2016-17 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

eagle chase
Credit: Steve Tryon
Red shouldered hawk @ Circle B Bar

Below are guides to help you get the most our of your birding experiences:

For Trip Leaders

A Word from Tampa Audubon Society Regarding Our Field Trips

TAS field trips are open to members and non-members alike, to anyone interested in birds, nature and being outdoors. Pets and smoking are prohibited. Individual field trips will state approximate length of trip, (half day, all day, 1 mile, 6 miles) and degree of difficulty. The monthly walk in Lettuce Lake County Park is a good primer for beginning birders.

Advance registration is appreciated. Please e-mail trip leader if possible, or call if you are planning to attend. For all birding field trips, unless otherwise stated, bring water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and dress for the weather. Bring snacks, water, and lunch for most all trips. In case of emergency, it would be helpful if your emergency contact information was in your chest pocket.

TAS encourages carpooling. Please start with full tank of gas! Be prepared to share the cost of gas, tolls, and park entrance fees! Our FT's will meet at a central location for carpooling coordination. For safety reasons, TAS discourages caravanning . Maps and directions will be provided on website. Please bring your own maps. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time, longer if you plan to buy food. Do check the website for details and updates shortly before each trip.

Hillsborough County is home to over 200 species of birds during some part of the year, numerous reptiles and mammals, and many lovely native plants, including orchids. We hope you'll join us as we explore the great outdoors!

Note: Any person participating in a Tampa Audubon Society Field Trip does so at his or her own risk, and acknowledges that Tampa Audubon Society has made no warranty or representation, expressed or implied, regarding the safety of conducting this activity at this site. All participants will be required to sign a waiver form releasing Tampa Audubon Society and its Officers, Directors, Field Trip Leaders, Assistants and Employees from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damage, costs and expenses resulting from any injury to me or damage caused by my failure to follow instruction.

 


2017 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

JUNE 2017

Sunday, June 25 - Birding by Golf Cart, Sunrise at MacDill AFB. 6-9 am. Get out to see the sunrise across the bay, and catch the birds rising from their night roosts in the golf course ponds.  Cost $10/cart; each cart holds 2 people; Photographers encouraged! Limited to 20 people. Plan to meet 5:30 am  for  carpooling into Base.

Background check: All birders attending our trip to MacDill AFB need to allow the base security office to perform a routine background check. The check needs to be complete a week prior to the day of the trip. Accordingly, you need to submit the following information to me no later than June 16, 2017. I will compile the information and submit it in one document to the base security office.

Here's what we need:

  1. Your name exactly as it appears on your driver's license. Include any initials.
  2. The name of the state that issued your driver's license.
  3. Your driver's license number. (Not your car license plate, your driver's license)
  4. Your contact phone number
  5. DOB

If the information you submit is not complete and accurate, you will be denied access to the base.
Please send the information to me at the following email address: sandy.reed@tampaaudubon.org. Once you have been approved, I will send further instructions for meeting.
JULY 2017
Saturday, July 8 - Lettuce Lake Park: Beginning Birding. This trip is a casual 2-to-3-hr walk along the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park. We usually find a diverse mix of waterfowl, waders, and woodland species, with a few nice raptors occasionally mixed in as well. We will walk the boardwalk looking for whatever’s around. The park entrance is on Fletcher Ave., 1.4 miles west of I-75. The park entrance fee is $2. Meet us at the Nature Center parking lot at 8 a.m.  Bring water, binoculars if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather. We have some extra binoculars and a spotting scope for good looks! We should be done by 11 am.  Please contact the trip leader, Mary Keith (keithma1@juno.com , 813-935-6115)if you have questions. 
AUGUST 2017

Saturday, August 12 - Lettuce Lake Park: Beginning Birding. This trip is a casual 2-to-3-hr walk along the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park. We usually find a diverse mix of waterfowl, waders, and woodland species, with a few nice raptors occasionally mixed in as well. We will walk the boardwalk looking for whatever’s around. The park entrance is on Fletcher Ave., 1.4 miles west of I-75. The park entrance fee is $2. Meet us at the Nature Center parking lot at 8 a.m.  Bring water, binoculars if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather. We have some extra binoculars and a spotting scope for good looks! We should be done by 11 am.  Please contact the trip leader, Doug DeNeve, doug.deneve@gmail.com if you have questions.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Sept 24-30, Texas Hawk Migration - Tampa Audubon heads to the Lone Star State for the Hawk Migration in southern Texas. (TRIP FULL).