State of Florida

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

Florida has been called a tropical peninsula attached to a temperate continent. But, to be accurate, the Florida Peninsula is considered to be sub-tropical. Only the Lower Florida Keys lie within the true tropical zone. 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, 18.8 million in 2010 and by 2018 it was estimated to be 21 million. 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 early April and mid May should be sufficient to allow virtually all the Florida specialties to be found. This 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 525 species as of August 2018. Of these, 511 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 and Kew West Quail Dove remain casual in the state. Sixteen species represent exotics. Fourteen of those species are considered to have established breeding populations in Florida. The Tricolored Munia which was added to the list in 2014 occurs in Florida as an accidental from the established exotic population in Cuba. The Budgerigar which appears on the list with a ‘d’ indicating that it is now disestablished. In other words it is considered to be an extirpated non-native species that for over 50 years was established in the coastal area centring on Tampa Bay, & for not fully understood reasons has ceased to exist as a breeding species. Since August 2015 sightings of Budgies in Florida are considered to be that of escaped pets. Although the Budgerigar is on the Official Florida Bird List it does not figure in the total count of 525 species. The fourteen established exotic species are Egyptian Goose, Muscovy Duck, Purple Swamphen, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Nanday Parakeet, Monk Parakeet, White-winged Parakeet, Red-whiskered Bulbul, European Starling, Common Myna, Spot-breasted Oriole, House Finch, and House Sparrow.The 525 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): 141

Non-breeding pelagics: 23

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). ExoticsThrough November 2017, Florida’s exotic avifauna numbered 261 species, with 172 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 (25 species), parrots (82 species), and estrildid finches (17 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 three of the established species (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 Red Junglefowl, which seems well established at Key West, Indian Peafowl, which is fairly widespread in the peninsula and Scaly-breasted Munia, which is an established breeding species in coastal California from the Mexican border to well over 300 miles north into San Louis Obispo County. The species seems to be fairly well established in coastal areas of the Northern Gulf of Mexico from the Westernmost Florida Panhandle through Alabama and Mississippi into Louisiana, and in the area of Houston, Texas. If the individual population within any of those 5 states is truly established, it has yet to be determined.

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Contributors
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 525

    (As at November 2018)

    State Bird - Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottus

Endemics
  • Number of endemics: 1

    Florida Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens
Checklist

  • Official Florida State Bird List

    This is the formal list of modern bird species definitely having occurred in Florida by natural appearance or by establishment of an exotic. The base list shall be the Supplement: Checklist of Florida Birds, pp. 255-260 in Robertson & Woolfenden (1992), as updated by final decisions of the Florida Ornithological Society
  • iGoTerra Checklist

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Useful Reading

  • A Birder's Guide to Florida

    B W Pranty, JA Lane & HR Holt | American Birding Association | 2005 | Paperback | 418 pages, b/w photos, figs, 80 maps | ISBN: 1878788248 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • ABA Field Guide to Birds of Florida

    By Bill Pranty & Brian E Small | Scott & Nix, Inc | 2015 | Paperback | 340 pages, colour photos | ISBN: 9781935622482 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Bird Songs of Florida

    by Geoffrey A Keller | Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology | 1997 | Audio CD | ISBN: 0938027395 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birding Florida

    By Brian Rapoza | Globe Pequot Press | 2007 | Paperback | 320 pages, photographs throughout | ISBN: 9780762739141 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birds of Florida

    By Todd Telander | Falcon Guides | 2012 | Paperback | 96 pages, colour illustrations | ISBN: 9780762774197 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Common Coastal Birds of Florida and the Caribbean

    by David W Nellis | Pineapple Press | 2001 | Hardback | 336 pages, Colour photos | ISBN: 1561641960 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Florida Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

    By James R Kavanagh & Raymond Leung | Waterford Press | 2001 | Unbound | 12 pages, colour illustrations | ISBN: 1583551050 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Florida's Birds : A Handbook and Reference

