Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Field Trips

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Here are some items to consider carrying on any field trip: binoculars (a must), water, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, sturdy shoes, rain gear for sudden downpours, notebook, camera, contact information

You can subscribe to the calendar below and add events to your own calendar to receive reminders.

You can also download this pdf for a compact field trip schedule covering the year.

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Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands 8:30 am
Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands @ Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Apr 3 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Location map   Sweetwater Wetlands Park is on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on the south side of the road. We’ll meet … Continue reading
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Ocala National Forest 7:00 am
Ocala National Forest
Apr 6 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location map   Meet trip leader Rex Rowan in the Publix parking lot at SW 34th St. and Williston Rd. Come and admire the longleaf sandhills and scrub in this marvelous 383,000-acre remnant of the original Florida, while we search … Continue reading
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Prairie Creek and Newnans Lake by Canoe and Kayak 8:00 am
Prairie Creek and Newnans Lake by Canoe and Kayak
Apr 7 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location map   Meet trip leader Matt Bruce at Kate’s Fish Camp on Hawthorne Rd. at Prairie Creek. Going east on Hawthorne Rd., drive past Powers Park and 0.7 mile later, just before the bridge, turn left into Kate’s. If … Continue reading
Birds and Brew 6:15 pm
Birds and Brew @ First Magnitude Brewery 1220 SE Veitch Street
Apr 7 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Birds and Brew @ First Magnitude Brewery 1220 SE Veitch Street | Gainesville | Florida | United States
Location map   Meet at First Magnitude Brewery (1220 SE Veitch Street) for a  stroll to Depot Park to look for birds, and return to First Mag for a cold brew and good conversation. Birds and Brew is a monthly event … Continue reading
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Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands 8:30 am
Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands @ Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Location map   Sweetwater Wetlands Park is on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on the south side of the road. We’ll meet … Continue reading
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Bell Ridge Longleaf Wildlife and Environmental Area 7:00 am
Bell Ridge Longleaf Wildlife and Environmental Area
Apr 13 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location map   Bell Ridge is a 720-acre property with a 3.1-mile trail winding through what has been described as “one of the highest quality longleaf pine sandhill forest tracts in Florida.”   Join trip leader Deena Mickelson in the … Continue reading
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Cedar Key 6:30 am
Cedar Key
Apr 14 @ 6:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location map   Meet trip leader Rex Rowan in the Target parking lot on Archer Rd. at I-75. The emphasis on this trip will be spring migrants – mainly warblers and shorebirds. We’ll also look for some uncommon and/or coastal-nesting … Continue reading
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Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands 8:30 am
Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands @ Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Location map   Sweetwater Wetlands Park is on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on the south side of the road. We’ll meet … Continue reading
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Powers Park and Palm Point 8:00 am
Powers Park and Palm Point
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location map   Meet trip leader Barbara Shea at Powers Park on Hawthorne Rd. to look for migrants in the trees along the boat channel and to scan the lake from the fishing pier. Then we’ll travel to nearby Palm … Continue reading
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Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands 8:30 am
Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands @ Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Apr 24 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Location map   Sweetwater Wetlands Park is on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on the south side of the road. We’ll meet … Continue reading
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Bolen Bluff Trail 8:00 am
Bolen Bluff Trail
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location map   Meet trip leader Mike Manetz 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 songbird migration, and we’ll be … Continue reading
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Green Acres Nature Park 8:00 am
Green Acres Nature Park
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location map   Meet trip leader Noah Frade in the parking lot of the Royal Park Stadium 16 movie theater at 3702 W. Newberry Rd. The trail beginning at Green Acres Park skirts the Sugarfoot Prairie, an undisturbed expanse of … Continue reading
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5 Comments

  1. Hello, I was wondering if there will be a field trip to see the burrowing owls this summer at Watermelon Pond? Or is it possible to locate them outside a field trip?
    Thank you,
    Cecilia Carey
    member Seminole Audubon Society

    • We’ll be holding our annual Burrowing Owl field trip on June 3rd this year. We’ll meet at Watermelon Pond at 7:30 a.m. and the county biologists will escort us across the fields to the owl colony. If you watch the “Birding Reports” on this web site ( http://www.alachuaaudubon.org/bird-reports/ ), or follow the Alachua Audubon Society Facebook page, you’ll see the announcement.

  2. Unable to move the calendar past January. Any suggestions?

  3. Good morning,
    I’m an old eHoosier Snowbird –
    We used to stay near Trenton but in-laws moves to Tampa area, so……
    MAIN reason for writing – while at Trenton I found a copy of Mr Rowan’s &Mr Manetz‘s
    “A Birdwatcher’s Guide to Alachua County”
    I would like to opine that it’s the Best, most complete, thorough, organized and easy to follow Guide of this type I’ve yet to find!!
    SECOND reason for writing – I’ve been rereading parts of said Guide and wonder
    “Are the Bachmans still GUARANTEED at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve?????”
    Thanks – for the guide and a “very likely” is sufficient

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