Field Trips


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Bolen Bluff Trail
Oct 12 @ 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 fall migration.

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

Program meeting: Katherine Edison on Sharing Nature Through Photography
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm

Katherine Edison will show how easy, effective, and fun it is to use photography as a teaching tool. She will present creative ways to use photography and will provide examples of easy project ideas and some basic photography pointers.

The social begins at 6:30 pm and the program at 7:00 pm at the Millhopper Library Meeting Room, 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park (Progress Center)
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am

Meet trip leader Rex Rowan at the tag agency (NW 34th Street just south of US-441) to carpool. Admission fee $4.00 per vehicle. We’ll cover a variety of habitats in this walk, including a marsh, fields, woodland edges, deciduous forest, and Cellon Creek.

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

Suwannee River State Park
Oct 19 @ 6:30 am

Meet trip leader Bob Carroll at the tag agency (NW 34th Street just south of US-441) and carpool to the Suwannee River State Park, which is located at the confluence of the Suwannee and Withlacochee Rivers. Bring water, lunch, and bug spray. Admission $5.00 per vehicle.

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

Kids’ Bird Camp
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Alachua Audubon presents Bird Camp for Kids on Sunday October 19, 2014, 1:00-3:00 PM at Alachua Conservation Trust’s Tuscawilla Cabin, Micanopy, Florida.

– Bird Detective
-Binocular Basics
-Listening to Birds
-Introduction to Field Guides

This is a fun family activity for youth in which you will learn a variety of ways to enjoy birds and nature!
Please Register with: Emily Schwartz at
We will send you driving directions once you register.

Levy Lake
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am

Meet field trip leader Adam Zions for birding along this 6.5-mile dike surrounding marsh and wet prairie. To reach the trailhead, drive south on US-441 from Gainesville. Just before Micanopy (right across from Lake Wauberg), turn right on Wacahoota Road. Go over the I-75 overpass and take your first left onto SE 11th Drive. Continue south on SE 11th Drive to the preserve trailhead and parking area.

Difficulty: 3 (may involve elevation change, uneven terrain, and/or greater than two miles – in this case 6.5 miles).

Road to Nowhere / Hagens Cove
Oct 26 @ 6:00 am

Meet trip leader John Hintermister at the Tag Agency and carpool to the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area for a full day of birding. The first destination will be the Road to Nowhere — a 12-mile road that traverses salt marsh, coastal hammocks, pine, and oak stands. A large diversity of birds can often be seen along this remote road. The next stop will be Hagens Cove, where shorebirds, wading birds (including Reddish Egrets), and migrant landbirds can all be observed. Bring water, bug repellent, and lunch.

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

Palm Point Addition
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am

Meet City Naturalist Geoff Parks at the main parking lot at Morningside Nature Center to car pool to Palm Point. Recently the City of Gainesville has acquired over 100 acres of land and nearly a mile of shoreline to add to the popular Palm Point birding spot. We’ll hike up to “Palm Point Hill” and discuss opportunities for future nature-based recreation on the new property.

Duration: C

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

Cones Dike at Paynes Prairie
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am

Call Wild Birds Unlimited (352-381-1997) to reserve a spot on this space-limited hike along Camps Canal and 1.3-mile Cones Dike with field trip leader Howard Adams.

Difficulty: 3 (greater than 2 miles).

Hague Dairy
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am

Meet Rex Rowan at the Tag Agency on NW 34th Street near US-441 to caravan to one of the county’s best spots for sparrows, blackbirds, and raptors.

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

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