    Herbert W. II Kale, David S. Maehr & Karl Karalus | Pineapple Press | 2005 | 2nd Edition | Paperback | 359 pages, 60 plates with colour illustrations; colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps | ISBN: 1561643351 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Guide to the Great Florida Birding Trail

    By Susan Cerulean & Julie A Brashears | Florida University Press | 2002 | Paperback | 188 pages, 25 b/w illustrations, tables, 24 maps | ISBN: 0813025613 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • National Goegraphic Field Guide to Birds: Florida

    by Mel Baughman | National Geographic Society | 2006 | Paperback | 256 pages, maps, photos, drawings | ISBN: 0792293495 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • The Robertson and Woolfenden Florida Bird Species: An Annotated List

    By Jon S Greenlaw, Bill Pranty & Reed Bowman | Florida Ornithological Society | 2015 | Paperback | 435 pages, no illustrations | ISBN: #225044 Buy this book from NHBS.com
Festivals & Bird Fairs
  • Bird Festival at Fairchild

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    The Bird Festival kicks off with two days of off-site tours of South Florida bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts. The Bird Festival then continues at Fairchild with activities for birders of all ages, including presentations by bird experts, bird walks and an amateur bird photo contest and exhibit. You will be able to purchase bird-attracting plants and birding merchandise and enjoy educational activities for the entire family.
  • Birding Festival of the Keys

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    Fall migration is THE time to be in the Florida Keys. Hawks are streaming south, migrating songbirds are filling the trees and Keys specialties can be found. Full day field trips, birding trips, species workshops, lectures, keynotes, boat, kayak and pelagic trips will fill your days.
  • Birds of a Feather Festival

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    Our fun 4-day birding and nature festival invites everyone to enjoy a weekend of birding, photography, workshops, social events, and family activities. Join National Audubon Society’s David Ringer for a FREE keynote event. Also enjoy: free beginner bird walks every 2 hours on Saturday and join us Saturday Evening at the Community Center for the Meet the Experts event!
  • Chipola Feather Fest

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    The promotion of sustainable wildlife conservation in the Chipola Region. The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail's Chipola Feather Fest is brought to you by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Jackson County Tourist Development Council, and Chipola College.
  • Ding Darling Days

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    “Ding” Darling Days’ Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 14, culminates a weekend of eco-activities with all-free refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kids crafts, and other family activities. Birding, boating, tram, paddleboarding, and kayaking activities fill the weekend. The 30th annual celebration begins on Friday, October 12 with Get Outside Day and continues on Saturday, October 13, with Conservation Art Day, where Federal Duck Stamp Winners, other artists, cartooning, and a Refuge photography tram tour will highlight a day devoted to Jay Norwood Darling’s legacy as the first duck stamp artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.
  • Festival of Flight and Flowers

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    While focusing on the need to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, the Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society will be energizing and engaging all generations, by bringing more awareness of Real Florida to Lake County through the Festival of Flight and Flowers.
  • Florida Birding & Nature Festival

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    A four-day festival offering presentations workshops keynotes field trips boat trips a nature expokid sessions presentations where you can learn from renowned professionals, experience peak migration, and shop unique products
  • Florida Birding, Wildlife & Nature Festivals

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  • Florida's Birding & Photo Fest

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    Florida’s Historic Coast is spreading its wings to present another great year of birding and outdoor photography. The Birding & Photo Fest will feature the return of festival favorites, world-class photographers along with new professionals and instructors who will offer technical training opportunities and more birding in-field programs than ever before.
  • Orlando Wetlands Park Festival

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    Come and enjoy the Orlando Wetlands Festival each February at Fort Christmas Historical Park. The Orlando Wetlands Festival highlights the Orlando Wetlands Park, the City's 1,650 acre water reclamation wetland. The event is sponsored by: City of Orlando, Orange Audubon Society and Orange County Parks and Recreation.
  • Raptor Fest at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

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  • Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

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    One of the largest birding and wildlife festivals in the United States! Discover why Florida’s Space Coast is your launch pad to incredible nature-based experiences. The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival features world class photographers, field trips, workshops and presentations.
Observatories
  • Archbold Biological Station

