Programs and field trips resume in September. Have a great summer!

SFAS Program Meetings
Active: Sept - April
Annual Report
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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Programs are presented at the program meetings on the second Tuesday of each month
Field trips and walking workshops are on the Saturdays listed below.

About field trips
Come early and be ready to LEAVE at the times listed.
Bring water, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and raingear.
Wear sturdy walking shoes. Binoculars are available on loan.

2016 - 2017 Field Trip Schedule
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Field Trip: Ordway-Swisher Preserve
Meet at 7:45 am at Melrose Heritage Park (west side) to carpool.LIMITED SEATING.
Contact Laura Berkelman at 352-475-2023 or to reserve your spot.

Join us on this private tour of the Ordway-Swisher Preserve designed to complement our program on fox squirrels. We’ll see the fire-prone habitat they need to thrive and with luck, we’ll see one of the handsome beasts.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Field Trip: Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park NIGHT HIKE
Meet at 5:30 pm at Melrose Heritage Park (west side) to carpool. Park entrance fee at gate: $5 per car.
Contact Sandy McGee at 352-214-6523 or to reserve your spot.

Gold Head Branch State Park ranger-led interpretive night hike: Hike begins at 6:30 PM. Limit 15 people; reservations required. Bring your flashlight – red light is best.
Late October, 2016 Exact date to be announced.
Fun Work Day: Annual Etoniah Rosemary Survey, Etoniah Creek State Forest Previous Surveys
Meet at Etoniah Creek State Forest Office, 8:30 am
Contact: Joyce King, (353) 475-1999.

Found nowhere else, and listed as an endangered species. A census to assess the health of this rare plant population is held each October when the plants are in bloom. Volunteers are invited to participate; training is provided. Call Joyce King to volunteer (353) 475-1999
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Workshop: Odonate/Dragonfly Identification
Meet at 2 pm at Melrose Bay Park, 25500 Devonia Street, Melrose, Florida 32666.
Contact: Gloria Sheffield at 352-475-5758 or

We’ll try to identify the dragonflies we learned about in November’s program meeting. Feel free to bring a chair.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Field Trip: Paddle Prairie Creek
Reservations required: call (386) 454-0611 (Adventure Outpost in High Springs) SFAS members $39 per person (usually $50), includes boat rental, paddle, vest & shuttling. Bring your own equipment, $25.
Note: The destination may be changed if there is insufficient water in Prairie Creek.
Contact: Anne Pierce 352-481-4099 or

Paddle PRAIRIE CREEK with guide & naturalist Lars Anderson. If there is sufficient water, we’ll meet at 10:00 A.M. at the launch site.
Thursday December 15, 2016
Melrose Circle, 117th Christmas Bird Count Previous Counts

The oldest citizen science project in the world relies on volunteers to collect data that contributes to bird conservation and indicates the movement of birds, declines and advances in bird populations numbers, and the possible results of climate change. No need to be an expert birder! Each team will have experienced leaders who can help newcomers. If you can count, you can participate! Call Joyce at (352) 475-1999 for information.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Field trip: LaChua Trail, Paynes Prairie State Park
Meet at 7:45 am at Melrose Heritage Park (west side) to carpool. Contact: Lynne Peterson at 805-706-0301 or

Lots of big alligators up close & personal! Also great birding! Entrance fee, $5 per car.
NOTE: In the event that LaChua Trail is flooded, the field trip destination will be Sweetwater Wetlands Park 325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL.
Saturday January 28, 2017
Event: Yesterday’s Festival, 9 am to 4 pm, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Experience the Florida of days gone by! Re-enactors, Historic Demonstrations, Cast Iron Cooking, Live Music, Antique Cars, Steam Engines and Tractors, Park Ranger Tram Tours and so much more. Free with park admission. Call (352) 473-4701 for more information.
Friday-Monday, February 17-20, 2017
Citizen Science Event: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
We invite you to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!
Log on to for complete information and how to get started.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Field trip: Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
Meet at 7:45 am at Melrose Heritage Park (west side) to carpool.
Contact: Laura Berkelman at 352-475-2023 or

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve's lovely trails loop through an excellent mix of habitats with a wide range of native plants. Join us to look for avian winter visitors like the Hermit Thrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a variety of warblers and sparrows. Chances are always good for glimpses of year-round residents like Downy, Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers or cardinals as well.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Field trip: Cedar Key Eco-Cruise
2 to 4 PM • Tidewater Tours, # 4 Dock, Cedar Key. Pre-paid Reservations by March 15, 2017
Contact: Joyce King (352) 475-1999 or for more information and reservations by March 15, 2017

On this cruise you are likely to see numerous birds and probably bottle-nose dolphins.
10 person minimum up to 30 maximum. Price varies from $26 to $20 depending on the number of sign-ups.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Field trip: O’Leno State Park
Meet at 7:45 am at Melrose Heritage Park (west side) to carpool.
Contact: Sallie Carlock at (561) 809-6525 or

We’ll take about 2 hours to hike a two mile loop to see what migrant species are in town. Last trip our sightings included a wood thrush, a great-crested flycatcher, a black-throated blue warbler and an Eastern towhee; even a cuckoo was spotted!
Entrance fee, $5 per car.
Saturday April 22, 2017
Event: Earth Day Celebration, Dunn's Creek State Park