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Cornell Labs October BIG Day - Space Coast Field Trip
Every year for the last four years the Cornell Lab’s Global Big Day has set new heights for a single day of birding and has served as an international collaborative birding event. Due to this success, they have decided to add another worldwide eBird Big Day in October. Why October? Because spring is rejuvenating the southern hemisphere and the northern reaches of the world are in the midst of migration. Space Coast Audubon participated in the May Global Big Day and we’re returning to the start of fall to participate in this BIG day as well. We’re celebrating the day with Wings to Wings. First, wings in the field where we’ll go to Malabar Scrub Sanctuary followed by a trip to Turkey Creek Sanctuary. After having some wings in flight in our sights, we will enjoy birder chat over hot wings at Broken Barrel Tavern. Below is our itinerary. ** You are welcome to join for 1, 2, or all 3 stops. Kindly indicate in your RSVP if you plan to join after the first stop** 0730: Meet at Malabar Scrub Sanctuary (an EEL property), 1501 Malabar Woods Blvd, Malabar FL 32950. Parking lot is just past the Fire Station. Restrooms are located at the end of the parking lot. Paved walking path with access for those with limited mobility. This is a 577-acre sanctuary managed for species conservation. Our target species to observe are Florida Scrub Jays and Eastern Towhee, and Loggerhead Shrike. The Brevard Zoo recently released a family a banded scrub jays in this sanctuary and would appreciate any reports or photos of the birds with their bands. 0735 – 0830: Field trip led by David and Dee Simpson into the Malabar Scrub (ID plants and birds) 0830 – 0845: Travel to Turkey Creek Sanctuary (1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905). Venue entrance and the parking area are located just behind the Palm Bay Library. Gather in the parking lot and we’ll begin the hike through the Sanctuary at 0850 0850 – 1115: Field trip led by David and Dee Simpson to observe and id birds and plants in the 130-acre sanctuary. Species found here in October may include migratory songbirds such as various species of warblers, vireos, tanagers, and more. 1115 – 1130: Travel to Broken Barrel Tavern, 4700 Babcock St NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905. Located in the plaza on the southwest corner of Babcock and Palm Bay Road behind Chili’s. We have the back party room reserved. 1130 – 1330 The Chapter will provide wings and pitchers of iced tea and water. All other food, specialty beverages and alcoholic drinks (including beer) must be purchased separately and paid for directly by the participant. We kindly request a contribution to the tip for the wait staff. We’ll have a short overview of the Cornell Ornithology Lab and e-Bird updates to enjoy along with some birder chat and updates on the upcoming SCAS field trips and local birding events.

Malabar Scrub Sanctuary

1501 Malabar Woods Blvd · Malabar, FL

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Get outside and see what's there! Come inside and listen to one of our monthly speakers! Meet other local birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts on Florida's Space Coast (Brevard County area). This meetup is for all those who appreciate Florida's amazing biodiversity and are interested in its conservation. Our group 's primary season is October to May during which we host monthly meetings with informative speakers. During our season we also offer multiple field trips each month that offer bird watching, wildlife viewing, plant and butterfly spotting, and opportunities for photography--all age groups and skill levels welcome. . We'd like to encourage impromptu meetups for special sightings or bird counts. For more information visit our website at www.spacecoastaudubon.org. Our Chapter is part of the national Audubon organization and a portion of the funding for our programs comes from individual memberships to Audubon.

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