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. Thanks, Irma. I’ll pass this along to the Board of Directors.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. I have a pr of small birds nesting on protection plate of my upside down weed eater right behind my front door. Three babies inside. I have been able to photograph the parent but can’t find it’s identity in any search I’ve done. Where could I send a picture for identification?

  7. Hi!
    I help lead an American Heritage Girl troop in Alachua and this fall we are working on a zoology badge. Can you tell me more about the Christmas bird count project? Or other projects young girls could help with?

  8. Live in Cieifland, today driving on 341 north of Chiefland, observed 100s of Swallow-tail kytes flying around… over the trees along the road, over at least 2 large fields… they are one of my favorite birds but the most I have ever seen in one area was maybe 4. Why are they all in one area? What would cause them to gather like that? It was an amazing sight for sure.

    • It’s an amazing sight, but a fairly regular one in some parts of the state. After their young have fledged, they often congregate in big pre-migratory flocks before their departure for South America (which generally takes place in August). When flying insects like dragonflies, beetles, cicadas, and grasshoppers are abundant in a particular place – often an agricultural field or pasture – Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites will form large feeding flocks to take advantage of that aerial food supply. You can follow their seasonal movements on this blog run by the kite biologists at the Avian Research and Conservation Institute:

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