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    The mission of Archbold Biological Station is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect life, lands, and waters in the heart of Florida and beyond. The Learning Center is open to the public for self-guided trails (nature, history, landscaping etc) and for scheduled tours, and available for school field trips, college classes, and non-profit and professional workshops and conferences.
  • 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 & Universities
  • Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

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    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.
  • Crowley Museum and Nature Center

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    Crowley Museum and Nature Center is a unique experience of natural and pioneer Florida. Education programs for kids and adults, camping, birding, weddings and other gatherings.
  • Florida Museum of Natural History - Ornithology Collection

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    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…
Organisations
  • Alachua Audubon Society

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    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

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    Protection of the environment through education, appreciation, and conservation. Serving Leon, Jefferson, Wakulla, Gadsden, Liberty and Franklin Counties.
  • Audubon Everglades

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    Audubon Society of the Everglades (Audubon Everglades) is located in Palm Beach County, Florida. The county includes the northern part of the Everglades, the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and also extends into Lake Okeechobee on the west and Lake Worth Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The county is on the east coast of Florida, approximately 1.5 hours north east of Everglades National Park and approximately 1 hour north of Fort Lauderdale and 1.5 hours north of Miami.
  • Audubon Florida

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    For more than a century Audubon has encouraged people to take care of the places that make Florida special. Using science to guide our priorities and birdlife to measure ecosystem health, Audubon advocates for the protection of land, water, and wildlife. Audubon is Florida’s most influential conservation organization and conducts extensive work to protect the Everglades and coastal bird habitats. We manage sanctuaries covering thousands of acres along with two popular nature centers. Audubon promotes stewardship and appreciation of public land and water so people experience and cherish Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife.
  • Audubon in Florida

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    Offices & Chapters; Centers & Sanctuaries & Upcoming Events
  • Audubon of Martin County

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    Explore the South Fork of the St Lucie River along sections of the Great Florida Birding Trail with expert field guides and birders!
  • Audubon of Southwest Florida

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    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. We provide educational programming, public outreach, community building, scholarship opportunities, and field trips, all of which promote a keener understanding of our relationship to the natural world, immediately from our own backyard, or regionally along the Caloosahatchee River, or globally. We warmly invite you to join us, whether for a birding adventure, a local lecture, a community breakfast, a shorebird stewardship program, or a board meeting.
  • Audubon of the Western Everglades

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    Audubon of the Western Everglades is the oldest “grassroots” conservation organization in Southwest Florida, established in 1961. Our Mission: Protecting Southwest Florida’s Natural Resources and Wildlife Through Advocacy and Education.
  • Bay County Audubon Society

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    Bay County Audubon Society (BCAS) was founded in 1962 by citizens dedicated to the preservation of natural areas and wildlife habitat. One of our primary goals is to increase the awareness and appreciation of wildlife and the natural habitat upon which it depends. Bay County Audubon Society has been a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization since 1975. It is a local chapter of Florida Audubon and the National Audubon Society serving Panama City and surrounding areas in Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Washington, Holmes and Jackson County.
  • Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

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    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

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    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

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    It is our vision to play an active role in protecting a bio-diverse environment in a densely populated human community. We are a passionate group with diverse talents and experiences. Our board works with community leaders to promote our mission, formulate policy, steward donor and member contributions, and provide oversight. Please join us at monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month, October through May.
  • Ding Darling Wildlife Society

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    Ding Darling Wildlife Society, the non-profit Friends of the Refuge organization, supports environmental education, services, and conservation at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Education and conservation efforts may extend beyond the complex’s borders. We partner in these efforts where possible with like-minded conservation organizations.
  • Duval Audubon Society

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    Connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife. We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society. We have a membership of about 1,100 and hold monthly meetings in Jacksonville from September to May. We offer field trips, programs, workshops and other activities throughout the year. Under the drop down menu, you will find our calendar of events. We hope you'll join us!
  • Eagle Audubon Society

