5181 SW 27th Terrace
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312
10th AnnualFestival Site: Holiday Inn Express
Everglades Birding Festival
January 11-15, 2018
2540 Davie Road, Davie, Fl. 33324
Information below is for the 2017 Festival. We'll update this page as plans are formulated.
However, it is never too early to put the date on your calendar :-). We had a wonderful time this year.
RIVER OF GRASS
Journey through south Florida searching for beautiful and rare birds in ancient moss-covered cypress swamps, everglades prairies that join the sky and brilliant marshes that sparkle with flashes of roseate wings. Scan across the tips of grass for searching hovering Snail kites and hear the squeal of the Limpkin.
SNAIL KITE * LIMPKIN * WOOD STORK * PAINTEDBUNTING * ROSEATE SPOONBILL * SHORT-TAILED HAWK * PURPLE GALINULE * COMMON MYNA * CRESTED CARACARA * PARROTS * BURROWING OWL * RED-WHISKERED BULBUL * PRAIRIE WARBLERS * EGYPTIAN GOOSE*
FIELD WORKSHOPS: Advanced Birding Skills, Habitat, Bird by Ear, Behavior, Field Techniques, Silhouette, Field Marks, Season, Family Groups
EXPERTS: PADDY CUNNINGHAM, JIM EAGER, DAVID SIMPSON, PHOTOGRAPHY TRACT, KEYNOTE: JAMES CURRIE EVENING
FESTIVAL SITE: Holiday Inn Express, 2540 Davie Road, Davie, FL 33324, (954) 585-7071
Latitude: 26.090533, Longitude: -80.227293
ALL FIELD TRIPS START & END FROM FESTIVAL SITE
PADDY CUNNINGHAM, Coordinator: 754- 201-1141, 5181 SW 27th Terr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
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OPENING RECEPTION, January 12: KEYNOTE, JAMES CURRIE OF TV'S BIRDING ADVENTURES
LONG KEY NATURE CENTER; LIGHT BUFFET, RAFFLES & FUN!
SPONSORS: BIRDING ADVENTURES, BIRDING WITH DAVID SIMPSON,
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE BIRDING, TV's BIRDING ADVENTURES
Everglades Birding Festival Schedule - January, 2017
8-11:30am: Optional trip
1:30-5:30pm: FIELD TRIP
6:00-7:00pm: Happy Hour
7:00-8:30pm: Open Keynote
REGISTRATION: 12:00-1:00pm: Pick up your name tag, field trip workshop materials and goody bags. ($30) ALL FULL DAY FIELD TRIPS INCLUDE LUNCH AND VAN TRANSPORTATION
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 8:00-11:30am: Plantation Preserve - workshop & field trip. Cost: $35.
PLANTATION PRESERVE BIRD WALK: 8:00-11:30am: FREE, sponsored by SFAS, carpool
BROWARD HOT SPOTS FIELD TRIP: Search Broward's Hot Spots for Grey headed Swamphen, Burrowing Owl, wading bird fly-in, Egyptian Goose, wading bird fly-in, Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl and much more. Cost: $45.
As of now Thursday afternoon the only choice is Broward Hot Spots. Although I MIGHT add a Broward Exotics choice this year or sometime in the future. The only problem is the terrible traffic heading west on I-595 when they are going to the Opening Reception at Long Key. If someone is interested in doing the afternoon trip as an alternative, Evergreen Cemetery and eastern Ft. Lauderdale surroundings, (too bad no more SB Ani) - let me know.
OPENING RECEPTION: MEET & GREET, BUFFET, WINE & PRIZES: LONG KEY NATURE CENTER
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JAMES CURRIE. The famous TV Adventurer James Currie will share his real life adventures, When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer, his acclaimed book. A Meet & Greet Happy Hour & BUFFET & Prizes! COST is included in your registration fee ($30).
6:15: check in
6:30: day info
7:00am: field trip
6:30-7:00pm: Quick Dinner
7:00-8:00pm: Evening Talk
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. Cost: $90.
PALM BEACH WETLANDS, Wakodahatchee, Green Cay & Okeeheelee: At Okeeheelee: Brown Thrasher, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and a view of rehabed Raptors up close. Green Cay wetlands' attracts Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, & Sora. Wakodahatchee harbors Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, American Bittern, nesting Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Commorants and much more. Cost: $80. 8 min. required.
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 for exotics. Cost: $90. 8 min. required.
6:15: check in
6:30: day info
7:00am-6:00pm: field trip
6:30-7:00pm: Quick Dinner
7:00pm: Evening Talk
STORM WATER TREATMENT AREA 5 & CENTRAL PRAIRIES: Everglades Restoration at its best at S.T.A. 5 targeting Snail Kite, American Bittern, Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Wood Stork, Crested Caracara, Peregrine Falcon, Roseate Spoonbill, Fulvous whistling duck, up to 10 species of wintering ducks and 50,000 birds. Chance for Painted Bunting, Sandhill Crane and many flycatchers. Cost: $90.
SOUTH DADE EXOTICS & TROPICAL FORESTS: South Dade is home to some of the most sought after birds: Red-whiskered Bulbul, Spot-breasted Oriole, and Hill Myna. A stop at AD Barnes for wintering warblers, possible White-crowned Pigeon, and Bell's Vireo. Matheson Hammock has a variety of Parakeets, Parrots, shorebirds and more. Searching many areas in South Miami for a variety of exotic birds and more. Cost: $90. 8 Required min.
6:15: check in,
6:30: day orientation
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK (late return): 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. With luck, Crocodiles can be found at Flamingo. Schedule may vary on tide and rare bird alerts. Cost: $90. DINNER (on your own) will be at a local Mexican restaurant. MON-1/16
6:15: check in,
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 (on your own) 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: $90.
ALL FIELD TRIPS INCLUDE VAN TRANSPORTATION, LUNCH, WATER, SNACKS, EXPERT GUIDES, & CHECKLISTS.
- 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 with handouts, applied in the field.
- Gain birding skills in a non-intimidating environment.
- SMALL GROUPS increase interaction with TOP GUIDES and seeing the bird.
- An intense excitement of finding new birds with fellow birders from around the country.
- Have lots of FUN!!!.
"It was a lot of fun and rewarding to see some of the life birds on my list" Susan Frank, CA.
"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.
SPACE COAST BIRDING FESTIVAL
For those going on to the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival — January 25-30, 2017,
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 December 29, 2016