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
Oct 2 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 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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Santa Fe River Preserve – South Trail 8:00 am
Santa Fe River Preserve – South Trail
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location map.   Meet at the parking corral on State Road 121 4.5 miles north of LaCrosse. Trip leader Rex Rowan will lead a walk along the 1.5-mile trail through hardwood forest and bottomland surrounding Santa Fe Creek in search … Continue reading
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Dixie Mainline Trail 6:30 am
Dixie Mainline Trail
Oct 6 @ 6:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meeting location map   Meet trip leader Steven Goodman in the Publix parking lot at Newberry Road and NW 143rd Street (Jonesville) to carpool/convoy to this coastal Dixie County site within the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.   The Dixie … Continue reading
Birds and Brews 5:45 pm
Birds and Brews @ First Magnitude Brewery
Oct 6 @ 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm
Birds and Brews @ First Magnitude Brewery | 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
Oct 9 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 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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Newnans Lake State Forest – East Trail 8:00 am
Newnans Lake State Forest – East Trail
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location map.   Meet in the parking corral for the Pithlachocco Trails, directly across the road from the NFETC sign on State Road 26, three-quarters of a mile north of the junction with County Road 329B. Trip leader Rex Rowan … Continue reading
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Bolen Bluff Trail 8:00 am
Bolen Bluff Trail
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location map   Meet trip leader Jonathan Mays at the Bolen Bluff parking lot on US-441.  Bolen Bluff is one of Gainesville’s perennial favorite birding locations, especially during fall songbird migration, which is peaking now. This is often the best … Continue reading
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Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands 8:30 am
Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands @ Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Oct 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 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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Bellamy Road 8:00 am
Bellamy Road
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meeting location map   Join trip leader Jerry Krummrich for a 2.5-mile ramble through his favorite fall-migration hotspot: “I enjoy birding here because of habitat diversity, with sandhill, scrub, and floodplain. Lots of tree species, lots of edge.”   We’ll … Continue reading
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Mill Creek Preserve (CLEP*) 8:00 am
Mill Creek Preserve (CLEP*)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location map   Meet county biologist Andi Christman in the preserve parking lot on County Road 326 0.3 mile west of its junction with County Road 241.   This was the first purchase of the Alachua County Forever program, 1,190 … Continue reading
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Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands 8:30 am
Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands @ Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Oct 23 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 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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Chapmans Pond and Nature Trails 8:00 am
Chapmans Pond and Nature Trails
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Meet trip leader Trina Anderson at the grassy parking lot next to Chapmans Pond. We will start by scanning the pond of this water treatment facility for water birds, swallows and flycatchers. Then we will hike the surrounding 1.5 miles … Continue reading
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Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands 8:30 am
Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands @ Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 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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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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