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SRQ Bird non Alerts 31 December 2006 - Field Trips and Meetings of local Audubon Society Chapters

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    Information about activities of the Sarasota, Manatee County, and Venice Area Audubon Society Chapters for January to May 2007. For more details please check
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2006
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      Information about activities of the Sarasota, Manatee County, and Venice Area Audubon Society Chapters for January to May 2007.  For more details please check their Internet sites (addresses at the end of this E-mail or call them).  The information about the Sarasota and Manatee Audubon chapters is from their Internet sites as of 31 December 2006 and the Venice information was provided in August 2006.  Peter Rice
      Sarasota Audubon Society Chapter
      DAY TRIPS 2006-2007 (January to May 2007)
      All day trips meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) unless otherwise noted. BRING LUNCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. Field trips are open to anyone interested in birding, wildlife watching or exploring Florida's natural areas. A suggested donation of $2 for members and $4 for non-members is most welcome. NO RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. For more information, contact each individual Trip Leader. NOTE: Checks for paid day trips are deposited after the completion of the trip. In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be made to the issuer of the check only. Deposits/Payments for overnight trips are made right away.
      TRIP WAIVER: Participation is on condition that Sarasota Audubon Society and its officers and volunteers will not be held liable for damage or injury to persons or property.
      Roberts Bay on the Carefree Learner with Sarasota High School students to monitor breeding birds on the mangrove islands. Members more than welcome. Two trips on most days: 9:40 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Boat is docked next to Le Barge at Marina Jack’s. Call Rick Greenspun at 346-8535 to secure a spot. Sept 27; Oct 25; Nov 29; Dec 7 & 8; Jan 24; Feb 21; Mar 21; Apr 25; May 9.
      Tuesday, Jan 9: Siesta Beach & Woods Meet in the main Siesta Beach public parking lot as close as possible to the southern end of the restroom facilities at 7:30 a.m. Leaders: Wade & Betty Matthews, 923-0671.
      Thursday, Jan 11: Introduction to Birding See SPECIAL CLASSES for details.
      Saturday, Jan 13: Phosphate Mines, Polk County Privately-guided tour of phosphate reclamation ponds near Lakeland. A rare opportunity to see short-tailed Hawks, wintering warblers and thousands of shorebirds. Leave McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 7 a.m. Leader: Rick Greenspun, 346-8535. FREE LUNCH. Bring snacks and drinks for an all-day outing.
      Wednesday, Jan 17: Clay Gully & Sidell Roads Round trip behind Myakka SP. This area is good wintering habitat for specialties such as Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Leader, Owen Comora, 378-5166. Meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
      Wednesday, Jan 31: SRQ Water Treatment Plants Check out the birds at our local water treatment plants with Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709. Leave McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 8 a.m.
      Saturday, Feb 10: Eagles with Dale Nauman, 322-6274 Join Dale as he tours some of the eagle nesting sites which he and his volunteers monitor during the breeding season. Meet at McDonald’s by 8 a.m.
      Tuesday, Feb 13: Venice Rookery & Manasota Scrub/Lemon Bay Park Great photo ops and great birding. Mark Leggett, 925-7220. Leave McDonald’s at 7:30 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
      Saturday, Feb 17, 9 til noon: Pinecraft Fest: See ANNUAL EVENT for more details
      Thursday, Feb 22: Port Charlotte Landfill Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709, will lead us to this new destination. Birds to look for: Bald Eagles, Hairy Woodpeckers and more. Leave McDonald’s at 7:30 a.m.
      Wednesday, Feb 28: Emerson Point This wonderful park has woodlands, shoreline, and mangroves. Depart McDonald’s at 7:30 a.m. Optional lunch at Crab Trap II restaurant. Leaders: John Ginaven, 798-9829, and Stuart Hills, 922-5261.
      Wednesday, Mar 7: Carlton Reserve Leader Edith Miller, 366-5853, will help us find Red-headed Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmice, Swallow-tailed Kites and more at this Venice area park. Leave McDonald’s at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
      Wednesday, Mar 14: Special Nesting Bird Cruise to the Alafia Banks. See AUDUBON OF FLORIDA EVENTS for more details
      Saturday, Mar 17: Lettuce Lake, Tampa Leader Lynn Jakubowicz, 355-4073, will lead us through this spectacular park on the Hillsborough River. Leave McDonald’s at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
      Saturday, Mar 24: Babcock Webb WMA, Port Charlotte Leader Rick Greenspun, 346-8535, will help us find Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman’s Sparrows, and Brown-headed Nuthatches. Bobcat and Coyote are possible. Note early start to get the woodpeckers. Leave McDonald’s at 7 a.m.
