St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge
May
18
6:50 AM06:50

St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge

Meet at the Munson Hill Off-Road Bike Trailhead on Woodville Hwy (just south of Capital Circle) at 6:50am, and we'll carpool down. The winter residents and most of the spring migrants will have moved on, but St. Marks always makes for exciting birding, and mid-May has been known to produce the occasional vagrant on the coast. 

Please email Jeff O'Connell at jeff.m.oconnell@gmail.com if you would like to join a field trip. AAS list subscribers will receive a notification when the next month’s schedule is announced. Beginner birders and non-members are welcome!

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Lake Hiawatha and Munson Slough
May
4
8:00 AM08:00

Lake Hiawatha and Munson Slough

We’ll explore two interesting but often overlooked trails at the south end of Tallahassee in search of late migrants. Meet at the end of Longleaf Rd (near the FSU Reservation) at 8am. We’ll walk the trail that leads from the end of this road to Lake Hiawatha. Afterwards we’ll head to the Munson slough trail that leads from Capital Circle to Lake Munson. 

Please email Jeff O'Connell at jeff.m.oconnell@gmail.com if you would like to join a field trip.

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Mar
30
6:50 AM06:50

Panacea


Saturday, March 30: Panacea 

Meet at the Munson Hill Off-Road Bike Trailhead on Woodville Hwy (just south of Capital Circle) at 6:50am, and we'll carpool down. Possible stops include Bottoms road, Mashes Sands, and Bald Point State Park. We’ll be on the lookout for returning spring birds, as well as lingering winter birds and year-round coastal residents.

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Lake Jackson
Feb
2
8:00 AM08:00

Lake Jackson

Meet at Okeeheepkee Prairie Park at 8:00am. This is one of the best places in Leon County to find marsh specialities like American Bittern, Marsh Wren, Sora, and Virginia Rail. Afterwards, we’ll head to Crowder Road landing, with the possibility of stopping at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park afterwards.

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CANCELLED: Lake Jackson
Nov
27
7:30 AM07:30

CANCELLED: Lake Jackson

Sorry! This field trip has been cancelled.

We will return to the western end of Lake Jackson, but we’ll be birding different hotspots than we hit in September. This time, we’ll meet at Okeeheepkee Prairie Park at 7:30am. This is the best place in Leon County to find marsh specialities like American Bittern, Marsh Wren, Sora, and Virginia Rail. Afterwards, we’ll head to Crowder Road landing, with the possibility of stopping at either Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park or Canopy Oaks Community Park, depending on time and interest. 

Please contact Jeff O'Connell at jeff.m.oconnell@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

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Gainesville, FL birding spots
Jul
28
6:30 AM06:30

Gainesville, FL birding spots

Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Publix parking lot on Mahan/I-10. We will be visiting Sweetwater Wetlands Park and Barr Hammock. There will be a fair amount of walking and in total sun for Sweetwater Park. We will be carpooling, so please indicate if you are a willing driver. We will be eating lunch at a local pizza place.

Please contact Helen Jelks King at thekingsom@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

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Apr
21
7:30 AM07:30

Lost Creek Forest

This is a great trip for old growth forest/spring wildflower/plant enthusiasts. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Fresh Market parking lot in Village Square on Thomasville Rd. We will be carpooling, so please indicate if you are a willing driver. We will return in time for lunch.

Contact Helen Jelks King at thekingsom@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

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Mar
30
7:30 AM07:30

Bald Point State Park

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Publix parking lot at the intersection of Crawfordville Highway and Cap Circle SW. We will also visit Mashes Sand Beach and Bottoms Rd. We will be carpooling so please indicate if you are a willing driver. We will be home in time for a late lunch or some may eat lunch on the return trip.

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Ochlockonee River State Park
Dec
15
7:30 AM07:30

Ochlockonee River State Park

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Publix parking lot at the intersection of Capital Circl SW and State Road 61 (Crawfordville Highway). We will be carpooling so please indicate if you are a willing driver.

Park fees apply. $4.00 per vehicle up to eight people

Contact Helen Jelks King at thekingsom@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Photo by Patti Esher, Reflecting in the Pine Woods, 2012 Florida State Parks photo contest.

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