Payne’s Prairie Field Trip
Citrus County Audubon Society has scheduled a birding field trip at Payne’s Prairie for Monday, November 5, 2012. The public is welcome to attend. Preregistration is not necessary and participants with all levels of birding skills are welcome.
It begins at 8:30 am, will involve some easy walking, and will last about 3-4 hours.
Paynes Prairie is 22,000 acres of wilderness. It became Florida’s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. It is a fascinating place to see birds and other wild animals such as alligators, wild horses, and buffalo.
Some of the unusual birds we hope to see include: Whooping Crane, Wilson's Snipe, Vesper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Hooded Merganser, American Bittern, Bonaparte's Gull, Chipping Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow.
Visit CitrusCountyAudubon.com for more details and directions.
To get travel time and directions from your home to the Field Trip location
click this link-> Payne's Prairie
and then on the left side enter your address and click Directions.
You might want to print out the step-by-step directions to bring along.
If you are interested in forming a caravan or carpooling to Payne's Prairie then plan to meet in front of the Wal-Mart in Dunnellon by 7:00 am. The map link for directions to that location is: Dunnellon Walmart .
Tips for an Enjoyable Bird Watching Outing
Check in with the trip leader when you arrive.
Try to stay within visual or radio contact with the trip leader.
Listen to the experienced birders--you will learn a lot.
Keep side conversations muted when others are actively watching and listening to birds.
Suggested items: binoculars, bird guide, note pad & pencil, bug spray, sunscreen, water (other items: light snack, camera, scope, FRS walkie-talkies on Channel 2)
Wear clothing in neutral colors that blend with the environment, long pants, a hat, and comfortable shoes.
Check out with the trip leader before you leave early.