Field Trips


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Hickory Mound WMA and vicinity
Apr 26 @ 6:00 am

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at the Tag Agency on SW 34th Street (across from 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: 1 (trip within easy access to the vehicle and/or level terrain one mile or less ).

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park (south entrance)
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Adam Kent at San Felasco’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 Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, and the locally-rare Wood Thrush.

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

Florida East Coast
May 3 @ 6:30 am

Meet field trip leader, John Hintermister, at the Powers Park parking lot. We will explore St. Johns, Flagler, and maybe northern Volusia County. This is a good time for migrant songbirds and shorebirds and they will be in breeding plumage. This will be a full day field trip but you have the option to leave at anytime. Bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, and bug repellent.

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

La Chua Trail
May 4 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leaders Neil and Joan McLeod at the trailhead on Camp Ranch Road to search for Yellow-breasted Chat, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and other prairie-dwelling birds.

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

Cedar Key by boat
May 10 @ 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 $25.00 per person for this trip. Call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) to reserve a spot and for details, including meeting time and place.

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
May 17 @ 8:00 am

This is a CLEP trip. 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.

Kids’ Woodpecker Walk
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Alachua Audubon on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at NORTHEAST PARK for a special two-hour kids’ program in which we will be hoping to find as many as five different kinds of woodpeckers! Learn natural history and how to identify these beautiful birds!

We will have a short introductory program about woodpeckers and then take a walk in the park. We’ll finish up with a discussion about what we’ve seen.

Don’t have binoculars? Not a problem. Alachua Audubon has loaner binoculars for the walk. This is a family activity and parents will accompany their children. Children may not be left at the park without a parent. This is a good activity for youth ages 6 to 18.

Northeast Park is located on NE 16th Avenue just east of Main Street and across the street from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. You will see tennis courts. Park next to the tennis courts and look for us around the first baseball field bleachers.

NOTE: If you would like to join us please send an email to and let us know how many kids and adults from your family will be attending.

Program Meeting: Tracking Manatees in Florida
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – May 21 @ 8:00 pm

The Florida manatee is one of the best-studied marine mammals in the world, and yet many mysteries remain. Chip Deutsch has studied the manatee for 20 years and will discuss their unique biology and conservation issues. Special focus will be on what we’ve learned about their movements and behavior through tracking via satellite.

This program meeting is open to everyone, Audubon members and non-members alike. The social begins at 6:30 and the manatee presentation at 7:00.



Butterfly field trip CANCELED
May 24 @ 8:00 am
Program Meeting: Tracking Birds: The Latest Technology and the Amazing Things We Can Learn
Jun 18 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm

Learn about different ways to track wild birds from color bands to VHF and satellite telemetry. Gina Kent of Avian Research and Conservation, Inc., will share her experience from her work with many different avian species found in the southeastern U.S. and how telemetry data has answered many questions on the life history of these birds.

This program meeting is open to everyone, Audubon members and non-members alike. The social begins at 6:30 and the presentation at 7:00.