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FIELD TRIP – Circle B Bar Reserve

March 19 @ 6:30 am – 1:00 pm

Special alert: Our guide for the hike, Nick Molton, tells us there are many baby & young birds to be seen now. This should be a great photo op! 

Field Trip Write-Up By Bob Winter

Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland Florida is one of Florida’s premiere birding locations.

Please join Peace River Audubon Society for a field trip to Circle B Bar Preserve near Lakeland Florida. Nick Molton from the Lake Region Audubon Society will be our guide for the day. Lake Region Audubon Society has a long standing involvement with this site, from their input during the planning stages, to continuing support through educational programs and events.

Before cattle ranching occupied this site, a main portion of this 1269 acre reserve was the Banana Creek Marsh, which connected to Lake Hancock at the headwaters of the Peace River. To make the land more productive as pasture, much of the marsh was drained.

In 2000, the property was purchased by SWFWMD and Polk County, to restore the environmentally important Banana Creek Marsh. In 2005 and 2006, restoration projects were completed and the resulting nutrient rich constructed wetland, hosts large populations of wading birds and waterfowl. The total bird list for the preserve is 229 species.

For a preview of what we may see look at the 3 minute YouTube video at

The tour will start at 9:00 a.m. in the main parking lot close to the Nature Discovery Center, where we will meet our host from Lake Region Audubon Society. Carpooling is from the North Car Pool Location. Note: We will be leaving promptly at 6:30 a.m. and will make one stop, along the way at Mac Donald’s in Fort Meade. The address for Circle B Bar Reserve is: 4399 Winter Lake rd. Lakeland, FL.

Bring a picnic lunch, and after lunch we can visit the Polk Nature Discovery Center, located on the grounds of Circle B Bar Reserve. Our guide, Nick Molton tells us there are many baby & young birds to be seen now. This should be a great photo op!

For more information phone Bob Winter at 941-828-2627 or mail him at

Circle B Bar by Nick Molton

Owlets. Photo by Nick Molton.

Circle B Bar 2 (2)

The total bird list for the preserve is 229 species.

Sandhill and colts taken by Joan Winter at Circle B Bar.

Circle B Bar 2 (1)

Photo ops abound at Circle B Bar.

spoonbills flying

Photo by Joan Winter taken at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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