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    Welcome to the 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 2018 through April of 2019 can be found under the programs and field trips tabs. As a chapter of the National Audubon Society we seek to increase interest and involvement in our local and state environment, its history, wildlife, preservation and restoration.
  • Flagler Audubon Society

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    Our Mission: Connecting people with birds and other wildlife in their habitats and taking an active role in preserving and restoring diverse ecosystems. Flagler Audubon welcomes all nature lovers to come learn about birds and conservation together. We offer educational programs, bird walks and trips. Events are open to the public - visitors welcome!
  • Florida Keys Audubon Society

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    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

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    The Florida Ornithological Society is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1972 to promote field ornithology in Florida and to facilitate contact between professional and amateur ornithologists and birders in the state. Our Society hosts meetings across the state with the purpose of sharing current research, birding together, and enjoying the company of friends and colleagues.
  • Four Rivers Audubon Society

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    Founded in 1979, Four Rivers Audubon is one of 44 Florida affiliates of the National Audubon Society, serving seven counties in North Central Florida. Our mission is to connect people with nature and act as a voice of conservation for the future of birds and our natural world. of birds and our natural world. OUR MISSION is to connect people with nature and act as a voice of conservation for the futureof birds and our natural world.
  • Francis M Weston Audubon Society

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    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.
  • Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

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    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

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    Welcome to Halifax River Audubon, the oldest and largest of the three Audubon chapters in Volusia County, Florida. We offer a variety of information and services to our members and the community at large. Serving the communities of greater Daytona Beach area of Florida. Chapter activities and a hotline for injured birds.
  • Hendry Glades Audubon Society

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    Hendry-Glades Audubon Society encompasses both counties in Southern Florida. We are a seasonal group that holds monthly meeting programs September through May. These free programs are held at the Hendry County Extension Service in the Dallas Townsend Building located at 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle on the 3rd Monday of each month. In February we will meet the 2nd Monday due to Presidents Day.
  • Hernando County Audubon Society

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    Serving members in Hernando, east Pasco and south Sumter counties, Florida. Meetings are held September through April on the fourth Thursday of the month except in November when we meet on the third Thursday. Our annual picnic is in May. There is no meeting in December.
  • Highlands County Audubon Society

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    Welcome to the website for the Highlands County Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Within the website you will 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 County. Become involved with your local Audubon Society today!
  • Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society

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    The Kissimmee Valley of Central Florida is home to some of America's most rare and spectacular birds: Snail Kites, Whooping Cranes, Caracaras, Wood Storks, Limpkins, and the highest concentration of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states.
  • Lake Region Audubon Society

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    The Lake Region Audubon Society (LRAS) chapter serves Central Florida. We sponsor several nature based programs and events, and work actively in conservation projects in our area. Some of our members volunteer with other conservation organizations, such as the Ridge Rangers, Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club. We also host a series of monthly birding outings through the Bird Club in which members have the opportunity to go birding with fellow birders
  • Lee County Bird Patrol

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    We are Lee County volunteers dedicated to protect, monitor, observe and educate our public regarding the contribution that birds make to the delicate balance of our ecosystem in the Lee County parks and Conservation 20/20 acquisitions. Link to brochure with maps, access and recreation information.
  • Manatee County Audubon Society

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    Manatee County Audubon is a chapter of National Audubon Society with a mission is to promote the conservation and appreciation of birds and wildlife habitat. We accomplish this through maintaining critical habitat like the Felts Audubon Preserve, offering education programs for children and adults, leading advocacy efforts, and participating in land conservation projects. Our activities extend beyond Manatee County when we work with other organizations to accomplish a conservation purpose.
  • Marion County Audubon Society

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    Experience the diverse natural resources and scenic environment of North Central Florida's Marion County with Marion Audubon Society
  • Nature Conservance in Florida

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    The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. For more than 56 years, we've been working in Florida to do just that. The Conservancy owns and manages approximately 55,159 acres in Florida including four preserves that are open to the public.
  • Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society

