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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Sweetwater Wetlands Sheetflow Project field trip
November 2015
On Saturday, November 21, 2015 ten members and guests visited Gainesville’s Sweetwater Wetlands Park for some spectacular scenery and birdwatching. This water polishing facility is a magnet for water birds including winter migrants, rare visitors and many of our regular favorites. Conditions were favorable for birdwatchers, photographers and birds with overcast skies, little wind and comfortable temperatures. The waters were filled with ducks and other floating birds including Blue-winged Teal, American Coots, Gadwalls, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Common Gallinules. Not only were common waders such as Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron and Snowy Egret sighted, but Limpkins were everywhere, including a parent Limpkin shadowed by a large juvenile Limpkin as the juvenile was learning some fine points about fishing. 45 species were sighted in all, including the rare Fulvous-whistling Duck and Purple Swamphen (which, in case you haven’t heard, has a purple body, red legs and feet and a red bill!)