Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area


February 17, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Bubba Scales

Location map


Meet trip leader Bubba Scales in the Publix parking lot at SW 34th St. and Williston Rd. to carpool. The 6,577-acre Emeralda Marsh in northern Lake County, at the headwaters of the Ocklawaha River, is a National Natural Landmark. It is also a prime winter-birding location, with extensive tracts of marsh and woodland accessible by a 3.5-mile Interpretive Drive. We should see a profusion of ducks, waders, raptors, Sandhill Cranes, Limpkins, sparrows, and warblers.


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



  1. Hi, I am interested in this field trip. I am new to birding and I can’t understand if you drive and stop at intervals or you just walk. The only other time I have gone on a birding trip was with Rex Rowan at least a year ago.

    • On this particular trip we’ll be driving, then getting out and birding, then getting back in the cars and driving a bit more, then getting out again and birding. We won’t be straying very far from the cars; the total distance covered on foot should be less than a mile.

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