SPEAKER SERIES PROGRAM

"GAINESVILLE’S TREATMENT WETLANDS"
Sweetwater Wetlands Park and the Proposed Groundwater Recharge Wetland
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 6
speaker Debbie Segal
President, Alachua Audubon Society

The ecological, recreational, and ecotourism benefits of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Sweetwater Wetlands Park are wide-ranging and represent a triple crown winner for water quality, wildlife, and visitors. Because of Sweetwater’s many community-wide benefits, GRU has decided to construct a second treatment wetland, on the west side of Gainesville.

This new Groundwater Recharge Wetland will be designed to recharge the Floridan aquifer with cleaner water. Learn how Sweetwater Wetlands Park and other constructed treatment wetlands successfully and inconspicuously clean water bodies while attracting an abundant and diverse bird population.





FIELD TRIP
Wetland Preserve near Rice Creek, Palatka, FL
Saturday, FEBRUARY 24

Join us for an agri-tour of Wetland Preserve, LLC, a private conservation property adjacent to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 4500 acre Rice Creek Conservation Area. Wetland Preserve combines silviculture with preservation of our natural Florida and educational outreach. Wetland Preserve’s primary parcel consists of over 3,800 acres, all of which is protected by a Florida Forever conservation easement and also falls within the O2O wildlife corridor.

We will be in the field for 2-3 hours and using our feet as well as open-air buggies on this tour which will combine birding with learning how tree farming can be combined with conservation.

Difficulty Level 2: Open-air buggies and 0-1 miles walking on some rough ground Time and location details will be provided a few days prior to field trip date. Restrooms are available at this location

15 person maximum
To reserve your spot email
Laura Berkelman
lberkelman@windstream.net

Sallie Carlock
President



SFAS Program Meetings
Active: Oct. - May
Annual Report
When: Speaker Series Programs are held Tuesdays evenings at 6:45PM October thru May

Where: Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall (204 SR 26 downtown Melrose)

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SANTA FE AUDUBON SOCIETY 2022-2023 ANNUAL REPORT

OUR MISSION
We work to educate people of all ages in the value and necessity of environmental stewardship through conservation actions, personal example, partnerships and opportunities to experience our natural world.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
8 public programs on the theme "Saving Natural Florida", average attendance 30
Field trips: Little Orange Creek Nature Park, Etoniah Creek State Forest, Morningside Nature Center, Paynes Prairie, Sweetwater Wetlands Park, GTM Research Reserve and more.


CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES
SE American Kestrel nest monitoring at Etoniah Creek State Forest Etoniah Rosemary Census – data collection in October
Christmas Bird Count – 113 species, 18 teams, 64 participants
Great Backyard Bird Count -- promoted participation
Jay Watch reporting
Eagle Watch
Monitored local conservation issues


CONSERVATION EDUCATION and COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Distribute conservation materials at numerous local festivals
Monthly newsletter, The Kite, via email
Native plantings for local Habitat for Humanity and other local not for profit organizations
Participation in Conservation Leadership Initiative CIC Fair in partnership with Santa Fe College
Monthly bird census at a private commercial company focusing on wading bird rookery
Website: www.santafeaudubon.org
Facebook: Santa Fe Audubon Society - Florida


NATIONAL/FLORIDA AUDUBON
Participation in NE FL Regional Conservation Committee
Attend Audubon Florida Annual Assembly


FINANCE
Total liabilities & equity: $26,622 (as of 2-2023)
Major income: membership and other donations
Major expenditures: donations to local conservation organizations, occupancy, support for chapter conservation projects, (includes: educational materials, native plants & installations, SE American Kestrel project materials, etc.)


MEMBERSHIP
56 local chapter members
140 National Audubon members