CANCELLED: September 12th's program is cancelled due to hurricane Irma. Best wishes to all for safe passage through the storm.


SFAS Program Meetings
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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Programs are presented at the program meetings on the second Tuesday of each month September through April.
Field trips and walking workshops are listed on the activities and field trip pages.


2017 Fall-Winter Program Schedule
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Program: “Five Main Means of Bird Communication: the Titmouse Speaks”
Speaker: Katie Sieving, Ph.D. Ecology, Ethology & Evolution, University of Florida

Dr. Sieving will discuss the 5 voices and diagnostic behaviors of birds, how to recognize them, and what these cues can tell us about nature's activities around us. Bird Language is an ancient artistic science that helped keep our ancestors alive and can enrich our experiences in nature today.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Program: “Coyotes: Answering Opportunity"
Speakers: Sarah Helm, Wildlife Assistance Biologist, FWC

Coyotes are now found in every county in Florida. These highly adaptable animals are comfortable in every type of habitat, from forest to heavily urbanized. Few animals evoke such strong reactions in people, both positive and negative. This program may surprise and educate about coyotes, their role in the ecosystem, and how people can avoid problems with them.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Program: “Night Skies”
Speaker: Mike Reynolds, Ph.D., FL State College; Exec. Dir. Assoc. of Lunar & Planetary Observers.

Mike will alert us to the changes in our night skies, the costs of those changes and some of the ways this impacts wildlife. Stick around after the meeting, and skies permitting, we’ll do a little observation.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Conservation Celebration and Silent Auction
Program: “Creative Birdscaping”
Conservation organizations from our area will join us for this celebration. Live music and a silent auction that features local art, nature-related crafts and great Christmas gifts. Join us for a chili supper beginning at 6 pm. (Pictures of past events)

Speaker: Ron Robinson, Alachua Audubon
Some birds come in the winter, some in spring, others stay all year. Who are the visitors to your feeders and bird bath? What brings them to your yard? How can you provide bird-friendly habitat? Bring your questions. Ron has taught birding classes at Santa Fe College for several years.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Program: : "Creating Wetlands in N. Central Florida”
Speakers:Debra Segal, Environmental Scientist

Gainesville (with GRU) and Lake City have built wetlands to improve water quality before discharging back to nature. Segal will describe how these treatment wetlands operate using native wetland plants to remove nutrients & pollutants from water & now recharge our aquifer with cleaner water. Aquatic and wetland-dependent wildlife are prospering. Gainesville’s Sweetwater Wetlands Park has benefits of passive outdoor recreation, an environmental learning center, & drawing out-of-town visitors for Gainesville's growing ecotourism-economy.