Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Field Trips

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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).

Sep
28
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands
Sep 28 @ 8:30 am

Discover the rich diversity of birds (and maybe some rarities!) at north-central Florida’s newest birding hotspot in a 2-3-hour walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome.

Where: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on the south side of the road. We’ll meet at covered shelter by the parking lot.

When: Every Wednesday from September – May, at 8:30 a.m.

Who: Birding Field Trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society.

How much? Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car

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
5
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands
Oct 5 @ 8:30 am

Discover the rich diversity of birds (and maybe some rarities!) at north-central Florida’s newest birding hotspot in a 2-3-hour walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome.

Where: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on the south side of the road. We’ll meet at covered shelter by the parking lot.

When: Every Wednesday from September – May, at 8:30 a.m.

Who: Birding Field Trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society.

How much? Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car

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 Steve Hofstetter in the parking lot of the Hunter’s Crossing Publix on Millhopper Rd. and NW 43rd St. for carpooling to the park. 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
12
Wed
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands
Oct 12 @ 8:30 am

Discover the rich diversity of birds (and maybe some rarities!) at north-central Florida’s newest birding hotspot in a 2-3-hour walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome.

Where: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on the south side of the road. We’ll meet at covered shelter by the parking lot.

When: Every Wednesday from September – May, at 8:30 a.m.

Who: Birding Field Trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society.

How much? Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car

Oct
15
Sat
Bolen Bluff Trail
Oct 15 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Debra Segal at the trailhead on US-441. Bolen Bluff is one of Gainesville’s perennial favorite birding locations, especially during fall songbird migration, which is peaking 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).

Oct
16
Sun
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am

Join Trina Anderson in the parking lot of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens for a stroll through a variety of neatly-tended gardens, hardwood hammocks, sinkholes, and a man-made watercourse. This under-birded park can be excellent for migrating warblers. Participants will be admitted to the park for half price ($4), but MUST be on time to get the group rate.

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