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NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

News

The Christmas Bird Count was completed, with the results again being compiled at the Audubon Center after a three year hiatus due to COVID.

In birding news, a pair of Crested Caracaras has been seen in the Babson Park area on several occasions by several different observers.

REMINDER:

Membership dues for 2024 is due:

Single membership -- $10

Family membership -- $20

Upcoming Events

Our upcoming program will be held on February 13 at 6 p.m., preceded by a potluck supper at 5.  Dustin Angelo, program director of education at Archbold Biological Center, will present "Wonders of Nature in the Lake Wales Corridor."  

All are welcome!

 

Lake Region Audubon Society

Bird Club Schedule November 2023 – April 2024

February 8: T.M. Goodwin WMA, near Fellsmere. Meet at the Lake Wales McDonald’s on Highway 60 at 7:00 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. departure. Bring lunch, binoculars, scopes, walkie-talkies, etc. This is a driving trip with periodic stops for observation. There are no facilities at the preserve, but restrooms are located on Fellsmere Road, just before the preserve. I will send directions prior to the trip.

February 15: Orlando Wetlands Park, 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas, FL. 32709. Meet at the McDonald’s at I-4 and U.S. 27 at 6:30 a.m. for a 7:00 a.m. departure. Bring lunch, binoculars, scopes, etc. This will be a hike of approximately 2.5-3.0 miles. If we arrive at the park by 8:00 a.m., we can try to take a tram ride, (capacity 10). This is a first come first serve opportunity. There are restrooms and picnic facilities at the park.

February 22: Itchepackesassa Creek Wetlands, 12855 Walker Road, Lakeland, FL. 33810. Meet at the parking area at 8:00 a.m. This is a hike of approximately 1.5 miles. Bring binoculars, scopes, etc. There are no restroom at this location, but the recreational park adjoining the wetlands has facilities.

February 29: Highlands Hammock State Park, 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL. 33872. Meet at the Mulberry McDonald’s at 7:00 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. departure. Bring lunch, binoculars, walkie-talkies, etc. Park entrance fees are $6 per car. Meet at the parking area by the Inn. We will drive and park at several areas for hiking.

March 7: St. Marks NWR, 1255 Lighthouse Road, St. Marks, FL. 32355. This trip is optional, and will be an overnight stay, for a couple of nights.

March 14: Lake Kissimmee State Park, 14248 Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales, FL. 33898. Meet at the parking lot near the boat ramp and concession building at 8:00 a.m. We can meet earlier at the Lake Wales McDonalds on Highway 60. Park entrance fee is $5 per car. Bring binoculars, scopes, lunch, etc. This will be a hike of about 2 – 3 miles.

March 21: Three Lakes WMA. Meet at the McDonald’s on Highway 60 in Lake Wales at 6:30 a.m. for a 7:00 a.m. departure. Bring lunch, binoculars, scopes, walkie-talkies, etc. We will proceed down Peavine Trail to the Hunters Campground for a restroom break and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. Afterwards, we will proceed to Joe Overstreet Road and Landing, for more birding, and lunch.

March 28: Circle B Bar Reserve at 8:00 a.m. I will try to reserve a tram for this outing. Bring lunch, binoculars, etc. We will have lunch after the hike/tram ride.

April 4: Fort DeSoto, 3500 Pinellas Bayway South St. Petersburg, FL. 33715. Meet at the Mulberry McDonald’s at 6:30 a.m. for a 7:00 a.m. departure. Bring binoculars, scopes, lunch, walkie-talkies, etc. We will hike between 2 and 3 miles, as well as driving and stopping for observation. Enroute to the

park, will stop at the I-275 North Rest Area for a restroom break and some birding. We will then proceed to the first pond at Pinellas Bayway, then the duck ponds. Next, we will go to the boat ramp for some birding and restroom break. The entrance fee is $5 per car and is payable at kiosks located in the park.

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