Field Trips

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Oct
4
Sat
Guana hawk watching
Oct 4 @ 6:30 am

Peregrine Falcons migrate down the Atlantic Coast in fall, usually peaking in early October. Meet trip leader John Hintermister at Powers Park and carpool to the hawk-watching platform at the north end of the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (just north of St. Augustine) in hopes of seeing Peregrines, then walk a woodland trail in search of fall warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and thrushes. Bring water and bug repellent.

Lunch will be at Cap’s on the Intracoastal Waterway.

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

Oct
5
Sun
Powers Park and Palm Point
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am

This field trip will provide migratory birding at a classic local migrant trap. The big oaks and shoreline cypresses at Powers Park, and hardwoods along Lakeshore Drive can be excellent places to observe migrant activity. Meet trip leader Barbara Shea at Powers Park to check the trees along the boat channel and scan the lake from the fishing pier before proceeding to Palm Point Park.

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

Oct
11
Sat
O’Leno State Park
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am

Phil Laipis will lead us through this beautiful park on the Santa Fe River in search of warblers, tanagers, and other fall migrants. Meet at the Winn-Dixie parking lot north of the traffic light on US-441 in High Springs, and carpool to O’Leno State Park. Admission $5.00 per vehicle.

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

Oct
12
Sun
Bolen Bluff Trail
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Jonathan Mays at the trailhead on US-441 at the south rim of Paynes Prairie. Bolen Bluff is one of Gainesville’s perennial favorite birding locations, especially during fall migration.

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

Oct
15
Wed
Program meeting: Katherine Edison on Sharing Nature Through Photography
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm

Katherine Edison will show how easy, effective, and fun it is to use photography as a teaching tool. She will present creative ways to use photography and will provide examples of easy project ideas and some basic photography pointers.

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.

Oct
18
Sat
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park (Progress Center)
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Rex Rowan at the tag agency (NW 34th Street just south of US-441) to carpool. Admission fee $4.00 per vehicle. We’ll cover a variety of habitats in this walk, including a marsh, fields, woodland edges, deciduous forest, and Cellon Creek.

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

Oct
19
Sun
Suwannee River State Park
Oct 19 @ 6:30 am

Meet trip leader Bob Carroll at the tag agency (NW 34th Street just south of US-441) and carpool to the Suwannee River State Park, which is located at the confluence of the Suwannee and Withlacochee Rivers. Bring water, lunch, and bug spray. Admission $5.00 per vehicle.

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

Oct
25
Sat
Levy Lake
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am

Meet field trip leader Adam Zions for birding along this 6.5-mile dike surrounding marsh and wet prairie. To reach the trailhead, drive south on US-441 from Gainesville. Just before Micanopy (right across from Lake Wauberg), turn right on Wacahoota Road. Go over the I-75 overpass and take your first left onto SE 11th Drive. Continue south on SE 11th Drive to the preserve trailhead and parking area.

Difficulty: 3 (may involve elevation change, uneven terrain, and/or greater than two miles – in this case 6.5 miles).

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).