Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Field Trips

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May
4
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetland
May 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Discover the rich diversity of birds (and maybe some rarities!) at north-central Florida’s newest birding hotspot in a 2-3-hour walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome.

Where: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on either side of Williston Road. We’ll meet at covered shelter by the parking lot.

When: Every Wednesday from November – April, at 8:30 a.m.

Who: Birding Field Trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society.

How much? Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car

Wed Bird Walks Announcement

May
7
Sat
Loblolly Woods Nature Park
May 7 @ 8:00 am

Meet Sam Ewing, one of Alachua County’s top youth birders, at Loblolly Woods Nature Park for a walk through the forest that borders Hogtown Creek. We’ll be looking for spring migrants as well as locally-nesting species like Red-eyed Vireo, Barred Owl, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

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

May
8
Sun
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
May 8 @ 8:00 am

Join trip leader Debbie Segal for a birding stroll at Gainesville’s newest birding hotspot, a site that has already logged over 170 bird species! We’ll search for wetland birds like Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule, and Limpkin in the treatment wetlands and forest-dwelling birds in the cypress preserve.

Directions: From the intersection of US-441 and Williston Road, go east on Williston Road roughly ¾ of a mile. The entrance will be on the right. Entry fee $5 per vehicle. Bring sunscreen and water.

Difficulty: 3 (may involve distances greater than two miles).

May
11
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetland
May 11 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Discover the rich diversity of birds (and maybe some rarities!) at north-central Florida’s newest birding hotspot in a 2-3-hour walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome.

Where: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on either side of Williston Road. We’ll meet at covered shelter by the parking lot.

When: Every Wednesday from November – April, at 8:30 a.m.

Who: Birding Field Trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society.

How much? Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car

Wed Bird Walks Announcement

May
14
Sat
Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
May 14 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Michael Drummond at the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve on CR-325. We’ll hope to see Bachman’s Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-headed Woodpecker, and others, but they won’t be our primary quarry; we’ll be looking at everything – trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, whatever we find.

Directions: east on Hawthorne Road to CR-325, right on CR-325 for 2.3 miles. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water.

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

May
15
Sun
Breeding Bird Atlas field trip
May 15 @ 7:30 am

Learn about the breeding birds of Alachua County with Adam Kent by participating in a fun atlasing-style field trip. We’ll focus on bird behaviors such as territoriality and courtship that indicate potential breeding. Come and open your mind to a new perspective on bird watching!

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

Youth Birding Program – Woodpecker Walk @ Northeast Park
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Youth Birding Program - Woodpecker Walk @ Northeast Park | Gainesville | Florida | United States

You do not need to preregister for this event but it would be nice to let us know you are coming.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve loaner binoculars or for more information, contact us at audubonyouthbirding@gmail.com

May
18
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetland
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Discover the rich diversity of birds (and maybe some rarities!) at north-central Florida’s newest birding hotspot in a 2-3-hour walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome.

Where: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on either side of Williston Road. We’ll meet at covered shelter by the parking lot.

When: Every Wednesday from November – April, at 8:30 a.m.

Who: Birding Field Trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society.

How much? Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car

Wed Bird Walks Announcement

May
21
Sat
Wildflowers of Jennings State Forest – CANCELLED
May 21 @ 8:00 am

This field trip has been cancelled.

May
25
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetland
May 25 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Discover the rich diversity of birds (and maybe some rarities!) at north-central Florida’s newest birding hotspot in a 2-3-hour walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome.

Where: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on either side of Williston Road. We’ll meet at covered shelter by the parking lot.

When: Every Wednesday from November – April, at 8:30 a.m.

Who: Birding Field Trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society.

How much? Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car

Wed Bird Walks Announcement