Field Trips

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Oct
26
Sun
Road to Nowhere / Hagens Cove
Oct 26 @ 6:00 am

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at the Tag Agency and carpool to the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area for a full day of birding. The first destination will be the Road to Nowhere — a 12-mile road that traverses salt marsh, coastal hammocks, pine, and oak stands. A large diversity of birds can often be seen along this remote road. The next stop will be Hagens Cove, where shorebirds, wading birds (including Reddish Egrets), and migrant landbirds can all be observed. Bring water, bug repellent, and lunch.

Difficulty: 2 (may involve uneven terrain one to two miles).

Nov
1
Sat
Palm Point Addition
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am

Meet City Naturalist Geoff Parks at the main parking lot at Morningside Nature Center to car pool to Palm Point. Recently the City of Gainesville has acquired over 100 acres of land and nearly a mile of shoreline to add to the popular Palm Point birding spot. We’ll hike up to “Palm Point Hill” and discuss opportunities for future nature-based recreation on the new property.

Duration: C

Difficulty: 3 (may involve elevation change, uneven terrain, and/or walking distances greater than two miles).

Nov
2
Sun
Cones Dike at Paynes Prairie
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am

Call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) to reserve a spot on this space-limited hike along Camps Canal and 1.3-mile Cones Dike with field trip leader Howard Adams.

Difficulty: 3 (greater than 2 miles).

Nov
8
Sat
Hague Dairy
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am

Meet Rex Rowan at the Tag Agency on NW 34th Street near US-441 to caravan to one of the county’s best spots for sparrows, blackbirds, and raptors.

Difficulty: 1 (trip within easy access to the vehicle and/or level terrain one mile or less).

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Nov
10
Mon
Program meeting: Peru’s Birding Rally Challenge
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm

Come and hear Adam Kent talk about this competitive birding event designed to raise awareness about Peru’s diverse bird life. Adam participated in the southern Rally in 2013 and the northern Rally in 2014. Learn about some of the best places to bird in South America and see amazing photos of beautiful birds with names like Royal Sunangel and Marvelous Spatuletail.

The social begins at 6:30 pm and the program at 7:00 pm at the Millhopper Library Meeting Room, 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville.

Nov
16
Sun
Cedar Key
Nov 16 @ 6:00 am

Meet Rex Rowan in the Target parking lot and carpool to Cedar Key, a quintessential Florida birding destination where birders can often view shorebirds over one shoulder and songbirds over the other. Participants may want to stay in Cedar Key for lunch.

Difficulty: 1 (trip within easy access of the vehicle and/or level terrain one mile or less).

Nov
23
Sun
Circle B Bar Ranch
Nov 23 @ 6:00 am

Meet Barbara Shea in the Target parking lot to car pool down to Circle B Bar Ranch in Polk County where we will meet our guide Cole Fredricks. Located on the north shore of Lake Hancock, this birding hotspot supports a tremendous bird population including wading birds, waterfowl, raptors, warblers, sparrows, and others. The diverse habitat includes oak hammock, freshwater marsh, hardwood swamp, and lake shore.

Difficulty: 3 (may involve elevation change, uneven terrain, and/or distances greater than two miles).

Nov
29
Sat
Tuscawilla Prairie
Nov 29 @ 8:00 am

Meet Rex Rowan at the Native American Heritage Preserve parking lot in Micanopy (from the flashing light at US-441 in Micanopy, go south one mile on 441 and turn right onto SE 165th Avenue, then go a third of a mile to the parking lot on the right). Tuscawilla is a 600-acre marsh owned by the Alachua Conservation Trust. If the water isn’t too high, it’s a good spot for raptors, waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, Marsh and Sedge Wrens, and a variety of sparrows. Wear boots or old shoes as the trails can be soggy.

Difficulty: 2 (may involve uneven terrain one to two miles).

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