Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Field Trips

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Sep
7
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetland
Sep 7 @ 8:30 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 the south side of the 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

Sep
10
Sat
Poe Springs County Park
Sep 10 @ 8:30 am

Join us for a walk through one of the better fall-warbler spots in the county. Poe Springs is a 201-acre county park located on the banks of the Santa Fe River. It’s a 45-minute drive to get there, but it’s worth it, especially since the county has dropped the entry fee. It can be a bit muddy in places, so waterproof footwear or old shoes are recommended, and remember your bug repellent.

Meet Mike Manetz at the Tag Agency (NW 34th St. just south of US-441) to carpool.

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

Sep
14
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetland
Sep 14 @ 8:30 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 the south side of the 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

Sep
17
Sat
Fall Migration Count
Sep 17 all-day

Contact Mike Manetz (mmanetz@yahoo.com) if you’re interested in participating in this all-day event.

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

 

Sep
18
Sun
Cedar Key by boat (sign-up required)
Sep 18 all-day

Join trip leader Scott Flamand and the Tidewater Tour crew on a canopied pontoon boat ride into some of the better known shorebird haunts of the Cedar Key area. Tidewater Tour owners offer a special Alachua Audubon price of $25 per person for this trip. The trip is limited to 20 people, so call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) to reserve a spot and for details on where and when to meet.

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

Sep
21
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetland
Sep 21 @ 8:30 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 the south side of the 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

Program meeting: Climate Change: Implications for North Florida
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Chris Farrell, Audubon Florida

Mr. Farrell will give an update on climate change research and potential concerns for North Florida. He will discuss possible climate scenarios for our region and their potential effects on biodiversity.

Meet at the Millhopper Library Branch, 3145 NW 43rd St. The social half-hour begins at 6:30 pm. Talk begins at 7 pm.

Sep
24
Sat
Levy Lake Loop
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am

Meet fieldtrip leader Matt Bruce for a two- or three-mile walk along Levy Lake’s dike trail (we won’t be doing the whole loop this time). We’ll be birding marsh, wet prairie, and woodland edges in search of migrant warblers, flycatchers, and swallows.

To reach the trailhead, drive south on US-441 from Gainesville. Across from Lake Wauberg, turn right onto Wacahoota Road (County Road 18). Go roughly half a mile and, just after the I-75 overpass, turn left onto SE 11th Dr. and continue all the way down to the parking area.

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

Sep
25
Sun
Barr Hammock Preserve (CLEP)
Sep 25 @ 8:00 am

The Conservation Lands Educational Program (CLEP) is designed to bring attention to local land conservation efforts. These trips are conducted on properties purchased to protect natural resources and will be led by a representative who will discuss ecological features and history. CLEP trips will be educational experiences, so the emphasis will be on much more than birding.

Meet trip leader Michael Drummond at the Sunoco gas station at the flashing light in Micanopy on US-441 and carpool to Barr Hammock. Barr Hammock forms a land bridge between Ledwith and Levy Prairies, and is a county jewel that provides habitat for a wide diversity of upland and wetland species. We should see some migrant birds on this walk, but we’ll be looking at everything – trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, whatever we find.

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

Sep
28
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetland
Sep 28 @ 8:30 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 the south side of the 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