Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society


Protecting our natural resources through educated, concerned citizens.


The Regional Conservation Committee are representatives from each of the Northeast Florida Audubon chapters who meet quarterly and have recently stated these Regional Conservation Priorities.

Read more and sign up for alerts on the Audubon Florida web site.


Photos of incubation

Thanks to a grant from Florida Power and Light, Alachua Audubon is the proud owner of a new pole camera! This device, which has a lens attached to the top of the pole and a display screen attached near the bottom, allows us to peek inside the 130+ American Kestrel nest boxes that we’ve put up all across north-central Florida in order to monitor the progress of the birds nesting inside. Earlier this month an Audubon group tried out the pole camera at a tract of conservation land in Suwannee County. You can share their discoveries in the attached photos.

Read more about the kestrel nest box program on pages 14 and 15 of the January/February issue of the newsletter.

June 8, 2020. Here is a quick update from the kestrel box program:  We managed to get the boxes serviced and ready before the pandemic closed down our intern participation.  Erika and I finished our planned upgrading of the most active boxes with metal sheeting around the poles/trees.  Use by kestrels and screech owls was similar to last year, as documented by the number of boxes with eggs.  No monitoring occurred after that to check on chicks.  Ron Robinson reported that the nest box near his house produced fledglings!  Attached is a photo taken last week of a screech owl chick in one of our boxes in Suwannee County.


Check out the GREBE’s native plant garden for birds on the UF campus



Jay Watch – protecting Florida Scrub-Jays, our state’s only endemic bird species.



Follow this link for information on Window Strikes and read about methods used to help prevent birds from colliding with windows.


AAS Comments on Alachua County’s Trap, Neuter, Release Cat Program

Follow this link for an opinion piece published September 15, 2019 in the Gainesville Sun

Read about a recent 2019 survey on the issue of cat management here.


Nest Boxes

On January 13, 2018, several AAS members (Bob Simons, Michael Brock, Eric and Sherry Amundson, Johnathan Varol, and Debbie Segal) joined members of the Four Rivers Audubon to install six bluebird boxes, one kestrel box, and Purple Martin nest gourds at the Lake City Treatment WetlandsIt was a very cold morning but the camaraderie, scenery, abundance of birds, and satisfaction of contributing to bird conservation helped to distract us from thinking about our numb body parts.

From The Gainesville Sun:

Read about the first solar sanctuary from a partnership between FP&L and Audubon Florida. We would like to thank Bob Simons for his knowledge and expertise in this endeavor.


Here are some Important Bird Areas located within Alachua County: Alachua Lakes, Goethe State Forest (Watermelon Pond) a Global priority, Kanapaha Prairie a Continental priority, Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, San Felasco Hammock Preserve SP

Follow the links for more information on these organizations:

Follow the links for more information about these Audubon programs:

Creating Bird-friendly Communities is about taking personal conservation action to improve the environmental health and habitat quality of our yards and neighborhoods. Together, our actions can have a substantial effect.

Plants for Birds is a program to help you get started in contributing to the welfare of local birds. Our backyards are our private spaces, but also part of a larger landscape we share with our wild neighbors. With the right tools and information, we  can do simple things to create a healthier place to live for birds, plants, and other wildlife.

Look into Audubon’s Native Plant database for a list of plants in your area that birds will love.

Last Updated July 8th, 2020, Michael Brock


  1. Hello….my parents have a 55 acre farm outside of Ft White, FL near Camp O’leno State Park. I am wanting to help the wild life there. I recently built a screech owl house, a Barrow owl house, installed a couple of small bat houses that I want to replace with one large one, and soon a wood duck house. This week when the power company replaced a light pole, I ask them to leave the old one so that I could relocate it and put up a platform for eagles to hopefully nest on. Besides the wood duck house, all of these will require a truck with a bucket lift to install them. Do any members happen to have access to one that I could use for a day?

    • Wes, yours is a good cause! I don’t personally know of any one with access to the equipment that could help but I have also brought your post to the attention of the conservation committee of the AAS in case someone there does.


  2. Hello, my name is Paige Bugryn and I was wondering if you had any job opportunities available at this time.
    Thank you

    • Hi, Paige – Unfortunately, Alachua Audubon is an all-volunteer organization. I don’t know if any of the local chapters have professional staff, but the state office (Audubon Florida ) might have some jobs available. Good luck!

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