Birding Field Trip to the Celery Fields

Rosette Spoonbill

Rosette Spoonbill

The habitats with the Celery fields Regional Stormwater Facility provided an excellent opportunity for our class to observe numerous wildlife and plant species.

Thank you to Audubon Naturalists Linda, Claire and Barry for helping us identify birds and plants for our wet lab.

Thank you to Audubon Naturalists Linda, Claire and Barry for helping us identify birds and plants for our wet lab.

Commonly observed bird species include great egret, limpkin, red-shouldered hawk, bald eagle, little blue heron, tri-colored egret, snowy egret, black-necked stilt, white ibis, wood stork, pink spoon bills, white pelicans, kingfisher and a variety of duck species, including the blue winged teal, mottled duck, and black-bellied whistling duck.

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Potential mammal sights include otter, red fox, raccoon, cotton rat, and bobcat. Amphibians and reptiles expected to be observed (or heard) include green tree frog, leopard frog, alligator, Florida cooter turtle, Florida snapping turtle, banded water snake, and black racer.

Alligator

Alligator

The primary wetland plant species you may see include spikerush, sawgrass, alligator flag, bulrush, arrowhead, and pickerelweed.  Also note the cordgrass and occasional tree and shrub species along the bank or transitional zone.  The transitional zone or “ecotone” includes native slash pine, Walter’s viburnum, sugarberry, wax myrtle, sweet bay, American elm, and live oak.  In the Celery Fields setting, the transitional zone also provides a buffer between developed features such as roadways, sidewalks, urban grasses, and other native habitats before you.

Purple Gallinule in Alligator Flag

Purple Gallinule in Alligator Flag

Homework:

  1. Complete lab write up from Birding field trip on Feb 3
  2. Estuary Presentation on February 10
  3. Finish reading Module 10
  4. Answer OYO and Study Guide for Module 10
  5. Class Challenge:  February 10 Best magic Trick.
  6. There will be no class quiz to give time for your estuary presentation.

Have a good week! -Mrs. S

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