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.


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

Field trip address and directions will be emailed with your reservation confirmation.

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

May involve elevation change, uneven terrain & be greater than 2 miles.

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

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

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

at either of these Field Trip locations.

Sallie Carlock

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Active: Oct. - May
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When: Program Meetings are held the Second Tuesday of each month at 6:45pm.

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Photographs displayed on this website are copyrighted and were provided with permission by:
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Anne Pierce
Ida Little
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Ray Franklin
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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
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.