Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall (204 SR 26 downtown Melrose)



"The videos for my program, Birds Of Costa Rica, were taken at Pierella Ecological Garden located in Horquetas de Sarapiquí. The Garden is, north east of San Jose, located in the coastal region of Costa Rica. The Garden, really a butterfly farm, was started in 1995 by William Camacho after a friend mentioned to him that you can make a living raising butterflies. From meager beginnings of a fenced-in area 10 meters by 10 meters he started raising the Blue Morphos (Morpho peleides) and as he sold them to the Costa Rican Entomological Supply, he bought more land. Now the Garden is 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of secondary growth rainforest. It is a biologically diverse tree island near a little town. The video starts out at the “dining room” of Pierella then we move to the rainforest to watch a Jacobin Hummingbird in “her” nest. The show is rounded out by the dance of the White-Collared Manakin."
Bill Cooper


When you make your reservation, please include your email and phone numbers(s)
and please specify if you will meet at Heritage Park or the Field Trip location

Saturday, February 11, 2023
CONES DIKE at Paynes Prairie

Discover Gainesvilles own "Big Sky" on a walk out into Paynes Prairie on the Cones Dike Trail, where we will hike up to 3 miles through the largest prairie in North Florida.
Of all of the trails at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Cones Dike is the one where you are most likely to see the herds of wild horses and bison that call the prairie home, while taking in a panorama from rim to rim.
Approx. 2 - 3 hours
Difficulty Level 2 - May involve uneven terrain; 1-3 miles
contact Sallie Carlock santafeaudubonfl@aol.com
To caravan from Melrose on the west side of Heritage Park at 7:30 AM
or Paynes Prairie Visitors Center Parking Lot at 8:15 AM
100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL

Saturday, February 25
for waterfowl and more

Join us for a walk at this man-made wetland where the birds are accustomed to humans. There are often opportunities for close-up looks and great photographs.This time of year, we may see wintering ducks along with local favorites.
Approx. 2 - 3 hours
Difficulty Level 2 - May involve uneven terrain; 1-2 miles
contact Sallie Carlock santafeaudubonfl@aol.com
To caravan from Melrose on the west side of Heritage Park at 7:30 AM
or Sweetwater Wetlands Park at 8:10 AM
325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville

Sallie Carlock

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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More detail on SFAS
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Photo Credits
Photographs displayed on this website are copyrighted and were provided with permission by:
Ann Stodola
Dr. Jeff Smith
John Sloane
Richard Segall
Carol Sallette
Anne Pierce
Ida Little
Joyce King
Ray Franklin
Bill Chitty
Sallie Carlock
Jan & Bill Bolte
Keith Bollum
Bob Bird

Programs are presented at public meetings on the second Tuesday of each month September through April at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall, 204 SR 26, downtown Melrose. Sign-in and social time begins at 6:45 unless otherwise noted.
Field trips and walking workshops are listed on the activities and field trip pages.

2019-2020 Program Schedule
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Program: Birds of Two Worlds - The Conservation Ecology of Florida’s Swallow-tailed Kites and Snail Kites
Speaker: Ken Meyer, PhD, Ex. Dir., Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI), Gainesville, FL

Two Florida raptors of conservation concern illustrate the stark contrasts between co-mingling species in their behavior, habitats, movements, and the threats they face.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Program: Gulls of Florida
Speaker: Michael Brothers, PhD,Dir. (Ret.), Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet, FL

Gulls with their varying plumages can present some of the most formidable identification problems in the world of birds. Learn about the wide range of gull species found in Florida and how to find the rarer visi-tors from other continents.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Program: Of Faeries, Softballs and the Invasion of the Flying Killer Armadillos
Speaker: Timothy Gaudin, PhD, Biology, Ecology & Environmental Science, UT, Chattanooga, TN

Learn about Florida’s only living armored mammal, the diversity of armadillos, and the evolution of the armadillo group. Gaudin will focus on the nine-banded armadillo, our local species, including impacts on its human neighbors.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Conservation Celebration, Chili Supper and Program: The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks
Speaker: Kathy Stark, Artist, Author & Florida Parks Ambassador

Parks can provide much needed rest and inspiration for humans as well as habitats for some of Florida’s other residents. Explore what makes each park in north Florida unique, from ecology and wildlife to his-tory and natural beauty. Using a creative blend of art and education, Stark will showcase our area’s fan-tastic wilderness resources.

Along with the program, we will have live music as conservation organizations from our area join us for this annual celebration. Please bring a dessert to share. (Pictures of past events)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:45 p.m.
Program: Fungi - Not Just Weird Plants
Speaker: Matthew Smith, PhD, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UF; Curator, Fungal Herbarium, FL Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL

Join us on a fascinating journey into the mysterious world of fungi and how they differ from plants and animals. Our journey will include some of Florida´s local fungi. By the way, do you know why we aren’t using the term “mushroom”? Be there and find out.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:45 p.m.
Program: Burmese Pythons: Threat to Nesting Wading Birds?
Speaker: Peter Frederick, PhD, Dept. of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, UF, Gainesville, FL

Learn from the premier expert on Florida colonial nesting birds about this invasive species and its poten-tial effects on large South Florida colonies of wading birds such as herons, egrets, storks and ibises.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Potluck Dinner, 11th Annual Meeting, Conservationist of the Year and 3rd Annual Photography Show, 6:00 p.m.
Arrive with dish at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:20 p.m. Meeting at 6:50 p.m.

After the potluck dinner we’ll have our annual meeting, name our Conservationist of the Year and present our 3rd Annual Photography Show.

To contribute photographs, contact Laura Berkelman by March 1 at (352) 475-2023 or lberkelman@windstream.net
Please bring a dish to share that serves about 8 people.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 6:45 p.m.
Program: Nocturnal Wildlife of North Florida
Speaker: Nan Soistman, Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation, High Springs, FL.

Are you curious about some of native wildlife that bring our North Florida nights to life? Great Horned Owls, Barn Owls and opossums are a few of these rarely seen creatures that share our natural world. Come meet some of the human and animal ambassadors from Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation.