For those birding enthusiasts or those who would like to learn more about bird photography, the field trip group will be going to the Celery Fields in Sarasota on July 20th for an early morning adventure. Built in the 1990's on a former agricultural site, Celery Fields is one of southwestern Florida’s premiere bird watching locations. It’s featured on the Great Florida Birding Trail and has a checklist of more than 220 species. More than 200,000 aquatic plants and trees have been planted, and 100 acres of wetlands have been restored.There are two boardwalks our group will be using to discover the habitat of over two hundred bird species. One is located just south of Palmer Blvd. and the second is off of Raymond Rd. Since the sunrise will be at 6:47 am., we will meet at the Raymond Rd. boardwalk at 6:30 am. Remember to bring your club's name tag. You will also be signing a release waiver form. A tripod is recommended however you can still capture phenomenal pictures just with your camera and a steady hand. Dale Dombrowski, a club member, will be our guide and our mentor for those that would like to know the many species of the birds and for camera instruction. After we get our fill of that boardwalk, we will drive to the Palmer Blvd. boardwalk. Parking is located at the Nature Center just north of that boardwalk. After the field trip, please join us for a late breakfast TBD.
If you have any questions, you can contact Susan (941-807-0664) or Bobbie at (813-690-5062). For those members who are thinking about upgrading from an iPhone or a point and shoot camera, the club has purchased a Sony, Cannon and Nikon cameras for you to try out. If you are interested in one of these cameras on our field trip check the link at the top of this page to reserve a camera.You must be a member to participate in the field trips. You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation.
Directions to the Celery Fields
From I-75 take Exit 210, Fruitville Road east. Make right at Coburn Road light and follow road as it curves past the Fruitville Library. The Celery Fields will be on your left; Ackerman Lake will be on your right. To get to the parking lot, proceed about .5 mile south from Ackerman Lake and make a left onto Palmer Boulevard. After about .3 mile, make a left into the parking lot, which also has public restrooms.