Mead Botanical Gardens Field Trip – April 14, 2018

Jim led 12 birders to Mead Botanical Gardens on Sunday to look for migrating warblers and interesting plant life.  The combination of learning about native and exotic species of plants as well as a productive morning of birding, made for a delightful visit to the Winter Park area just north of Orlando.  We were able to locate the pair of Barred Owls that have taken up residence at the gardens.  Our group sat down to a nice lunch After an easy  2 1/2 hour walk and tabulated the following 38 species:

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Tosohatachee Field Trip Report – April 8, 2018

We had 14 birders and plant enthusiasts join us for the adventure. Each driver had a walkie-talkie, so birds were pointed out even on route to Tosahatchee. Our board of directors was well represented with Deborah Longman Marien, Lora Losi, myself, and Jim Stahl handling the plant portion. If you look at the bird list…you will see that this particular location is very nice indeed. When we weren’t working birds…Jim was pointing out many, many native plants including some rare ones. This year we had our lunch picnic way out at Lake Charlie….and everyone loved the location. We only do this trip once per year, so don’t miss it next year. Matt Heyden

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Green Cay and Wakodahatchee Field Trip Report – Mar 24, 25 2018

Jeff and 12 birders drove a couple hours south of Melbourne to Boynton Beach to check out both Green Cay and Wakodahatchee.  Some of us drove down on Friday night to be ready for an 8 AM start at Wokodahatchee and then tour Green Cay before driving home.  Several members did the entire trip all on Saturday or on Sunday. Others took the more leisurely route and birded Green Cay on Saturday and Wakodahatchee on Sunday.  Both days were delightful, lots of sun but mild temperatures.  Below are the lists compiled by Bert and posted on eBird.

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Enchanted Forest and Wildlife Encounter Field Trip Report – March 18 2018

Five members of our Board of Directors were on board to launch a very large group of 38 folks. We even had a master naturalist from the forest to also chime in. Jim Stahl was there for some plant identification. Carol Hebert, President of the Conradina chapter of the Native Plant Society also pitched in.

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Birds and Brew Field Trip – Feb 25 2018

Jeff and Rochelle led 20 birders around the Viera Wetlands on Sunday Morning and spotted an impressive 51 species. Although the ducks were few and far between we managed to find several raptors and some our the wetlands more secretive residents.  To review what we heard and saw, see the list below.

After a couple hours on the wetlands, the group drove to Pizza Gallery and had pizza and salad which was provided by Space Coast Audubon.  As usual, a good time was had by all.

Blue-winged Teal

Ring-billed Duck

Hooded Merganser

Pied-billed Grebe

Wood Stork

Double-crested Cormorant


White Pelican

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Green Heron

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Common Gallinule

American Coot


Sandhill Crane


Mourning Dove


Crested Caracara

Eastern Phoebe


Great Crested Flycatcher


Fish Crow

Tree Swallow



Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Red-winged Black Bird

Boat-tailed Grackle

Common Grackle


Savannah Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat


TM Goodwin Field Trip Report – Feb 8 2018

David Simpson led 15 birders through several sections of the greater TM Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area on a beautiful Thursday morning.  Below is the list that David submitted to eBird broken down into three units: