Celery Fields – Birds, Birds, Birds – Sarasota, Florida

Celery Fields – Birds, Birds, Birds – Sarasota, Florida

The Celery Fields, just east of Sarasota, Florida is around 360 acres owned by Sarasota County and is used as a primary flood mitigation zone.   It is managed by the county Storm Water and Sarasota County Parks & Recreation departments.   The Sarasota Audubon Society helps manage the area & their volunteers man the pavilions and give bird tours of the area.  The area was formerly used as farmland where they grew various crops but primarily celery, hence the name!  I have driven by this area many times on my way to other destinations and it looked like a great place for our Florida birds.   The name of the place came up in a conversation during the week so when I contacted my photography buddy about a place to visit this weekend I included the Celery Fields.   He had been there a few years ago and said there were 

Fort De Soto Park & Beach, Florida

Fort De Soto Park & Beach, Florida

Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde, Pinellas County, Florida is one of Florida’s best beaches but also a great place for fishing, camping, kayaking, boating & birding!  And the scenery is not bad, either.  There is even an old historic fort to wander through.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is visible from…