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.

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

Sallie Carlock

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Conservationist of the Year: 2019
A highlight of every Santa Fe Audubon Annual Meeting is the award to our "Conservationist of the Year." Recipients for this award are citizens chosen for their commitment to conservation, perseverance toward a goal, acquired knowledge about a species or special place, ability to lead and inspire others, and as examples of dedication to the cause of conservation.

Jim Gross, recipient of the SFAS Conservationist of the Year 2019, with Laura Berkelman, president of Santa Fe Audubon.
Santa Fe Audubon was delighted to award Conservationist of the Year 2019 to Bob Gross, executive director of Florida Defenders of the Environment. A geologist certified Certified by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, Bob has used his hydrology expertise to become a highly respected spokesperson for speaking truth to power, including misused power, even in the face of serious personal consequences. He works tirelessly to keep the dream of Oklawaha River Restoration alive statewide.

Past Recipients
2018 Karen Chadwick For her extensive contributions to local awareness of environmental issues through her work with the Putnam County Environmental Council.
2017 Dr. Bob Knight and Debra Segal For their work on restoration and protection of Florida’s artesian springs via the Florida Springs Institute. Of particular local interest, they were instrumental in the creation of both the Sweetwater Wetlands Park and Ichetucknee Springs Water Quality Improvement Project.
2016 Jill McGuire For being a driving force and providing effective leadership and advocacy for clean water, clean air, and a healthy environment, through the Santa Fe Lake Dwellers and Santa Fe Audubon.
2015 Dr. Richard Franz For his tireless work with the Palatka Water Works Environmental Education Center and for the Bartram Trail in Putman County Committee
2014 Claude Brown For the instrumental part he played organizing the Putnam Land Conservancy and his ongoing work to acquire and preserve ecologically important lands throughout Putnam County.
2013 Dr. Terry Brant Providing exceptional leadership and assistance to local governments and conservation organizations, focusing on facilitating cooperation, minimizing conflict, and improving effective water management for the area.
2012 Jackie Host Leadership in protection of water resources; President of Lake Area Water Alliance
2011 Bill Chitty Thousands of hours of volunteer work over the last 15 years with FWC and Forestry Service biologists in our State Forests and Parks, compiling data on local area listed (special concern, threatened, endangered) species.
2010 Bill and Jan Bolte A lifetime of conservation leadership; founded and conducted the Melrose Christmas Bird Count for years and years before Santa Fe Audubon Society was formed.