Field Trip: Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32641
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 8 a.m.

Established 1959


Trip leader: Eileen Riccio -

Meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m. There is a $5.00 per vehicle fee. Please bring correct change as this is an "honor" post. A restroom is available at the covered pavilion near the parking lot.

Sweetwater Wetlands is a 125-acre park that consists of wetlands and ponds that were created to improve the water quality of Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer.

We will walk along boardwalks and the crushed gravel trails that border the ponds. There are several viewing platforms but participants should be aware that there is no shade on the trails. The trip is well worth making because of the many species of wading birds, including many Purple Gallinules. It is also possible that we will see sparrows and several duck species. If we are very fortunate, we might even see an endangered Snail Kite as this species has recently made a home for itself in the park.

If coming from the south on I-75 take exit 382 toward FL-121N/Gainesville. Turn left onto SW Williston Rd (SR-121). Follow Williston Road for approximately 3 miles. The entrance to the park is on the right.

Field Trip Guidelines
Fields trips are open to everyone interested in birding. Non-members are welcome.

To participate, contact the trip leader
to confirm time and meeting place.

We suggest comfortable clothing, insect repellent, suncreen, and water or other suitable beverages.

Top left: Sora Rail | Rey Wells
Bottom left: Wilson's Snipe | Rey Wells
Above: One of the shelters and boardwalks at the park | Lucille Lane

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