Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Ocala National Forest


April 6, 2019 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
5200 SW 34th St
Gainesville, FL 32608
Rex Rowan

Location map


Meet trip leader Rex Rowan in the Publix parking lot at SW 34th St. and Williston Rd. Come and admire the longleaf sandhills and scrub in this marvelous 383,000-acre remnant of the original Florida, while we search for Florida Scrub-Jay, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrow, and other specialty birds.


Difficulty: 2 (may involve uneven terrain one to two miles).


  1. I was told that the croom tract is where the red cockaded woodpecker is. Will we go there on this field trip? I will be coming to the area ( to Crystal River) from Atlanta, by the way, and would appreciate your guidance as to the best time in April that would be best, since I will schedule my trip for best birding; that is, early or late in April?

    I went on the field trip to Sweetwater Wetlands last week and wanted to say that it was wonderful, and that Rex was a good leader.

    • There are several populations of Red-cockaded Woodpecker in Florida. The Croom Tract in the Withlacoochee State Forest (Citrus County) is a good one, but it’s not the one we’ll be visiting. We’ll be visiting a colony at Riverside Island north of County Road 316 in the Ocala National Forest. I’d say that the Red-cockadeds are more likely to be feeding chicks in late April than early April, and it’s easier to see them at that time because they’re constantly flying to and from the nest tree.

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