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SFAS Program Meetings
Active: Sept - April
Annual Report
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.

2017-2018 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: “Cavity Nesters”
Speaker: Leslie Staub, Florida Wildlife Care Center, Inc.

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.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Program: “The Amazing Kestrel”
Speaker: Allan Hallman, Biological Scientist III, FWC

The Southeastern American Kestrel is a fierce, colorful little falcon listed as “Threatened” in Florida. Learn about the behavior and life cycle of a non-migratory kestrel subspecies and how FWC is working to restore this amazing bird. Hallman will share his 15 years of experience with boxes, bandings, eggs and chicks at both Camp Blanding and Jennings State Forest.
NOTE: Our program will follow the Boy Scouts’ Pancake Dinner. Come early for pancakes and toppings starting at 5:00 PM or arrive by 7:00PM for our program.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
9th Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner, 6:00 PM
Annual Meeting, Conservationist of the Year Winner and Photography Show. Come at 6 PM for a potluck social; announcements and photography begin at 6:45 PM.
If you’d like to share some of your photographs, contact Laura Berkelman at (352) 475-2023 or e-mail her at
We’ll present the SFAS Conservationist of the Year Award & elect 2018-2019 Officers.
Bring a dish for 6-8 people to share at this pot luck meeting and program.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Program: ““River of Dreams: The St. Johns and Its Springs”
Speakers: Lars Andersen, Dean Campbell & Sam Carr

Hear about John and William Bartram’s 1765 explorations of the St. Johns River and how paddlers and hikers can recreate their journey in north central Florida on the Bartram Trails.