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Audubon Center for Birds of Prey and Lake Lotus Park

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

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

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

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  • Sam K.

    We need some new field trip photos posted on Meetup. Would someone not forget to take their camera to Birds of Prey and Lake Lotus please.

    December 12, 2013

    • Shirley R.

      I'm going...will bring camera. Sarah takes such great pictures though....Shirley R

      December 12, 2013

  • Zelda

    This gorgeous photo--taken by you Sarah?--clearly should identify this one for me...struggling with red-shouldered but not much red on shoulder and red-tailed but cannot see one. ho hum...anyone?

    December 9, 2013

  • Zelda

    Hi Sarah: I'll be there with bells on my toes, $5 in my pocket and a dream that some day I'll own a pair of field glasses. I did a maiden voyage this week and found the museum tucked away into a woodsy neighborhood on a lake and a very large parking lot. Great stuff. :)

    December 8, 2013

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