Birding Hot Spots: The Wild Side of Sarasota
See why Sarasota is a top birding destinations in the US as you join experts to search for whistling ducks, wood storks, scrub jays and more in the habitats of the Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Program No. 19349RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

A major stopover on the Eastern Flyway and the unique, myriad subtropical ecosystems makes the region around Sarasota a premier birding destination in the United States. With expert ornithologists, explore brackish estuaries, scrublands, mangrove forests, marshes and sandy islands as you increase your list of bird-species sightings. Observe the rare Florida subspecies of Scrub Jay and unique birds such as the Marbled Godwit, Reddish Egret and Long-billed Curlew, all amid the warm-weather splendor of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walks up to two miles on paved and uneven surfaces, including sand. Some stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join a birding expert at Fort De Soto Park, an internationally famous and premier birding location on the East Coast.
  • Embark on a private boat across the estuaries of Roberts Bay to see the wading birds, mangrove forests and a major bird rookery.
  • Discover the unique flora and fauna with your ornithological expert, and learn how she added Celery Fields to the state’s repertoire of birding locales.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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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.
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Kathryn Young
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John Ginaven
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Rick Greenspun
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Lynn Jakubowicz
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Stuart Wilson
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