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Bird Walks & Trips

Bird walks or trips typically fall on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, with some exceptions. For local walks, meet at 8:00 a.m. at the birding location. For the few out-of-town trips ("Trip" is included in the title), note meeting place below. New to birding? You are welcome! Flagler Audubon leaders will help you see the birds and learn more about them.

2019-2020 dates: 

Bird Sits

New this year: select local bird walks will have an alternate "bird sit" option for those who would rather let the birds come to them. Sometimes you may see as many birds as the walkers (or different kinds)! Bring a chair and join board member Judie Dziak. Dates to be confirmed but may include Sept 21; Oct 5; Oct 19; Nov 2; Jan 25; Feb 8; March 7; April 11; May 16.

Walks and Trips

Saturday, August 3, 8:00am - Field Trip: Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

Meeting place address: 111 Flagler Plaza Drive, Palm Coast, FL ****meet on the left side of the Winn-Dixie parking lot at SR100 and I95 for a 8:00 am departure. Carpooling is available; destination is about 45 minutes away.****

Destination address: 2045 Mud Lake Rd, DeLeon Springs, FL 
We will visit the site of the second-largest pre-migratory roost of swallow-tailed kites in the US. While we won't see the roost itself (which disperses early in the morning, and is sensitive to disturbance), we ARE likely to see swallow-tailed kites in the air! Be sure to bring bug spray and wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty/wet.
eBird: 233 species
Accessibility: low - grassy impoundments

Saturday, September 21, 8:00am - Bird Walk: Washington Oaks Gardens

Map to Washington Oaks Gardens

Lush formal gardens, trails through coastal scrub and hammock habitats plus beach and river views provide many opportunities for birdwatching. We expect to see warblers, raptors and wading birds. 

Cost: park entry fee (unless you have a park pass) - pay at the gate

eBird: 196 species

Accessibility: low - shell and sand paths, and some walking on grass/sand likely. If you'd prefer - bring a chair and join board member Judie Dziak for a "bird sit." 

Saturday, October 5, 8:00am - Bird Walk: Long Creek 

Map to Long Creek Nature Preserve

Partner event with Wild Birds Unlimited. Long Creek is a very short walk, but has a lot of great bird activity! We will spend time standing on the boardwalk watching the various wading birds, raptors, woodpeckers and smaller birds landing nearby. We will also view the intracoastal on one side of the park.

eBird: 92 species

Accessibility: includes short sidewalk, boardwalk and a short shell path. If you'd prefer - bring a chair and join board member Judie Dziak for a "bird sit." 

Saturday, October 19, *10:00am* - Fall Picnic & Bird Walk: Linear Park

This year we’re moving our picnics to a more seasonable time of year for Florida! Our fall picnic (and bird walk, of course!) will occur at Linear Park. RSVP required by Oct 17 (extended): Get Your Ticket Here!

At this picnic, we will honor our new Bald Eagle level (lifetime) members, Laura Ostapko and Frank Quinn. Come celebrate their contributions to birds, conservation and the community!

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Bird walk at 10:00 AM; Lunch at 11:30.

Cost: Free for member households (national, state or local); $5 suggested donation per person for non-members. Get Your Ticket Here! If you'd like to join ($20/household/year, which includes two picnics), you can do so here.

What to Bring: The chapter will provide sandwiches, beverages (soft drinks & water) and paper products. Please bring lawn chairs, a cooler and a dish to share! Suggestions include (but are not limited to):

  • Sides:

    • Stuffed / deviled Eggs

    • Fruit, Potato or Pasta Salad

    • Cole Slaw or Baked Beans

    • Chips or Veggies and Dip

    • Sliced Cantaloupe or Watermelon

    • Pickles and Olives

  • Desserts:

    • Cakes, Cupcakes, or Cookies

    • Cobbler or Banana Pudding

    • Other sweet delights!

Tickets are limited - don't forget to sign up!

eBird: 99 species

Accessibility: paved trail. If you'd prefer - bring a chair and join board member Judie Dziak for a "bird sit." 

