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.

We will follow CDC Guidelines for Covid-19 on all trips. Both guides are fully vaccinated.

Snowy Egret

Birds and Wildlife of the Myakka River & Oscar Scherer
State Parks

October, 3, 2021

$45.00 Per Person

Minimum 4 -Maximum 10

Birds and Wildlife of the Myakka River & Oscar Scherer
State Parks
Our fall field trip will be exploring the Myakka River and
Oscar Scherer State Parks in Sarasota county, Florida. We’ll
begin the day at Oscar Scherer where we’re sure to encounter
Florida Scrub-Jays, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Bobwhite, and
migratory warbler and songbird species. We’ll be hiking on the
Blue trail, the South Creek Nature Trail, and the Lester Finley
trail, which should be about 2-3 miles of hiking.
We’ll then drive over to Myakka River state park to look
for shorebirds, Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills, and Redheaded Woodpeckers. This portion of the field trip will be a
little driving with pull over spots to look for birds along the
lake and marshes and a little walking. We’ll walk on the
Birdwalk as well as the Canopy Walkway and stop at the Pink
Gator Cafe for lunch within the park. It should be a fun day with
a rich diversity of species.
We’ll meet at 7:30am at the Publix in Sarasota (5100 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL
34233) to arrange a car pool and bring as few vehicles into the parks as possible. The
field trip will be finish up by 3:30pm at the latest. The price for this field trip will be $45
per person with a minimum of 4 people and a max of 10. We can drive 2 people in our
vehicle from south Lake county for an additional $5 per person to help with gas.

Painted Bunting Female

Oakland Nature Preserve and Lake Apopka Field Trip

October 17, 2021

1 Space Remaining

$25.00 Adult, $10.00 Per Child Under 12

Archaeopteryx Birding and Nature Tours and Oakland Nature Preserve are
partnering to introduce a birding field trip around the Lake Apopka area. This field trip
is designed for all members of the family to enjoy a morning out in nature, whether
you’re an avid birder or a beginner just picking up a pair of binoculars for the first time!
We’ll most likely see all types of wildlife including Gopher Tortoise, alligators,
butterflies, and tiny skink lizards that run around the boardwalk trail. We’ll get to see a
mix of waterbirds, birds of prey, and migratory songbirds traveling through Florida to
get to their winter destination in the Caribbean.
We’ll begin the morning by meeting at the Oakland Nature Preserve parking lot and
hiking out on the boardwalk trail to the pavilion at the end. Here we’ll sit and scan the
Steller’s Jay
lake for various birds and wildlife. We’re sure to see
herons, egrets, anhingas, Osprey, and gallinule.
We’ll then hike back to the forested area and check
the bird feeders for any songbirds grabbing a quick
snack. After exploring the Oakland Nature Preserve,
we’ll carpool over to the Green Mountain Scenic
Overlook which is also on the Lake Apopka shore.
It’s about a 20 minute drive from the preserve. Once
we hike out to the overlook, we’ll be at the same
height as the treetops which makes looking at
songbirds easier. We’ll then hike down to the Lake
Apopka North Shore property for the remainder of
the morning.
Please make sure to bring bug spray, sunscreen,
and appropriate hiking footwear. The field trip will
run from 7am until 11am and will be approximately
an hour and a half at each location. We will be
hiking no more than 2 miles for the entire morning.
Cost for this field trip will be $25 per adult and $10
per child under 12 years and a portion of your fee
will be donated to the Oakland Nature Preserve. The price includes water, snacks, and
emailed checklists of birds seen during the trip. Please email
archaeopteryxtours@gmail.com or call/text 609-553-0757 to sign up for this field trip.

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

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