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    OVAS holds our general membership meeting the first Sunday of every month at 2:00 pm. The meeting is held at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 East County Road 44, Eustis, FL 32736. (We take the summer off and do not hold meetings in July and August.) Throughout the year we offer educational programs, field trips, and other outreach activities that help the local community be more aware of environmental issues that occur, have occurred or are occurring, on a regular basis in our own backyard.
  • 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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    The objectives and purposes of the Peace River Audubon Society are to engage in educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits. These objectives fall into three primary areas: Birding, Conservation, and Education. In practice, it is not possible to neatly divide the objectives as stated in the PRAS bylaws into categories. As such, they are presented here in no specific order. For additional information on our past and present pursuits in these areas see our pages on Birding, Conservation, and Education.
  • Pelican Island Audubon Society

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    Our Mission: To preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural communities, and the land and water on which they depend in Indian River County through education, advocacy, and public awareness.
  • Ridge Audubon Society

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    Ridge Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Florida. With funding provided by Roger Babson and a land grant from Webber University, the Ridge Audubon Center opened its doors to the public in 1964 with this mission: To open the eyes of the young and old to the beauty and wonder of our outdoor world and to increase awareness of the need for conservation.
  • Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society

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    The mission of the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society is to promote interest in wildlife on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, fostering the cause of conservation with emphasis on birds and their habitat.
  • Santa Fe Audubon Society

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    Santa Fe Audubon Society, Inc. is one of more than 40 Audubon chapters in Florida, and is chartered by the National Audubon Society and Audubon Florida. The chapter serves Putnam, Bradford, western Clay, and eastern Alachua Counties. We are a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization. We live in a special part of Florida, where natural and agricultural lands blend with small towns to provide a peaceful, rural way of life. Santa Fe Audubon strives to offer recreational, educational, and conservation activities that reflect the values embodied in that way of life.
  • Sarasota Audubon Society

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    We are the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, dedicated to the protection, conservation and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment here in sunny Sarasota, Florida. Our mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. We are dedicated to protecting nature and connecting with others using the combination of science, education, and the restoration of our local wildlife habitats.
  • 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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    South Florida Audubon Society, based in Broward County, fosters conservation through local, regional, national, and global environmental advocacy and activities throughout South Florida focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
  • Southeast Volusia Audubon Society

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    Protecting birds, other animals, and their habitats through education, science and activism. Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; president@SEVolusiaAudubon.org
  • Space Coast Audubon Society

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    The purpose of the Space Coast Audubon Society is to provide an opportunity for people to become aware firsthand of the value and beauty of nature. Through conservation and education, we hope to create an understanding of and interest in all wildlife, preserve irreplaceable natural resources and restore the Earth’s ecosystems of which mankind is an inseparable element.
  • 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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    Experienced birdwatcher or a newcomer, you’ll have a lot of fun, learn loads and see plenty of birds when you join with other members to share knowledge of the nature that surrounds us. We visit area birding sites on field trips, have informative speakers at meetings and get together at other events. We’ll also let you know about interesting events elsewhere.
  • St. Petersburg Audubon Society

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    The mission of St. Petersburg Audubon Society is to advocate for ecosystems important to birds and other wildlife through education and conservation.
  • Tampa Audubon Society

    Website
    Established in the 1940s, the Tampa Audubon Society serves the greater Tampa Bay area and its suburbs, including Brandon, Odessa, Riverview and Seffner. We are an active chapter whose mission is to conserve and restore our ecosystems, focusing on birds, wildlife, and their habitats, through education, advocacy, and community involvement.
  • Tropical Audubon Society

    Website
    Keep South Florida's Voice of Conservation clear and strong. Join, Give and Volunteer! You'll be helping TAS champion the environment and grow our Mission.
  • Venice Area Audubon Society

    Website
    The purpose of Venice Area Audubon Society is to promote an understanding of and interest in wildlife and the environment that supports it, and to foster the cause of conservation with emphasis on birds and their habitats.
  • West Pasco Audubon Society

