Local Day & Overnight Field Trips

Scheduled Local Tours General Information

(Florida Only)

Reservations and Payment

Reservation is required to hold your space.

Payment is due at time of reservation unless otherwise agreed.

Refunds or Credit will be given for cancellations unless otherwise stated in tour details.

Trips do not include transportation to, during, or from trip location.

Trips do not include anything beyond what is written in the itinerary.

Basic Florida Tour Option

Lake November Birding Field Trip to St. Marks NWR

November 23, 2019 7:00AM-3:00PM

Cost $50.00 per person – Minimum 3 – Maximum 10

Join Archaeopteryx Birding & Nature Tours exploring St. Marks NWR near Titusville, FL. All participant should meet just before the tollbooth at 7:00AM.

From the tollbooth we will explore the refuge searching for sparrows, waders, shorebirds and wintering waterfowl. Highlights of the trip may include Canvasback, Bufflehead, Reddish Egret, Henslow’s Sparrow, Field Sparrow, and American Black Duck. Also, possibility to see Seaside Sparrow, Winter Wren, Virginia Rail, and Greater Scaup.

Cost is $50.00 per person and needs minimum 3 people to run. Participants should bring a packed lunch to enjoy. Costs covers entry to the refuge, light snacks, shared ebird checklists and water.

Bird Photography Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands

December 15, 2019 8:30AM-3:00PM

Costs $35.00 per person – Minimum 3 – Maximum 10

Join us this December for a birding photography hike at Sweetwater Wetlands Park. We’ll start the tour looking for sparrows, warblers, and other songbirds around the entrance to the park. We’ll then hike around the perimeter and in the center of the wetlands area looking for bitterns, Snail Kites, waterfowl, wading birds, and if we’re lucky, perhaps even a King or Virginia Rail. Meet at the entrance by the restrooms at 8:30am and bring a packed lunch. The fee for this field trip will be $35 per person which includes the park entry fee, water & light snacks, and a shared ebird checklist at the end of the hike.

Birding & Photography Hike at Circle B Bar Reserve

January 5, 2020 7:30AM-11:30AM

Cost $20.00 per person – Minimum 3 – Maximum 10

Join us for a morning of great birding at Circle B Reserve in Lakeland, FL (Polk county). We should have a nice mix of wintering songbirds as well as waterfowl. Expected species include Painted Bunting, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, wintering warblers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mottled Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, and Hooded Mergansers. Excellent photography opportunities, as the birds are used to seeing many visitors daily and will forage right next to the walking path. Hike will be approximately 3 miles of easy, flat terrain. Bring a packed lunch to eat after the hike. Price for this field trip will be $20 per person, including water/light snacks, an ebird checklist, and professional guides.

Gull Spotting Field Trip with Archaeopteryx & Michael Brothers

February 16, 2020 3:00PM-6:00PM

Cost $40.00 per person – Minimum 4 – Maximum 10

Join us February 16th at Frank Rendon Park in Daytona Beach as we scan the groups of gulls for anything rare or unusual. We’ll see Greater and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Ring-billed, Herring, and Laughing Gulls. We may even get to see an Iceland, Glaucous, or Franklin’s Gull mixed into the flocks. Michael Brothers, renowned gull expert, will be joining us on this field trip to help point out the field markings and different phases of gulls. Michael is an excellent teacher and even advanced birders can always learn more from him. We may also see Red knots, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Black Skimmer, Royal Terns, and Semipalmated Plover. Perhaps even some scoters or a jaeger out on the water. This field trip should be perfect for photography since the gulls do not scare easily once they sit down on the beach to roost for the evening. We may also visit Tom Renick Park, if time permits (about a 20 minute drive north). The price for this field trip will be $40 per person, including water, snacks, professional guides, and a shared ebird checklist. Be sure to dress comfortably and in warm layers. The winter wind off the ocean can be especially cold as the evening approaches even on a warm day. This field trip requires hiking on the beach up to 3 miles, so wear appropriate footwear. This field trip is limited to 10 participants with a minimum of 4.


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