Saturday, November 2, 8:00am - St. Johns Masters Tract Regional Stormwater Treatment Facility

Treatment wetlands improve water quality and attract an incredible diversity of birds. Make sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty! Bug spray is an absolute must. There are no restrooms or water fountains at this location. (Interested in learning more about treatment wetlands after this trip? Make sure to catch our educational program on Thursday March 5 at 6:30, at Palm Coast Community Center.)

eBird: 163 species

Accessibility: low - walking on grassy impoundments. Wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty/wet. Bug spray is a must.

Meeting place address: the left side of the Winn-Dixie parking lot at SR100 and I95, 111 Flagler Plaza Drive, Palm Coast, FL.

Destination address: 7756 Hub Bailey Rd Hastings, FL

(SOLD OUT) Saturday, November 16, *9:30am* - Boat Trip: Marine Discovery Center (SOLD OUT)

Flagler Audubon Society is going on a boat tour! We've chartered a boat from Marine Discovery Center, which results in a discount to members. ****Must buy ticket 5 days in advance for Coast Guard requirements. Meet at the Marine Discovery Center at 9:30am for a 10:00am departure. Sorry - tickets are sold out.****

"Travel the Indian River Lagoon in the comfort of our 40-passenger Discovery pontoon boat and explore the variety of species that call the lagoon home. Your tour guide on the 2-hour journey will be one of our friendly certified Florida naturalists who will share information about the lagoon’s wildlife through narration and hands-on specimens. Dolphins, manatees, wading birds and sea turtles are often seen during these tours. As your captain skillfully navigates the backwaters of the lagoon, you will experience Florida’s natural beauty while learning about conservation efforts to preserve and protect North America’s most biologically diverse estuary. Our vessel is licensed and inspected by the United States Coast Guard."

Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday, December 4, full days - Little Big Trip

The “Little Big Trip” is a furious two days of birding - not for the faint of heart! Tour of multiple birding hotspots in western & central Florida.

 

There is no cost to participate, but you must reserve your spot in advance. Hotel room must be also paid for in advance (separately), and all meals are on your own. Carpooling is highly encouraged. Departure at 6am from Central Park in Town Center by the bathrooms at the front of the park.

 

Itinerary is subject to change, but will probably include:

Day 1

  • Sweetwater Wetlands - raptors, waders

  • Cedar Key cemetery - warblers

  • Crystal River - waders, warblers

  • Werner Boyce Salt Springs (to hike the famous black rail trail) - shorebirds, waders, warblers

  • Caladesi or Honeymoon Island - shorebirds, gulls, waders

  • Overnight stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott St Petersburg North (must reserve your room separately - contact the hotel for prices & availability.)

Day 2

  • Fort Desoto - waders, shorebirds, warblers, raptors

  • Circle B Bar Reserve - waders, raptors, waterfowl

Don't forget to reserve your spot on the trip and also pay for your hotel room in advance! This should be a fun, bird-filled trip.

Friday, December 20, *all day* - Christmas Bird Count

Join us in the 120th CBC, the largest and longest running citizen science survey in the world! Teams of experienced birders are responsible for covering designated sections of the county. Must sign up to participate in advance. Contact flagleraudubon@gmail.com for more info.

(Not sure you're ready for such an intensive, skill-oriented survey? The Winter Shorebird Survey on February 1 is a great first survey for beginners, including helpful photo guides and a smaller number of species to identify - scroll down below for details.)

Saturday, January 11, *9:00am* - Field Trip: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Map to Merritt Island Visitor Center

Meet at the visitor center at 9:00 a.m. and drive from there to the world-renowned Black Point Wildlife Drive. We hope to be lucky enough to spot rails and Roseate Spoonbills, but are sure to observe a variety of duck species such as Northern Pintail and Blue-winged Teal and many wading birds.

We will also stop at Scrub Ridge Trail to observe Florida’s only endemic species, the Florida Scrub-Jay, up close. Dixie Crossroads is a favorite for lunch. Those who wish to may go to other locations on the refuge after lunch - this is a location worth spending the day at!

