We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
4212 NW 16th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone: (352) 381-1997
Fax: (352) 381-1995
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
See Holiday Hours listed on right
Join Wild Birds Unlimited at First Magnitude Brewing Co. from 1-5pm on Saturday, January 28 for an afternoon with a Bald Eagle, owls, hawks, bats, and flying squirrels, and more from licensed wildlife rehabilitators including Gainesville's Sunrise Widlife Rehabilitation, Florida Wildlife Care, Inc, and Lubee Bat Conservancy, and Apopka-based Avian Reconditioning Center (ARC) and Clearwater-based Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.
Even though First Magnitude is a brewery, families will find plenty for kids to do. You may bring your own food and drink but there will be a food truck with high quality, hot meals in the parking lot in addition to the excellent craft brews that are always on tap in First Magnitude’s tasting room.
Gainesville's most iconic bird species, the Sandhill Crane, can be observed in flocks of thousands in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park when conditions are favorable for them to overwinter in such numbers. This winter, conditions have been just about perfect in the prairie for the migratory population of Sandhill Crane. There are a few good places in which to observe overwintering sandhills but none is as impressive or accommodating as LaChua Trail and the observation tower at the end of it.
With a short drive down Camp's Canal Road or a bike ride along the Gainesville-Hawthorne Rail Trail to the north rim of the prairie, you will access LaChua and hike just over a mile to the observation tower.
Go soon, though, because the migratory population of Sandhill Cranes typically begins its return to breeding grounds no later than mid-February. There is a population of Sandhill Cranes that breed in Florida - they don't migrate - but these are the birds that we see in twos or threes throughout most of the state during the rest of the year.
As usual for late fall, bird feeder activity is all over the place with some yards seeing mixed flocks including Chipping Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, and more and other yards seeing very little feeder activity at all. On average, the feeder activity has been good throughout the fall and winter is setting up nicely, too, but birdbaths are offering much greater consistency and diversity. With nearly two months now since the last soaking rain and December looking to be very dry, water is becoming increasingly scarce in every bird's habitat. Birdbaths are likely to be very, very active. Visit our website and ourFacebook and YouTube pages to see videos of birds coming to our birdbath.
Technology has brought a new dimension to the enjoyment of birdfeeding and birdwatching at Wild Birds Unlimited. Now, you can enjoy highly entertaining videos of local bird activity shot with our own GoPro action camera by subscribing to our Facebook and Youtube pages and by checking our store website frequently for updates to our Local Bird Videos page.
WBU of Gainesville has a Facebook page for birding and feeder news. Check it out!