Hernando Audubon

Established 1959

Field Trips and Other Adventures
Field Trip Guidelines
Fields trips are open to everyone interested in birding. Non-members are welcome.
To participate, contact the trip leader
to confirm time and meeting place.
We suggest comfortable clothing, insect repellent, suncreen, and water or other suitable beverages.
Please adhere to responsible bird watching while on your trip.
You can read the American Birding Association's statement on birding ethics here: http://listing.aba.org/ethics/

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After a trip, species lists are generally posted on eBIRD, and can be accessed from this page.
 Upcoming field trips and third-party events are listed below.

Apr. 21 - Friday
Beginning Birding
Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road,
Contact Linda at 352-428-2629 or Lindalark85@gmail.com

Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird guides available for use. Starts at 8:30 a.m.

Apr. 22 - Saturday
Janet Butterfield Brooks Preserve
(meet at 8 a.m. at Chinsegut Conservation Center)
Contact Joe Murphy naturecoastjoe@aol.com

Join us for a guided hike on FWC's Janet Butterfield Brooks Preserve. This beautiful upland habitat is not open to the public and is accessible only with FWC staff.  The hike will be moderate in duration and difficulty, and our focus will be the mosaic of upland species that call the preserve home, as well as the land management strategies that support them.There is a limit of 20 participants and reservations are required.  We will be carpooling from Chinsegut Conservation Center (23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, Fl. 34601).
For more information or to reserve your place, contact Joe at naturecoastjoe@aol.com 

Apr. 27 - Thursday
Annual Picnic
McKethan Lake Day Use Area
Withlacoochee State Forest Headquarters Tract.

Come at 5 p.m. for a bird walk. At 6 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner. Bring your own table setting and a dish to share. For more information call Bev, 352-686-0460 or email her at bevalhansen@gmail.com
Some additional details are also available here.

May 6 - Saturday
Purple Martin Viewing
at a private residence in Brooksville.
Trip Coordinator: Linda Vanderveen
Lindalark85@gmail.com or
352-428-2629  (text or call).

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Mar. 25 - Saturday
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Early Spring Migrants
Trip Leader: Bev Hansen
Email: bevalhansen@gmail.com
Phone: 352-686-0460

Trip report by Bev Hansen:

(The link to the eBird report on this trip is here.)

Nineteen birders from several Florida counties and other parts of the U.S. met before dawn on March 25 to see Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Once everyone had satisfying views of these birds, we searched until we found a view of a singing Bachman's Sparrow. This cooperative bird gave everyone scope views of him opening his mouth wide to sing his beautiful song. Other highlights included close looks at Yellow-throated Vireos, a view of a Swallow-tailed Kite, and an elusive Limpkin who waited until we had left the river to give his haunting cry. About half the group saw "life birds" on the trip. I particularly thank Steve and Jane Mann and Debbie Grimes who agreed to come on short notice and help spot birds with their scopes and sharp eyes when I realized how large the group was going to be!

Great Horned Owl and Chick  | Wally Handeland
Mar. 30 - Thursday
Lettuce Lake, Trout Creek and Morris Bridge Road Wilderness Area
Trip Leader: Linda Vanderveen
Email: Lindalark85@gmail.com
Phone: 352-428-2629

Join Linda for this trip that includes three parks noted for the abundance and variety of waders, the many warblers, woodpeckers and, if we are lucky, owls. Start time and car pooling information are at our Lettuce Lake page.

Apr. 8 - Saturday - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2nd Annual Baby Bird Shower
sponsored by Citrus Audubon at
Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road
Contact Eileen Riccio

Free admission - just bring a donation to help Hope Wildlife Rehabilitation care for injured and/or orphaned birds.
Suitable items include
  • Simple Green cleaning solution
  • Laundry detergent and/or bleach
  • Gift cards to Walmart for bait fish
  • Pressure treated lumber for cage repair
  • Paper towels "select-a-size"
  • Unscented facial tissue
  • Bath towels in dark colors
  • Dawn "original"