Orlando Wetlands Park Field Trip (Christmas)
January 23 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Join Mark Wallace for a bird walk Sunday, January 23, 2022, at the Orlando Wetlands Park. We will explore multiple habitats covering about 2 miles. We will meet at 8:30 am at Orlando Wetlands Park in Christmas. There are bathrooms on location. Please email Mark at email@example.com if you have any questions.
We will meet at the Orlando Wetlands Park (25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas) parking lot near the education center at 8:30 AM.
Recommend you wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, and a hat and bring water and bug spray.
From the GFBWT website: With more than 220 bird species and 63 butterfly species the Orlando Wetlands Park is a “must visit” for birders and wildlife viewers. This large wetlands treatment facility uses aquatic plants to polish already treated wastewater before discharging it into the St. Johns River. This process prevents algae blooms in the St. Johns and provides a fertile habitat for all kinds of wildlife! Look for Least and American Bittern (winter), Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, and Osprey. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Crested Caracara, Snail Kite, and Short-tailed Hawk are possible. A hammock trail that begins at the parking lot and winds east around Lake Searcy and north through a hammock can be good for migratory songbirds. Check out the Wildlife Garden near the entrance and try to spot some butterflies: Palamedes Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, Queen, Whirlabout, and Carolina Satyr are common. Hiking is, for the most part, on raised, exposed dikes. Plan for full sun exposure and insects, and watch for summer thunderstorms. Large alligators also inhabit these wetlands and may bask on the dikes. Visit the education center; call ahead for tour schedule. http://floridabirdingtrail.com/trail/trail-sections/east-section/orlando-wetlands-park/
This site has 246 species reported in eBird overall with 96 species since the beginning of December.
To see this event’s field trip report located on the Space Coast Audubon Society Website (48 hours after the event), follow the link