5181 SW 27th Terrace
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312
Everglades Birding Festival
January 15-19, 2015
February 7, 2015
I wanted to take a moment to let you know that we had a great time at the Everglades Birding Festival. We had up to 50 participants and the weather and birding was great. We are looking forward to our 2016 Festival and will let you know about exciting new additions to our fieldtrips and activities. During the festival, we were offering a discounted price for the Festival's participants for the Colombia Santa Marta Birding tour coming up this March 22, 2015. Ernest and I organized this very safe tour which is just a 2.5 hour flight from South Florida which both of us will be leading. Ernest is a native Colombian and a Biologist which will make our tour that much more interesting. We have decided to extend the discount to anyone else that might want to join us at the last moment. I'm sure that we will have a great time with lots of endemics and specialty birds in each of the places we visit.
If you're interested in this or other tours to Colombia, please contact me or Ernest at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Thank you all for your interest in the Everglades Birding Festival and my Birding Adventures.
IN 2015 - BECOME ONE WITH THE RIVER OF GRASS
Journey through south Florida searching for an array of beautiful and rare birds in ancient fern-covered cypress swamps, everglades prairies that join the sky, and brilliant marshes that sparkle with flashes of roseate wings. Scan across the tips of sawgrass searching for hovering Snail kites and hear the squeal of the Limpkin.
SNAIL KITE * LIMPKIN * WOOD STORK * EXOTIC PARROTS * PAINTEDBUNTING * ROSEATE SPOONBILL * SHORT-TAILED HAWK * * PURPLE GALINULE * PEREGRINE FALCON * COMMON MYNA * CRESTED CARACARA * * BURROWING OWL * RED-WHISKERED BULBUL * PRAIRIE WARBLERS * PURPLE SWAMP HEN * WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON *
FIELD WORKSHOPS: Advanced Birding Skills, Habitat, Bird by Ear, Behavior, Field Techniques, Photography Tract with Workshop &Trips
EXPERT GUIDES: PADDY CUNNINGHAM - BIRDING ADVENTURES, DAVID SIMPSON - BIRDING with DAVID SIMPSON, JIM EAGER, ERNEST LEUPIN - COLUMBIA WILD ECOTOURS
SPONSORED BY BIRDING ADVENTURES
PADDY CUNNINGHAM - Coordinator
5181 SW 27th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33312
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Collage by Wendy Naruo.
NEW FESTIVAL SITE INFORMATION2540 Davie Road, Davie, Florida 33317 • MAP
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT WEST
Ph 954.585.7071 • Toll Free (866) 882-6368 • Fax 954.761,4293
GROUP NAME: EVERGLADES BIRDING FESTIVAL
Reservations must be made by Dec. 15th, 2014 to receive the group rate
Includes Airport Shuttle, hot breakfast each morning at 6 a.m. and use of the meeting room for the conference.
2015 FLYER ••• 2015 REGISTRATION FORM
2010-2014 Bird List
Everglades Birding Festival Schedule - January, 2015
7:30-11:30 Photo Workshop
12:00-12:45 pm registration
1:00-5:45 pm field trip
6:00-7:30 p.m. Evening Activity
PLANTATION PRESERVE BIRDING PHOTO WORKSHOP 7:30-11:30 am (carpool). Learn photo composition, zoom photography and field techniques from Ernest Leupin of Columbia Wild Ecotours ($35).
PLANTATION PRESERVE BIRDING 8:00-11:00 am (carpoo l). Guide Steve Kaplan. FREE
BROWARD HOT SPOTS TOUR - Search Broward's Hot Spots for Purple Swamphen, Burrowing & Great- Horned Owl, wintering waterfowl and possible Black-hooded Parrot. Bald Eagle nest and more..($40) REGISTRATION-12:00-1:00 p.m.-Pick up your name tag, field trip workshop materials and goody bags. ($30). ALL FULL-DAY FIELD TRIPS INCLUDE LUNCH AND VAN TRANSPORTATION
OPENING RECEPTION - MEET & GREET, DINNER BUFFET, WINE & PRIZES
KEYNOTE SPEAKER-PADDY CUNNINGHAM - EVERGLADES, UNIQUE & PRECIOUS. This opening reception will set the stage for a weekend of learning and exciting birding. Meet & Greet Happy Hour with fun , raffles and prizes. The ecology of the Everglades, an international biosphere will be explored. ATTENDANCE WILL GREATLY ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE FOR THE FESTIVAL. COST-included in your registration fee ($30). $15/non-reg.
