Pelican Island Audubon Society
Date: Friday, November 11th, 2022
Location: Indrio Savannahs Preserve, 5275 Tozour Road, Fort Pierce
Leader Name: Donna Halleran
Trip/area Description: Between Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, Indrio Savannahs was thankfully never developed as a subdivision. Purchased to protect the savannahs wetland system, this site features several different trails in the 297-acre site, including an observation tower and a fishing pier. The 35-acre lake is designated as a “catch-and-release” area and contains a kayak/canoe launch. This route is part of the statewide "Great Florida Birding Trail." Only a mile west of the Indian River Lagoon, these savannahs are freshwater wetlands that serve as an important stopping point for migratory birds. Sandhill Cranes nest in the wetlands. Eagles and wading birds are often seen here also. A strip of scrub forest above the wetlands provides habitat for the Florida Scrub Jay, and is a unique environment for certain rare plants that require both the ancient scrub soil and the humidity generated by the savannas.
Duration of trip in hours: 1.5 hours
Walking distance: 1.5-2 miles
Degree of difficulty and any special instructions: The trails are easy and flat. A very gentle walk. Great for birding and wildlife watching. No restrooms. It is hard-packed enough up to the observation deck that wheelchairs can traverse with assistance.
Where to meet: Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot of the Indrio Savannahs. North US1, N. Ft. Pierce (westside of U.S.1) 5275 Tozour Road
Time of meeting: 8:00 a.m.
Number of participants: 15
8:00am - 9:30am EST
Indrio Savannahs Preserve
5275 Tozour Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34951
|| Bob Montanaro