Orange Audubon Society meetings are normally held the 3rd Thursday of every month (Sept. - June) at 7 pm in the Camellia Room at:

Harry P. Leu Garden
1920 North Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803-1537


For Directions to Leu Gardens please click HERE


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Orange Audubon Society relies on the involvement and support of individuals like you to conserve the birds, wildlife, and natural ecosystems of the Central Florida area.

Interested in becoming a member? Just print and mail this membership form to become part of the Orange Audubon Society.

If you need to RENEW your membership, please wait for National Audubon to mail you the renewal form, please do not use the membership form .

Your basic membership of $20.00 supports our efforts to help safeguard Florida's natural environment, and also entitles you to receive three publications:

The Florida Naturalist

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Beginner’s Bird Identification

Instructor: Bob Sanders—(407) 459-5617 

Registration: Teresa Williams—(407) 644-0796 

Cost per Season: $30 (members); $45 (non-members); $10 (12 & under with registered adult) 

Locations: Orlando Wetlands Park and Lake Jesup 

Dates/Time: Saturdays, 8:30 AM–12:30 PM 

Fall—Oct 1, 8 & 15, 2016 

Spring—Mar 4, 11 & 18, 2017

Class limit: 20 participants each season


Dragonfly Identification

Instructors: Randy Snyder & Mary Keim—(407) 851- 5416

Registration: Teresa Williams—(407) 644-0796 

Cost: $25 (members); $40 (non-members); 

$10 (12 & under with registered adult) 

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park and nearby 

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area 

Date/Time: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

Class limit: 16 participants

Birds of Prey Identification

Instructor: Bob Sanders—(407) 459-5617

Suggested donation each trip: $5 (members); $10 (non-members)

Attend single or multiple days; No registration required

Location: Lake Apopka Restoration Area, Lust Rd., Apopka

Dates: Sundays, Dec 4, 2016; Jan 8 & Feb 5, 2017

Time: 7:30 AM–1:00 PM

Photographer’s Workshops 

Photographer’s Green PLACE Nature Walks

Nature walks will spotlight Orange County (OC) natural lands (Green PLACEs) and be co-led by an expert naturalist and an experienced photographer. Bring your binoculars and camera! Green PLACE photo entries in OAS’ Chertok contest are eligible for bonus prizes and inclusion in OC’s 2018 nature calendar. Check the OASis for details before each walk.

Saturdays at 7:30 AM. FREE

Oct 8........Johns Lake Conservation Area, Winter Garden 

Mar 4.......Savage-Christmas Creek Preserve, Christmas

Photo Workshop

Instructor: Reinier Munguia—(863) 797-7374

Registration: Teresa Williams—(407) 644-0796 

Suggested donation both sessions: 

$60 (members); $75 (non-members) 

Date/Time: Sat., Jan 7, 2017; 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Classroom session only: 9:00–11:00 AM ($30/$40)

Field session only: 1:00–4:00 PM ($35/$45)

Location: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive 

Class limit: 20–25 participants

Sunrise Photo Shoot

Instructor: Milton Heiberg—(407) 658-4869

Registration: Teresa Williams—(407) 644-0796

Cost: $70 (members); $85 (non-members)

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park

Date/Time: Sun., Feb 19, 2017; 6:00 AM–12:00 PM

Class limit: 12 participants


2016–2017 FIELD TRIPS 


Regular Field Trips

Regular field trips showcase Florida’s fauna and flora in natural conditions. Most involve leisurely walks while observing wildlife. Before each field trip, check the OASis for details. Contact leader Larry Martin with questions: (407) 647-5834 or FREE

Sept 17.................Canaveral National Seashore, New Smyrna Beach

Oct 22...................Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park

Nov 19..................Pine Lily Preserve, Bithlo

Dec.......................Participate in local Christmas Bird Counts

Jan 21...................Birdapalooza, Apopka (see OASis for field trip times)

Feb 18..................Joe Overstreet/Lake Kissimmee, Kenansville

Mar 18..................Green Mountain Overlook, Montverde

April 22.................Flamingo Quest II (see overnight details below)

May 20..................Lyonia Preserve, Deltona 

Limited Edition Field Trips

Limited Edition Field Trips are restricted to 15 people per trip. The cost per person per trip is $10 members/$15 non-members. Reservations are required and taken the week before by leader Bob Sanders: (407) 459-5617. 


