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ACT protects the natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida
ACT protects the natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida

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TLC: WE LIKE LICHENS
October 17th
(Please RSVP)

WHAT
Once upon a time, some fungi and algae decided they were better together than apart, and a symbiotic agreement was made. Now permanent roommates, we call this association “lichen”. The partnership is more common than most realize, and once we learn what to look for, we can find lichen in many forms and many places.

As we survey the preserve for lichen, we will learn not only how this relationship works - how each depends on the other to exist - but also what lichen can tell us about our surroundings.

Programs are held Thrasher Park on Tuscawilla Preserve in Micanopy, FL. Please park at the Micanopy Native American Heritage Park on Tuscawilla Road (SE 165th Ave).

WHERE
Tuscawilla Preserve

WHEN
Saturday, September 19th
10:00am-12:00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION and SIGN UP
If you are interested in attending a TLC program, please email TuscawillaLC@gmail.com
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TLC: FLOWER FLY-BYS
September 19th
(Please RSVP)

WHAT
In September, Tuscawilla Prairie becomes a sea of color from the varied and vibrant hues of fall wildflowers, and insects are ready in numbers and diversity to capitalize on this bounty. For the Flower Fly-Bys program, we will observe these pollinators and answer some basic questions in natural history.

Do bees choose certain flowers? Do butterflies have a preference between sun and shade? What is the most common butterfly on Tuscawilla Prairie? Do bumblebees and honeybees exhibit different behaviors? Join us for this outdoor lab, and help us get a better understanding of these tiny, yet hugely important, animals.

Programs are held Thrasher Park on Tuscawilla Preserve in Micanopy, FL. Please park at the Micanopy Native American Heritage Park on Tuscawilla Road (SE 165th Ave).

WHERE
Tuscawilla Preserve

WHEN
Saturday, September 19th
10:00am-12:00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION and SIGN UP
If you are interested in attending a TLC program, please email TuscawillaLC@gmail.com
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FALL BIRDING
September 20th
Earl P. Powers Park
(No RSVP needed)

WHAT
Fall is a great time to get out and watch birds, because the weather is comfortable and the birds are numerous. Migration is in full swing, and we will spend some time sifting through the flocks of songbirds making their way southward. The “fall warblers” are difficult to ID since their plumage this time of year is much drabber than their bright breeding colors. Hopefully, we will have lots of birds to practice with!

For this walk, we will hit several spots (Newnan’s Lake, Prairie Creek Preserve, Tuscawilla Preserve, and others if time permits) in eastern Gainesville and try to see a large variety of birds in a short period of time. Birds we should see include: Bald Eagle, Limpkin, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Kestrel, Red-headed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, and much more.

WHERE
Earl P. Powers Park
Newnan Lake
Gainesville, FL

WHEN
Sunday, September 20th
7:30am-12:00pm

WHAT TO BRING
Bring binoculars if you have them- we will try to have some spare binoculars available for people who need them, any field guide for birds of North America, snacks, water, and mosquito spray. Please wear long-sleeve shirts and pants.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@alachuaconservationtrust.org
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FALL MIGRATION BIRD COUNT
September 19th
Prairie Creek Preserve
(RSVP required)

WHAT
The North American Migration Count (NAMC) is a contintent-wide survey designed to assess and map migrating bird populations in the spring and fall. The main goal of the NAMC is to provide data to decision makers on conservation issues pertaining to seasonal bird movements.

We will be scouring Prairie Creek Preserve all morning for migrating birds, going off-trail most of the time. Comfy rubber boots are necessary since we will be walking long distances through wet and soggy terrain. Mosquitos will be abundant. Fall is great time to bird in central Florida because migrating birds pass through Florida in larger numbers on their way back to Central and South America.

WHAT TO BRING
Binoculars a must, long pants and shirt, and rubber boots are NEEDED. Bug spray will help. Also bring snacks and plenty of water.

WHERE
Prairie Creek Preserve
(We will meet at Witness Tree Junction)

WHEN
Saturday, September 19th
7:00am-12:00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION or SIGN UP
Please RSVP (contact Chris Burney at act.chrisb@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining our group- space will be limited.
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BUTTERFLY WALK
Saturday, September 12th
Prairie Creek Preserve

WHAT
Florida is home to a wide diversity of butterflies- over 180 species regularly occur in the state. The high number has much to do with Florida’s geography with climate ideal for temperate and subtropical species.

We will first look around the gardens at Forage Farm and then try the open fields around Prairie Creek Lodge. We will try to track down as many different butterflies as possible and discuss the keys for identification. We will also talk about their life histories and habitat needs.

WHAT TO BRING
Be sure to wear hiking shoes (boots preferred- never know how wet parts of the trail will be) and long pants. If you have binoculars and butterfly guides, don’t forget them. Never hurts to bring water and snacks.

WHERE
PRAIRIE CREEK PRESERVE
Meet at the Kathy Cantwell Trailhead Parking Lot

WHEN
Saturday, September 12th
Starting at 9:00am

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@AlachuaConservationTrust.org.
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Exploring the upper Santa Fe River
Walk led by Ivor Kincaide & Chris Burney
Saturday, September 5th

If conditions are right (i.e. the Santa Fe is not flooding after heavy rains), we will hike (wade) up the Santa Fe River where it meets the New River. We will sample the various micro-habitats (e.g. pools, riffles) for fish and aquatic invertebrates using various seine and dip nets. Hopefully, we will have a few experts along that can help us with the ID’s.

Space is limited, RSVP required!

About the Preserve:
The Santa Fe River Preserve protects 186 acres on the banks of the Santa Fe River near Worthington Springs. Includes high bluffs along the river and an interesting tangle of floodplain forest where the New River converges with the Santa Fe.

WHAT TO BRING
Hat, snacks, sunscreen, and water. Most importantly, clothes and shoes (DO NOT WEAR FLIP-FLOPS) that can get wet. Bring your own reusable water bottle. No boats, kayaks, etc. needed.

WHERE
Santa Fe River Preserve
(meeting location TBD)

WHEN
Saturday, September 5th
8:00am-12:00pm

RSVP & MORE INFORMATION
If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@alachuaconservationtrust.org
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Sandhill Stage presents: TRACY GRAMMER
Saturday, September 19th
Prairie Creek Lodge

WHAT
“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.” - Joan Baez

“One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom.” - Boston Globe

Tracy Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the “postmodern, mythic American folk” duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter’s mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez’s band members. Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34.

Determined to honor the duo’s journey and bring Carter’s songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer has kept to the road, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives. Her latest release, LITTLE BLUE EGG, is a collection of intimate recordings from the duo’s home studios. LBE was the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012, and once again, the duo were the #1 most-played artists for the year.

Grammer has become one of folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage—not to mention a riotous sense of humor—that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter’s reclusive accompanist.

Grammer tours the United States and Canada regularly, and has traveled to Europe and Japan. She holds the record for the most consecutive appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival ~ a lucky 13.

WHERE
Prairie Creek Lodge

WHEN
Saturday, September 19th
Concert begins at 7:30pm

TICKETS
Tickets are $20 to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. Seating for most concerts at Prairie Creek Lodge is limited so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations or more information, contact Freddie at (352) 317-7307 or email sandhillstage@gmail.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@AlachuaConservationTrust.org.
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Sandhill Stage presents: BRIAN SMALLEY
Saturday, August 29th
Prairie Creek Lodge

Brian Smalley lives in Florida. Where is Brian from? That’s a trickier question to answer. By the time he turned 18 his family had moved all across the country more than twenty times. So, it’s no surprise that wander-lust found its way into Brian’s soul, as well as into his music. His first guitar at age 9 became his best friend, and all that traveling opened up a whole world to explore and create in. Along the way many influences were caught in his musical-dragnet. Brian has a special knack for putting together a musical set. Combining tasty covers from artists like Jerry Reed, John Prine, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, John Hartford, Chet Atkins, Peter Rowan and Richard Thompson with crowd pleasing original pieces, he plays with mad skill and pure energy.

The songs Brian has written borrow from folksy flatpick guitar and new-grass as well as a touch of new-age acoustic music. He sings with a soulful, earthy voice, and his live performances tend to be just that: Lively! For the past twenty years Brian has made music his sole occupation, and has six CDs under his belt: his latest “Key” is an acoustic novel set in the Florida Keys telling the fictional story of Painter Kellet & Compass Rose. This CD is similar but very different from his acoustic novel from 2013 “Chickens Pigs” which is an acoustic play based in Civil War era Florida and was named Best Florida Folk CD of 2013 by the Florida Times-Union. A great many of the songs are set in and inspired by Florida, a state of mind and a state of nature that he loves to write about and longs to see preserved. For Brian Smalley the wander-lust continues, and he is willing to travel anywhere to perform and hopefully inspire a little love and peace along the way.

WHERE
PRAIRIE CREEK LODGE

WHEN
Saturday, August 29th
Concert begins at 7:30pm

TICKETS
Tickets are $20 to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. Seating for most concerts at Prairie Creek Lodge is limited so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations or more information, contact Freddie at (352) 317-7307 or email us: sandhillstage@gmail.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@AlachuaConservationTrust.org.
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Sandhill Stage presents: GOSIA & ALI
Saturday, April 11th
Prairie Creek Lodge

Gosia & Ali’s repertoire is huge and includes Classical, Jazz, R&B, Latin, Contempory Pop, Rock and Roll, etc, etc… In addition, they sing songs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, Russian, and a few select tunes in Hebrew, Italian and German. Join us for an intimate concert in the warm acoustics of Sandhill Stage at Prairie Creek Lodge as we celebrate this amazing duo’s 20 years of music together.

Gosia joined the school of music at 9 and her main instrument was the flute. Since then she has performed solo, with choirs, and a few different orchestras. At 17 she won a concerto competition and performed at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. Soon after she traveled with the Polish choir as a vocalist and flute soloist around France and Germany.

Ali has appeared in Jazz festivals such as Jacksonville Jazz, Clearwater Jazz, Tampa Jazz, Atlanta/Montreux Jazz, Ormond Beach Jazz and Sunfest. He has opened for Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets, Frankie Ruiz, Steve Morse and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; performed with Wynton Marsalis, Saxmen Ernie Watts and Gary Foster; Trumpeters Tim Hagans and Jean Davis; Pianist Chuchito Valdes, Danny Mixon, and Helen Sung; vocalist Denise Thimes, Steel drummer Othello Molineaux; The Cars’ Elliot Easton, and Bo Diddley.

WHERE
PRAIRIE CREEK LODGE

WHEN
Saturday, April 11th
Concert begins at 7:00pm

TICKETS
Tickets are $20 to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. Seating for most concerts at Prairie Creek Lodge is limited so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations or more information, contact Freddie at (352) 317-7307 or email us: sandhillstage@gmail.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@AlachuaConservationTrust.org.
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BIRDING BY EAR
Led by Ivor Kincaide
Saturday, April 18th
Prairie Creek Preserve

Getting started with birdsong can seem like a challenge, but once you learn the more common and distinctive songs, you will have a foundation that is easy to expand upon. We will spend the morning listening and watching as many birds as we can find in a few hours, and with nesting and migration in full swing, we should have a good chance of finding many different species.

Birds we should see include: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee, White-eyed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Palm Warbler, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and hopefully much more.

WHAT TO BRING
Binoculars and bird book extremely helpful. Long pants and boots/closed shoes are highly recommended (trails may be damp in places).

WHERE
PRAIRIE CREEK PRESERVE
Meet at Prairie Creek Lodge

WHEN
Saturday, April 18th
7:30am-10:30pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: info@AlachuaConservationTrust.org.
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