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Oak and Palm Hammock Trail Field Trip (Merritt Island NWR)
February 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Join Bert Alm for a limited participant bird walk Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Oak and Palm Hammock Trails in Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR).
Please follow our new protocols due to the Covid Pandemic.
• All participants must register on Meetup.
• Registration is limited for each Field Trip based on the number of Leaders available.
• All participants must check in with the Field Trip Leader and sign the Liability Waiver.
• Masks are REQUIRED for all attendees and attendees should try to maintain social distancing guidelines
• Equipment will not be shared by Field Trip Leaders. Family groups and social pods may share equipment amongst their group.
• Carpooling is only allowed for family groups and social pods. No field trips will be conducted that require carpooling at this time.
• Food will not be provided at events nor will we gather after events at restaurants, picnics, etc., except for family groups and social pods.
• When two or more Field Trip leaders are available, we will break up into groups of 10 or less and go on different routes. When passing other groups try to maintain social distancing.
• If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Field Trip Leader.
The Oak and Palm Hammock trails are located 1.2 miles east of the Visitor Center. The trails are populated with live oaks, cabbage palm, laurel oak, pignut hickory, red maple and American elm. Wild coffee, air plants and orchids can be found in the canopy. The hammocks offer a great opportunity to view a variety of songbirds, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, wrens and mammals.
Both trails are accessible from the same trail head:
Oak Hammock is to the right and is a ¾ mile (1.2 km) loop that generally takes 30 minutes. The trail is a figure eight that winds through seasonally flooded forest. Be sure to take both loops. Interruptive signs are posted that explain the ecology of the hammock.
Palm Hammock is to the left and is a 2 mile (3.2 km) loop that can take up to 50 minutes. The trail makes a loop through the palm hammocks and returns on the same path.
Please note hiking conditions can be muddy after the rain and both trails cross a railroad track which can be a challenge to visitors with disabilities.
We will focus on Palm Hammock Trail and if enough time and interest we’ll do Oak Hammock Trail
This site has 200 species reported in eBird overall with over 30 species in November, December, and January.
We will meet at 9:00 am at the parking lot.
Afterward, you can do an individual trip over to Black Point Wildlife Drive, Biolab Road, Canaveral National Seashore, Shiloh Marsh Rd, or any of the other interesting spots within MINWR.
Recommend you wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, and a hat and bring water and bug spray. Remember Masks are REQUIRED.
To see this event’s field trip report located on the Space Coast Audubon Society Website (48 hours after the event), follow the link
The point of contact is Bert at 310-738-2894.