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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Kayaking on the Ocklawaha River
February 2013
A group of SFAS members floated and paddled the Ocklawaha River between Gore’s Landing and Eureka Landing on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Our leader, Lars Anderson, river-guide and author, told us stories of steamboats, Native Americans, and logging on this pristine river. The alligators, large and small, watched from logs along the banks as we rode the current down the river. Some highlights include spotting a couple of family groups of adult White Ibis with juveniles, flushing a couple of wood ducks, and watching a Belted Kingfisher work the river ahead of us. All the while, the Yellow Rump Warblers sang their song, and hopped along branches. Butterflies winged across our path with the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and the Palamendes Swallowtail especially abundant. It was a truly tranquil day on this exceptionally beautiful river. Historically, the property along the river was purchased for the Cross Florida Barge Canal; it is now part of the Marjorie Carr Greenway. Thank goodness this treasure has been saved that we might enjoy as day such as we had.
Kayaking on the Ocklawaha River
November 2011
November 2011, Lars Anderson met the Santa Fe Audubon canoe and kayakers at boat ramp on SR19 at the Oklawaha River, shuttled us to the boat ramp at the Rodman pool damn, then led a delightful float trip down the Oklawaha River. Between pointing out the wildlife and identifying the birds, Lars gave an ongoing history of the river from the earliest man to present day. The 4 hour trip was over too soon.