    Website
    A Florida chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the communities of Pasco County, Florida north of Tampa/St. Pete.
  • West Volusia Audubon Society

    Website
    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. Field trips are open to anyone interested in birding, wildlife watching, photography and/or exploring Florida’s natural areas. Check the website for details, but in general bring water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and dress for the weather. Some trips are all day. You may need to bring lunch, etc. We often carpool, especially on the longer trips. Gas money for the drivers is appreciated.
Reserves

Abbreviations Key

  • BS 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.
  • BS 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.
  • Florida's State Parks

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    The first three-time winner of the Gold Medal honoring the nation's best state park system, the Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the country with 175 state parks, trails and historic sites spanning nearly 800,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach. From swimming and diving in Florida's rivers and springs to birding and fishing or hiking and riding on natural scenic trails, Florida's state parks offer year-round outdoor activities for all ages. Battle re-enactments and Native American festivals celebrate Florida's history, while art shows, museums and lighthouses offer a window into Florida's cultural heritage.
  • IBA Lake Okeechobee

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    At over 730 square miles (1880 square km), Lake Okeechobee is the second-largest freshwater lake entirely within the Lower 48 states (second only to Lake Michigan). Significant populations of Endangered, Threatened, FCREPA, and IBA species; significant numbers of aquatic birds, wading birds, and shorebirds; significant natural habitats.
  • IBA 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…
  • IBA Wakodahatchee Wetlands

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    Over 151 species of birds have been spotted inside the park, including pied-billed grebe, snowy egrets, and black-bellied whistling ducks. The park is also home to turtles, alligators, rabbits, frogs, and raccoons.
  • NC Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

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    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.
  • NC 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…
  • NMS Florida Keys

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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.
  • NP 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.
  • NP Dry Tortugas

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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…
  • NP Everglades

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    Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. An international treasure as well - a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.
  • NR 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…
  • NWR Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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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…
  • NWR Great White Heron

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    Great White Heron NWR was established in 1938 as a haven for great white herons, migratory birds, and other wildlife. The refuge consists of almost 200,000 acres of open water and islands, and is known locally as the "backcountry." The refuge provides critical nesting, feeding, and resting areas for hundreds of species of birds and sea turtles.
  • NWR Key West

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    Key West National Wildlife Refuge (Key West NWR) is among the first refuges established in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt created the refuge in 1908 as a preserve and breeding ground for colonial nesting birds and other wildlife, during the period when widespread plume hunting was devastating bird populations throughout Florida. Key West NWR is west of Key West, Florida, and accessible only by boat. Key West NWR consists of the Marquesas Keys and 13 other keys distributed across over 375 square miles of open water. The refuge encompasses 208,308 acres of land and water, with only 1 percent (2,019 acres) being land.
  • NWR Lake Woodruff

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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…
  • NWR Merrit Island

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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.
  • NWR St Johns

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    An inland salt marsh fed from saline upwellings from a confined aquifer in the eastern floodplain of the St. Johns River. The refuge was established in 1971 in an unsuccessful attempt to preserve the ?Dusky? Seaside Sparrow. Most of the refuge remains closed to the public, but plans are underway for some compatible wildlife-oriented uses.
  • NWR St Marks

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    The refuge was established in 1931 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. It is one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. It encompasses over 70,000 acres spread out between Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties, and includes about 43 miles along the Gulf Coast of northwest Florida.
  • SP Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife

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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.
  • SP Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

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    Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park probably supports the largest remaining population of Florida Grasshopper Sparrows, and contains other species of dry prairies, such as Mottled Ducks, Sandhill Cranes (both subspecies), White-tailed Kites, Crested Caracaras, Burrowing Owls, and Bachman's Sparrows. Several groups of Florida Scrub-Jays occur in patches of prairie scrub, and Whooping Cranes have been observed. The Park also contains two wading bird rookeries that total over 500 pairs, mostly of Great Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons. The Park may have great conservation value to wintering sparrows.
  • WMA Big Bend

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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.
  • WMA Osceola

