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North Florida Birding and Botany Field Trips and Wolf Encounter

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  • Tall Timbers Research Station

    13093 Henry Beadel Dr, Tallahassee, FL (map)

    30.657370 -84.208809

  • Orange Audubon Society (OAS) will lead a weekend trip to the Florida Panhandle’s Red Hills area, called one of America’s “last great places” by The Nature Conservancy.

    The weekend includes 4 birding/botany field trips, other natural history activities and a private, hands-on tour at Seacrest Wolf Preserve, Dec 9–11, 2016.

    Weekend and birding/botany-only participants should arrive Thursday, Dec 8, 2016. Seacrest-only participants should arrive at Seacrest on Friday, Dec 9, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. CST (time zone changes).

    Field trips at a glance:
    • Friday destinations are Torreya State Park for a biologist/botanist-led hike and optional tour of the Gregory House; and Seacrest for a private tour and one-on-one encounters with resident Arctic and Grey wolves and smaller animals including Arctic Fox, Coyote, Raccoons and huggable Skunks.

    • Saturday destinations are the ancient, longleaf pine forests of Tall Timbers Research Station (TTRS) and privately-owned Greenwood Plantation for birding/botany field trips with Jim Cox, director of TTRS’ vertebrate ecology program. Jim will demonstrate bird banding targeting wintering Henslow’s and rarer Lincoln’s sparrows; provide a tour of the Stoddard Bird Lab with its incredible bird collection and optional pre-sunrise Red-cockaded Woodpecker banding; and share his vast knowledge of TTRS’ fire ecology program, and the Red Hills area, home to ~64 federally threatened and endangered plant and animal species.

    • Sunday’s destination is Birdsong Nature Center for birding and some quietude at its mesmerizing Listening Place and Bird Window. We will have lunch afterwards to cap off our Red Hills sojourn before heading home.

    • Early Bird Registration for the entire weekend is just $80 members/$95 non-members; the birding and botany-only trips are $55 members/$65 non-members and both include guides, field trip fees, park entry fees, 3 lunches and dinner Saturday. The Seacrest-only private tour is $35 members/$45 non-members including private tour admission and lunch. After Nov 30, 2016 please add $5 each for Seacrest-only and $10 each for other trip registrations. The final registration deadline is Dec 5, 2016 to allow organizers adequate preparation time.

    Lodging is first come, first served at TTRS’ Walter Lodge, which has 8 private bedrooms. Guests share 5 bathrooms and large open living, dining and kitchen areas. The lodge is offered to OAS participants for a discounted rate of just $37.50/night plus tax (double occupancy; twin beds) if we fill it each night. Because space is limited, priority will be given to weekend participants as we must fill all three nights. If there is overflow, we will inquire about other TTRS facilities. Primitive camping for tents or campers is available at no charge on grounds near the lodge.

    Contact Teresa to reserve field trip spots, a room at Walter Lodge or a spot on the grounds of TTRS for camping under the big trees: (407)[masked] or [masked].

    Alternatively, you may make your own hotel reservation.
    The I-10 at Thomasville Road area will be convenient for meeting the group at TTRS and for dining.

    We hope you take advantage of this exceptional opportunity!

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  • Tricia M.

    Ohh this sounds like an amazing trip! I am going to have to talk to my husband and see if there is any way we can make it happen! =)

    1 · November 6

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  • Deborah G.
    Orange Audubon Society President, Organizer,
    Event Host

    I am a nature lover. I also love to write- have written 3 little natural history books- and... more

  • Mike F.

    I enjoy hiking & birding.

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