Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area


February 17, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Bubba Scales

Location map


Meet trip leader Bubba Scales in the Publix parking lot at SW 34th St. and Williston Rd. to carpool. The 6,577-acre Emeralda Marsh in northern Lake County, at the headwaters of the Ocklawaha River, is a National Natural Landmark. It is also a prime winter-birding location, with extensive tracts of marsh and woodland accessible by a 3.5-mile Interpretive Drive. We should see a profusion of ducks, waders, raptors, Sandhill Cranes, Limpkins, sparrows, and warblers.


Difficulty: 1 (trip within easy access of vehicle and/or level terrain one mile or less).



  1. Hi, I am interested in this field trip. I am new to birding and I can’t understand if you drive and stop at intervals or you just walk. The only other time I have gone on a birding trip was with Rex Rowan at least a year ago.

    • On this particular trip we’ll be driving, then getting out and birding, then getting back in the cars and driving a bit more, then getting out again and birding. We won’t be straying very far from the cars; the total distance covered on foot should be less than a mile.

  2. Is the 11:30am the approximate time that we should be back to the Publix parking lot that we are departing from, or is that when we are finished birding in Lake County? Thank you.

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