      Wednesday, Mar 28: Crowley Museum & Nature Center Join Jeanne Dubi (355-1709) for a bird walk around Crowley to look for wintering species. Meet in the Fruitville Library parking lot (Fruitville, just east of I-75) at 7:30 a.m.
      Tuesday, April 3: Ft DeSoto Join leader John Ginaven (798-9829) on a quest for migrants at this marvelous park and premier birding hotspot. Leave the first rest area just after the tollbooths on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1-275) at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
      Thursday, April 12: SRQ Triple Loop Join Jeanne Dubi/Rick Greenspun (355-1709) in search of migrants at our local hot spots. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Phillippi Estate Park, west side of U.S. 41 at Constitution Blvd.
      Thursday, Apr 19: Ft DeSoto Leader John Ginaven (798-9829) will help us find migrants at this wonderful birding spot. Leave the first rest area just after the tollbooths on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (I-275) at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
      Wednesday, Apr 25: Lido Key Leader Jeanne Dubi, 355-1709, will lead a bird walk through newly restored habitat on South Lido. Meet in the South Lido parking lot at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
      Saturday, Apr 28: Ft DeSoto Edith Miller (366-5853) will lead another trip to find late migrants at this wonderful birding spot. Leave the first rest area just after the tollbooths on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (I-275) at 8 a.m. BRING LUNCH.
      Saturday, May 5: Butterfly Walk Join butterfly enthusiasts Stu Hills and Jeanne Dubi on a walk to locate and ID local butterflies. Location to be determined. Meet at McDonald’s (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen) at 10 a.m.
      Sarasota Audubon Society Chapter
      Sarasota Audubon presents monthly programs, open to the public, featuring speakers on a variety of environmental issues and birding topics. All meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, October though May, 7 to 9 PM.
      Meetings are held at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 1031 South Euclid, Sarasota.
      January 8: Barn Owls Dr Richard Raid, Professor of Plant Pathology at UF’s Everglades Research Center in Belle Glade, tells us about his work in utilizing Barn Owls for rodent control in agriculture. The Barn Owl program has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and PBS’s popular Nature series. 
      February 12: What Is Audubon of Florida Doing?  Eric Draper, Policy Director of Audubon of Florida, discusses his lobbying and legislative work in preserving habitat for Florida’s birds
      March 12: Critical Beach Monitoring on Our Gulf Coasts Monique Abrams of St Petersburg Audubon describes her work in spearheading up to 60 volunteers in monitoring beach nesting birds: Snowy & Wilson’s Plovers, Least Terns, Black Skimmers and American Oystercatcher, all of which are confronted with tremendous hurdles just to survive.
      April 9: The Watershed Story Steve Suau, President of Florida House Institute, outlines the problems we face in managing our water--the oil of the future!
      Annual General Meeting in which officers are elected for the coming year.
      May 14: Live Birds of Prey Lisa Rhodin, Myakka River SP Ranger, will discuss her rehab work with injured birds of prey, some of which will be with her this evening.
      Prospective members are welcome to learn more about us by attending a monthly meeting.

      Venice Area Audubon Society
      Trip and Program Guide 2006-2007 (trips during 2007, information from August 2006)
      Sat. Jan. 20- Myakka Pines Environmental Park
      Meet at 7:30 AM at the Venice Audubon Center to carpool to the NW corner of the intersection of Border Rd. and the Myakka River.  We will walk approximately 1.5 miles around this exceptionally beautiful new county park along the river and examine the association between its birds and habitat types such as grassland, oak hammock and riparian forest. Three hour trip. Trip leaders: Bill and Margaret Dunson 473-2534  (wdunson@...).
      Sat. Jan. 27- Sarasota Celery Fields
      Located off I-75 at exit 210 east of Ackerman Lake. Large numbers of wintering birds frequent this area. Sora, White Pelican, and Northern Harrier are possible. Half-day trip. Carpool from Venice Audubon Center at 7:00 AM. Trip leader: Barry Rossheim 485-1328.
      Sat. Feb. 3- Cape Haze Bike and Bird
      Pioneer/Cape Haze Bike Trail- Meet at 8:00 AM at the trailhead
      behind the Publix at the corner of routes 776 and 771 with your bike for the
      first ever biking and birding trip.  The trail is approximately 11 miles round
      trip and we will stop whenever something interesting is sighted or heard.
      Emphasis will be placed on learning the calls of birds and habitat types.  The
      turn-around point is the intersection with tidal Coral Creek.  This area east
      of Rotunda is still remarkably wild in places and we may expect to see a bobcat
      and other animals along with wintering birds. Three hour trip. Trip leaders: Bill and Margaret Dunson 473-2534 (wdunson@...).
