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Apr
11
Sat
Wildflowers with Dana Griffin
Apr 11 @ 8:00 am

Meet retired UF botany professor Dana Griffin in the Winn-Dixie (formerly Sweetbay) parking lot at the corner of SW 34th Street and 20th Avenue. Dr. Griffin will lead a caravan to several locations near Gainesville where the wildflowers are at their best. Dr. Griffin’s “Local Flora” class was legendary and you’ll get to find out why without paying tuition or taking tests.

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

Apr
12
Sun
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park (Millhopper Road entrance)
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Bob Carroll at San Felasco Hammock’s Millhopper Road parking lot ($4.00 per vehicle parking fee). Sandhills, meandering streams, forested slopes, and sinkholes set the stage for the diversity of birds we hope to find, such as the colorful-vireo quarter (Yellow-throated, Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Blue-headed), Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, and the locally-rare Wood Thrush.

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

Apr
18
Sat
Mill Creek Preserve
Apr 18 @ 8:00 am

In 2002 the Alachua County Forever program made its first conservation land purchase – the 1,190-acre Mill Creek Preserve. Meet leader Steve Hofstetter at the parking lot of Hitchcock’s Grocery Store in Alachua on the south side of US-441 and carpool to Mill Creek Preserve to bird through the pine and hardwood forests.

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

Cedar Key by boat
Apr 18 @ 12:45 pm

Join AAS 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 for details on where to meet.

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

Apr
19
Sun
Cedar Key
Apr 19 @ 6:30 am

Meet trip leader Rex Rowan in the Target parking lot at Archer Road and 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 the vehicle and/or level terrain one mile or less).

Apr
22
Wed
Program meeting: Cracking the Anti-Predator Code of Tufted Titmice
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Our Wildland Security Advisory System: Cracking the Anti-Predator Code of Tufted Titmice presented by Dr. Katie Sieving, Professor Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida.

The delightful Paridae (chickadees and titmice) are highly social birds that exhibit exceptional vocal complexity. Capable of encoding 2/3 of the information that the English language can, the sophisticated information encoded in parid calls is used by numerous species to avoid danger and enhance survival. Dr. Sieving will discuss how we decode meaning in Parid calls and how we are beginning to map landscapes of animal information.

Apr
25
Sat
Bolen Bluff Trail
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Debbie Segal 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 the peak of songbird migration.

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

Apr
26
Sun
Hickory Mound Wildlife Management Area
Apr 26 @ 6:00 am

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at the Tag Agency on NW 34th Street (just north of the new Walmart) to carpool. We will spend most of the day exploring this wonderful mix of salt and freshwater marshes and coastal hardwood swamps. We hope to see spring migrants plus the local nesters – Swainson’s Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Short-tailed Hawk, Acadian Flycatcher, Seaside Sparrow, King and Clapper Rails, and others. Bring a lunch, water, and bug repellent.

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

May
2
Sat
Loblolly Woods Greenway
May 2 @ 8:00 am

Meet Sam Ewing, one of Alachua County’s best young birders, at the Loblolly Woods Nature Park for a birding stroll through the forest that winds along Hogtown Creek. We’ll be looking for spring migrants as well as the local nesting species such as Red-eyed Vireo and Hooded Warbler.

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

May
3
Sun
Powers Park and Palm Point
May 3 @ 4:59 pm

Meet trip leader Barbara Shea at Powers Park to check for birds in the trees along the boat channel and to scan the lake from the fishing pier. Then travel to nearby Palm Point – a local migrant trap – to search for migrant activity.

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