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Field Trip – Hike the Black Bear Wilderness Area (Sanford)

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Black Bear Wilderness Area is about 1600 acres of natural wonder in northwest Seminole County. But don’t worry, we won’t be hiking 1,600 acres. It features a variety of wetland habitats—wet prairie, hydric hammock, and cypress swamp—within the St. John’s River floodplain. These habitats form a mosaic of diversity which hosts white-tailed deer and Florida black bear and an ...

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Field Trip: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (Folkston, GA)

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Leader: Pat Murphy (904-608-7860) The great Okefenokee Swamp is the largest intact, fresh-water and black water wilderness swamp in North America. Endangered species and endangered habitat often go hand-in-hand. Okefenokee’s longleaf pine forests shelter gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes, Bachman’s sparrows, and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Trees with white paint rings indicate cavity trees of these endangered woodpeckers, and are visible along ...

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Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Big Pine (Brooksville)

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

At 8 a.m. meet in the parking lot of the Big Pine Tract of Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area, 12060 Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville. We will walk about 2 miles on a trail through longleaf pine habitat that leads to a wetland. Expect to see many woodpeckers and winter songbirds. Contact: Eileen: naturecoastbirder5@yahoo.com

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Field Trip: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (Titusville)

January 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at the visitor center at 9:00 a.m. and drive from there to the world-renowned Black Point Wildlife Drive. We hope to be lucky enough to spot rails and Roseate Spoonbills, but are sure to observe a variety of duck species such as Northern Pintail and Blue-winged Teal and many wading birds. We will also stop at Scrub Ridge Trail ...

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Galt Preserve Guided Nature Walk (St. James City)

January 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

3661 Stringfellow Rd., St. James City, Pine Island Trail Length: 1.5 miles; Degree of Difficulty: Moderate Main plant communities include mangrove swamp and mesic flatwoods. Bald eagles and red-shouldered hawks are possible sightings. All walks are free. No registration is required. Walks are led by trained volunteers and interpretive naturalists. Meeting location is the preserve parking area. Parking is free. ...

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