Cost: Black Point Wildlife drive entry fee (unless you have an annual pass) - pay at gate or buy pass at visitor center

eBird: 253 species

Accessibility: On Black Point Wildlife Drive, we will mostly bird by car - getting out briefly at various viewing locations. Scrub-Jay Trail is a 1 mile loop, grassy trail.

Saturday, January 25, *3:30pm* - Bird Walk: Princess Place Preserve at Twilight

The “Jewel of Flagler County” shines at dusk, too! We will start in the daytime and view many types of birds along Pellicer Creek, from wading birds to woodpeckers to warblers. Of course there will be a visit to the eagle nest! Then we will search for dusk specialties like rails and owls.

How to find us: drive all the way to the end of Princess Place Road (after you cross the bridge, keep going), where the historic house and barn overlook Pellicer Creek. Park along the fence.

eBird: 172 species

Accessibility: low - often walking on grass, sand paths, and shell paths (some sidewalk). If you'd prefer - bring a chair and join board member Judie Dziak for a "bird sit." 

Saturday, February 1, 8:00am - Winter Shorebird Survey

Meet at Flagler Pier at 8am for this statewide citizen science survey. ****This survey is a great opportunity for beginners: at arrival, you will be paired with a more experienced birder and provided with a photo sheet of the approx. 30 species we are searching for. Only shorebirds sitting on the beach are counted (no flying birds), so they're easier to find and identify. Come work on your shorebirds!****

Shorebirds ID sheet

Terns & Gulls ID sheet

Accessibility: low - walking on beach sand

Saturday, February 8, *5:30pm* - Owl Prowl: Linear Park

Calling all night owls! Meet at 5:30 p.m. We will bird by daylight until the sun goes down, and then look for owls by the light of the moon.

eBird: 99 species

Accessibility: paved trail. 

Saturday, February 21, 8:00am - Bird Banding

eBird: TBA

Accessibility: TBA

Saturday, March 7, 8:00am - Bird Walk: Palm Coast Spray Fields

Map to Winn-Dixie Parking Lot

Meeting place address: the left side of the Winn-Dixie parking lot at SR100 and I95, 111 Flagler Plaza Drive, Palm Coast, FL.

Note: The destination location (just a few minutes away) is not open to the public, so traveling with the group is required. 

Treatment wetlands improve water quality and attract an incredible diversity of birds. This is one of the best places to bird in Flagler County! And not normally open to the public. You can read about a past spray fields walk and see pictures hereMake sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty! Bug spray is an absolute must. There are no restrooms or water fountains at this location. (Interested in learning more about treatment wetlands before you go? Make sure to catch our educational program the previous Thursday at 6:30, at Palm Coast Community Center.)

Our record for the Spray Fields trip: 47 species

Accessibility: low - involves walking through medium grass and up/down embankments. If you'd prefer - bring a chair and join board member Judie Dziak for a "bird sit." 

Saturday, March 21, time TBA - Spring Boat Trip: TBA

Cost, ticket link & other details to come. 

Saturday, April 4, 8:00am - Bird Walk: Rookery at Hammock Dunes

Requires advance signup. Link to come.

Saturday, April 11, *10:00am* - Spring Picnic & Bird Walk: Waterfront Park 

Map to Waterfront Park

This year we’re moving our picnics to a more seasonable time of year for Florida! Our spring picnic (and bird walk, of course!) will occur at Waterfront Park. RSVP required by April 8: Get Your Ticket Here!

Note: We normally combine the spring picnic with our annual meeting, where we vote in new board members - but this year, due to the date shift, we'll do the quick annual meeting at our May educational program instead.

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Bird walk at 10:00 AM; Lunch at 11:30.

Cost: Free for member households (national, state or local); $5 suggested donation per person for non-members. Get Your Ticket Here! If you'd like to join ($20/household/year, which includes two picnics), you can do so here.

