Field Trips


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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).

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).

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).

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.