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Pelican Island Audubon Society

Field Trip: Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area & Joe Overstreet Landing

Leader Name: Carolyn Cimino

Site Descriptions: Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area: Formerly a cattle ranch, the 63,000 acres of the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area in Osceola County consists of  hiking, bicycling, and horseback trails including self-guided driving tours.  Birds and butterflies  include the federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow located in a mosaic of dry and wet prairie, flatwoods, hammocks, cypress ponds and patches of scrub. Other birds of interest in the Longleaf Pine woods include Brown-headed Nuthatches and Bachman’s Sparrow.

Joe Overstreet Landing: On the 5.5 mile drive to the Boat Landing on Lake Kissimmee, we’ll look for Florida Sandhill Crane, Wild Turkey, Eastern Meadowlark, Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara and Loggerhead Shrike. During migration, shorebirds use the sod fields when there is standing water. At the end of the road there is a campsite and store. Check the boat ramp area and marsh for Limpkins and ibis. Snail Kites and Limpkins search the lake for apple snails and Bald Eagles often perch on posts close to the shore. Purple Gallinule are often present. Several rarities have been recorded at this site including Red-headed Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

Duration of trip in hours: About 8 hours from start to finish but participants may leave at any time.

Walking distance: One mile maximum; much of trip is by vehicle.

Degree of difficulty, and any special instructions: Easy trip. Walking is on even, sandy roads. Bring lunch and drinks for eating at the Landing on picnic tables.

Where participants meet: IHOP parking lot at 8800 20th St. in Vero Beach

Time of meeting: 6:00 a.m.

Number of participants limit: 15

Date: 03/08/2023 (Wed.)

Time: 6:00am - 3:00pm EST

Location: IHOP meeting place for carpool
8800 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966-1708

Created by:   Bob Montanaro
 
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Field Trips: Three Lakes WMA & Joe Overstreet Landing (15)

End time is approximate.

 
13 of 15 slots filled
Susan Drew (2)
Hugh Stevenson
Hugh Stevenson
Ann Esmas
M M (2)
Margie Wagner
Patty Brower
Steve Palmquist
Glenda Price
Dale Bird (2)
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