SAVE THE DATE!
TUESDAY OCTOBER 18
We are excited to announce the start of our 2022-2023 Speaker Series and Activites Season with a “Welcome Back” gathering and award presentation of our 2020 “Conservationist of the Year” to Timothy (Tim) Keyser President of Putnam Land Conservancy.

6:45 PM at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall (204 SR 26 downtown Melrose) on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

The safety of our membership is of upmost importance, and we encourage everyone to wear a mask.

You do not need to be a Santa Fe Audubon Society chapter member to attend our Speaker Series programs. All are welcome! If you would like to become a chapter member, a membership form is page 3 of this newsletter and can also be downloaded from our website. If you are not able to download and print it, you can simply send your payment (please make check payable to Santa Fe Audubon Society) and mail it to Santa Fe Audubon Society, PO Box 533, Melrose, FL 32666-0533. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email.

OCTOBER FIELD TRIPS

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
We will be limiting the number of participants on all field trips. We ask that all observe personal distancing and suggest bringing a mask for everyone’s protection, just in case it is needed. Reservations for each trip will be filled on a first-come first-served basis with waiting lists in case of participant cancellation. Please be sure to include the field trip name and date along with your name, phone number(s) and e-mail address, in case we need to notify you of any changes.

To make your reservation, email santafeaudubonfl@aol.com

Field trip address and directions will be emailed with your reservation confirmation.

• SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
BOLEN BLUFF TRAIL AT PAYNES PRAIRIE PRESERVE STATE PARK
This trail at the south rim of the park loops through a magnificent hardwood hammock with a large diversity of migratory birds. Bolen Bluff is an open grassy knoll halfway along the loop. Gina Hopen and Sallie Carlock are the field trip contacts. Approx. 3 hours

LIMIT 10 PARTICIPANTS • DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 3
May involve elevation change, uneven terrain & be greater than 2 miles.

PARK ENTRY FEE: $2 PER VEHICLE
Meet at 7:45 AM at Melrose Heritage Park to caravan or 8:45 AM at the Bolen Bluff parking area in Paynes Prairie St Park

• SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
FALL WILDFLOWERS AT MAGNOLIA LAKE STATE PARK TRAIL
This peaceful and scenic trail leads to Magnolia Lake, and offers stunning views of the water and woodland areas surrounding it. It is very common to encounter a variety of wildlife along this trail, and it is important to maintain a safe distance. Sallie Carlock, field trip contact. Approx. 2 hours

LIMIT 10 PARTICIPANTS • DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 2
May involve uneven terrain; 1-2 miles
Meet at 7:45 AM at Melrose Heritage Park to caravan or 8:30 AM the Magnolia Lake Parking Loop

NO RESTROOMS
at either of these Field Trip locations.

Sincerely,
Sallie Carlock
President



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Christmas Bird Count
December 2016
On December 16th, 2017, 44 participants from Santa Fe Audubon, Alachua and Duval Audubon, and others fanned out in boats, cars, and on foot to survey all the birds that could be seen and heard for the 27th annual Melrose Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This dedicated effort resulted in locating 113 species of birds. The Melrose CBC covers a 15-mile diameter circle centered at the intersection of SR 219 and SR 100 that encompasses parts of Clay, Putnam, Alachua, and Bradford Counties. Many bird-rich natural areas occur in this circle and include Lake Santa Fe, Santa Fe Swamp, Gold Head Branch State Park, the Ordway Preserve, and numerous lakes and forests. At the end of the day-long survey, participants congregated at Betty’s Pizza in Melrose to tally the results, to share stories of the day’s birding highlights, and of course to feast on the local cuisine. Laura Berkelman compiled the list of birds that were surveyed by twelve birding groups. New species for the count were Painted Bunting, Wilson’s Warbler, and Blue Grosbeak. Uncommon for the count were American Woodcock and Wilson’s Snipe. Several species had unexpected high totals: Tree Swallows, 5,590; Ring-bill Gulls, 1500; Sandhill Cranes, 1,030; American Robins, 1,570. Begun 118 years ago in New York City, Christmas Bird Counts provide important insight into the health of the environment. Since birds are the most visible of our wildlife and the easiest to survey, bird survey data provide an indication of the overall health of the less visible wildlife species. An abundant and diverse avian community can reflect healthy ecological habitats, while declining bird populations can signify disturbing trends in our land development patterns and their detrimental effects to natural areas. Changes in the range of some bird species have implications in assessing results of climate change. National Audubon has identified 314 species of birds in the U.S. that will be affected by climate change. Results from the Melrose CBC combined with data from hundreds of other CBC surveys throughout the country allow ornithologists to assess bird trends on a national and international scale. If you’d like to see the complete list of birds seen, please request by email sjoyceking@comcast.net or lberkelman@windstream.net. On Thursday, December 15, Santa Fe Audubon once again participated in the nation's longest-running citizen science project, fielding 13 teams of birdwatchers across the area to collect data on birds for the 117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This year's tally showed 107 bird species and 7,493 individual birds. Interesting finds included Northern Flickers, Eastern Screech-Owls, a Great Horned Owl, Northern Flickers, Fish Crows Loggerhead Shrikes, Black-and-White Warblers and an Eastern Wood-pewee. Also noteworthy was a Rusty Blackbird, not only spotted, but also photographed, convincing even the sceptics who monitor the tallies!