please indicate if you are a willing driver. The riding fee will be $5.

Saturday, November 8th: Seven Days of Opening Nets bird banding: Tall Timbers Search Station
Join us for this morning bird banding as part of “Seven Days of Opening Nets”, a Birding Bonanza celebrating the sights and sounds of Fall migration with evening field trips, bird netting, and special events through the Red Hills region.

Sunday, October 26th: Optimist Park Parent-Child Bird Trip
Do you have a child who is interested in birds, or would you like to introduce your child to the wonderful world of birding? If so, this is an introductory trip to learn and hear the backyard birds. Meet at 9 am at Koucky Optimist Park in Indian Head Acres. There will be some binoculars provided.

Saturday, October 25th: Seven Days of Opening Nets bird banding: Optimist Park
Join us for this morning bird banding as part of “Seven Days of Opening Nets”, a Birding Bonanza celebrating the sights and sounds of Fall migration with evening field trips, bird netting, and special events through the Red Hills region.

Friday, October 10th: Monticello Water Park/Lake Miccosukee
Meet at 8am at the Publix on Mahan and I-10.

Saturday, October 4th: Seven Days of Opening Nets bird banding: Optimist Park
Join us for this morning bird banding as part of “Seven Days of Opening Nets”, a Birding Bonanza celebrating the sights and sounds of Fall migration with evening field trips, bird netting, and special events through the Red Hills region.

Look for a white Tacoma truck on the south side of Hokolin Nene and head south along the nearby trail. We’ll have nets open by 8 AM and keep them running until 11 AM (or so). There should be a good diversity of migrants as well as potential recaps of some resident birds banded earlier this year. Stop by anytime during the morning and stay as long (or as briefly) as you like. This event has been moved to Optimist Park from Tall Timbers due to rain making some roads unpassable.

Saturday, September 6th: Edwards Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Prior to the annual Swift Night Out count of the chimney swifts, we will take a walk around the property. Meet at the Wakulla Lodge parking lot. no need to confirm; just show up.

Thursday, August 28th: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Meet at 8am at the Visitors Center parking lot.

Saturday, August 23rd: Florida Caverns State Park
Meet at the Pilot gas station at the intersection of US 90 West and I-10.

Sunday, July 20th: Lake Jackson/Crowder Landing/Faulk Landing
Meet at Lake Jackson Mounds State Park parking lot at 8 a.m. We will also travel to Crowder and Faulk landings.

Friday, July 11th: Apalachee Wildlife Management Area
 Meet at the Pilot gas station at the intersection of I-10 and US 90 West at 8 a.m. This will mainly be a driving event, stopping at wetlands/ponds to check out birds. Bring snacks, as we’ll be home for a late lunch. The riding fee will be $5.

Friday, June 27th: Letchworth Mounds Archaeological State Park/Lake Miccosukee
Looking for woodpeckers! Let’s meet in the parking lot, located off US 90 east at 8 a.m. We will also visit Lake Miccosoukee.

Saturday, June 7th: Munson Bike Trail
Tis the season for woodpeckers. We will ride a leisurely 10 miles through pine and oak forest with depressions looking for target species, many already families. Meet at the St. Mark’s trailhead on Woodville highway at 8 a.m. For those without an off road bike, The Great Bicycle Shop will rent them to pick up at 1909 Thomasville Road ( 224-7461) on Friday. The rental is $35 and they can be returned at their shop on Woodville highway which is next to the bike trail.

Thursday, May 22: Cooks Landing/Bear Creek Educational Forest
Meet at the Pilot gas station at the intersection of I-10 and West US 90 at 7 a.m. There is approximately 2 miles of walking a ravine. Please email me at thekingsom@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please indicate if you are a willing driver. The riding fee will be $5. We will return by lunch time.

Saturday, May 10: Lake Lafayette Heritage Park
Meet in the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. We will walk to the newly erected canopy bridge that crosses the railroad tracks to the Alford Greenway, hoping to get some tree action. There is no need to notify me if you plan to attend, just show up!

Thursday, May 22: Bear Creek Environmental Center
We will visit Bear Creek Environmental Center on foot on Thursday, May 22. Meet at the Pilot gas station at the intersection of I-10 and West US 90 at 7 a.m. There is approximately 2 miles of walking a ravine. Please indicate if you are a willing driver. The riding fee will be $5. We will return by lunch time.

Saturday, April 26: Lake Munson Recreation Area  & St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Meet at Lake Munson Recreation Area at 7:30 a.m. After discovering what we can find there, we will then drive down to St. Mark’s NWR to the Headquarter’s restroom area.  We will be finished by lunchtime.

Thursday, March 20 Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve
Annie Schmidt has graciously offered to lead us on this Nature Conservancy land along the Apalachicola River. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Pilot gas station at the intersection of I-10 and US 90 West. We will carpool, so please indicate if you are a willing driver. The riding fee will be $5. We will be home for a late lunch.

Sunday, March 16: Trout Pond Recreation Site
Meet at 8 a.m. for a walk around a gorgeous cypress studded large pond, where we’ll see wading birds and passerines. To get there, take Springhill Road south about 4 miles from the Capital Circle intersection. We will be finished by lunchtime.

Friday, February 28: Ochlockonee River State Park
Meet at 8 a.m. at Lake Elberta park off Lake Bradford Rd. We will carpool and the riding fee is $5. Please indicate if you are a willing driver. We will return around 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16: Meet at 9 a.m. at San Luis Mission Park.
This is the city park off Tharpe St., NOT the historic park. There is a small lake for wading birds and decent forest. We will then visit Martha Wellman park and be finished by lunchtime.

Friday, January 10:  Tram Road Water Treatment Plant
Meet at 8 a.m. at Grazie’s Pizza in Southwood on Merchant’s Row Blvd. We will carpool to the treatment plant. Please indicate if you are a willing driver. We hope to see wintering ducks there. We will also stop by the Biltmore Ponds to see what is lurking. There will be no riding fee.

Sunday, January 26:  Wakulla Beach and Road
Meet at 8 a.m. at the Capital City Bank parking lot on the corner of South Monroe and Paul Russell streets.  We will carpool , so please indicate if you are a willing driver. There will be a $5 riding fee. We hope to see wintering sparrows, migrants, and ducks. This will mainly be a driving tour.