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. 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.

    • 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.

  2. Hello, I’m a wildlife artist from Canada staying near Williston for the winter.
    I read about the whooping cranes. Hoping Mr. Rex Rowan would consider talking to me about them. In June of 17 I saw 3 whoopers in Alberta but was on a busy highway and despite a big effort to locate them again was unsuccessful.
    My phone # is 705 791 6616

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