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Field Trips & Special Events

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SPAS field trips and programs are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Email us at president@stpeteaudubon.org with any questions.

Ft. De Soto Park for Spring Migration

On April 22,  SPAS is leading a bird walk at Fort De Soto Park. 

Forster's Tern

Forster's Tern - D. Kandz

Location: 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde 
Time: 7:45 a.m.  Meet at the flagpole at the park's headquarters. (map)
Experience:  Novice to expert, all welcome
Walking:  Trails at the park are pavement, grass, sand and hardpack.
Restrooms: Several, flush, located throughout the park.
Fee: Participating in the walk is free. There is a $5 entrance fee to Fort De Soto Park. Expect tolls along the Pinellas Bayway.It's time to look for Spring migrators! 

[April] is the month that has made Fort De Soto...famous. Northbound migrants heading across the Gulf of Mexico are sometimes pushed eastward during late spring cold fronts and the birding can be awesome in the days following. There have been days...where 20+ species of warblers were found. Even on the mildest spring days there are always a few migrants to see...

 - Ron Smith, A Birder's Guide to Pinellas County 

Check out eBird reports at Ft. DeSoto.

Bird Island Mother's Day Cruise on the Dolphin Queen

$25 - Reservations required - Date: May 14    Time: 6:15 p.m.    Boat leaves at 6:30 p.m.

Place: Pier at 400 2nd Avenue NE slip 46 in downtown St. Petersburg (map)Sunset over Coffee Pot Bayou

Cruise to St. Pete's Bird Island in Coffee Pot Bayou on Mother's Day. Enjoy seeing gorgeous sunset over Coffee Pot Bayou.

Bird lovers watch birds in breeding plumage, while photographers shoot award winning pictures. Over 10 species of birds roost on this island such as Great Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Brown Pelicans, and Reddish Egrets. 

Ann Paul, Florida Coastal Island Sanctuaries Manager will narrate the trip. The Dolphin Queen, now docks at the St. Petersburg Marina since the St. Petersburg Pier closed. 

The marina located on the approach to the Pier at 400 2nd Avenue NE slip 46 in downtown St. Petersburg. 

Great Egret

Great Egret

The Dolphin Queen is docked right up front - you can’t miss it! We gather at the boat at 6:15 p.m. The boat leaves the dock at 6:30 pm. Last year's trip was a sell out. The cost is still $25 per person. To register for this trip, please call Alice Tenney at 727-894-2062 for reservations and details. Mail checks made out to St. Pete Audubon to: 

Alice Tenney - 315 15th Ave NE - St. Pete FL 33704

Pinellas County Bird Checklist

Bird Checklist
Select the Bird Checklist or checklist to download the Pinellas County Bird Checklist.

American Birding Association Principles of Birding Ethics

Everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first.

Code of Birding Ethics (Excerpt) 
  1. Promote the welfare of birds and their environment
  2. Photography use artificial light sparingly, especially for close-ups
  3. Respect the law, and the rights of others
  4. Ensure that feeders, nest structures, and other artificial bird environments are safe. 

Don't Be a Nuisance when Photographing Birds

Watch the video to learn the recommendations of ethical behavior when Photographing Birds.

Ethical Behavior when Photographing Birds