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November – December 2013
Dr. Karl Miller of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will discuss the ecology, distribution, and population status of the Southeastern American Kestrel, sharing information obtained from nearly a decade of research and monitoring. The Southeastern American Kestrel is a non-migratory subspecies of falcon and one of Florida’s most imperiled birds. Karl will share the latest updates on FWC’s kestrel nest-box monitoring partnership and a statewide management plan for kestrels. Millhopper Library at 7:00 p.m.
The Alachua Audubon Christmas Social will be held in the clubhouse of the Mill Pond neighborhood near Gainesville Health and Fitness on December 6th at 6:30 p.m. Map is here. As with all Alachua Audubon functions, everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike.
Meet trip leader Jonathan Mays at the La Chua parking area on Camp Ranch Road. La Chua is one of the area’s best spots for close study of a variety of sparrows and other brush-loving birds as well as wintering flycatchers, raptors, waterfowl, and Sandhill Cranes. There is a $2.00-per-person entrance fee.
Difficulty: 3 (round-trip walk is three miles).
Meet Bob Carroll in the Target parking lot (on Archer Road just east of I-75) to carpool down to Circle Bar B Ranch in Polk County where we will meet our guide, Cole Fredericks. Located on the north shore of Lake Hancock, this birding hot spot supports a tremendous bird population including wading birds, waterfowl, raptors, warblers, sparrows, and others. The diverse habitat includes oak hammock, freshwater marsh, hardwood swamp, and lakeshore.
Difficulty: 3 (may involve elevation change, uneven terrain, and/or greater than two miles)
Florida Audubon video of Circle B Bar Reserve: http://fl.audubon.org/videos/floridas-special-places-circle-bar-b-reserve-lakeland
Contact John Hintermister (352-316-2396; firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss details if you are interested in participating in this all-day event. This is Gainesville’s 56th Christmas Bird Count.
Difficulty: 3 (may involve elevation change, uneven terrain, and/or greater than two miles).