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

  3. I am Irma Riley with Dudley Farm Historic State Park. We are having an Earth Day event on Apr 21 from 9am to 1:30pm. I was wondering if you would be interested in setting up a table to inform our visitors about “How to attract birds to your home”. Phone is 352-371-907zero. Looking forward to your reply. Thanks, Irma

  4. Good morning,

    My name is Lauren Holian and I am an intern for Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant, a non-profit based in Gainesville, FL and Meghalaya, India. I am writing to you to inquire whether your organization, Alachua Audubon Society is interested in tabling at our upcoming event, CIFAE Fest as part of our Ecofair. We are recruiting organizations devoted to promoting sustainability and animal welfare, and we believe that your organization would be a great fit! The event will be taking place on April 26, from 1 pm to 10 pm at Curia on the Drag, and will begin with an hour-long yoga session, followed by an Ecofair (at which you would be tabling from 2-6 pm), complementary screening of the film Elephants Can’t Jump, and an open bar. I have included the event schedule below, as well as links to the event’s Facebook page and the link to sign up to table at the Ecofair. Vendors are required to stay the entire duration of the Ecofair and are responsible for supplying their own materials such as tables, chairs, etc. We also ask that any products sold and distributed must not have any animal products and must be locally/sustainably sourced.

    Schedule of Events:
    1-2 pm- Yoga session taught by Nico Tuckfield
    2-6 pm- Ecofair (vendors, giveaways, live music, and more!)
    6-7 pm- Elephants Can’t Jump film screening
    7-close- Open bar (while supplies last)

    Facebook Event Page:

    Ecofair Vendor Application Form:

    CIFAE Fest Eco-Fair Vendor Application

    The application deadline is Friday April 6 at 11:59 pm.

    Lauren Holian

  5. Hey I have an injured baby bird very very young no vets can help around Gainesville can y’all help? Or take the bird into care?

    • Contact Florida Wildlife Care at (352) 371-4400 or, if you’re ABSOLUTELY sure that it’s not being tended by parent birds, take it to the University of Florida’s veterinary school. They’re the only ones legally authorized to care for wild birds.

  6. Walking dog into Townsend, NW Gainesville, 31st Ave/23rd Terr, where we saw pelican on retention pond. Watched to see if his behavior was normal? Being there wasn’t. Don’t know if injured, confused or what is someone who knows more wishes to check.

    • Hi, Mr. Roland – I drove by at 2:20 this afternoon and didn’t see a pelican, so I’m guessing that it was a stray from the coast and that it went on its way. Historically, more pelicans have been recorded in Alachua County during April and May than during other months. Most of those have come and gone in a single day.

  7. Rex asked me to give updates as to the Egyptian Goose’s presence at Sun Bay Apartments in Gainesville. My contact for this is my sister who lives at the apartments and feeds the ducks and such there. She told me on 9-11-18 that the Goose is still showing up about 3 times a week (to the best of her knowledge) and the last time she saw it was last Sunday, 9-9-18. There was a time this summer when it showed up every day to eat bread and a little corn.
    Charles Hall

  8. Last 2 mornings I have see a single bird …like a cross between a robin and a morning dove. All gray head and back, robin red breast, swept wings in repose..medium yellow beak… with the kicker…two while eye patches Lone Ranger style except for color. In northwest Gville.

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