Field Trips

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Jan
10
Sat
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Jan 10 @ 8:00 am – Jan 11 @ 4:00 pm

Meet John Hintermister at the St. Marks visitor center on Saturday at 8 a.m. for a trip to one of Florida’s premier winter birding spots. Expect a large number and wide variety of birds. Overnight option. Sunday’s meeting time and location will be decided on Saturday. Call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) to register. Limit 20 people.

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

Jan
17
Sat
Gainesville ponds
Jan 17 @ 8:00 am

Meet Ron Robinson at the Home Depot parking lot on Tower Road to search for waterfowl and other birds at various ponds in southwest Gainesville, including Chapmans Pond.

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

Jan
24
Sat
Alligator Lake
Jan 24 @ 7:00 am

Meet Bob Carroll at the Tag Agency / Tax Collector’s Office and carpool to Alligator Lake Park. We will walk the grassy berm around the large marsh looking for waterfowl, wading birds, and woodland species. This site has often produced new and unique birds.

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

Jan
31
Sat
Tall Timbers Research Station sparrow banding and the Wade Tract
Jan 31 – Feb 1 all-day

Call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) for details or to make a reservation. Overnight Saturday in Tall Timbers’s comfy bunkhouse and leave early the next morning for a day of birding in the Wade Tract, a 200-acre stand of old-growth longleaf pine savannah. Jim Cox and Adam Kent will be the leaders. Come see how Florida looked 200 years ago.

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

Feb
7
Sat
La Chua Trail
Feb 7 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Felicia Lee at the trailhead of the La Chua Trail on Camp Ranch Road. La Chua is one of the area’s best birding hotspots and it supports a tremendous bird population including wading birds, waterfowl, raptors, warblers, sparrows, and others. $2.00 entrance feet.

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

Feb
15
Sun
Northeast Florida Coast
Feb 15 @ 6:30 am

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at the Tag Agency / Tax Collector’s Office and carpool to the east coast. We’ll start at Ft. Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach and work our way south. Possible Purple Sandpipers and scoters at Ft. Clinch. Then to Amelia Island in hopes of Red-throated Loon, scoters, grebes, and gulls. We’ll finish at Jacksonville’s Huguenot Park for shorebirds and other winter birds. Expect a full day of birding and some walking at various coastal sites. Bring a lunch and warm clothes.

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

Feb
28
Sat
Newnans Lake Extravaganza
Feb 28 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Rex Rowan at Owens-Illinois Park in Windsor on the east shore of Newnans Lake. We’ll start by scanning the lake for Bald Eagles and various water birds with the sun at our backs and then we’ll bird the trees along the boat channel. Next we’ll move to Powers Park, where we’ll scan from the fishing pier and bird the park’s wooded edges. Finally we’ll go to Palm Point, where we’ll finish our scan of the lake and look for warblers in the oaks.

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

Mar
7
Sat
Morningside Nature Center
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am

Meet City Naturalist Geoff Parks in the Morningside parking lot. MNC contains more than seven miles of trails that wind through sandhills, flatwoods, cypress domes, and habitat restoration areas. The resident breeders – Pine Warblers, Eastern Towhees, Brown-headed Nuthatches, and Red-headed Woodpeckers – should be busy singing and establishing territories.

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

Mar
21
Sat
Watermelon Pond
Mar 21 @ 7:30 am

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

Mar
29
Sun
Ocala National Forest
Mar 29 @ 7:30 am

Meet in the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie at SW 34th Street and 20th Avenue.

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