Withlacoochee River Park/Auton Road
Nature Walk and Birding Trip 
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Hernando Audubon Society
Established 1959

You must make a reservation to participate so please contact the trip leader:
Gwen Fraley
Email: gwenfraley@comcast.net or call 206-659-2677

Meet at 8 a.m. in the canoe launch parking lot.
(This is the first parking lot on the left after entering the park.)

Withlacoochee River Park
12449 Withlacoochee Blvd.
Dade City, FL 33525

We observe social distancing and masks are required.
The number of participants is limited so please reserve your spot.

Northern Harrier                                  Savannah Sparrow
Originating in the Green Swamp, the Withlacoochee River flows primarily northward before making a short westward turn to meet the Gulf of Mexico near Yankeetown.
The observation tower is a great place to look out over the surrounding tree canopy below.
At Withlachoochee River Park plan to walk along the river for .25 mile, take a short woodland walk (.35 mi) prior to another short walk to an observation tower (.25 mi).  After visiting the park we will drive along Auton Road which borders the park. On the road there may be an opportunity to observe waterfowl at a wetland pond, raptors over a landfill area, and sparrows on the fences/wires bordering farmlands.

**Prior to the park there is a small wetland area that can provide a birding opportunity before the start of the field trip. It is on River Road, past the turn at Summer Lake road, before you approach Auton Road. There is limited parking on the road in this area.
This Pasco County park is located on the western edge of the Green Swamp, one of the most important recharge areas in our state for the Floridan Aquifer system. The Withlacoochee River Park offers visitors access to a wild and scenic portion of the Withlacoochee River and a mosaic of habitat communities, from high sandhill to low riverine swamp.

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