In 2002 the Alachua County Forever program made its first conservation land purchase – the 1,190-acre Mill Creek Preserve. Meet trip leader Steve Hofstetter at the parking lot of Hitchcock’s Grocery Store in Alachua on the south side of US-441 (on your left as you’re driving from Gainesville, about 0.4 mile beyond the stop light at County Road 235) and carpool to the preserve to bird through the pine and hardwood forests.
This is a CLEP trip. The Conservation Lands Educational Program (CLEP) is designed to bring attention to local land conservation efforts. These trips are conducted on properties purchased to protect natural resources and will be led by a representative who will discuss ecological features and history. CLEP trips will be educational experiences, so the emphasis will be on much more than birding.
Difficulty: 2 (may involve uneven terrain one to two miles).