Ponce Inlet Florida Pelagic Trip - 2 October 2005
On Sunday, 2 October 2005, the Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center, a Volusia
County Florida governmental non-profit organization, is sponsoring a
pelagic trip to the western edge of the Gulf Stream, off Ponce Inlet.
The trip is part of a 3-day "Migratory Bird Festival-- Wings on the
Wind", put on by the Marine Science Center, and held from September
30-October 2, 2005. Saturday will be a day of booths, lectures, and on
Friday and Sunday there will be a number of field trips.
The pelagic trip will be aboard the 'Sea Spirit', a 65' head boat based
out of Inlet Harbor Marina at Ponce Inlet, FL. The cost is $100 per
person, and there are spaces available for 35 people. The boat will
leave the dock at approximately 7am, and return at 5pm.
The area that will be visited, known locally as The Steeples, is a
productive location of underwater cliffs and seamounts that cause
upwellings and current edges, especially along the western edge of the
Gulf Stream. It is especially good for pelagic species during
Possibilities include (* denotes high probability of sighting):
Wilson's Storm Petrel*
Leach's Storm Petrel
Band-rumped Storm Petrel
Leaders for the trip will include Bob Wallace and Wes Biggs, among
For more information, or to reserve a space on the boat, please contact
Science Center Director Michael Brothers at:
or call 386-304-5545.
For those coming in from out of town, we also have two beachfront hotels
lined up that have partnered with us to give us group rates of $79/night for
the Bird Festival. When
registering say you are with the Marine Science Center Migratory Bird
Festival "Wings on the Wind."
The Bahame House
2001 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach Shores, FL
Best Western, Aku Tiki Inn
2225 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach Shores, FL
This is a unique opportunity to witness fall pelagic migration in
Florida, at the height of the migratory season. Don't miss the chance
to see something really rare!
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SW Florida bird watching related links that may be of interest:
Manatee Audubon Society
Venice Audubon Society
Caloosa Bird Club (Ft. Myers, FL)
Peace River Audubon (Charlotte County, Florida)
SW Florida Birdline
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