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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Photographs displayed on this website are copyrighted and were provided with permission by:
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La Chua Trail field trip
February 2015
A small but intrepid group of bird watchers set off on this cool, rainy morning to see the wildlife on the La Chua Trail. We watched wildlife from the shelters during an early shower and then moved down the trail during a break in the rain. Despite having our binoculars under our rain gear for much of the time, we saw at least 40 species of birds including the Wilson’s Snipe, White-crowned Sparrow and a Wood Stork. We witnessed the life and death struggles between species, watching for approximately five minutes as an Anhinga speared a catfish and beat the fish against a log before finally subduing it enough to swallow it whole. We also observed a Great Blue Heron rookery near the Alachua Sink, with at least four of the big birds sitting on nests. When a second rain set in, the group split in two, some turning back and the bravest venturing further down the trail to see what else could be found. We came back, damp but enthusiastic.