2018 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

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.

2018 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

July 2018

Wed 7/18  Joint Meeting with Sierra & Native Plant 6 pmTAS hosts Meet at the Extension Office, 5339 CR 579, Seffner.  Potluck dinner, then presentation. Details here.

August 2018

Sat 8/11 Lettuce Lake 8 am – Beginning Bird Walk - Everyone Welcome!  Meet in the parking lot by the Visitor's Center in Lettuce Lake Park at 8 am.  We'll walk the boardwalk or trails, depending on where the best birds are.  We have binoculars to loan, and someone will have a spotting scope so you can get up really close and personal!  Bring water, snack. Entrance fee for park $2.  Done by 11 am. For info contact leader Mary Keith at mary.keith@tampaaudubon.org.

Thurs 8/30 10am Indoor Field Trip to the Tampa Bay History Center- We know that August is too hot for tramping around the fields. So this year we're trying an Air-Conditioned field trip. The new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center opens in August. "HISTORY OF CONSERVATION – A BIRD'S EYE VIEW" has been developed with the Coastal Islands Sanctuary staff. We're planning to take a group trip to see it. We'll have a curator with us to explain, and time to view the rest of the museum if you like:

Date:  August 30
Time: 10 am there
Cost: $10 per person group rate (check or cash to Tampa Audubon Society)

Please email Mary Keith mary.keith@tampaaudubon.org to reserve your space!

October 12-14 Florida Birding & Nature Festival

Come discover the wonders of the birds, wildlife, and natural lands that we enjoy in West Central Florida in this three-day festival based in Tampa offering workshops, field trips, boat trips and nature expos. For more details, see our flyer and visit www.fbnfestival.org.




2019 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

5/2/19 - 5/11/19  "Spring Migration Birding in Portugal" - Join us for another European adventure, birding in northern Portugal and western Spain, with Birds & Nature Tours Portugal. This is Spring Migration, so we expect a bird list of 180 species or more!  Click here to view flyer. The itinerary is here.