SPEAKER SERIES PROGRAM

"GAINESVILLE’S TREATMENT WETLANDS"
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.





FIELD TRIP
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
lberkelman@windstream.net

Sallie Carlock
President



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When: Speaker Series Programs are held Tuesdays evenings at 6:45PM October thru May

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Photographs displayed on this website are copyrighted and were provided with permission by:
Ann Stodola
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Joyce King
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Audubon At Home
What to do with an orphaned bird
If it is mostly fully feathered and not obviously injured, almost all of the time, leaving it alone is the best thing. While leaving it alone, try to keep children and animals away. A parent is probably nearby and has encouraged it to leave the nest, and is still bringing it food....read more
Improve the Bird watching in your back yard - by Bill Chitty
For birding in your own yard, assuming they are in their home range, the variety of birds mostly depends on the variety of available food and habitat. If you are satisfied with seeing Northern Cardinals and Tufted Titmice, all you need is a few bushes, a feeder and a bag of sunflower seed.

In the last two years, I have identified 69 different species [see list] of birds from my yard in western Putnam County, about half way between Palatka and Keystone Heights. I am only a mediocre birdwatcher, so that’s not counting the dozens I’ve seen but haven’t been able to positively identify. So how do I see 69+ species, and someone else in the same area only sees 4 or 5?

Over half those birds are simply because of habitat. But 26 different species were on or in the immediate vicinity of the feeders and bird houses on the property. Most of those 26 bird species can be coaxed into your backyard.

...read more about Feeders, Bird food, Water, Houses, Habitat