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State of Florida

Florida Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens ©Darcy Stumbaugh - Archbold Biological Station

Florida has been called a tropical peninsula attached to a temperate continent. It is the second-largest state east of the Mississippi River, with more than 34 million acres (54,000 square miles). Thanks to what was the most aggressive public land acquisition program in the world, one-quarter of the state is protected as public conservation land, with other land protected privately. Until the election of Rick Scott as governor (2010), Florida spent about $300 million annually to purchase environmentally sensitive lands.

Because of its climate, hundreds of miles of beaches, and innumerable theme parks, Florida’s environment has been under siege from massive immigration for more than 60 years. The state’s population has grown enormously, from 2.7 million in 1950, to 4.9 million in 1960, 6.7 million in 1970, 9.7 million in 1980, 12.9 million in 1990, 15.9 million in 2000, and 18.8 million in 2010. More than 250,000 immigrants are expected to move to Florida each year through this decade. Florida is expected to soon surpass New York as the third most populous state in the U.S. According to Defenders of Wildlife, Florida is the most threatened state in the country, and was the only state to receive "extreme" ratings for every category measured (i.e., overall risk, ecosystem risk, species risk, development risk, development status, and development trend). Florida contains more endangered ecosystems than any other state (nine).

Florida is naturally divided into three regions: the Panhandle, Peninsula, and the Keys. For those birders searching for Florida Specialties—those species that are mostly or entirely limited in the U.S. to Florida, there is no need to travel north of the central Peninsula. Although the Panhandle and northern Peninsula offer excellent birding opportunities, the species found in those regions also occur in much of eastern North America. Those who want to see Roseate Spoonbills, Snail Kites, Mangrove Cuckoos, Florida Scrub-Jays, Black-whiskered Vireos, and the established exotics should spend their time south of the Orlando area, and should plan on a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park. Seven to 10 days in southern Florida (including two or three days at the Tortugas) between 20 April and 10 May should be sufficient to allow virtually all the Florida specialties to be found. This 20-day period also usually corresponds with the height of spring migration of land birds through the state.

The official Florida bird list, as determined by the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee (FOSRC), stands at 516 species as of July 2013. Of these, 501 represent native species or natural stragglers, with four natives (Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and Bachman’s’ Warbler) now extinct. (The Whooping Crane is extirpated as a naturally occurring species but attempts to create a migratory population that will winter in the state is underway to better secure the future for this critically endangered species; attempts to establish a non-migratory, breeding population in the central peninsula beginning in 1993 ended in failure, although some pairs from this population remain). The occurrence of five West Indian species (La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Thick-billed Vireo, Bahama Mockingbird, Bananaquit, and Western Spindalis) remain unpredictable, but all seem to be increasing in Florida (the flycatcher is now annual and the spindalis and mockingbird nearly so). Other West Indian species such as Yellow-faced Grassquit remain casual in the state. Fourteen other species represent exotics whose populations are considered established (some of these dubiously): Muscovy Duck, Purple Swamphen, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Budgerigar, Nanday Parakeet, Monk Parakeet, +White-winged Parakeet, Red-whiskered Bulbul, European Starling, Common Myna, Spot-breasted Oriole, House Finch, and House Sparrow.

The 516 species on the Official Florida Bird List can be broken down as follows:

Permanent residents: 142

Spring/summer (breeding) residents: 29

Solely Migrants: 49

Winter (Fall–Spring) residents: 137

Very rare or Casual (generally occurs less than annually): 133

Non-breeding pelagics: 22

Extinct: 4

Among all 50 states, Florida is the fifth most species-rich, and is the most species-rich state east of the Mississippi River. Florida’s high degree of avian richness can be explained by several factors: its relatively large size, great diversity of temperate and sub-tropical habitats, proximity to the West Indies, and long history of ornithological exploration. Florida is critically important in spring for tens of millions of Neotropical migrants, which fly several hundred miles non-stop from Central or South America, and often drop down at the first available land sighted. In fall, the shape of the peninsula funnels migrants from throughout eastern North America, from which they migrate south to winter in the West Indies or Tropical America.

In addition to supporting the most diverse native avifauna of any eastern state, the “richness” of Florida’s exotic avifauna is perhaps unsurpassed among the states (the number of exotic birds observed in California has never been tallied).

Exotics

Through June 2013, Florida’s exotic avifauna numbered 224 species, with 139 of these verifiable from photographic or specimen evidence. Several factors account for this richness:
1) ports and associated quarantine facilities at Fort Lauderdale and Miami processed many of the birds imported from the American tropics;
2) the presence of a thriving avicultural industry;
3) numerous public and private collections;
4) a tropical year-round climate suitable for the survival of virtually any species;
5) hundreds of square miles of urbanized areas landscaped with plants from around the world, with species flowering or fruiting in all months of the year;
6) supplemental food and water from thousands of well-stocked feeders and bird baths;
7) transient people who may release pets rather than move them;
8) affluent people able to afford high-priced species such as cockatoos, toucans, and hornbills;
9) strong avicultural traditions in some ethnic communities; and
10) occasional tropical storms that may damage bird cages and allow their inhabitants to escape.

The exotic avifauna of Florida is quite varied, but is concentrated on three families: waterfowl (23 species), parrots (82 species), and estrildid finches (15 species). The majority of these species, however, are represented by single individuals or small groups seen for only short periods of time. Very few exotic birds in Florida are widespread and common; even four of the established species (Budgerigar, White-winged Parakeet, Red-whiskered Bulbul, and Spot-breasted Oriole) have extremely limited ranges in certain urban/suburban regions. About 30 other exotics are also breeding outside of captivity but populations of most remain small, usually in the dozens of pairs. The three exceptions are Egyptian Goose, which is becoming rather common locally in the southeastern peninsula, Red Junglefowl, which seems well established at Key West, and Indian Peafowl, which is fairly widespread in the peninsula.

Contributor

Bill Pranty

Bayonet Point, Florida

billpranty@hotmail.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 516

(July 2013) However, there are 547 'claimed' species… including many 'exotics'

Endemics

Number of endemics: 1

Florida Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens

Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Birder's Guide to Florida

W Pranty Series: ABA/LANE BIRDFINDING GUIDES 418 pages, b/w photos, figs, 80 maps. American Birding Association 2005

ISBN: 1878788248

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At Water's Edge : The Birds of Florida

Roger Bansemer, Bill Renc Hardcover - 128 pages (March 1993) Taylor Publishing Co. (TX)

ISBN: 0878338217

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Bird Songs of Florida

Audio CD by Geoffrey A Keller Series: MACAULAY LIBRARY OF NATURAL SOUNDS Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology 1997

ISBN: 0938027395

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Birding Florida

Brian Rapoza Falcon Guide Birding [Globe Pequot Press] 2007

ISBN: 0762739142

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Birds of Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties, Florida

by Robert Duncan & Lucy Duncan, ABA 2000

ISBN: 123730

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Common Coastal Birds of Florida and the Caribbean

by David W Nellis, Pineapple Press 2001

ISBN: 1561641960

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Florida's Birds : A Handbook and Reference

Herbert W. II Kale, David S. Maehr, Karl Karalus (Illustrator); herbe Kale Paperback - 288 pages (January 1990) Pineapple Press Inc ISBN Out of Print

Guide to the Great Florida Birding Trail

Susan Cerulean & Julie A Brashears, Florida University Press 2002

ISBN: 0813025613

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National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Florida

Mel Baughman, National Geographic 2005

ISBN: 0792293495

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Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southern Florida

by Mike Flieg & Allan Sander, New Holland 2001

ISBN: 1859746543

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Useful Information

State Bird

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottus

Forums & Mailing Lists

BirdBrains

Mailing List

BIRDBRAINS: Central Florida Access via website. Follow on screen instructions

FLORIDABIRDS-L

Mailing List

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FloridaBirds-L Archive

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northflbirds

Mailing List

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A birding e-mail group covering North Florida, South Georgia, and South Alabama…

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

South Florida is home to a number of species found nowhere else in North America. During our six days of land birding we’ll search for Florida specials before taking a 3-day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park and historic Fort Jefferson during the height of the spring migration. These 7 tropical islands are also home to thousands of seabirds.

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Birding With David Simpson

Guide

I am a life long resident of central Florida, where I have been birding for over 25 years. I have over 25 years of experience leading tours, both through my previous job as a ranger at the St. Sebastian Buffer Preserve, as well as at festivals including the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival and the Florida Birding festival. In addition to birds, I am familiar with all aspects of Florida wildlife and have an extensive knowledge of native plants, snakes, frogs, and many other critters you encounter in Florida…

Bob Sanders - Birding Guide - Central Florida

Contact: Bob Sanders, 2816 S. Shine Ave. Orlando, FL 32806
407-766-5490 (mobile - best) or 407-898-9798 (leave message)
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References available.

Florida Nature Tours - Wes Biggs

Guide & Tour Operator

Specialising in the Dry Tortugas some of Florida's best birding guides offer specialist trips in April and early May. Also trips to the Keys and South Florida… Fatbirder Recommended

Key West Kayaking

Guided Kayaking

Morning, afternoon, and sunset trips daily - You'll see aquatic birds, abundant fish, and shy invertebrates as you paddle a relaxed pace aboard the most comfortable and stable kayaks available. Experience the calm, clear, and shallow flats within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Drift through mangrove islands to explore a truly beautiful and unique environment… See also arranged group trips to the Dry Tortugas (for the spring Sooty Tern breeding season)

Reelin & Chillin Charters

Tour Operator

Nature and photography tours, Sight-Seeing Adventures and Birding, Inshore Back-Country Fishing…

South Florida Birding

Tour Operator

We offer tours that cover the Dry Tortugas, Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. New and exciting tours are being planned all the time. By participating in one of our tours you can expand your horizons, birding in comfort and safety with an experienced guide.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [04 April] - Ray & June Thorneycroft

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This wasn’t a birding trip, but a family holiday for my wife and I, having said that, I did try to squeeze some time in…

2009 [03 March] - Chris Hall - Great Florida Birding Trail

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We wake up to a clear blue sky in a new world, and dozens of American Robins are hopping around outside our rooms at The Desert Inn in Yeehaw Junction, while Cedar Waxwings drop into the bushes and a Red-shouldered Hawk looks down from the top of a telegraph pole. Heading north along Canoe Creek Road, a short stroll produces several Eastern Meadowlarks foraging in a pasture, with an Eastern Wood-Pewee on the fence wire and a Bald Eagle perched in a pine tree beyond…

2011 [02 February] - Brad Weinert & Lynn Ferguson-Weinert

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I was in the Orlando Florida area on business in February of 2011 and was able to get away a couple of times in between meetings to explore the countryside. The two major trips for me were a brief fishing excursion and an afternoon at an area known as the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to the NW or Orlando, the following are highlights from those outing…

2012 [12 December] - Brennan Mulrooney

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…At one point the Tropical Kingbird and the female Vermilion Flycatcher were perched side by side, producing quite the unlikely Florida pair. Later we hit on a flock of sparrows including two Grasshopper, two Swamp, two Lincoln’s, and two Clay-colored. Warblers encountered here included Ovenbird, Black-and-white, Orange-crowned, Parula, Prairie, and Black-throated Green. In the park we watched as mile upon mile of sawgrass prairie gave way to islands of pines and hardwoods, and eventually mangrove as we neared Florida Bay….

2013 [04 April] - Michael O’Brien - Dry Tortugas

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…Sailing from Key West, we passed the edge of the Florida Current, which feeds warm Gulf of Mexico water into the Gulf Stream. Although seabirds were scarce on our crossing, we did have splendid views of two Bridled Terns, which passed right by the bow. We also had a brief encounter with a Pomarine Jaeger, and had our first views of Sooty Tern, Magnificent Frigatebird, and Brown Booby. As we approached the Tortugas, a swing by Hospital Key got us fairly close to the thriving colony of Masked Boobies that nest there..

2013 [04 April] - Mike Nelson - Central & Southern Florida, the Keys & Dry Tortugas

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…We began the day driving south to Fort de Soto from Tampa. Once on the island we headed to the east beach where we found Piping, Grey, Semipalmated and Wilson’s Plovers along with several other shorebirds including Sanderling, Short-billed Dowitcher and a pair of Least Terns….

2013 [05 May] - Brennan Mulrooney - Dry Tortugas

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…The Dry Tortugas in spring is always worth the trip. Even if migration is slow, the breeding birds are spectacular. Four species that breed here do so nowhere else in the U.S.: Masked Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird, Sooty Tern, and Brown Noddy. In addition, Brown Booby and Bridled Tern are regularly seen on trips to the Tortugas, regardless of the whims of migration…

2013 [05 May] - Michael O'Brien

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…Then we visited Paurotis Pond, which was a real highlight. Nesting Wood Storks were obvious, and brightly colored Roseate Spoonbills were coming and going. And before long, a stunning Swallow-tailed Kite magically appeared over the tree line…

2013 [09 September] - Mike Wheeler

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…Other places visited included a paid touristy (but excellent!) trip to the Everglades (really just off the Tamiami Trail), Corkscrew Swamp, Six Mile Cypress, Sanibel Island and Bunche Beach. The wildlife drive around Ding Darling was closed unfortunately so our only visit there was to the Bailey Tract which was very quiet. I'd truly recommend anyone visit this time of year. The birds were fantastic, the place was quiet and the weather was good (if wet in the afternoon). the other notable thing was the lack of other birders around. For an area of this quality birdwise it is seriously under watched!…

2013 [12 December] - Brennan Mulrooney

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…This year’s tour again started with a visit to the man-made marshes of Palm Beach County, Wakodahatchee, and Green Cay. Here we found an abundance of waterbirds and a rather nice assortment of landbirds as well. Highlights included gaudy Purple Gallinules and their introduced cousins the Purple Swamphen, Sora running around at our feet, Great Blue Herons, Anhingas, and Double-crested Cormorants on nests at eye level and almost arm’s-length. Along the canals nearby we found Wood Storks and Limpkins….

2014 [01 January] - Fraser Simpson - Florida Keys

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This was the fourth field work trip to the Keys where we were working on marine polyclads in the mangroves (the tiger flatworm Maritigrella crozieri which feeds on the ascidian tunicate or sea squirt, Ecteinascidia turbinate)…

2014 [11 November] - Fraser Simpson

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This was the fifth field work trip to the Keys where we were working on marine polyclads in the mangroves (the tiger flatworm Maritigrella crozieri which feeds on the ascidian tunicate or sea squirt, Ecteinascidia turbinata)....

2015 [03 March] - Cameron Cox

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...There was constant activity and ceaseless noise! A more specific highlight was the immature BROWN BOOBY that was sitting docilely on the St. Augustine Fishing Pier. The airboat ride on Lake Kissimmee provided not only large numbers of birds, but also close encounters with significant Floridian specialties: SNAIL KITE, LIMPKIN, and numerous PURPLE GALLINULES. Nearby on Joe Overstreet Road we encountered a family of SANDHILL CRANES with two colts, one of several SANDHILL CRANE FAMILIES we bumped into on this tour.

2015 [04 April] - Rafael Galvez - South Florida & The Keys

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...Several stops along the shore granted us various shorebird species including Wilson’s Plover and a pair of white morph Reddish Egrets.

2015 [05 May] - Rafael Galvez - Dry Tortugas

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... A fruiting Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea) near the parking lot had many birds, among them a Black-billed Cuckoo, an excellent species for the region, rarely seen in Key West, giving us great views as it indulged in caterpillars gleaned from the large glossy leaves. For most participants, which had continued onto the Dry Tortugas Extension from the South Florida and Keys tour, this marked the third cuckoo species shared during our time together. What an excellent find for the Keys! Great spotting Sharon!

2015 [09 September] - F Simpson - Florida Keys

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Annotated bird list for the most part.

2015 [11 November] - Jonathan Lethbridge

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...A three day trip in mid November (13th – 16th), hopefully to be a repeat of the trip I made in February and which I enjoyed hugely, and targeting a slightly different area I hoped to see a few different species...

2016 [01 January] - Louise Zemaitis

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Winter in Central Florida is a season of incredible abundance. Migratory birds from near and far join permanent residents, creating a kaleidoscope of motion, color, and sound in a land rich in protected natural areas. The wildlife here is amazingly approachable, making this the perfect setting for a Birding Workshop, and a delightful escape from the cold north...

2016 [04 April] - Rafael Galvez - Dry Tortugas

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The Dry Tortugas also host important bird colonies for species that nest nowhere else on the continent, including Magnificent Frigatebird, Masked Booby, Sooty Tern, and Brown Noddy...

2016 [05 May] - Birding Ecotours

FTP Report

...A short detour brought us face to face with Burrowing Owl, and just before dinner we enjoyed a small nesting colony of White- winged Parakeets. Of the many exotic parrots and parakeets flying about Miami, this established species is countable. Nearly-established species we saw included Mitred and Yellow-chevroned Parakeets...

2016 [05 May] - Rafael Galvez - South Florida & the Keys

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...We kicked off our tour in Key West with an early morning vigil for nighthawks. Antillean is the species we were all keen on finding, but unfortunately that daybreak we would not encounter nighthawks of any species. However, our vigil did render Reddish Egret, a species that is not Victor Emanuel Nature Tours 3 South Florida & The Keys 2016 always easy to find....

Places to Stay

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Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns

Accommodation

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns is an association of premier small lodging accommodations throughout the state. Explore our site to discover the finest in traditional bed and breakfast inns, country inns, small oceanfront resorts and historic hotels…

Heron Now Vacation Rental

Accommodation

Heron Now is a bayfront rental home on St. George Island , Florida. The house overlooks a panoramic view of marsh with osprey, herons, egrets, eagles, rails, kingfishers, woodpeckes, and warblers to name a few. Paddle or walk the bayfront of the adjoining state reserve. Walk the beautiful gulf coast one block away. Visit nearby hot spots like St. Marks NWR, St. Vincent NWR, and Appalachicola National Forest.

Higgins House Victorian B&B

Accommodation

In addition to the man-made attractions, the area is rich in natural beauty. You can canoe the Wekiva River, watch osprey, egrets, and other birds at the 19,000-acre Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, and see Blue Springs, the winter home of the manatee…

Pelican Path B&B

Accommodation

Pelican Path B&B by the Sea is located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The location of Pelican Path offers visitors a combination of the wonderful serenity of the beach coupled with many local attractions…

Organisations

Alachua Audubon Society

Website

The Alachua Audubon Society’s mission is to foster appreciation and knowledge of birds and other native wildlife, to protect and restore wildlife populations and their habitats, and to promote sustainable use of natural resources.

