Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Contact the AAS

Alachua Audubon Society
P. O. Box 140464
Gainesville, FL 32614-0464

Site Credits

Maintained by Trina Anderson.
Header images courtesy of Charles L. Littlewood.
Site design by Sarah Fazenbaker.
Additional content by Rex Rowan and Phil Laipis.


  1. Hello,
    I am a former Park Ambassador at Depot Park and I am currently a Park Ranger for City of Ocala.
    Emily for the AAS came to Depot park and did a scavenger hunt program for us.
    I was wondering if she could send me that worksheet that was put together for the kids?
    I plan on doing more birding programs in the future and she inspired me to learn more about birds.
    Also, I would love her to have my contact info for future programs.
    Thank you,
    Caroline Rutkosky
    Park Ranger II
    Fort King National Historic Landmark

  2. Hi,
    I’m Leslie with Seminole Audubon Society and we’re planning a multi-day field trip to the Gainesville area Oct 15-18, 2017. You’ve done a great job listing birding sites on your website! I’ll have to narrow down our choices for a 3 day visit, and would love some help from the locals.
    My initial thoughts are Paynes Prairie, Sweetwater Wetlands and the fall migrants at Newnan’s Lake. (The rest of the group may have to drag me kicking and screaming away from Newnan’s Lake, sounds like a good spot!). Of the birding sites on your list, are there any spots where we would have the option of a local guide?
    Some of us will be camping at Paynes Prairie, the rest staying at their choice of nearby hotel.
    I appreciate any suggestions.

    • On Oct. 18 at 8:30am, we have a walk led by a local expert as part of our weekly Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands. We would love to have you join us. If you are unable to make that walk, let us know and we will see what we can do.

    • Leslie, Paynes Prairie’s La Chua Trail is a good choice, and Sweetwater Wetlands might be good in mid-October (though that’s a bit too early for waterfowl and perhaps a bit late for summer birds like Least Bitterns and Purple Gallinules). For fall migrants, I’d say that Paynes Prairie’s Bolen Bluff Trail has been better than Newnans Lake in recent years. Try contacting us a little closer to time and we might be able to give you more current information.

  3. I was interested in the story of the bird captured in amber , but when I clicked on it there was a warning! Has this site been checked out?

  4. Hello; we’re the relatively new Cedar Key Audubon Society. We are aware that you come to our town on outings at least twice a year (maybe more?) and were wondering if we could join you on those occasions? Do you have next year’s dates set up yet? We were also looking for people who could lead bird walks in our area. Thanks– Crosby Hunt- co-president, CKA

    • Hi, Mr. Hunt – At this point it looks like we’ll be coming to Cedar Key on October 28th and April 21st. We generally meet on the mainland end of Bridge Four at around 7:45 in the morning. You’re welcome to join us. It would probably be a good idea to get in touch with the trip leader a week or two beforehand. You’ll be able to find his name on the online field trip calendar that will appear on the web site in late July or early August.

  5. I had previously inquired about your chapter’s Cedar Key trips; you replied that they were scheduled for October 28 & April 21. I don’t see th October trip listed on your calendar yet and was wondering if you had changed those plans. We (Cedar Key Audubon) were planning to meet you at the bridge and join you on this excursion. Any updates you have would be welcome. Thanks- Crosby Hunt- co-president, CKAS

  6. Colclough Pond

    38 acres in southeast Gainesville owned by Audubon of Florida since 1971. Audubon property includes part of the pond and an old field forest on fertile hammock soil. Many forest and aquatic species occur here.
    Audubon is handing this over to the City? why?

    • Coclough Pond is not a conservation priority for Audubon Florida so they do not plan to spend any resources on the property. It is overgrown with coral ardesia and every few years a homeless encampment develops there that Audubon Florida then has to ask the city to clear out. The city is quite enthusiastic about taking over the property and developing a park there so this seems to be a much better use of the property. Alachua Audubon supported this donation.

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