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Sep
12
Sat
Poe Springs County Park
Sep 12 @ 8:30 am

Join us for a look at 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. Canada, Golden-winged, Kentucky, and Cerulean Warblers have been recorded here (though rarely, we admit). 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. Meet Mike Manetz at the Tag Agency (NW 34th Street just south of US-441) and carpool to Poe Springs.

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

Sep
13
Sun
Bolen Bluff Trail
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Bob Carroll 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 songbird migration. Entry fee: $2 per vehicle.

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

Sep
19
Sat
Fall Migration Count
Sep 19 all-day

Each fall near the peak of migration, Alachua County birders spend a day in the field to take a snapshot of fall 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, and/or walking distances greater than two miles).

Sep
20
Sun
Cedar Key by boat
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am

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. Call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) to reserve a spot and get details on where to meet.

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

Sep
26
Sat
Levy Lake Loop
Sep 26 @ 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 on Wacahoota Road (County Road 18). Go roughly half a mile and, just after the I-75 overpass, turn left on 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
27
Sun
Barr Hammock Preserve (CLEP)
Sep 27 @ 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 they won’t be our primary quarry; we’ll be looking at everything – trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, whatever we find.

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

Oct
3
Sat
San Felasco Hammock (Millhopper Road entrance)
Oct 3 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Steve Hofstetter at San Felasco’s Millhopper Road parking lot ($4 per vehicle entry fee). Sandhill, meandering streams, and forested slopes set the stage for the diversity of warblers, thrushes, tanagers, and other migrant birds that we’ll hope to see.

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

Oct
4
Sun
Palm Point / Powers Park
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am

This fieldtrip will provide migratory birding at a classic local migrant trap. The big oaks and lakeshore 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.

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

Oct
10
Sat
Guana River hawk watch
Oct 10 @ 6:30 am

Peregrine Falcons migrate down Florida’s 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 park in hopes of seeing Peregrines. During the second half of the morning we’ll walk a woodland trail in search of fall warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and thrushes. Entry fee $3 per vehicle at each location. Bring water and bug repellent. Lunch will be at Caps on the Inland Waterway.

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

Oct
11
Sun
Bolen Bluff Trail
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Matt O’Sullivan 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 songbird migration, which is beginning to peak now. This is often the best walk of the season for warblers and thrushes. Entry fee $2 per vehicle.

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