6:15-reg. check in, bird list
6:30-mini workshop, day orientation,
7:00 a.m.-6:00-p.m. - Field Trips
CORKSCREW & PRAIRIES — Corkscrew Swamp is a "must" see in south Florida with 2-mile board walk and legendary beauty. There is a chance of Painted Bunting, Barred Owl, Limpkin, Night Herons and more. We'll visit the nature centers' exhibits and nature store. On Seminole Indian lands-Snake Road there is a chance for Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Harrier, Wilson Snipe and shorebirds. ($85)
PALM BEACH WETLANDS, Wacodahachee, GreenCay & Okeeheelee - **PHOTO** — At Okeeheelee Brown Thrasher, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and a view of rehabed Raptors up close. Green Cay wetlands' attracts Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, & Sora. Wacodahachee harbors Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, American Bittern, nesting Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Commorants and much more. Lunch ($80)
SOUTH DADE HOTSPOTS — Old Cutler Wetlands and Dump Marsh look for Short-tailed Hawk, cowbirds, shorebirds & more . At Blackpoint Marina-Mangrove Cuckoo and Prairie Warbler. Castellow Hammock for Painted Bunting, Ruby-throated & Rufous Hummingbird . Possible stop at A.D.Barnes or exotics. Cost - $80. 8 Req. min.
6:15-Reg. check in, bird list
6:30-mini workshop day orientation,
7:00am-6:00pm - Field Trips
STORM WATER TREATMENT AREA 5, FIELD TRIP OR PHOTO TOUR — Everglades Restoration at its best at Stormwater Treatment Area 5 targeting Snail, Kite, American Bittern, Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Wood Stork, Peregrine Falcon, Roseate Spoonbill up to 10 species of wintering ducks and 30,000 birds. Travel along Snake Road for Crested Caracara,,Western, Cassin's Kingbird & Scissor-tailed FC. Cost - $80
SOUTH DADE EXOTICS & BILL BAGGS STATE PARK — South Dade is home to some of the most sought after birds Red-whiskered Bulbul, Spot-breasted Oriole, and Hill Myna. A stop at Matheson Hammock for wintering warblers and Florida rarities. At Bill Baggs look for shorebirds, seabirds and any Caribbean strays such as possible LaSagra's Flycatchers. Cost - $80. 8 min required.
6:15-check in, bird list
6:30-mini-work shop day orient.
7:00 a.m.-late return
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK FIELD TRIP OR PHOTO TOUR — The ENP tour will start at Lucky Hammock for White-tailed Kite, Grasshopper Sparrow, up to 10 species of raptors and wintering warblers. A quick stop at the visitors center for a peek. Anhinga trail offers close views of wading birds, Purple Gallinules and Short-tailed Hawk. A picnic lunch at Long Pine Key can bring Eastern Bluebird, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Eastern Towhee. A few quick stop at Paurotis, Mrazek, and Eco-Ponds for Roseate Spoonbills and much more. At Flamingo look on the sandbar for Black Skimmer, Reddish Egret, White Pelican, Marbled Godwit and many shorebirds. The easiest place in the U.S. to see Crocodiles can be found at Flamingo. Schedule may vary on tide and rare bird alerts. Cost - $80 MON-1/19
7:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. - Field Trips
UPPER KEYS NATURE ADVENTURE — A drive across Card Sound to North Key Largo is our best chance for White-crowned Pigeon and Cuban Yellow Warbler. John Pennekamp State Park will include a short hike in the one of the U.S.'s most endangered habitats-tropical hardwood forest and time to see the displays and aquarium of the U. S's only coral reef system. A late lunch at the world's famous Alabama Jack's waterfront restaurant for conch fritters & chowder to get the real atmosphere of the Keys. It is a great way to end the festival. Cost - $95)
"It was a lot of fun and rewarding to see some of the life birds on my list" Susan Frank, CA.
- Increase your skills and knowledge as expert guides encourage your participation and you learn the i.d.
- Opportunity to add life and year birds by visiting a variety of habitats and unique natural areas.
- Daily mini-workshops that are demonstrated in the field and include printed materials to reinforce newly learned skills.
- Gain birding skills that facilitate intermediate and beginning birders to learn in a non-intimidating environment.
- An intense excitement of finding new birds with a sense of shared joy with fellow birders.
- Meet TOP BIRDING EXPERTS and birders from across the country and have lots of FUN!!!.
"We want to thank you so much for the wonderful birding adventure this week. It couldn't of been better" Clair and Linda Haakensen, NM.
"Fantastic Adventure" Nancy Russo, FL.
Paddy's Birding Adventures Website
Learn about our other trips and programs.
April 2014 Birding Adventures Newsletter
SPACE COAST BIRDING FESTIVAL
For those going on to the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival — January 21-26, 2015,
I can recommend places to bird in Florida.
Everglades National Park
An independent website
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
An education website
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee N.W.R.
Big Cypress National Park
Updated November 24, 2014