Apalachee Audubon Society

Website

The 272 species on the checklist of the St Marks Wildlife Refuge serve as an illustration of the abundant birdlife in this region. On this page we hope to bring you some more information concerning the typical birds that live in the Big Bend. For now just some illustrative pictures.

Archbold Biological Station

Facebook Page

Archbold Biological Station, established in 1941, is the primary division of Archbold Expeditions, a not-for-profit independent research institution in central Florida. The Station is dedicated to long-term ecological research, part of the global effort to understand, interpret and preserve the world’s natural heritage. Staff, visiting investigators, and students conduct research primarily focused on the organisms and environments of Lake Wales Ridge and adjacent central Florida…

Audubon Society of the Everglades

Website

Audubon Society of the Everglades, incorporated in 1966, serves communities from Jupiter and Tequesta south to Boynton Beach. Our purpose is to promote the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment and to advance human understanding of our place in the total ecological system. We offer a variety of events in which everyone may participate. Field trips are helpful to children and adults interested in birds. Monthly meetings, on the first Tuesday of each month, always have an informative program. An active conservation group keeps constant vigil on the continuous assault on our natural resources and intervenes when necessary to protect the environment.

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens - Key West

Website

The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens offer a relaxing, educational environment for families and visitors of all ages. Slated for demolition in 1958, the house was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit educational institution. This was the first restoration project in Key West, and is still considered the gem of the island`s restoration movement. A visit to the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens is an exploration into local history and folklore, while the gardens offer a lush one-acre view of tropical foliage. You will enjoy viewing the works of John James Audubon, world renown ornithologist. There are 28 first edition Audubon works in the house…

Audubon of Florida

Website

For more than 100 years, Audubon chapters have brought people together to enjoy a common interest in birds, wildlife, and natural history. Working in local communities around the state, chapters deliver environmental education, conservation and nature appreciation through field trips, monthly meetings, and community events. Audubon of Florida works in concert with 44 local chapters. Through this effort, Audubon can effectively reach the grassroots of Florida to support national, state and local conservation initiatives, enhance environmental education, and develop citizen advocates…

Audubon of Martin County

Website

Membership in our local chapter includes membership in Audubon of Florida and National Audubon plus a subscription to the award winning magazine- Audubon…

Audubon of Southwest Florida

Website

The mission of Audubon of Southwest Florida is to protect plants, animals, and their habitats and to promote environmental education and a greater community involvement with the natural world…

Audubon's Center for Birds of Prey

Webpage

Welcome to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, one of Central Florida's best kept secrets. Located in the city of Maitland and the Town of Eatonville, this urban environmental Audubon Center focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of Florida's raptors. Open to the public, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey offers educational opportunities for all ages

Bay County Audubon Society

Website

Among the goals of the Bay County Audubon Society is to increase the awareness and appreciation of wildlife and the natural habitat upon which it depends…

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

Website

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and is a Non-Profit, Volunteer Organization Serving Okaloosa and Walton Counties since 1976….

Citrus County Audubon Society

Website

Citrus Audubon Society is a Florida chapter of the National Audubon Society concerned with and actively involved in the conservation of all our natural resources: wildlife, air, land, water, and vegetation…

Clearwater Audubon

Website

Basic contact & events info…

Collier County Audubon

Website

Founded in 1961, Collier County Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization in Collier County…

Ding Darling Wildlife Society

Website

The Ding Darling Wildlife Society is a non-profit cooperating association dedicated to preserving the wildlife and habitat in the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. Although the Refuge is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, interested citizens formed this local, independent society to assist the Service in their educational efforts and to provide additional services to the ever-growing number of visitors to the refuge.

Duval Audubon Society

Website

The Duval Audubon Society serves the communities of Clay, Duval and Nassau counties. The Duval Audubon Society is a nonprofit organization of 1300 members dedicated to the enjoyment of birds and other wildlife with a primary focus on preserving a diversity of habitats through education, conservation, environmental leadership and community involvement.

Eagle Audubon Society

Website

Welcome to the new website of the Eagle Audubon Society of Sun City Center, Florida. Monthly programs, traditionally the third Thursday of each month, and trips for our upcoming season beginning October 2015 through April of 2016 can be found under the programs and field trips tabs.

Flagler County Audubon

Website

We meet at 6:00 p.m. the first Thursday of each month October through April at the Florida Hospital Flagler (just west of I-95) on SR 100 Palm Coast. Meetings start at 6:00 p.m. with a Chapter activity update and social session. Formal program begins at 7:00 p.m. We will be in meeting room A or B. All Chapter members and visitors from our community are welcome to attend meetings and participate in activities.

Florida Keys Raptor Migration Project

Website

Each fall, spectacular flights of migratory raptors may be seen in the Florida Keys as 14 species of raptors travel from breeding areas as diverse as Alaska and Greenland to their wintering areas far to the south. Included in this stream of birds may be more Peregrine Falcons than can be seen at any other location in North America. From the middle of September until early November, as many as 26,000 raptors can be seen passing through the Keys. This fall, come visit our research site in the Keys and see this awesome migration for yourself.

Florida Keys Audubon Society

Website

The mission of the Florida Keys Audubon Society is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems in the Florida Keys. We aim to educate and encourage others to participate in environmental stewardship and advocacy in their community. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Florida Ornithological Society

Website

The Society was founded in 1972 to promote field ornithology in Florida, and to facilitate contact between professional ornithologists and amateur birders in the state.

Four Rivers Audubon Society

Website

Four Rivers Audubon Society is an affiliate of the National Audubon Society. OUR MISSION is to connect people with Nature. Our goal is to create stewards and a voice of conservation for the future of birds and our natural world…

Francis M. Weston Audubon Society

Website

We are all unpaid volunteers, supported by membership dues and charitable contributions. Our purpose is to promote the understanding and preservation of wildlife and the environment that supports it. Our goals are preserving, protecting, and restoring wildlife habitat. Our main activities are advocacy, education, and volunteer projects. Descriptions of some of our projects are detailed below.

Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

Website

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge preserves a portion of the once vast northern Everglades. It provides habitat and protection for endangered wildlife such as the snail kite and the wood stork and the formerly endangered American alligator…

Halifax River Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of greater Daytona Beach area of Florida. Chapter activities and a hotline for injured birds.

