Road Trip

Historic St. Augustine, FL

Terns and Skimmer by Simon Thompson

November 13-17, 2021

American Oystercatcher by Ventures Birding

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your completed registration form and deposit of $300 per person has been received. Deposit may be made via the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 8 participants.

Cost of St. Augustine Venture $1,545 per person based on double occupancy (Single supplement $325) Price includes: 4 night’s accommodation, breakfasts, lunches & dinners, entry fees, information packet & bird checklist, and guide/leader service throughout. Not included: Transportation, alcoholic beverages, laundry and other items of a personal nature

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously-inhabited European-established settlement in the contiguous United States. Founded in September 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida's first governor. He named the settlement "San Augustín", as his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies from Spain had first sighted land on August 28, the feast day of St. Augustine. The city served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. It was designated as the capital of British East Florida when the colony was established in 1763; Great Britain returned Florida to Spain in 1783. Florida was ceded to the United States in 1819, and St. Augustine was designated the capital of the Territory upon ratification of the Adams–Onís Treaty in 1821. The territorial government established Tallahassee as the new capital of Florida in 1824.

Our plan is to spend time exploring the best of birding in St. John’s County in the mornings, and enjoying some of the history in the afternoons. The Castillo de San Marcos was built between 1672 and 1695 and sits next to the Matanzas River, so birding will blend well with the history. Coastal species will be obvious, so we expect to see Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Wilson’s and Black-bellied Plover, Royal and Caspian Terns and many others. We will also explore some freshwater habitats, as well as wooded areas that may hold lingering warblers and vireos, as well as newly-arrived sparrows.

Join us for a new Venture blending history and birding in America's oldest city.

Some of the Birds We Hope to See

Black Skimmer, Royal and Caspian Terns, American Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Wilson’s and Black-bellied Plover, White-winged and Eurasian Collared-Dove, Magnificent Frigatebird, Northern Gannet, American White and Brown Pelicans, Nanday Parakeet, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Marsh Wren, Seaside and Savannah Sparrows, Black-and-white, Orange-crowned, Northern Parula and Palm Warblers, plus we will keep our eye on the local birding scene in case any rarity appear,