Sat., Sept 24............Lake Apopka North Shore, Clay Island 

Sun., Oct 16.............Three Lakes WMA, Osceola County 

Sat., Nov 12.............Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville

Sun., Dec 18............Lk. Jesup Conservation Area, Marl Bed Flats Tract 

Sun., Jan 15............Smyrna Dunes Park, New Smyrna Beach 

Sun., Feb 26............Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Sat., Mar 25.............Ocala National Forest, Paisley 

Sun., April 23...........Ft. De Soto Park, Pinellas County

Sat., May 27............Three Lakes WMA, Osceola County

Overnight Field Trips

North Florida Birding and Botany Field Trips & North American Wolf Encounter

Location: Torreya SP, Seacrest Wolf Preserve & Red Hills Region

Date: Dec 9–11, 2016. Fri., Torreya SP (AM) & Seacrest Wolf Preserve (PM)

Sat., Tall Timbers & Greenwood Plantation; Sun., Birdsong Nature Center (AM)

Registration/Lodging/other details: Teresa Williams—(407) 644-0796

Cost: (includes guides, field trip fees, some meals) 

$80 members/$95 non-members 

Seacrest private tour only: $35/$45; Birding/botany (4 trips) only: $55/$65

South Florida Birding & Flamingo Quest II

Location: Palm Beach Co. and Broward Co. with guide David Simpson

Date: April 22–23, 2017. Birding and a search for Flamingos

Registration: Teresa Williams—(407) 644-0796 

Cost: (includes guide and field trip fees) $40 members/$55 non-members; 

Sat. only: $25 members/$40 non-members

Lodging/other details: TBA—(407) 637-2525

Youth Field Trips

Youth field trips allow children to observe and enjoy the natural world on easy hiking trails. All start at 9:00 AM. Youths must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations are needed. Please contact leader Brook Rohman with questions: (407) 921-8008. Loaner binoculars are available. FREE.

Sat., Sept 24............Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park

Sat., Nov 12.............Central Winds Park, Winter Springs 

Sun., Feb 19............Maitland Community Park, Maitland

Sun., Mar 19............Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park


Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival &

Birdapalooza Birding Weekend 

January 20-22, 2017

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza, Saturday January 21st, is now in its fifth year as a free family-oriented festival introducing Central Floridians to the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District (District). On Saturday, you can observe bird banding, take a guided bus tour and/or hike to see additional birds, and check out exhibits, several with live animal displays, plus music, nature-inspired merchandise sales and food trucks. See for more details about the Saturday festival.  

On Friday, January 20th and Sunday, January 22nd, search for as many as possible of the 360+ species documented on the Lake Apopka North Shore, plus recently sighted rarities. Timing is perfect to see a multitude of overwintering and resident species. 

While the Lake Apopka North Shore can now be visited (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays) through the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (2803 Lust Rd., Apopka, FL 32703), birding festival field trips will explore other parts of the District property and other nearby birding sites. 

For trip details, including locations, leaders, past bird sightings, and to register, go to If you have any questions, email or call 407-637-2525.

Teachers: Bring the natural world to your classroom with

Audubon Adventures

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Donations to Orange Audubon Society, Inc., a Florida nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.




Orphaned or
       Injured Wildlife?

What to do if you find a baby bird

In many cases “orphaned” baby birds are kidnapped when they should be left alone, not taken to a rehabber.

For rehabilitation sources, visit:

Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (Raptors Only)

Speakers Bureau

Orange Audubon Society has a list of speakers who are willing to address schools and organizations on subjects such as birds, plants, the environment, and Florida outdoors. 

Click Here

or email

Linda Carpenter