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Birding Hot Spots: The Wild Side of Sarasota

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6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Lynn Jakubowicz

Lynn Jakubowicz has been a birder for over 30 years, more seriously in the past decade. She holds a B.A. in education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and taught for several years. She has been working as a children’s librarian for the past 25 years here in Sarasota. Lynn has been the membership chair for Sarasota Audubon for the past eight years and leads day trips, and is active in conducting bird surveys of Sarasota's parks. The team she leads has completed two-year studies of Red Bug Slough, Urfer, South Lido, and Rothenbach parks. She has been a member and leader of Christmas Bird count teams for over 30 years, missing only one year during that time. Lynn is married, a mother of three grown sons and grandmother of two. Her other interests include tennis and reading.

Kathryn Young

Kathryn Young received her B.S. degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked for many years as a computer technology instructor for the Nortel Communications Corporation. She later became an RN and worked as a professional nurse in a variety of medical areas. Since moving to Sarasota in 2004, she has been active in leading and planning many field trips in Sarasota and across the state of Florida. She has also educated and entertained the community and Road Scholar programs with presentations on bird rookeries and Florida bird history. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Audubon as program chair for Audubon monthly meetings.

Mr. John Ginaven

John Ginaven earned his master’s in nuclear physics at the University of Wisconsin. He is a retired teacher and naturalist who worked at several nature centers, leading birding classes and walks. John worked at Tyler Arboretum, near Philadelphia and Ashland Nature Center near Wilmington, Del. He also served on the board of the Valley Forge Audubon Society and the Sarasota Audubon Society. John has been a bird watcher for 39 years, and has searched for species along the East Coast as well as in Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Trinidad and Australia.

Jerry And Sandy Ulrikson

Jerry Ulrikson earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in fish physiology and spent his career in management for a large environmental company. Sandy earned her B.A. in administration and spent her career in public relations and community outreach for the federal government. They served as volunteers for several years with the Whooping Crane reintroduction program. For several years they joined the migration crew assisting in bringing the Whooping Cranes from Wisconsin to Florida behind the ultra-light aircraft. They moved from Knoxville, Tenn. to Sarasota in 2005, and are avid birders and wildlife enthusiasts who enjoy volunteering in other non-birding and wildlife not-for-profit organizations.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips


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