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Sun., Feb.16 - Walk the Celery Fields, Sarasota -- dog friendly

The Celery Fields is one of the best birding areas in Sarasota County, but it is also a great place for a walk, with or without dogs, while seeing lots of birds.  Dogs will be on leash at all times.

We'll walk much of the perimeter of the half of the Celery Fields that is on the SOUTH side of Palmer Blvd., keeping the walk to about 2 miles.  It is not possible to make an entire loop around the wetlands as there is an impassable section. If you want to extend your own walk, you can hike up the new hill that has been created on the north side of Palmer ( the highest point in the county)....my dogs and I will not hike the hill.

I lead birding trips to the Celery Fields twice every month for Venice Audubon and Sarasota Audubon, so if you are interested in birds, bring your binoculars. I'll definitely have mine.

Guests are always welcome on walks....with or without a dog.

DIRECTIONS: From Exit 210 on I-75, go east on Fruitville Rd to the first stop light at Coburn Rd (see the Fruitville Library). Turn right on Coburn. Drive south about 1 mile to the end of Coburn Rd, which becomes Apex Rd. Turn left on Palmer Blvd and go about 500 feet and park on the grass off the road on the right side/south side of Palmer Blvd. Look for my bright blue Dodge mini-van.

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  • Joyce

    Super weather, coupled with dog behavior that could be a model for the entire canine community ; ) and great company, made for an excellent 2.5 mile walk. We stopped frequently to look at birds and spent time on both viewing platforms (with our perfect pups). I carried a camera, but forgot to take it out until we were getting into our cars....my bad.

    February 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Joyce- very enjoyable outing, will be back. Very nice group of people and the dogs were just amazingly well behaved

      February 16, 2014

    • Mari Wojcik F.

      Thanks for the great intro to Celery Fields and its birds. It was a wonderful morning.

      February 16, 2014

  • Joyce

    The weather looks good for our walk tomorrow morning...perhaps a bit cool at 9:00, but warming up as we walk.

    At 9:00, we'll leave from a spot just east of the corner of Palmer and Apex (Coburn becomes Apex as you go south from Fruitville). If you are late, you'll see us walking south (south is away from Fruitville, away from the little fire station).

    Dogs need to be on a leash 100% of the time in the Celery Fields. I'll only bring one of mine (better fit for a large walking group). Binoculars, if you have them.

    February 15, 2014

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