Our Mission: To preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural communities
in Indian River County through advocacy, education, and public awareness.
FIELD TRIPS 2016 - 2017
For more information or to make reservations, please call 772-567-3520.
This is a tentative schedule. More detailed information will be added about the trips. Signups will be done online or over the phone. If you would like to lead a field trip for Pelican Island Audubon, please call 772-567-3520.
Click to view the lists of Pelican Island Audubon field trip bird sightings on eBird.
September 2016

October 2016
October 30 - Barrier Island Center - 8385 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach - Guide: Karen Schuster - meet in the Center parking lot at 9:00AM - Sign up for this field trip online.

November 2016
November 12 - Bee Gum Point - Guide: Jim Shea, Indian River Land Trust - Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Bee Gum Point. This 111-acre property is one of the last unprotected wetlands on the barrier island and contains a mile of Indian River Lagoon shoreline. It is situated along the Atlantic Flyway, a major corridor for millions of migrating birds. DIRECTIONS: At the blinking light on A1A in Indian River Shores, turn west onto Fred Tuerk Drive and proceed to the end of road. Entrance is on the left by the electrical substation. Sign up online for this field trip.

November 17 - T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area - Guide: David Simpson will lead a car pool around T.M. Goodwin WMA & Broadmoor Marsh from 8:30 to 2:00PM - Bring a lunch - meet at 8:30AM at the T.M. Goodwin entrance parking lot. Sign up online for this field trip.

November 19 – Birding the Indian River Lagoon by Kayak – Guide: Kristen Beck – Paddle the shallow waters of the Indian River Lagoon past the mangroves to the active rookery on a spoil island – Must be able to sit for two hours – Free if you bring your own kayak or $10 donation for use of our equipment – Meet at Oslo Road boat ramp, 9:00 a.m. to noon – limited to twelve people.  Sign up online for this field trip.

December 2016
December 3 - T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area - Guide: Steve Goff will lead a biking tour around T.M. Goodwin WMA & Broadmoor Marsh - meeting time 7:00AM at the T.M. Goodwin entrance parking lot - Sign up online for this field trip.

December 10 – Birding the Indian River Lagoon by Kayak – Guide: Kristen Beck – Paddle the shallow waters of the Indian River Lagoon past the mangroves to the active rookery on a spoil island – Must be able to sit for two hours in an open kayak, which means you might get wet – Free if you bring your own kayak or $10 donation for use of our equipment – Meet at Oslo Road boat ramp, 9:00 a.m. to noon – limited to twelve people.  Sign up online for this field trip.

January 2017
January 14 - South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area - Guide: Ken Gonyo - A guided walk through different South ORCA habitats with a chance of seeing nesting Bald Eagles - meet at 9:00AM at 175 9th Street SE (Oslo Road)

January 22 - Orlando Wetlands Park - 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas - Guides: Steve Goff and Bill Loftus - Meet at the Chevron station on 512 near I-95 at 6:00AM - Sign up online for this field trip.

February 2017
February 4 - Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge - Guide: Joseph Pescatore will lead a walk to Joe's Overlook starting at 7:00AM - meet at the Pelican Island Viewing Area parking lot - Sign up online for this field trip.

February 12 - Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area - Guide: George Glenn - We will meet out at the parking area near the first gate at Fort Drum at 7 AM. It is important that everyone try to get there on time because we will enter through a gate that we will have to lock after driving through. To get to the entrance to Fort Drum, go west on Rt. 60 as if you are heading to Yeehaw Junction. The entrance is on the South side of the road, and is roughly 15 miles from the I-95 interchange and right before you get to the "bend" in the rt. 60 road. You do NOT go all the way to Yeehaw Junction. Once you make the turn into Fort Drum access road, you will travel around 1/2 mile to the gate. It's a single road so you don't have to worry about getting lost. Everyone will be provided the combination to the gate lock so that if you decide you want to quit the hike early, you will be able to leave when you want. Contact the field trip leader, George Glenn, at 850-294-4586 if you need further directions, especially on the morning of the field trip. Sign up online for this field trip.

February 18 - STA 5/6 Driving Bird Tour (Hendry-Glades County) - Guide: Hendry-Glades Audubon Society - Meeting at the STA5/6 Deer Fence Trailhead gate at 8:15 a.m - STA 5/6 is a premier Florida birding hot spot. STA-5/6 is located 27 miles south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County, which is south of Lake Okeechobee. View a map and directions. Please note: This trip is limited to 15 people and requires a paper ticket issued by Pelican Island Audubon to enter STA 5/6. Sign up online for this trip.

February 22 - Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area / Joe Overstreet Landing - Guides: Caroyln Cimino and Bill Loftus - Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the TA Truck Stop, corner of SR 60 and 90th Avenue, for carpool. Sign up online for this field trip.

March 2017

March 8 - Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area / Joe Overstreet Landing - Guides: Caroyln Cimino - Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the TA Truck Stop, corner of SR 60 and 90th Avenue, for carpool. Sign up online for this field trip.

March 16 - Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach - Guide: Bill Loftus - boardwalk over wetlands - expect to see numerous species of waterbirds and other wildlife - Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the TA Truck Stop, corner of SR 60 and 90th Avenue, for carpool. Return to Vero at approximately 5:00 p.m.  Online reservations open in September. By popular request, we will do Green Cay in the morning this year. After lunch, participants may choose between Wakodahatchee (which will be crowded) or a new location, Riverbend Park, 9060 Indiantown Road in Jupiter. Sign up online for this field trip.

March 16 & 17- Padgett Creek Ranches - hosted by the Indian River Land Trust - starting at 9:00 a.m. - Register online at the IRLT

March 25 - Kashi Ashram - Guide: Felicity Rask - Meet at 11155 Roseland Road, Sebastian at 7:00 a.m. Park in the event parking lot. - Approximately two miles of total walking through areas of hardwoods, pines, oaks, and a section along the St. Sebastian River. Sign up online for this field trip.

April 2017
April 7 - Sebastian Stormwater Park - This field trip has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

April 8 - Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area - Guide: Barbara Riebe - Guided tour of north ORCA starting from Audubon House, 195 9th Street SE - Walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

April 15 - Captain Forsters Hammock Preserve - Guide: Will Johnson - Local birder Will Johnson leads a hunt for warblers and other migrants at Captain Forster Hammock Preserve this Saturday, March 15, 2017.  Don't miss one of the last great birding trips of the season! The group meets at 8:30 a.m. at Captain Forster Hammock Preserve, which is located one mile south of County Road 510 on Jungle Trail (View a map to Captain Forsters).  Depending on conditions, the group may move on to continue birding at either Sebastian Inlet State Park or to the Environmental Learning Center.  The trip is limited to twelve people and registration is required.  Sign up online for this field trip.

April 22 - Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area - Guide: Ken Gonyo - Guided tour of south ORCA from Audubon House, 195 9th Street SE - Walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

May 2017