Hendry Glades Audubon Society

Website

Schedules of meetings etc…

Hernando County Audubon Society

Website

Meeting times, activities etc…

Highlands County Audubon Society

Website

Welcome to the website for the Highlands Co. Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Within the website you will find find the latest happenings, upcoming trips and events, as well as photos from Audubon members and, from time to time, some of the hottest birding spots in Highlands Co…

Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society

Website

Kissimmee, Florida is best known as the home of Disney World and other attractions, but few people ever see the wild and scenic areas that surround it. The Kissimmee Valley is home to some of America's most rare and spectacular birds; Whooping Cranes, Caracara, Wood Storks, and the highest concentration of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states.

Lake Region Audubon Society

Website

Welcome to the home page for Lake Region Audubon Society. Our area includes Bartow, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, and nearby areas. The 42-acre Street Audubon/Nature Center, open daily dawn to dusk, is located at 115 Lameraux Road in Winter Haven near Cypress Gardens.

Manatee County Audubon Society

Website

Birding Hotspots in Sarasota and Manatee Counties - A 50 page booklet is available for $4.50 post paid. Make checks payable to Manatee County Audubon Society and send to: Connie Hodsdon, 1802 67th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34209

Marion County Audubon Society

Website

Let it be known that we advocate personal responsibility to protect and restore natural habitat; that we Exist as a clearing house for environmental information; Administer nature based education and recreational programs; and Defend our wildlife…

Martin County Audubon

Website

We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society and affiliated with Audubon of Florida. Our mission is to: Heighten awareness about birds and the fragile beauty of the natural environment. Protect birds and their habitat for the pleasure and enjoyment of ourselves and future generations…

Nature Conservance in Florida

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Linked to the national site, but with its own format and content, this gives a list of all preserves with useful information on each, etc. The Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy focuses entirely on the ecological needs of Florida and protecting the state's exceptional lands, waters, plants and animals…

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society

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Serving Lake County Florida including Mt. Dora, Leesburg, Eustis and Lady Lake FL The Chapter promotes increased awareness and knowledge of birding and natural resource conservation through a variety of programs and services. Outreach is made to all persons. The Chapter is a member of the National Audubon Society and Florida Audubon Society and fully supports the aims and purposes of these organisations.

Orange Audubon Society

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The purpose and dedication of Orange Audubon Society (OAS) is to promote public understanding of, and an interest in, wildlife and the environment that supports it. OAS’ education programs foster the recognition of the tangible and intangible values in the remaining natural areas of Florida and the world, and our responsibility for the conservation of the Earth’s natural ecosystems and the services that they provide for the health of the planet.

Peace River Audubon Society

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Serving the Peace River Basin and Charlotte Harbour. Peace River Audubon Society operates and maintains Audubon-Pennington Nature Park, an eight-acre passive nature park in Port Charlotte and is an active participant and founding corporate member of Charlotte Harbour Environmental Centre (C.H.E.C.);a not-for-profit corporation with board members from Charlotte County government, Charlotte County School District, the City of Punta Gorda and the Peace River Audubon Society. C.H.E.C. operates four large nature centres within Charlotte County, providing environmental education for all ages, recreation and an evolving estuarine research program.

Pelican Island Audubon Society

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Mail: P.O. Box 1833, Vero Beach, FL 32961-1833, Office: 200 9th Street SE (Oslo Road) - Phone: 772-567-3520 - Office hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ridge Audubon Society

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The Ridge Audubon Society's Babson Park Centre, located just south of Lake Wales on the Scenic Highway (SR17/US27A); is a gateway to America's most diverse eco-system. The Lake Wales Ridge offers the highest concentration of rare and endangered species in North America.

Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society

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The purpose and objectives of this Society shall be to engage in such educational, investigative, literary, historical and charitable pursuits as may be part of the stated purpose of the National and Florida Audubon Societies, of which this Society shall function as a branch (National) and a chapter (Florida)...

Sarasota Audubon Society

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The Sarasota Audubon Society is a Florida chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving the communities of Sarasota County. Sarasota Audubon publishes BIRDING HOTSPOTS in SARASOTA and MANATEE COUNTIES. This guide includes the following checklist of area birds and provides complete descriptions of, and directions to, good local birding spots.

Seminole Audubon Society

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The Mission of the Seminole Audubon Society is to promote awareness and protection of the plants and animals in the St Johns River basin in order to sustain the beneficial coexistence of nature and humans.

South Florida Audubon Society

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BCAS (Fort Lauderdale) fosters conservation through activism, education, and recreational activities. We host Buteos on the Beach - A Tribute to Migrating Hawks, a birding and wildlife festival, and usually three eco-tourism related events annually. These are our main fundraisers. Through these events, our monthly newsletter The Warbler, and our monthly meetings, our chapter continues its quest to teach about and preserve that which is unique to Florida, particularly our own special area of the state.

Southeast Volusia Audubon Society

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P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; Sevas@cfl.rr.com - Dedicated to the protection of birds, other animals, and their habitats through education and activism…

Space Coast Audubon Society

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Welcome to Space Coast Audubon Society…

St. Johns County Audubon

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Located in north-east Florida in St. Augustine, this country's oldest city, St. Johns County Audubon offers members and visitors spectacular natural habitat: seashores and beaches, salt and fresh water marshes, meadows, rivers and forests. Our county Bird List contains over 250 species including eagles, ospreys, black-necked stilts, painted buntings, swallow-tailed kites, herons, egrets, hawks, owls, pelicans, and many more…

St. Lucie Audubon Society

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St. Lucie Audubon Society was established by local citizens who enjoyed the diverse population of resident and migratory birds found in St. Lucie County. In 1954 it was established as a local chapter of the National Audubon Society and the Florida Audubon Society. St. Lucie Audubon Society is the oldest conservation group in the area…

St. Petersburg Audubon Society

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The mission of St. Petersburg Audubon Society is to promote and provide environmental education and, through responsible activism, protect, restore and preserve natural ecosystems for both people and wildlife…

Tampa Audubon Society

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Rather a hard hitting newsletter in this very nicely presented site; the Tampa chapter of the National Audubon Society.

Tropical Audubon Society

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Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) is a group of dedicated citizens who care about the quality of South Florida`s environment. Established in 1947, we are a chapter of National Audubon Society and Florida Audubon Society. Our headquarters, the Doc Thomas House, is a Dade County Historic site on three sub-tropical acres of native habitat in South Miami.