      Wed. Feb. 7- Venice Landfill & Venetian Golf and River Club
      Half-day carpool trip meeting at Venice Audubon Center at 7:30AM.  We will view wintering birds. Hawks, eagles, meadowlarks, and bluebirds have been spotted on past trips. Trip leaders: Rett and Priscilla Oren 486-1424.
      Sat. Feb. 10- Grande Tours Kayaking
      Kayaking Coral Creek. Rent from Grande Tours ($16.05 singles, $26.75 doubles) or bring your own kayak ($3.21 is the cost to launch your own). For beginners and seasoned kayakers. Bring lunch. Payment is due on or before the January VAAS meeting. Carpool from the Venice Audubon Center at 8:30AM or meet at Grande Tours at 9:00AM.
      Trip leaders: Carolyn Barszcz 496-8268 and Wendy Lalouette.
      Sat. Feb 17- STA- 5 south of Clewiston
      Through a partnership with Hendry-Glades Audubon , the South Florida Water Management District will offer to the public escorted birding tours at Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5) south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County. These remote shallow-water marshes attract waterfowl, nesting wading birds, and other migratory species. We will carpool from the Venice Audubon Center. Look for details in Wings.Trip leaders: Rett and Priscilla Oren 486-1424.
      Thurs. Feb. 22- Nav-a-Gator Boat Ride
      Two-hour Peace River boat cruise exploring the islands and backcountry on the river. The history of this river dates back to the 1800’s- we even cruise by an old ghost town. We will look for gators, manatees, and migratory birds. Lunch will be at a real Florida fish camp style restaurant. The cost is $30 per person. The trip is limited to 33 people. Carpool from the Venice Audubon Center at 8:00 AM. Trip leaders: Ginny Koss 493-8812 and Dolores Constantin 497-5662.
      Sat. Mar. 10- Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary  Naples, FL
      All day carpool trip leaving from Venice Audubon Center. Morning: Ranger-led truck ride into backcountry not open to the public. Afternoon: Birding on the boardwalk meandering through virgin bald cypress swamp. Bring lunch. Limited to 18 people. Details January Wings. Sign up Jan. meeting. Trip leaders: Carolyn Edmunds and Charlie Sample 497-6463.
      Wed. Mar. 21- Babcock Webb Punta Gorda, FL
      Half-day trip, carpool from Venice Audubon Center at 7:00 AM. Search for the elusive Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Eastern Bluebird. Trip leaders: Mary Dommermuth 474-6255 and Dolly Schoeneman 485-2944.
      Tues. Apr. 10- Ft. DeSoto Park, St. Petersburg
      Prime area for spring migrants, e.g. warblers, tanagers and orioles. All day carpool trip meeting at Venice Audubon Center at 7:00AM. Trip leaders: Mary Dommermuth 474-6255 and Tom Duchs 475-7805.

      Manatee County Audubon Society Chapter
      Field Trips and Events (January to April 2007)
      Bring bag lunch. Visitors are welcome. Many trips leave from the Main Post Office at 824 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida ( see individual trips for departure locations) . Please arrive at least five minutes before departure times. Trips leave as scheduled.
      Saturday, January, 20, 2007
      Trip to Cargill (formerly IMG) in Polk County. Large numbers of ducks and Shorebirds that are not commonly seen as well as wintering birds.
      Coordinator: Patti Petruff 748-4411.
      Leave from Main Post Office 7:00 AM.
      Mondays & Thursdays, January 22, 25, 29, and February 1, 2007
      Bird Identification Class consisting of four Classes as well as Field Trips on January 27th and February 3rd led by Bird Identification experts (Bob and Nancy Dean) who have traveled Worldwide in pursuit of their passion. Call Nancy Dean 792-9235 for reservations.
      Saturday, February, 17, 2007
      Ft. Meyers Trip led by local expert Charlie Ewell. Going to Tigertail Beach, Marco Island emphasis on shorebirds. Charlie will help us with some identification tips. Coordinator Steve Black 376-0110. Leave from Main Post Office at 6:45AM.
      Wednesday, March 14, 2007
      Joint Trip with Sarasota Audubon
      Special Nesting Cruise ( $ 15. fee) on the Alafia Banks to visit nesting colony at the Richard T. Paul Alafia Bank Sanctuary. Call for details Steve Black 376-0110. Leave from Cracker Barrel I75 and SR64 at 7:35 AM.
      Saturday, March 24, 2007
      Venice Landfill and Venice Audubon Rookery Coordinator: David Williamson 378-9920 Leave from Cracker Barrel I75& SR64 at 7:00 AM
      Saturday, April 14, 2007
      Earth Day Celebration at the Felts Audubon Preserve. Details to be announced.
      Saturday, April 21, 2007
      Ft. Desoto Spring Migration
      Coordinator: Steve Black 376-0110
      Leave from Main Post Office 7:30 AM

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