2018 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

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

Below are guides to help you get the most out 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.


2018 Tampa Audubon Field Trips

April 2018

Sat 4/28 Ft DeSoto 7:30 am - Meet at flagpole at the ranger station.  Finished by 2 pm.  Driving to various hotspots within Ft D, easy hiking up to 1 ½ miles at some locations. Hoping to catch spring migrants and maybe a fallout at this popular warbler hangout. Local favorites and over wintering shorebirds at lagoon. Dress for weather, bugs, sunscreen, hat! Bring lunch! Contact leader sandy.reed@tampaaudubon.org for details.

May 2018

Sat 5/5 Colony Watch, Lake Forest 5:30 pm  – Meet at the Lake Forest Clubhouse parking lot located at 14735 Lake Forest Dr., Lutz, FL 33559 (off Bruce B Downs Blvd) to learn about wading bird colonies and Project Colony Watch.  This is the Lake Forest Colony.  We should be there for around an hour plus.  Then for anyone who wants we are meeting at Chik-fil-A for dinner at 3019 Cove Bend, Tampa, FL 33613 which is very close to the colony. Questions – contact Mary Keith at mary.keith@tampaaudubon.org, or 813-767-5863.
Sat 5/12 Lettuce Lake 9 am Spring NAMC (North American Migration Count) Beginning Bird Walk, Everyone Welcome!  Meet in the parking lot by the Visitor’s Center in Lettuce Lake Park at 9 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 Megan Campbell at megan.campbell@tampaaudubon.org.

Saturday, May 19 Schultz Preserve  7:30 am.  Limited to 15 people.  Registration required!
The Schultz Preserve is a 134-acre tract currently managed by the Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department. The Preserve was restored to mangrove forest, coastal and freshwater marsh, coastal dunes and uplands. It provides important habitat for fisheries, shorebirds, mangrove species and upland wildlife, including bobcats and migrating neotropical songbirds. Over 5,000 birds and 116 species have been cataloged in the last 8  months. This land has been the subject of a monthly survey since August 2017. Birds recently seen include Cooper’s Hawk, Oyster Catchers, and migrating Waxwings. The full trail is 2.8 miles but a shorter 1.5-mile walk is available. Trails can be a bit overgrown and closed shoes are recommended.  Bring water and snacks, insect repellant, sun screen, hat. Other than parking there are no facilities. The preserve is located at the end of Adamsville Road, Gibsonton. Google Maps shows Kracker Road but this road does not go through to the park. Leader is Mic McCarty. Register with Mic at mic.mccarty@tampaaudubon.org.

May 28-31 - Tampa Audubon Birds Western Virginia in the Spring, Highland County, WV - Come see spring warblers in full spring color! Find some northern birds you don't usually see here. We'll be birding in northwestern Virginia, Highland County, up on the ridges of the Appalachian mountains, with a leading local birder, Dr. John Spahr. For full details and to reserve, click here.

June 2018

Sat 6/9 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.

July 2018

Sat 7/14 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.

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.  Speaker to be announced.

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.

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.