Venice Area Audubon Society

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Serving the communities of South Sarasota County, including Venice, Englewood, North Port, Osprey, and Nokomis. NB. Out-of-town birders and photographers planning visits to the heron rookery, located near the South Sarasota County Administration Building in Venice, will find the popular nesting spot under a new name: Venice Area Audubon Rookery. Parking is now restricted to an area on the opposite side of the access road. Check the signs, and avoid a parking ticket…

West Pasco Audubon Society

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Serving the communities of Pasco County, Florida north of Tampa/St. Pete.

West Volusia Audubon Society

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The West Volusia Audubon Society, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation established in 1961. It is a chapter of the Florida Audubon Society and the National Audubon Society…

Festivals

Florida Birding, Wildlife & Nature Festivals

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Nature Coast Birding Festival

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Make plans to celebrate the rush of migrating wings north along the Atlantic flyway over Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties...

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

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Welcome to Florida's Space Coast and the 18th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival - The Brevard Nature Alliance is proud to assemble a prestigious group of locally, nationally and internationally recognized scientists, biologists, photographers, ornithologists, naturalists, artists and authors. Additionally, the Brevard Nature Alliance is fortunate to continue relationships with the many sponsors, partners and volunteers who support the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. Lastly, we could not present this premier event without the variety of bird species that come to us via the Atlantic Flyway and the plethora of wildlife and plants that make their home on Florida's Space Coast...

The Big O Birding Festival

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March 11th - 16th 2015 - The Big "O" Birding Extravaganza is a Hendry County event in South Central Florida on the Southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee, the state’s largest lake…

Wings & Wildflowers

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Bird watching is the fastest growing outdoor sport in the nation, and Lake County is happy to be a part of it. As the name of this County would indicate, it is a great place to view more than 200 different species of birds. However, the area is known for more than just its 1,000 lakes and rivers…

Observatories

Old Myakka Bird Observatory

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The Old Myakka Bird Observatory (OMBO) is an independent banding and wildlife monitoring station established in April, 2002 in Sarasota County, Florida…

Museums

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

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Crowley Museum and Nature Center is located on 190 acres of native rangeland adjacent to the Myakka River. The Center is a wildlife sanctuary and education center where visitors can observe and learn about the fauna and flora of natural Florida. A pioneer history center is also located in this natural setting that allows visitors to see how people lived in early Florida.

Florida Museum of Natural History - Ornithology Collection

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/birds/

The bird skin collection contains approximately 17,000 specimens representing at least 1,818 species. These are mostly study skins, but in recent years we have prepared a large proportion of new specimens as flat skins or spread wings with associated skeletons…

Reserves

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

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The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center began quite by accident in 1984, when a veterinarian asked a woodcarver to help with some injured birds. True to its Florida Keys heritage, the Center outgrew its home in Islamorada and moved to Tavernier where it continues to grow. Its primary purpose is to provide emergency and recuperative care for injured birds, but it is slowly evolving into a significant collection and distribution point for information about our environment.

Big Bend Wildlife Management Area

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The five units comprising the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area - Hickory Mound, Spring Creek, Tide Swamp, Jena, and Snipe Island - filled a void in a 200-mile stretch of the Gulf coast already protected in public ownership. Hunting and fishing are traditional activities and continue to constitute the major public recreation uses on all of these lands.

Canveral National Seashore

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Canaveral National Seashore offers programs led by Park Rangers. Call or write the Information Centre or Park Headquarters for a schedule or to make arrangements for a program for your organisation.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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Corkscrew Swamp contains the world`s largest remaining old-growth Bald Cypress forest. A two-mile Boardwalk Trail winds through a primeval cathedral of towering 500 year old trees where a visitor can see the sights and landscapes of a Florida from long ago. Our self-guided boardwalk tour always provides quiet solace and inspiration for nature lovers, a haven for birders and photographers, and a place for everyone to share in the wonders of the natural world. The sanctuary has been untouched by humans and National Audubon Society strives to maintain its pristine condition. Therefore you won`t find us feeding captive animals or offering trained animal shows. But if you are thrilled by sight of a wild alligator, the chatter of birds and the sight of tropical flowers in bloom, then Corkscrew Swamp is for you.

Dry Tortugas National Park

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The islands are famous for their birds and were designated a sanctuary to protect them. Some of the birds you're likely to see include pelicans; sooty terns, which nest on the islands between May and September; and many tropical species…

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park boasts a grand variety of waterfowl including brown pelicans, mallard ducks, wood ducks, ruddy ducks and fulvous whistling tree ducks. These birds are common on waterways throughout the southeast. Wild wood ducks and mallards can also be viewed from the Long River bridge. The park has many birds in its care, most of which have permanent wing injuries.

Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area

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The crown jewel of bird watching in Lake County is also one of the most prized conservation areas in all of Central Florida…

Everglades National Park

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Welcome to the Everglades National Park Page. This site is dedicated to providing information on Everglades National Park. It is our intent to provide information that will be timely and of assistance in planning a trip, vacation or obtaining data about this park.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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In response to requests by the public, shifting environmental conditions and threats in the Keys, better scientific information, and legal requirements, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council is conducting a review of sanctuary regulations, including the rules and boundaries for marine zones in the sanctuary and surrounding national wildlife refuges.

Florida's State Parks

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Geographically, Florida is a large state with up to 150 park areas that can provide you with quality recreational experiences. Swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, or simply reflecting on Florida's natural and cultural resources are but a few of the great opportunities available in Florida State Parks.

Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center

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The Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center are located at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, which is in suburban Boynton Beach on the east side of Hagen Ranch Road, between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue…

Lake Woodruff NWR

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I have been visiting Lake Woodruff NWR regularly since 1988, and the information on this website is my subjective take on wildlife viewing and photography opportunites there, based solely on my experiences…

Loxahatchee NWR

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Where the Everglades begin.. Located within the northernmost part of the legendary Florida Everglades, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR is the only surviving remnant of the northern Everglades. The 146,000-acre refuge consists mostly of the sawgrass marsh that is so characteristic of the Everglades environment and is one of the few places where lucky observers might see the endangered snail kite searching for food…

Merrit Island NWR

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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) is located on the John F. Kennedy Space Centre, east of Titusville, Florida. Established on August 28, 1963, the Refuge, managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides a buffer zone for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in their quest for space exploration. Approximately one half of the Refuge`s 140,000 acres consists of brackish estuaries and marshes. The remaining lands consist of coastal dunes, scrub oaks, pine forests and flatwoods, and palm and oak hammocks.

