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Sep
17
Wed
Program meeting: Research and Discovery in South Florida’s Mangroves: Unlocking the Secret of the Mangrove Cuckoo
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm

Rachel Mullin, a field biologist with the Ecostudies Institute, will describe the ecology and life history of Mangrove Cuckoos at the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Florida. Using miniature radio transmitters, she is tracking individual birds throughout the year to better understand their habitat requirements and seasonal movements.

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.

Sep
20
Sat
Fall Migration Count
Sep 20 all-day

An all-day bird count in which 13 to 15 teams cover different portions of Alachua County to find out how many migrants of which species are utilizing which habitats. The fall migration count has been an annual event in Alachua County since 1995. It is always held on the third Saturday in September, near the peak of the migration.

If you can identify most migrants and would like to help with the Alachua County count, please contact Mike Manetz at mmanetz @yahoo.com or (352) 316-0981.

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

Sep
21
Sun
Cedar Key by Boat
Sep 21 @ 10:45 am

Meet Alachua Audubon Vice President Scott Flamand for a boat tour of Cedar Key’s remote coastal marsh with Captain Doug Maple. Emphasis will be on shorebirds, gulls, terns, and other coastal species, all seen at fairly close range. Cost is reduced to $20 per person for the boat ride. Call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) to reserve a spot on the boat and for the meeting location. Space is limited.

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

Sep
27
Sat
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
Sep 27 @ 6:30 am

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at the Target parking lot (on Archer Road at I-75) for a full day of birding at several locations within the Lower Suwannee NWR. Likely stops will include Shired Island, Dixie Mainline Trail, Fishbone Creek, and Salt Creek. A large diversity of shorebirds, waders, and migrant songbirds are likely to be spotted. Bring water, lunch, and bug repellent.

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

Sep
28
Sun
Barr Hammock Preserve
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am

Meet Michael Drummond of the county’s Department of Environmental Protection at the Sunoco gas station on US-441 in Micanopy to carpool down the road to Barr Hammock. The majestic 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. Fun fact: The point in Alachua County that’s farthest from any road is in Barr Hammock.

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

Oct
4
Sat
Guana hawk watching
Oct 4 @ 6:30 am

Peregrine Falcons migrate down the Atlantic Coast in fall, usually peaking in early October. Meet trip leader John Hintermister at Powers Park and carpool to the hawk-watching platform at the north end of the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (just north of St. Augustine) in hopes of seeing Peregrines, then walk a woodland trail in search of fall warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and thrushes. Bring water and bug repellent.

Lunch will be at Cap’s on the Intracoastal Waterway.

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

Oct
5
Sun
Powers Park and Palm Point
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am

This field trip will provide migratory birding at a classic local migrant trap. The big oaks and shoreline cypresses at Powers Park, and hardwoods along Lakeshore Drive can be excellent places to observe migrant activity. Meet trip leader Barbara Shea at Powers Park to check the trees along the boat channel and scan the lake from the fishing pier before proceeding to Palm Point Park.

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

Oct
11
Sat
O’Leno State Park
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am

Phil Laipis will lead us through this beautiful park on the Santa Fe River in search of warblers, tanagers, and other fall migrants. Meet at the Winn-Dixie parking lot north of the traffic light on US-441 in High Springs, and carpool to O’Leno State Park. Admission $5.00 per vehicle.

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

Oct
12
Sun
Bolen Bluff Trail
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Jonathan Mays 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 fall migration.

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

Oct
15
Wed
Program meeting: Katherine Edison on Sharing Nature Through Photography
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm

Katherine Edison will show how easy, effective, and fun it is to use photography as a teaching tool. She will present creative ways to use photography and will provide examples of easy project ideas and some basic photography pointers.

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.