2017 is the 75th Anniversary of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Management Area system. As part of this year long celebration, Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail staff Andy Wraithmell and Whitney Gray, along with Dean and Sally Jue from the North American Butterfly Association, will be leading a morning bird and butterfly tour at the Apalachicola River Wildlife Environmental Area.
We will search for breeding birds such as Bachman’s Sparrow, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Hooded and Prothonotary Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, and Swallow-tailed Kite. Butterfly and wildflower viewing is excellent at this management area. We’ll look for numerous species of swallowtail and skipper, and wildflowers such as pineland hibiscus, bartram’s rosepink, chapman’s fringed orchid and hairy chaffhead.
Participants will have the opportunity to earn their first Wings Over Florida birding and butterfly certificates. Wings Over Florida is a free bird and butterfly listing recognition program that rewards people for their Florida life list and big year list achievements. Certificates are awarded to participants when they reach one or multiple listing milestones. We offer 6 birding life list certificates, 1 big year birding certificate and 6 butterfly life list certificates.
Registration is required. Space is limited on this field trip so register early to avoid missing out.
Register here >>> Wings Over Florida field trip