Field Trips

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Feb
27
Sat
Magnolia Parke
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am

The wetlands at the back of this commercial/medical complex contain a surprising number of birds, often including the rare-in-Florida Rusty Blackbird. Meet trip leader Sam Ewing, one of Alachua County’s top youth birders, in the parking area adjoining the wetland.

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

Mar
12
Sat
Prairie Creek Lodge (CLEP)
Mar 12 @ 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.

The 500-acre Prairie Creek Preserve encompasses a variety of uplands and lowlands. Ivor Kincaide will lead us as we sample several of them on this trip. Wear rubber boots or old shoes you don’t mind getting wet, as the trail can be soggy or even flooded. The woods should be greening up, and the resident birds should be singing.

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

Mar
26
Sat
Watermelon Pond
Mar 26 @ 8:00 am

Join trip leader Rex Rowan for a ramble over the grassy fields and marshy potholes of southwest Alachua County’s interesting “upland wetland.” Meet at the county park at the south end of SW 250th Street.

Directions: From Gainesville take Newberry Road (State Road 26) west to Newberry. At the traffic light turn left onto US-41 and go south 2.9 miles to SW 46th Avenue. Turn right onto 46th and continue for 1.2 mile to SW 250th Street. Turn left onto 250th and go 3.7 miles to the county park.

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

Apr
9
Sat
Fort White Wildlife and Environmental Area
Apr 9 @ 7:00 am

Meet trip leader Rex Rowan at the Tag Agency (on NW 34th St. just south of US-441) and carpool to northern Gilchrist County to explore some of the most beautiful sandhills in North Florida. The resident breeding birds should be singing and there should be plenty of wildflowers to look at. This is the first AAS field trip to this location.

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

Apr
10
Sun
La Chua Trail
Apr 10 @ 8:00 am

Meet Felicia Lee at the trailhead on Camp Ranch Road to search for Yellow-breasted Chat, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and other prairie-dwelling birds and migrants.

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

Apr
16
Sat
Cedar Key
Apr 16 @ 6:30 am

Meet trip leader Rex Rowan in the Target parking lot on Archer Rd. at I-75. The emphasis on this trip will be migrants – mainly warblers and shorebirds. We’ll also look for some uncommon and/or coastal-nesting species: Gray Kingbird, Swallow-tailed Kite, and possibly Short-tailed Hawk. Some people stick around after the trip for lunch.

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

Apr
17
Sun
Cedar Key by boat
Apr 17 @ 10:45 am – 1:00 pm

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 $20 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 to meet.

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

Apr
23
Sat
San Felasco Hammock (Millhopper Road entrance)
Apr 23 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Debra Segal at San Felasco’s Millhopper Rd. parking lot (entry fee $4.00 per vehicle). Sandhills, meandering streams, forested slopes, and sinkholes set the stage for the diversity of birds we hope to find, such as Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos, Hooded Warbler, and Acadian Flycatcher.

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

Apr
24
Sun
Bolen Bluff Trail
Apr 24 @ 8:00 am
Apr
30
Sat
Jacksonville (Huguenot Park and Ft. George Island)
Apr 30 @ 6:00 am