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Apr
22
Wed
Program meeting: Cracking the Anti-Predator Code of Tufted Titmice
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Our Wildland Security Advisory System: Cracking the Anti-Predator Code of Tufted Titmice presented by Dr. Katie Sieving, Professor Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida.

The delightful Paridae (chickadees and titmice) are highly social birds that exhibit exceptional vocal complexity. Capable of encoding 2/3 of the information that the English language can, the sophisticated information encoded in parid calls is used by numerous species to avoid danger and enhance survival. Dr. Sieving will discuss how we decode meaning in Parid calls and how we are beginning to map landscapes of animal information.

Apr
25
Sat
Bolen Bluff Trail
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Debbie Segal 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 the peak of songbird migration.

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

Apr
26
Sun
Hickory Mound Wildlife Management Area
Apr 26 @ 6:00 am

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at the Tag Agency on NW 34th Street (just north of the new Walmart) to carpool. We will spend most of the day exploring this wonderful mix of salt and freshwater marshes and coastal hardwood swamps. We hope to see spring migrants plus the local nesters – Swainson’s Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Short-tailed Hawk, Acadian Flycatcher, Seaside Sparrow, King and Clapper Rails, and others. Bring a lunch, water, and bug repellent.

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

May
2
Sat
Loblolly Woods Greenway
May 2 @ 8:00 am

Meet Sam Ewing, one of Alachua County’s best young birders, at the Loblolly Woods Nature Park for a birding stroll through the forest that winds along Hogtown Creek. We’ll be looking for spring migrants as well as the local nesting species such as Red-eyed Vireo and Hooded Warbler.

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

May
3
Sun
Powers Park and Palm Point
May 3 @ 4:59 pm

Meet trip leader Barbara Shea at Powers Park to check for birds in the trees along the boat channel and to scan the lake from the fishing pier. Then travel to nearby Palm Point – a local migrant trap – to search for migrant activity.

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

May
9
Sat
La Chua Trail
May 9 @ 8:00 am

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

May
10
Sun
Breeding Bird Atlas field trip
May 10 @ 7:30 am

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

May
16
Sat
Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
May 16 @ 8:00 am

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

May
17
Sun
Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Project
May 17 @ 8:00 am

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

Jun
1
Mon
June Challenge kickoff
Jun 1 @ 6:15 am

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