Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Field Trips

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Sep
10
Sat
Poe Springs County Park
Sep 10 @ 8:30 am

Join us for a walk through 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. 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, and remember your bug repellent.

Meet Mike Manetz at the Tag Agency (NW 34th St. just south of US-441) to carpool.

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

Sep
17
Sat
Fall Migration Count
Sep 17 all-day

Contact Mike Manetz (mmanetz@yahoo.com) if you’re interested in participating in this all-day event.

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

 

Sep
18
Sun
Cedar Key by boat (sign-up required)
Sep 18 all-day

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. The trip is limited to 20 people, so call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) to reserve a spot and for details on where and when to meet.

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

Sep
21
Wed
Program – Climate Change: Implications for North Florida
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Chris Farrell, Audubon Florida

Mr. Farrell will give an update on climate change research and potential concerns for North Florida. He will discuss possible climate scenarios for our region and their potential effects on biodiversity.

Meet at the Millhopper Library Branch, 3145 NW 43rd St. Social begins 6:30 pm. Talk begins at 7 pm.

Sep
24
Sat
Levy Lake Loop
Sep 24 @ 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
25
Sun
Barr Hammock Preserve (CLEP)
Sep 25 @ 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 we’ll be looking at everything – trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, whatever we find.

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

Oct
1
Sat
San Felasco Hammock (Progress Center entrance)
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Adam Kent at the Tag Agency (NW 34th Street just south of US-441) to carpool. Entry fee $4 per vehicle. We’ll cover a variety of habitats in this walk, including marsh, field, deciduous forest, and Cellon Creek bottomlands. This is very near the peak of migration for warblers, thrushes, cuckoos, tanagers, and buntings.

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

Oct
2
Sun
Powers Park and Palm Point
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Barbara Shea at Powers Park to look for migrant warblers, tanagers, and thrushes in the trees along the boat channel and to scan the lake from the fishing pier. Then we’ll travel to nearby Palm Point to search for more migrants in the live oaks and cypresses.

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

Oct
8
Sat
Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
Oct 8 @ 6:30 am

Peregrine Falcons migrate down the Atlantic Coast in fall, usually peaking in early October.

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at the Tag Agency 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. Bring water and bug repellent. Lunch is at Cap’s on the Inland Waterway

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

Web site for GTM NERR: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/

Oct
9
Sun
San Felasco Hammock (Millhopper Road entrance)
Oct 9 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Adam Kent in the parking lot of the Hunter’s Crossing Publix on Millhopper Rd. and NW 43rd St. for carpooling to the park. 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 Summer Tanager.

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