Orlando Wetlands Park

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Tucked away on the far eastern fringes of Orlando is an ingenious combination of the practical and the aesthetic. To the untrained eye, the “Iron Bridge Easterly Wetlands” that comprise this park look like a preserved sliver of the “real” Florida. It is, in fact, part of the City of Orlando’s wastewater treatment system…

St Marks NWR

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The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge has a well-deserved reputation for excellent birding. It is worth a visit at all seasons, but be aware that all sorts of biting insects may attack you anytime from March to November…

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

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The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, Inc. is located in the town of Indian Shores in Pinellas County. It is unique among the Florida attractions and well worth the trip to visit. The Sanctuary is the largest NON PROFIT wild bird hospital in the United States that is dedicated to the RESCUE, REPAIR, RECUPERATION, and RELEASE of sick and injured wild birds. It is staffed by a group of experienced professionals assisted by many volunteers. Like a human hospital, it is equipped with emergency facilities, a surgical centre, recovery areas, and indoor and outdoor recuperation areas.

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

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Some of the best birding is along Power Line Road. This unpaved road runs east and west by pine flatwoods, becomes a berm through marsh and eventually ends at the St Johns river. It is not unusual for us to identify over thirty different species of birds from Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker and Eastern Phoebe to raptors such as Bald Eagle, Osprey and American Kestrel and various wading birds and other water fowl…

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

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The name, Wakodahatchee, has an interesting history. It is derived from the Seminole Indian Language and translates as 'created waters'. The created waters at Wakodahatchee Wetlands are an example of people giving something back to nature. Fifty acres of unused utilities land have been transformed into a wetlands ecosystem….

Blogs

Bird n bugs's Blog

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Pictures from nature in SW Florida

Birding and Mountain Biking

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Brandon and Katie Hoyt bird and bike together, sometimes separately. This is a nearly daily activity for them, so pay attention! Updates are frequent, and you'll never know what we'll see…

Birding With David Simpson

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County Listing meets Big Day Birding or The End of The Quest…

Cabbage Hammock Almost Heaven

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Retired in the middle of a swamp, with a sack full of cameras… Birds, wildlife and N.E. Florida ecology…

Field Notes & Photos

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Photonaturalist Steven Scott, based in Punta Gorda, Florida and Harrington, Maine. Landscapes, macro, flora & fauna in the country, suburbs and city. Lots of interesting links about the world of nature…

Finch in Florida

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Weblog and photos

Florida Keys Hawkwatch

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Florida Keys Hawkwatch boasts the highest migration of Peregrine Falcons in the US, plus they regularly get specialties not often seen at other US based hawkwatches to include Short-tailed Hawks, Swallow-tailed Kites. PLus being the in the Florida Keys this is all done within site of crystal blue water, white sand, beaches, palm trees… (literally within 50' of the watch!) Mangrove Cuckoos, White-crowned Pigeons, and Caribean strays are just a bonus…

Florida Suncoast Birding

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My (Tom Obrock) birding and nature activities…

Hipster Birders

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The wildlife adventures of two hipsters in South Florida. We are Nick and Maureen, two people who enjoy being cool hipsters and who love to bird. A hipster seems to be a term for any young person these days who likes indie music, ironic t-shirts, and rocking fedoras. We are that, but so much more. Our true passion is birding, and amongst the birding crowd, especially in our neck of the woods (currently South Florida), we are definitely the odd young'ins…

Muddy Sneakers

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An online journal of backyard and not so backyard flora and fauna…

Owen's Birds

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Episode 1, Owen Comora Bird Blog, Myakka Park, Sarasota, Florida - Owen Comora's video birding blog. Owen is a Bird Naturalist at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. In his previous incarnation, Comora was an award-winning television program publicist at Young & Rubicam, NBC-TV and at his own TV PR company in New York City. During his career, he promoted innumerable programs featuring everyone from Rod Serling to filmmaker Ken Burns. Now Comora says he's "strictly for the birds." Cathy Comora is his favorite, (and only), daughter…

Powered By Birds

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My name is Amy and I’m a birder living in central Florida with my husband, Arthur. Besides birding I love to travel. While in northern Illinois I became involved with a local birding club and volunteered with a fantastic wildlife rehabilitation center and at a breeding bird banding station. I hope I will be able to do some of these same activities in Florida! On this blog I write about my own birding experiences…

Purple Martin

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Purple Martins are the most intriguing of birds. I often say that they are the most common of unknown birds. What do I mean by that? Well, by that I mean that most people I meet have NO idea what a Purple Martin is…

Roger's Outdoor Blog

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If you’ve ever been called outdoorsy, you’re in the right place. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll take off your boots, or kayaking shoes, and stay for a bit. I’ll share some of my favorite wild places to trek, go birding, kayak, mountain bike, and explore. In the environmental journalism category, you’ll see some of my independent environmental-journalism projects…

SW Florida Wildlife Blog

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Weekly blog articles with numerous photos and maps highlighting wildlife, primarily birds, observed at numerous easily accessible inland and beach venues within the southwest Florida peninsula and more…

The Great Florida Birding Trail

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The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At its core is a network of nearly 500 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching, wildlife viewing or educational opportunities. This 2,000-mile, self-guided highway trail is designed to conserve and enhance Florida's wildlife habitats by promoting birding and wildlife viewing activities, conservation education and economic opportunity.

Other Links

Birding in Florida - Great Florida Birding Trail

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Florida is a birder's paradise, thanks to its diversity of habitats, its location on migration routes, the extent of its remaining wildlands, and its geographic span of both temperate and subtropical climates. More than 470 verified species occur here, including such sought-after birds as the rare Florida burrowing owl, the Florida scrub-jay, the snail kite and Florida's wealth of wading birds…

Birds of Polk County

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At 2,000 square miles Polk County, is larger than many American states and is located in interior central Florida between Tampa and Orlando…

Birds of Sanibel Island

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I used to visit Sanibel Island at least once a year. It's still my favorite place in the world, known worldwide for birding and shelling. The best time to visit there for birding is early May.

