Jan 15, 2017, 08:30 am - 02:00 pm

Focus: Specialty/Bicycling – This field trip will focus on the activity, incorporating education on the wildlife, habitat and ecology of the area visited and is NOT primarily a birding field trip.

Field Trip Description: Join Big Cypress Rangers for a bike ride through diverse habitats used as the home range by the elusive Florida Panther and a variety of other wildlife. Along your leisurely 14 mile ride stop at several stations to look for signs of panther, learn about their habitat, find out what Big Cypress biologists do to study the big cat and other interesting facts about Florida Panthers. *There are no restrooms at the trailhead, but we’ll stop about 2 miles into the ride if necessary. $15

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

Jan 15, 2017, 07:45 am - 11:30 am

Focus: Birding – This field trip will focus on the identification and biology of birds. Please bring binoculars and a bird field guide (if you have one).

Field Trip Description: We will be hiking along a 1.3 mile long trail that meanders through several natural community types including hardwood hammock, pine flatwood, wet prairie, and mixed pine hardwood forest. Bird species expected to be seen include a wide range of resident and wintering landbirds including up to five species of woodpeckers, warblers, and with just a little late season water, egrets, White Ibis, and Wood Storks. There is also a good chance to see other wildlife including whitetail deer, raccoons, armadillos, and perhaps a Florida panther track! $15

www.rookerybay.com, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

Jan 13, 14, and 15, 2017
08:00 am - 11:00 am

Focus: Birding – This field trip will focus on the identification and biology of birds. Please bring binoculars and a bird field guide (if you have one).

Field Trip Description: Just starting out as a birder? Not sure what that big white bird in your backyard is? Then join us for an easy walk at a great birding spot. This trip provides an introduction to birding and tips on how to identify the most common birds in the area. $15

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

Jan 14, 2017, 08:00 am - 11:00 am

Focus: Wildlife – This field trip will focus on the wildlife, habitat and ecology of the area visited and is NOT primarily a birding field trip.

Field Trip Description: Board a swamp buggy to explore the “off-limits” back country of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s north end. We will traverse several habitat types and will be on the lookout for the many birds of the back country, including hawks, warblers, ducks, sandhill cranes, wading birds, and more! We will also keep a lookout for other wildlife and learn about the management of this 13,000 acre sanctuary. $125

www.rookerybay.com, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

Jan 13, 2017, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Focus: Science— This trip will focus on the fireflies.

Field Trip Description: Once a common sight during twilight hours, the flashing beacons of fireflies (a.k.a. lightening bugs) have become increasingly difficult to spot, suggesting widespread population declines. Learn how recording observations of fireflies from your own backyard can help scientists studying firefly population trends across North America through the citizen science project “Firefly Watch.” Following a presentation in the auditorium highlighting firefly biology and reviewing Firefly Watch procedures, join ranger Luke Gommermann on an evening walk to be a part of this project and make observations of fireflies. $15

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

Jan 13 and 15, 2017, 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Focus: Birding – This field trip will focus on the identification and biology of birds. Please bring binoculars and a bird field guide (if you have one).

Field Trip Description: Cast off for some great birding and cruise Rookery Bay on the Conservancy’s Good Fortune pontoon boat. Join us for a beautiful sunset cruise in search of nesting Bald Eagle and Osprey, terns, gulls, shorebirds and waders. Dusk brings thousands of Fish Crows, Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, herons, ibis and other wading birds in to roost on a few mangrove islands in Rookery Bay. This is a true southwest Florida treat and a very popular outing. $45

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

Jan 13, 2017, 08:00 am - 11:00 am

Focus: Wildlife – This field trip will focus on the wildlife, habitat and ecology of the area visited and is NOT primarily a birding field trip.

Field Trip Description: Board a swamp buggy to explore the “off-limits” back country of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s north end. We will traverse several habitat types and will be on the lookout for the many birds of the back country, including hawks, warblers, ducks, sandhill cranes, wading birds, and more! We will also keep a lookout for other wildlife and learn about the management of this 13,000 acre sanctuary. $125

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

Jan 13, 2017, 08:00 am - 11:00 am

Focus: Birds – This field trip will focus on birds, other wildlife, and the habitat and ecology of the area visited.

Field Trip Description: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is an Important Bird Area, part of the Atlantic Flyway for bird migration, is one of the gateway sites for the Great Florida Birding Trail, and is a Ramsar designated Wetland of International Importance. Experience the sights and sounds of the awakening swamp with one of our naturalists guiding you on the boardwalk to look for birds. Learn about the birds' life habits and the importance to these birds of the upland and freshwater wetland habitats that occur at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. $30

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

Jan 13, 2017, 8:00 am - 09:30 am

This field trip will focus on the wildlife, habitat and ecology of the area visited and is NOT primarily a birding field trip.

Field Trip Description: Join us for this opportunity to observe one of Florida’s rare and beautiful habitats at Naples Botanical Garden near downtown Naples. Come hike and learn about the diverse plants that make up the scrub and about the fascinating geologic history that shaped the southwest FL coast and created this habitat. This tour will also teach about the gopher tortoise, which is often seen in this part of the Garden and calls the scrub home, and the relationship this keystone species has with the scrub. $30

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

For our January 11, 2017 meeting, we will meet at Marco Lutheran Church at 525 North Collier Blvd, at the usual time 6 to 8 pm. Our home place, Marco Centre for the Arts has another event that evening. Doors open at 5:30 pm for sign in and socializing before meeting starts.

We are starting 2017 with a bang in that our speaker, Anne Dalton, will address the topics of copyright, fair use and invasion of privacy/defamation in writing fiction, non-fiction/memoirs. These are nitty gritty things that most writers do not know how to deal with. Anne has distinguished herself in the legal field including but not limited to the subfield of creative arts, having served as Senior Attorney for Radio City Music Hall in NYC, as Legal and Business Affairs Counsel for the ABC Network News Division and ABC News Magazine “20/20.″ http://www.daltonlegal.com/

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