| Augusta-Aiken Audubon's field trips are open at no charge to
all chapter members and the public. We encourage everyone to come out and join us!
Some tips to make the trips more comfortable: bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and
drinking water. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended as is having raingear nearby.
Morning trips in fall and in spring usually begin at 8 a.m. and end around noon. Winter trips usually begin at 9:00 am and end around noon. Summer filed trips during the hot weather usually begin at 8 am and end around 11 am. Check this webpage and the newsletter for field trips that begin at different times.
For many of our fieldtrips we meet at Popeye's Resturant at the corner of Walton Way and the Gordon Highway (Hwy 1) in downtown Augusta.
Another site for field trips is the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Directions to the park can be found on the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy website at www.phinizyswamp.org .
The Brick Pond Park in North Augusta is another favorite fieldtrip venue.
From Augusta take the 13th street bridge to North Augusta. 13th Street becomes Georgia Avenue. Turn left at the light just beond the City of North Augusta Municipal Buildiing. Immediately turn left on Center Drive. Center Drive ends at Railroad Avenue. Turn left. Just before the Bridge, turn left on Brick Pond Park Road which leads to the parking lot.
From I-20 take the Matintown Road Exit. Drive South East on Martintown Road and turn right on Georgia Avenue. At the Cty of North Augusta Municipal Building turn right and turn left on Center Drive. From Center Drive follow the directions above.
Directions to other field trip venues can be
found on the Local Birding Sites
If you have questions concerning a field trip, please contact the listed field trip leader.
Anne Waters can be contacted at: 706-793-2788.
Lois Stacey can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 803-215-1594
October 29, Saturday – Lover’s Lane – Meet at Popeye’s at the corner of Walton Way and Gordon Hwy at 8am to carpool. We will look for migrants and arriving winter residents. Trip should end by noon. Lois leads.
November 5, Saturday –Augusta Canal Authority Event – don’t know details at this point. This is not an Augusta-Aiken Audubon event but I will be leading trips along the canal. I’ll update you when I get more info. Lois.
November 19, Saturday – Merry Ponds – Meet at Popeye’s at Gordon Highway and Walton Way at 9am (NOTE TIME CHANGE). We will carpool and see what ducks have started to arrive (weather and roads willing). If roads are impassable we make go to an alternate location. There is a $4 charge to enter the property. Trip should end by noon. Lois leads.
December 3, Saturday – Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Meet at the parking lot at Phinizy at 9am. We will walk the 2.5 mile loop along the constructed wetlands and back through the woods along the creek looking for wintering birds. Trip should end by 1pm. Lois leads.
December 10, Saturday – Merry Brickyard Ponds. Meet at 9am at Popeye’s at the corner of Gordon Highway and Walton Way to carpool. There is a $4 fee to get into the ponds. We will travel as far as we can based on road conditions looking for wintering waterfowl and other winter birds. Trip should end by 1pm.
December 17, Saturday – Augusta Christmas Bird Count. Please note that there will not be a morning meet up this year! If you would like to participate please contact Lois (email preferred) by December 10 to let her know. If you have a particular area you would like to bird she will do everything she can to put you on the team doing that area. Maps, instructions and count forms will be emailed to the team leaders before count day.
Contact Lois Stacey at 803-215-1594 or email@example.com
December 24, Saturday – Aiken CBC – Contact Calvin Zippler about participation. firstname.lastname@example.org
January 7, Saturday, 2017 - Merry Brickyard Ponds. Meet at 9am at Popeye’s at the corner of Gordon Highway and Walton Way to carpool. There is a $4 fee to get into the ponds. We will travel as far as we can based on road conditions looking for wintering waterfowl and other winter birds. Trip should end by 1pm.
January 14, Saturday - Savannah NWR/Tybee Island. – We will meet in the beach access parking lot behind the lighthouse on Tybee Island at 8:30 am. We will bird Tybee north beach for a few hours and then we will stop at The Flying Fish for lunch. After lunch we will bird the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at the Savannah NWR. We will probably be here until close to sunset. Our target birds at Tybee will be Purple Sandpiper and gulls, we will look for waterfowl and other birds at Savannah. A few years ago we had Eurasian Wigeon at Savannah, you never know what we will find there. Lois leads.
January 21, Saturday – Phinizy Waterfowl Trip. – This is a Phinizy Center trip and they may charge a small fee. Meet at the Phinizy parking lot at 9am to carpool. We will drive around the ponds looking for wintering waterfowl, bitterns and rails, and raptors. This is a great way to get into the back of the park to see what birds might be in the farthest ponds. Trip should end around noon. Lois leads.
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