Field Trips


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O’Leno State Park
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am

Phil Laipis will lead us through this beautiful park on the Santa Fe River in search of warblers, tanagers, and other fall migrants.

Meet at the Winn-Dixie parking lot north of the traffic light on US-441 in High Springs and carpool to O’Leno State Park. Admission $5.00 per vehicle / $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle.

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

O’Leno State Park web site:

Young Birders’ field trip @ Powers Park
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am

Young birders are invited to join Steven Goodman and other Alachua Audubon volunteers for a youth birding event on the west shore of Newnans Lake at Powers Park. This area provides easy viewing opportunities of large birds in and around the lake, and smaller birds along the wooded edges. Alachua Audubon will provide binoculars for young birders and basic instructions on bird identification. An adult to supervise your young birder is required. Please RSVP to Emily Schwartz at

Powers Park and Palm Point
Oct 5 @ 7:30 am

Migratory birding at a classic local migrant hotspot. The big oaks and lakeshore cypresses in the park, and the 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 the vehicle and/or level terrain one mile or less).

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

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

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at Powers Park  at 6:30 a.m. and carpool to the hawk-watching platform at the north end of the park in hopes of seeing Peregrines, then drive south to Guana Dam and walk a woodland trail in search of fall warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and thrushes.

Bring water and bug repellent. Lunch will be at Cap’s on the Inland Waterway.

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

Web site for GTM NERR:

Program meeting: Birding Highlights in Costa Rica @ Tower Road Branch Library
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm

Mike Manetz will present some of the birding highlights of his last several Birds and Conservation tours in Costa Rica. Also featuring the fabulous photography of Diana Manetz. Join us for a social at 6:30 pm and the program at 7:00 at the Tower Road Library.

San Felasco Hammock (Progress Center)
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Michael Meisenburg at the tag agency (NW 34th Street just south of US-441) to carpool to the park.

We’ll cover a variety of habitats in this walk, including marsh, field, deciduous forest, and Cellon (pronounced SEE-lun) Creek.

Admission fee $4.00 per vehicle.

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

Bolen Bluff Trail
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Jonathan Mays 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 fall songbird migration.

There’s a $2.00 per car parking fee.

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

Levy Lake Loop
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Adam Zions at Alachua County’s newest public use natural area. Part of the Barr Hammock Preserve’s 5700 acres of hardwood forest, marsh, and wet prairie, the Levy Lake Loop provides excellent opportunities to see a wide variety of birds.

To reach the trailhead, drive south on US-441 from Gainesville. Just before Micanopy and across from Lake Wauberg, turn right onto Wacahoota Road (County Road 18). Go over the I-75 overpass, take your first left onto SE 11th Drive, and follow it down to the parking area.

Difficulty: 3+. Hike is about six miles, so bring food and plenty of water.

Florida Hikes trail description:

Lower Suwannee NWR / Cedar Key
Oct 20 @ 6:30 am

Meet trip leader John Hintermister in the Target parking lot at 6:30 a.m. for the hour’s drive west to the 53,000-acre Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, a complex of swamps, pine forests, tidal creeks, and salt marshes. We’ll explore the refuge’s wildlife drive, looking for migratory birds. It should be an excellent trip for butterflies as well.

We’ll adjourn to Cedar Key for lunch, but bring water, a snack, and bug repellent.

Length: D (6+ hours).

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

La Chua Trail
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am

As fall turns into … er, slightly later fall, and the migrant warblers thin out, our attention turns from the woodlands to the fields and marshes, and we start looking for sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl. La Chua is the best place to see them all.

Join trip leader Adam Kent at the La Chua parking lot in SE Gainesville at 8 a.m. and be prepared for a three-mile hike. Bring water and a snack.

Duration: B (3-4 hours).

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