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    A vast area of pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, and wetlands. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most preserved freshwater habitats in the United States. It is a vast depressional area that supports a diversity of swampland. Most of the Refuge (390,000 acres; 157,833 hectares) is located in Georgia. Osceola National Forest supports the full diversity of pine flatwoods species, including Red-cockaded Woodpeckers
  • WMA Tosohatchee

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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…
  • WS 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.
Forums & Mailing Lists
  • Florida Birding Discussion Groups/Listservs

    Discussion Groups
    Some of these are no longer functioning
  • Florida Rare Bird Alert

    Sightings
    he report below shows observations of rare birds in Florida. Includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations.
Guides & Tour Operators


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  • Archaeopteryx Birding and Nature Tours

    Tour Operator
    Rebecca Smith and Gallus Quigley each bring unique pieces to our tours. Both share backgrounds in biology, bird banding and monitoring, and love of nature. Gallus Quigley is the lister and birder, he brings the ability to move through a list of desired species efficiently, which is perfect for the lister or twitcher. Those who have a target list and limited time will enjoy his ability to find those species and move on to the next one maximizing the number seen in a single outing. His detailed checklists save one the need to spend time writing and instead get more birding time in. Rebecca and Gallus together balance each other perfectly each one strengthens and balances the other. Both enjoy birds, butterflies, photography, and travel. No matter who leads your tour you’ll know the other helped in planning the perfect day for you. Each bring a vast knowledge of Florida, not just the birds and butterflies.
  • Bird Treks

    Tour Operator
    Bird Treks has been providing small group and custom birding tours for over 20 years. Visit their website to see the incredible tours available, including South Florida Specialties and the Dry Tortugas!
  • Birding Ecotours

    Tour Operator
    Birding Ecotours, a leader in small group and custom-made birding adventures worldwide, offers an amazing tour to central and southern Florida peninsula, including the Everglades, the Florida Keys, and Dry Tortugas National Park!
  • 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

    Guide
    Contact: Bob Sanders, 2816 S. Shine Ave. Orlando, FL 32806407-766-5490 (mobile - best) or 407-898-9798 (leave message)procrow@bellsouth.net procrowbird@bellsouth.netReferences available.
  • Florida Nature Tours - Wes Biggs

    Guide & Tour Operator
    We specialize in the Dry Tortugas and private guiding throughout Florida and the Caribbean where we have over 50 years experience in ornithological research, conservation and birding. Our leaders are the most knowledgeable and experienced in the field. We are the original. We offer more for less, and our clients are fellow birders, first and foremost. 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
  • South Florida Birding - Larry Manfredi

    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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  • 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 [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!…
  • 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 BOOBYthat was sitting docilely on the St. Augustine Fishing Pier. The airboat ride on Lake Kissimmee provided not only largenumbers of birds, but also close encounters with significant Floridian specialties: SNAIL KITE, LIMPKIN, and numerousPURPLE 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 [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 [05 May] - Birding Ecotours

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    ...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 [06 June] - Ann Gifford

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    This was not specifically a birding holiday. It was intended to be for relaxation but it didn’t stop us taking our binoculars and scope with us! We flew into Miami then drove down to Key West and back staying at Homestead for 6 nights and Marathon for four. Staying at Homestead gave us easy access to the Everglades plus the opportunity to go snorkelling whilst Homestead was good for the Keys and more snorkelling
  • 2018 [05 May] - Geoff Upton - Canada & US

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    A classic road trip down the Mississippi from Illinois to Louisiana, augmented with a visit to our friends in southernOntario, and extending along the Gulf coast into the Florida ‘panhandle’. This route gave us plenty of opportunities to takein the rich and varied history, music, food and of course the birds. There weren’t many birds I was desperate to see, andI hoped to pick these up along the way rather than going to specific sites.
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…
Other Links
  • Birds of Polk County

    Webpage
    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

    Website
    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

    Website
    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.
  • BirdsSquirrelsN

    Website
    Everything you need to turn your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary…
  • Birdwatching in Lake County

