Everglades Birding Festival
REGISTRATION - 6:15-6:30 a.m. - ($30-required)
Pick up your name tag, field trip workshop materials and goody bags. Registration covers opening reception, reception dinner, daily morning mini-workshops, birding education handout materials, ALL evening programs (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), water and field trip snacks. Without preregistration, field trip availability is based on a first come, first serve basis. We will try to accommodate your choice, but it is not guaranteed.
Birding mini-workshop - 6:30-6:50 a.m. - Family Groups & Checklist-Commonality & Seasonality
CORKSCREW SWAMP& CENTRAL PRAIRIES - ($90)
Corkscrew Swamp is a “must” see in south Florida. It’s legendary board walk and natural beauty travels through a variety of habitats and the birds that live there. 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 the way back through Seminole Indian lands on Snake Road there is a chance for Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, Wilson Snipe and shorebirds. A quick stop on Deer Fence Road for Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Western Kingbird. Cost-($90) Field trip includes van transportation, yummy lunch, bottle water, snacks and park admission.
Target Birds - Painted Bunting, Barred Owl, Limpkin, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Pileated Woodpecker, Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, Wilson Snipe, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Western Kingbird, wintering warbler
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - 375 Sanctuary Rd. West, Naples, FL 34120
This Audubon Society keystone site encompasses the largest remaining stand of old-growth bald cypress on the continent, and the birds love it! Boasting a 200+ species list, the 2.25-mile boardwalk through this rare habitat is an easy walk where wildlife viewing and the appreciation of nature is paramount. http://corkscrew.audubon.org/
PALM BEACH WETLANDS, Wakodahatchee, Green Cay & Okeeheelee - ($90)
The Palm Beach wetlands are the best places to see lots of birds quickly. At Wakodahatchee wetlands you can find Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, American Bittern, and Neotropic Cormorant. You will be within touching distance to nesting Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Cormorants feeding their young and much more. Green Cay wetlands’ attracts Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, & Sora. Its feeder is famous for Painted Buntings. At Okeeheelee you will see Brown Thrasher, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and a view of rehabilitated Raptors up close. ($90) 8 min required. Field trip includes van transportation, yummy lunch, bottle water, and snacks.
Target Birds - Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, American Bittern, Neotropic Cormorant, Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Sora, Brown Thrasher, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Wood Ducks.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach County Water Utility Department’s Southern Region Operations Center - 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach, Florida
The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department is a pioneer in the fields of wastewater treatment and reclaimed water distribution for irrigation purposes every day. At Wakodahatchee 2 million gallons of highly treated water is pumped into the 50 acre developed wetlands. By acting as a natural filter for the nutrients that remain, the wetlands work to further cleanse the water. It has attracted an abundant variety of wildlife including turtles, frogs, alligators, bobcats, marsh hares, and more, More than 140 different species of birds have been spotted at this site. This excellent wetlands can be found on the three-quarter mile boardwalk that winds through three wetland ponds. http://www.pbcgov.com/waterutilities/wakodahatchee/
Green Cay Wetlands -12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437
Green Cay Nature Center is the county's newest nature center that overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland and provides educational opportunities about this unique habitat. The wetland features 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk featuring interpretive signs about the habitat. The Nature Center includes a lecture hall, gift shop, and live animals in an extensive exhibit room that highlights wetland attributes. Come for a visit and find that there's something for everyone at this fantastic facility! http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/locations/greencay.htm#.V5HACdIrLIU
Okeeheelee Nature Center - 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 3341
Okeeheelee Nature Center features 2.5 miles of trails winding through 90 acres of pine flatwoods and wetlands. Highlights of the center include hands-on exhibits, animal encounters and a nature related gift shop. Marvel at our birds of prey, touch a live snake or prowl for owls during one of our many programs scheduled throughout the year for families, youth and adults. http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/nature/okeeheelee_nature_center/#.V5G72tIrLIU
SOUTH DADE HOTSPOTS - ($90)
South Dade Hotspots is a tour of the some of the best birding destinations in South Miami. First stop is the Old Cutler Wetlands where you can see up to 30 species in one spot. It has a nice collection of wintering ducks and shorebirds, but also Short-tailed Hawk, and a possibility of 3 cowbirds. Blackpoint Marina is the best chance for Mangrove Cuckoo and Prairie Warbler. Dump Marsh can have a variety of birds and maybe a crocodile. For lunch at Castellow Hammock there can be Ruby-throated & Rufous Hummingbird and wintering warblers. A quick look around the Baptist Hospital area for exotics-Red-whiskered Bulbul, Parakeets and maybe White-crowned Pigeon. Cost ($90). 8 min. required. Field trip includes van transportation, yummy lunch, bottle water, and snacks.
Target Birds - Short-tailed Hawk, Prairie Warbler, Mangrove Cuckoo, Ruby-throated & Rufous Hummingbird, Mangrove Cuckoo, wintering ducks and shorebirds
Blackpoint Marina - 24775 SW 87TH Ave., Miami, Fl.
Black Point Park & Marina, oftentimes referred to as "Black Point," is the largest public marina located in Miami and it is part of the Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation department. The marina is also very close to Biscayne National Park. http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/black-point-marina.asp
Castellow Hammock Preserve - 22301 SW 162nd Ave. Miami, FL 33031
This 112-acre park has a bird and butterfly garden that sports multicolored Painted Buntings in winter and migrants such as Worm-eating Warblers and American Redstarts in spring and fall. Its hardwood hammock is a remnant of a once more widespread South Florida habitat and includes an invitingly shady trail great for songbirds. Approach the nature center slowly from the parking lot to avoid flushing birds in the garden; nature trail departs from the back side of the nature center .Birds: Painted Bunting, Short-tailed Hawk. http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/castello-hammock.asp
QUICK DINNER - ($10) - Entrée, Salad, Desert and Beverage/Wine
EVENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER - 7:00 p.m. in meeting room