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April 2017

Birding the Bay Festival

April 22 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint, FL 32328 United States
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Join us for a day-long birding event on the Forgotten Coast for birders of all levels, from advanced to beginners. Professionally-led tours will focus on shorebirds, migratory birds, and/or woodland species. See colorful song birds like Indigo Buntings and Summer Tanagers on St. George Island on their migratory stop over, view shorebirds in the shallow waters around St. George Island State Park, visit the pine woodlands where the Red Cockaded Woodpecker thrives, or learn the basics of birding with Audubon…

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Welcome to the Woods at Seminole Forest WMA

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Seminole Forest WMA Eustis, FL 32736 United States + Google Map

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the woods with a guide, your golden opportunity is Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the annual “Welcome to the Woods” event at Seminole Forest Wildlife Management Area in Lake County. Space for this free event is limited due to its popularity, so participants must register in advance by calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 352-732-1225. Participants should arrive by 9 a.m. the day of the…

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Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest

April 26 - April 30

Welcome to one of the most celebrated and beautiful festivals in the nation.The 2017 Birding & Photo Fest will feature the return of festival favorites, world-class photographers along with new professionals and instructors who will offer technical training opportunities and more birding in-field programs than ever before. As always, festival participants will benefit from insights and instruction from a collection of upper echelon international nature and wildlife photographers — a group that continues to solidify Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest…

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Wings Over Florida – Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area

April 29 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area: Prairie Lakes Unit FL United States + Google Map

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 will be leading a morning bird tour at the Prairie Lakes Unit within the Three Lakes WMA in Osceola County. We will look for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman's Sparrows, Limpkin, Snail Kite, Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara and more. Spaces are limited for this field trip…

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May 2017

Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference

May 18 - May 21
Westgate River Ranch, 3200 River Ranch Blvd.
River Ranch, FL 33867 United States
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Registration opening soon! The 37th Annual Conference of the Florida Native Plant Society will be held in the heart of Florida, and central to the largest river restoration project in the world! The Kissimmee River restoration, a joint project by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District, is designed to restore the complex relationships between land, wildlife, water and climate that were torn apart when the river was channelized in 1962. Before channelization, the…

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Apalachee Audubon Annual Awards Banquet

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 4220 Mahan Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32308 United States
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$10

Annual Awards Banquet with Guest Speaker Chuck Hess "What Woodpeckers Tell Us About Woodlands" Thursday, May 18 Lafayette Presbyterian Church 4220 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee • Dinner begins at 6:30 PM. Dinner will be gyros with Greek sides. Vegan options are available. • Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Native Nurseries or Wild Birds Unlimited. • Tickets may also purchased at the dinner. Please call Tim Smith to make a reservation at (850) 933-5979 by Wednesday, May…

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July 2017

Presentation on the Cedar Keys NWR at Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road
Yankeetown, FL 34498 United States
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Please join us on Tuesday July 11, at 10am for a presentation by Vic Doig. Vic will be talking about wading bird rookeries and area birds. Hope to see you at the WGP.

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August 2017

Everglades Agricultural Area Birding

August 26 @ 7:00 am

Paul Bithorn and Brian Rapoza lead an all-day carpool trip to sod farms and flooded agricultural fields in the Belle Glade area of Palm Beach County. No fee. Meet at 7am at Sawgrass Recreation Park, on US-27, about 2 miles north of I-75 in Broward County. Walkie-talkies are recommended. There will be a restaurant lunch stop.

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September 2017

Wings Over Florida field trip – Joe Budd WMA

September 9 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area

2017 is the 75th Anniversary of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) wildlife management area system. As part of this year-long celebration, FWC staff will be leading Wings Over Florida field trips at select wildlife management areas throughout the state. Join Wings Over Florida coordinator Andy Wraithmell and Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Coordinator Whitney Gray for this birding and butterfly viewing field trip at Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area. For more information visit our registration website.

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Butterfly Walk at Deering Estate

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd avenue
Miami, FL 33157 United States
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The Deering Estate provides a beautiful natural setting for a variety of activities. Join Jared Guerra for a fun Wings Over Florida butterfly walk and earn your Zebra Longwing certificate. This family-friendly program is free with paid admission.

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