Field Trip: Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32641
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 8 a.m.

Hernando Audubon Society
Established 1959

Masks required. We observe social distancing.
Participation is limited, so please contact the trip leader to make a reservation.

Trip leader:
Lucille Lane

Field Trip Guidelines

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

We suggest comfortable clothing, insect repellent, suncreen, and water or other suitable beverages.
Snail Kite
Purple Gallinule
Ring-necked Duck
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 Road (SR-121). Follow Williston Road for approximately 3 miles. The entrance to the park is on the right.

Blue-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
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