We will be taking a tour of the Audubon’s urban, environmental Rehabilitation Center which focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of Florida's raptors. The Center provides an opportunity to view up close and personal Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Kites, Owls and Falcons; some of nature's top predators. A highlight will be visiting the Flight Barn, which houses birds currently under rehab. We'll also get to see the man-made wetland, a natural pollutant reducer improving water quality in Lake Sybelia. Additional exhibits include Conservation in Florida, Climate Change, and Eagle Eyes on the Environment, a behind the scenes look into rehabilitation. Web information at audubonofflorida.org
Afterwards we will proceed to Lake Lotus Park in Altamonte Springs for a picnic and guided walk. This 150 acre urban city park tucked down under a canopy of trees along the Little Wekiva River is a pleasant surprise for most eco-conscious people. Habitats include a sandhill community, pine scrub, mesic hammock, and wetlands. Expect to see a variety of birds including a pair of limpkins along the Lake Lotus boardwalk. More info at http://www.altamonte.org/index.aspx?NID=371
MEET: 9:00 a.m. to car pool from Sanford Library parking lot. Or, meet at Center for Birds of Prey at 9:45am. We will caravan to Lake Lotus Park.
Lake Lotus Park: Plan to meet at Lake Lotus Park about 11:30 for a picnic. Picnic tables and rest rooms available. After lunch we expect to begin the guided tour about 12:15.
Cost: $5.00 admission to Birds of Prey
Photos by Sarah Donlan