Field Trips

FIELD TRIPS

Curry Hammock State Park/John Pennekamp State ALL DAY

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022

6:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Cost: $65

People: Limited to 25


Description: The first half of this all-day trip will be spent at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, the southernmost migration monitoring station in the

continental United States. Eighteen raptor species have been counted at this site, which holds the world record for most Peregrine Falcons counted in a day

and in a season. After spending the morning hawkwatching and birdwatching, attendees will end the day with a two-hour glass bottom boat tour in John

Pennekamp State Park to see Florida’s coral reefs and all the marine wildlife that call them home. Boxed lunch provided.

Bills Baggs State Park/Florida Burrowing Owls HALF-ish DAY

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022

6:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost: $65

People: Limited to 20

Bill Baggs State Park contains a restored hardwood hammock habitat that has hosted the Cape Florida Banding Station since 2002. Each fall

migration, this Station bands over 1,000 migratory birds of more than 50 species. After spending the morning at the Banding Station, attendees will visit Brian Piccolo Sports Park, an urban county park described as one of the best places to see Burrowing Owls in the state. Boxed lunch provided.

Miami Exotic Birds ALL DAY

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022

7:00 AM – 5 PM

Cost $65

People: Limited to 14

The Miami area has become home in the past few decades to a wide variety of non-native birds, including over twenty parrot species, plus introduced geese, peafowl, swamphens, bulbuls, mynas, orioles and munias. In this all-day van trip, attendees will visit suburban neighborhoods, parks and shopping malls in Coral Gables, South Miami, Kendall, Sweetwater and Miami Springs where these exotic birds can be found. Box lunch provided.

Southern Everglades ALL DAY

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost $65

People: Limited to 25

Everglades National Park was the first national park to be protected for its biological diversity, rather than the geologic features of prior parks. Driving south through the Everglades, attendees will move through several iconic South Florida habitats such as sawgrass prairie, cypress domes, hardwood hammocks and mangrove forest,. Alligators, Osprey, Anhingas, and Roseate Spoonbills are guaranteed sightings with manatees, Snail Kites, and much more as possibilities. Boxed lunch provided.

Big Cypress National Preserve /Shark Valley ALL DAY

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost $65

People: Limited to 25

This trip will take attendees to Tamiami Trail, the original road linking Miami with Tampa. In the morning, we’ll explore Big Cypress National Preserve, home to a wide variety of cypress swamp birds, orchids and even Florida panthers! In the afternoon, we’ll visit Shark Valley, located at the northern edge of Everglades National Park, where a 2-hour guided tram tour through sawgrass prairie will introduce attendees to the unique history, ecology and wildlife of the Everglades. Box lunch provided.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge/Green Cay Nature Center ALL DAY

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022

6:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Cost $65

People: Limited to 25

This trip will take attendees north to both an incredible natural landscape and one of South Florida’s best urban birding spots. The day will start at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to see Snail Kites, Limpkins, Wood Storks, alligators, and more. After noon, attendees will visit Green Cay Nature Center, a county park of constructed wetlands that also hosts alligators, Wood Storks, and Limpkins in addition to wintering ducks, Sora, and more. Boxed lunch provided.