What to Bring: The chapter will provide sandwiches, beverages (soft drinks & water) and paper products. Please bring lawn chairs, a cooler and a dish to share! Suggestions include (but are not limited to):

  • Sides:

    • Stuffed / deviled Eggs

    • Fruit, Potato or Pasta Salad

    • Cole Slaw or Baked Beans

    • Chips or Veggies and Dip

    • Sliced Cantaloupe or Watermelon

    • Pickles and Olives

  • Desserts:

    • Cakes, Cupcakes, or Cookies

    • Cobbler or Banana Pudding

    • Other sweet delights!

Tickets are limited - don't forget to sign up!

eBird: 97 species

About the walk: This park offers scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway. We will look for warblers in the trees, gulls and wading birds in the water, and raptors overhead. 

Accessibility: paved trail (and optional short sand trail). If you'd prefer - bring a chair and join board member Judie Dziak for a "bird sit." 

Saturday, May 16, 8:00am - Bird Walk: Haw Creek Preserve at Russell Landing

A raised boardwalk winds through an old Florida cypress swamp. The park contains 7 distinct natural communities, including forests, hammocks, flatwoods, marshes, swamps and a blackwater stream.

eBird: 68 species

Accessibility: mostly boardwalk, some walking on grass likely. If you'd prefer - bring a chair and join board member Judie Dziak for a "bird sit." 

Saturday, June 6, time TBA - Field Trip: Florida Museum of Natural History

Cost, ticket link & other details to come. 

Saturday, June 6, 8:00am - Field Trip: Florida Museum of Natural History

Join us for a self-guided tour of general exhibits, butterfly rainforest and “Amazing Pollinators.”

Cost: Buy your ticket(s) at the door (info here). General exhibits are free but special exhibits and butterfly rainforest are extra cost. 

Lunch: (optional & separate) Chuy’s and Metro Diner are close by. 

Accessibility: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/visit/accessibility/ 

Meeting place address: 111 Flagler Plaza Drive, Palm Coast, FL ****meet at the Winn-Dixie parking lot at SR100 and I95 for a 8:00 am departure. Carpooling is available; destination is about 2 hours away.****

Destination address: 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611

Saturday, July 11, *10:00am* - Field Trip: Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art (Daytona)

It’s never too hot to “bird” the museum! Florida art is filled with birds - we’ll count and list the types of birds we see in the paintings. (Though this list won’t be submitted on eBird!) This museum is home to the largest collection of Florida art in the world.

Cost: Buy your ticket(s) at the door or in advance (info here). 

Lunch: (optional & separate) Giuseppe’s Steel City Pizza is 8 minutes away, or there is a HoneyBaked Ham cafe at the museum.

Accessibility: https://www.moas.org/accessibility/index

Destination address: 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 

Saturday, August 1, *9:00am/11:00am* - Field Trip: Marine Science Center 

9:00am optional bird walk, 11:00am group tour of MSC

Learn about the area’s rich marine life and ecosystems through exploring exhibits, seabird/turtle rehab facilities, and a live raptor presentation. 

Cost: Bring $4 cash per person. 

Lunch: (optional & separate) Hidden Treasure Restaurant is 0.2 mi away.

Directions and parking: http://www.marinesciencecenter.com/visit/directions-map-parking.stml

Destination address: 100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

Friday, September 18, 8:00am - TBA

Details to come.

Partner Events

Support some great organizations around town. Come by the Flagler Audubon booth! Also offering bird walks at select events.

Sept 28 - Plant This Not That - Gamble Rogers

Oct 25/26: Audubon Assembly - Audubon Florida (gathering of Audubon chapters across Florida)

Dec 7 - Golden Ticket Party - Friends of A1A

Feb 14-17 - Great Backyard Bird Count - National Audubon Society

April 18 - Spring Festival - Garden Club of Palm Coast

Probably April 25 - Earth Day - Washington Oaks Gardens 

May 1 - Kids Ocean Day - Friends of A1A

Probably May 2 - Arbor Day at Town Center - City of Palm Coast

Usually 1st Sat in Sept - Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup - City of Palm Coast