    Website
    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

    Website
    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…
  • Florida Bird Songs

    Website
    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

    Website
    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 Keys Hawkwatch

    Facebook Page
    Dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of birds of prey by committing to the long-term monitoring of their migration through the Florida Keys.
  • Florida's Birds

    Website
    With hundreds of 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.
  • Levenhuk

    Website
    Levenhuk is a major manufacturer of microscopes, telescopes and binoculars...
  • Marco Island Bald Eagles

    Website
    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.
  • Purple Martin Place

    Website
    Purple Martins are North Americas largest swallow and are our Passion. We offer the best selection of purple martin housing, supplies, gifts, and more at the best price. Find a better price? Send us an email with a link and we will beat it!
  • Space Coast Birding

    Website
    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…
  • The Great Florida Birding Trail

    Website
    Florida is along the Atlantic Flyway, more than a 3,000 mile stretch from the Arctic tundra the Caribbean. It is home to productive ecosystems that can support a variety of birds.
Blogs
  • Amy Evenstad - Powered By Birds

    BLOG
    My name is Amy and I’m a birder living in central Florida with my husband Arthur. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I was lucky enough to live in Arthur’s native country, the Netherlands, for about ten years. We spent a lot of that time traveling — birding and scuba diving were among our favorite things to do.
  • Bob M Pelkey - SW Florida Wildlife Blog

    BLOG
    Welcome! It's good to have you here. I hope that you find your visits informative and entertaining. This blog is updated randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the states of Connecticut and Florida.
  • Brandon Hoyt - Birding and Mountain Biking

    BLOG
    Keepin' the 'nocs out the spokes.
  • Brian Grant - Bird n bugs's Blog

    BLOG
    Pictures from nature in SW Florida
  • David Simpson - Birding With David Simpson

    BLOG
    Last updated 2011 - County Listing meets Big Day Birding or The End of The Quest…
  • Nick Martens & Maureen Leong-Kee - Hipster Birders

    BLOG
    We are Nick and Maureen, two people who enjoy being hipstery and who love to bird. A hipster seems to be a term for any young person these days who likes indie music, fedoras, local beers, and enjoy eating artisanal food. We are that, but so much more. Our true passion is birding, and amongst the birding crowd, we are definitely the odd young'ins.
  • Roger Real Drouin - Roger's Outdoor Blog

    BLOG
    I am an author, father, and freelance journalist who tries to find time for an occasional adventure, and on some of those adventures, I find myself almost lost out in the woods.
  • S Halpin - My Purple Martin Blog

    BLOG
    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…
  • Shayndel & Yoseif - Retired Backyard Birders

    BLOG
    Personal birding blog
  • Steve Scott - Field Notes & Photos

    BLOG
    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.
  • Tom Obrock - Florida Suncoast Birding

    BLOG
    Sharing my birding interests in Southwest Florida.
Photographers & Artists
  • Artist - Karl E Karalus

    Facebook Page
    Join with us in celebrating the "Life and Works of Karl E Karalus", Published Wildlife Illustrator and Artist
  • Artist - Rita Sklar

    Gallery
    Watercolors by Rita Sklar - The subject matter for the watercolors in my Florida series comes from numerous birding trips to theEverglades, Delray Beach area, Sanibel Island and Fort Myers in Southern Florida.
  • Florida Museum - Gallery of Southeastern US Birds

    Gallery
    Presented here is a photographic guide to many of the birds of the Southeastern 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 southeastern part of Texas.
  • Photographer - Artie Morris - Birds as Art

    Gallery
    Considered by many to be the best wildlife photographer in the US.
  • Photographer - Dan Irizarry

    Gallery
    Lots of galleries including some great birding shots from the Dry Tortugas…
  • Photographer - Jim Neiger - Flight School Photography

    Gallery
    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 - Mario Restrepo

    Gallery
    Galleries of bird pictures etc. from South Florida
  • Photographer - Peter May - Florida Bird Gallery

    Gallery
    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

    Gallery
    …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

    Gallery
    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…

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