ACT EVENT

WINTER BIRDING

Illustration: J.J. Audubon

WHAT

In partnership with Alachua Audubon Society, ACT is leading a walk that will focus primarily on Prairie Creek Preserve where we will try and get an estimate for one bird in particular, the Henslow’s Sparrow - a rare songbird that winters in a handful of sites in Alachua County.

Winter is a great time to birdwatch in Gainesville. Our mild, yet occasionally harsh, winter climate makes this part of Florida just tolerable for the birds that migrate to south Florida and beyond (warblers, tanagers, etc.), and just bearable for the birds that shift slightly south to escape the snow and freezing conditions (sparrows, ducks, etc.). Consequently, this part of Florida has more diversity in the winter than most parts of the United States.

Other birds we may see include: Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Kestrel, Red-headed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Palm Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Chipping Sparrow and much more.

WHERE

Newnans Lake & Prairie Creek Preserve
Meet at Powers Park

(see map below)

WHEN

Saturday, January 13th
8:00am-12:00pm

WHAT TO BRING

Bring binoculars if you have them- we will try to have some spare binoculars available for people who need them, any field guide for birds of North America, snacks, and water. Please wear long-sleeve shirts and pants. We will be walking through the open fields at Prairie Creek Preserve, and there may be cactus here and there - please wear shoes that will protect your feet.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & RSVP

Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

 

 

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