Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

CANCELLED until further notice Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands


March 25, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
$5 per car park entrance fee
Trina Anderson

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 at the covered shelter at the bathrooms.


We meet every Wednesday from September – May, at 8:30 a.m. to search for wetland birds like Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule, and Limpkin in the treatment wetlands and forest-dwelling birds in the cypress preserve.


Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car. Bring sunscreen and water.


  1. How difficult is this walk? I am a beginner.

    • This morning’s walk was a little over a mile on a level limerock trail that encircles a man-made marsh. We paused along the way to look at the birds we encountered. We started at 8:30 and finished at 11:00.

  2. Hi, I emailed Trina a little earlier, but I wanted to ask on here also.

    I’m a reporter for WUFT News, and I’m writing an article about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s recent study about the 3 billion bird loss in the U.S. and Canada since 1970. I want to localize this story into Alachua County and see if this area has felt any impact from this national loss.

    I came across the Alachua Audubon Society in my pre-reporting, and I think that your organization would be a great insight to my article. In particular, I’m especially interested in going on your “Wednesday Bird Walk at the Wetlands” tomorrow morning. I’ll be attending to search for birds and gather photos and video for my article. If possible, I’d also like to interview the tour leader and some participants with their permission, and maybe collect some footage from the tour itself for my article. Would this be OK? I think this tour group could reveal valuable insights because, if I understand it correctly, it has been going on weekly for a very long time. Using their experience in watching birds over the years, it would be enlightening to see if they’ve noticed a decline locally.

    I wanted to give you a heads-up for my presence tomorrow and OK in advance that I could interview the tour leader and snap some photos/videos of the group. I’m really excited to attend the bird walk (it’s my first one!) and explore this issue further. Perhaps some publicity would make people more aware of the problem. Please let me know! Thanks!

    • It’s a public walk, so you’d be welcome and can interview and film anyone who’s willing. The leader of the walk has been alerted that you will be there.

  3. Thanks so much, a great day!!

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