Field Trips

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Apr
12
Sat
Prairie Creek Preserve
Apr 12 @ 7:30 am

Meet trip leader Ivor Kincaid at Powers Park parking lot and then drive to Prairie Creek Preserve. Ivor is the land manager for the Alachua Conservation Trust. We’ll walk the trails through upland oak woods, swampy edges, and the borders of Prairie Creek, looking for such neotropical migrants as Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Blue Grosbeak. Old and/or waterproof footwear may come in handy.

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.

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

Apr
13
Sun
San Felasco Hammock – Progress Park
Apr 13 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Michael Meisenburg at the Tag Agency and carpool to San Felasco Hammock’s Progress Park entrance on US-441 near Alachua ($4.00 per vehicle parking fee). Alachua Audubon spearheaded the effort to buy San Felasco Hammock in 1974 and we’re especially interested in showing everyone what a beautiful place it is. We’ll follow a trail along Lee Pond and Cellon Creek, looking for woodland-nesting species and spring migrants.

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

Apr
19
Sat
Powers Park and Palm Point
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Bob Carroll at Powers Park to check for birds in the trees along the boat channel and scan the lake from the fishing pier. Then travel to nearby Palm Point to search for spring migrants like Cape May and Blackpoll Warblers.

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

Apr
20
Sun
Cedar Key
Apr 20 @ 6:30 am

Meet trip leader Rex Rowan in the Target parking lot on Archer Road at I-75. The emphasis on this trip will be migrants – mainly warblers and shorebirds. We’ll also look for some uncommon and/or coastal nesting species: Gray Kingbird, Swallow-tailed Kite, and possibly Short-tailed Hawk. Some people stick around after the trip for lunch in one of the local seafood restaurants.

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

Apr
26
Sat
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 ).

Apr
27
Sun
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).

May
3
Sat
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 ).

May
4
Sun
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).

May
10
Sat
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.

May
17
Sat
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.