Birds of the Everglades

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If you like bird watching, the Florida Everglades is one place you don`t want to miss! With 350 species of birds naturally present, one can spend hours in a habitat identifying the vast avifauna. During your trip plan on visiting places like Anhinga Trail, Eco Pond, and Snake Bight Trail, but bring insect repellent because the bugs can get pretty thick. For those who are not able to visit the everglades, here is what we found. This site will be updated periodically following our trips.

Birds, Squirrel, n…

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Everything you need to turn your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary…

Birdwatching in Lake County

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Bird watching is the fastest growing outdoor sport in the nation, and Lake County is happy to be a part of it. As the name of this County would indicate, it is a great place to view more than 200 different species of birds. However, the area is known for more than just its 1,000 lakes and rivers…

Cape Coral Burrowing Owls

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All about the famous Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral, Florida. Includes articles, videos, live web webcam, tours and photos of these unique birds. Welcome to the Cape Coral Burrowing Owl website. Here you will find lots of information and photo's about this fascinating little bird. Over the past several years we had the privilege of having as many as 9 Burrowing Owls living on our front lawn. What a hoot they are…

Central Florida Bird Watchers

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The high point of Central Florida bird watching is the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. The refuge encompasses 140,000 acres of saltwater and freshwater marsh divided into several ecological habitats. When you visit the refuge you`ll experience salt marsh, sedge grass plains, hardwood hammocks and stands of pine and Sable Palm. This diversity provides homes for 310 species of birds and 1,045 species of plants. The Refuge Office and Visitor Information Center is located just 4 miles east of Titusville, Florida on Route 402. Be sure to stop in at the Visitor Center to check the wildlife sighting log book.

Citrus County Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail

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Citrus County, because of its unique topography and location on the West Central Gulf Coast, makes it a birding destination worthy of any place in the State of Florida.The Citrus County Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail is developing twenty trail sites throughout the county that are targeted for completion by the end of the year 2,000. More trails will be added as they are developed.

Florida Bird Songs

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All bird sounds on this website are taken from the audio cassette tape Sounds of Florida`s Birds,1998 edition, by J. W. Hardy, Curator Emeritus in Ornithology and Bioacoustics at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

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You can now search the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas, which recorded the breeding distributions of 215 species of birds during 1986-1991. Now complete with species maps and photos…

Florida's Birds

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With over 700 bird species, most native to the state, Florida is a bird lover's paradise. Birds, easy to attract and observe, provide hours of enjoyment and a connection to wildlife even in heavily urbanized areas.

Great Florida Birding Trail

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The Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT) is a collection of sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching or bird education opportunities…

Levenhuk

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Levenhuk is a major manufacturer of microscopes, telescopes and binoculars...

Marco Island Bald Eagles

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The bald eagle is truly an American bird -- it is the only eagle unique to North America. It ranges over most of the continent, from the northern reaches of Alaska and Canada down to Florida`s Everglades and Marco Island, a Bald Eagle Sanctuary.

Outdoor Birdfeeders

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About Outdoor Birdfeeders, Inc. Outdoor Birdfeeders, Inc. is based in Mascotte, Florida as an online website for selling bird feeders for the bird lover in us all. We have been online since 2005. We have a very beneficial web site for all of us to browse and learn from. We carry a variety of bird feeder products including squirrel proof bird feeders….

Seiurus Video

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We are about birds, photography, and videography of birds. If you plan to photograph birds in Florida, or if you need stock video footage of birds from anywhere in North America, check us out. If you want to learn some basic techniques in making bird and wildlife video, or just want to watch some video of wild birds, you’ve come to the right place…

South Florida Birding

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Some photos from a Toelagic trip from Crandon Park Marina. The weather was great with lots of sun and light seas…

Space Coast Birding

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Detailed descriptions of 25+ best birding locations. A gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail, over 330 species have been spotted here. Helpful statistics, links; beautiful photography…

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Karl E Karalus

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We are pleased to be able to offer museum quality giclee` prints of Karl`s work. Original art and commissioned art will also be available in the near future. Please enjoy your visit here and come back often.

Artist - Rita Sklar

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Some interesting watercolours inspired by thew wildlife of Florida and beyond…

BirdCam - Purple Martin Colony

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Streaming webcam of our Purple Martin Colony…

Gallery - Florida Museum's Gallery of SE US Birds

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Presented here is a photographic guide to many of the birds of the South-eastern U.S. The geographic area covered by this guide includes the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the south-eastern part of Texas. The Photo Gallery of South-eastern U. S. Birds predominantly features photographs by arbovirologist - photographer Dr. Dan Sudia. Dr. Sudia`s copyrighted photographs may be used free for educational and personal use, any other use may be arranged with him.

Photographer - Aida Villaronga

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Wildlife photography…

Photographer - Arthur Morris - Birds as Art

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Generally considered to be the best wildlife photographer in the US…

Photographer - Aurelio Miranda Sousa

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One of my goals is to share as many of my images with you.; hopefully, I will inspire you and you will join us in the future on this wonderful and self-rewarding experience…

Photographer - Dan Irizarry

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Lots of galleries including some great birding shots from the Dry Tortugas…

Photographer - Don Getty

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Has a gallery of fine photographs taken in Florida…

Photographer - Eric Skrzypczak - Wildlife Hobbies

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Hello and welcome to my website. This site is dedicated to the joy of spectacular birds and bird photography. I hope that you enjoy viewing some of these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them…

Photographer - Jim Neiger - Flight School Photography

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Jim Neiger is an award winning, freelance, avian photographer specializing in birds in flight. He is a native of Minnesota, where he was instilled with a keen interest in wildlife and nature since childhood. It was not until he moved to the birding paradise of central Florida; however, that he became seriously interested in photography…

Photographer - Kevin Doxstater

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Some brilliant work - and not just the birds…

Photographer - Mario Restrepo

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Galleries of bird pictures etc. from South Florida…

Photographer - Peter May - Florida Bird Gallery

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This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all wildlife species you might encounter on the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Rather, it is based on my experiences and represents the species you are most likely to find if you are in the right place at the right time, and in some cases, are extremely lucky.

Photographer - Peter Wallack

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…the images are free to copy for government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and individuals for personal non-commercial use…

Photographer - Scott Simmons - Learn Outdoor Photography

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Scott Simmons is a nature, wildlife and landscape photographer and birder when not at work or with his family. He loves jazz and folk music and a good book…

Photographer - Trey Mitchell

http://www.photographwildlife.com