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WINTER BIRDING

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Location: Prairie Creek Preserve

From: December 10, 2016 at 8:00am to: 12:00pm

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WHAT
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.

For this walk, we will concentrate on Prairie Creek Preserve and scout areas for the upcoming Christmas Bird Count. 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.

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. We may even find a rarity or two like Fox Sparrow.

Ivor Kincaide and Adam Kent are the leaders for this walk. Ivor is ACT’s land manager and Adam is an expert on Florida sparrows - these two will have lots to share about the birds and habitats at Prairie Creek Preserve.

WHERE
Prairie Creek Preserve
Meet at Prairie Creek Lodge
(see map below)

WHEN
Saturday, December 10th
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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