For the health and safety of our members, friends and board we will NOT be offering any programs at Trinity Episcopal Parrish Hall or organized field trips until it is safe to gather again. As soon as Covid-19 is under control, SFAS programs and field trips will begin again.

Our membership year is September through August coinciding with our programming year. The SFAS Board of Directors has decided to extend the membership for 2019-2020 members for one year, making their renewal September 2021.

If you are not currently a member of Santa Fe Audubon and wish to join or if you would like to make a contribution to the ongoing conservation activities of the chapter, information is located here on our website under “more detail on SFAS” on the left side by our territory map.

We are in touch with members and some non-members with our monthly newsletter, The Kite. If you would like to get on the email list for our newsletter, please email me at santafeaudubonfl@aol.com.



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Active: Sept - April
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When: Program Meetings are held the Second Tuesday of each month at 6:45pm.

Where:Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall, 204 SR 26, Melrose

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Ordway-Swisher Biological Station field trip
September 2016
Fourteen people from Santa Fe Audubon Society and one Ordway-Swisher volunteer climbed aboard the Ordway-Swisher’s tram for an informative talk on fox squirrels, the nuances of timing prescribed fire to manage long-leaf pine habitat and the variations of that habitat for different species, and the reptiles and insects of the ephemeral ponds. Steven Coates, Associate Director of the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, led the discussion and was joined by Catherine Frock, a graduate student at UF. Dick Franz, a member of Santa Fe Audubon, retired Herpetologist and long-time researcher at the Ordway also joined the conversation.

The group was able to see first-hand the differences made to the environment by altering burn schedules even slightly and Coates explained how the fire teams worked to mimic natural lightning ignited fires to achieve stunning restorations. All the while the fire teams are paying close attention to protocols to achieve safety for the fire team members and for the neighbors of the property. “Fire is welcome to come in from the neighbors, but we don’t want it to leave.”

Frock, who is researching fox squirrels, displayed one of the radio collars describing its capabilities and limitations for providing data to the research team. Franz told of a flightless grasshopper found only in one pond at Ordway and one other pond nearby. Coates described how various animals have adapted different strategies to survive (and capitalize on) the periodic fires. One day after a recent fire, turkeys were first on the scene to feast on invertebrates.