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Florida Birding Connection. The Places page
contains directions and
maps to south Florida birding locations.
Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT) is a collection of sites
Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching or bird education opportunities.
A 2000-mile trail designed to conserve and enhance Florida's bird habitat
by promoting birdwatching activities, environmental education and economic
opportunity is under development. Make sure if you're visiting Florida
to see the birds, that the donwload the calling cards of this site to leave
with local businesses.
Audubon Society of the Everglades - Birding Hotspots
National Park - The Everglades provides
a sanctuary as well as a
breeding and feeding ground for many species of wading birds that depend
on the climate's wet and dry cycle in order to reproduce.
Swamp National Audubon Sanctuary - located near
Naples, Florida is home
to a wide variety of native plants and animals, including the largest colony
of endangered wood storks in the country. Swamps, marshes and pine forests
bring this 11,000 acre sanctuary to life. See also the Broward County Audubon
Society Outing photos
of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. (Thumbnails do not work, but click
through to the larger photos) as well as Bill Scholtz's Corkscrew
Swamp Photo Journal.
of Sanibel Island - There are several places to see birds
at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on
Trees and Sundial - Sanibel Island - by Peter Wallack.
Tortugas National Parks, formerly Fort
Jefferson National Monument,
lies at the extreme western end of the Florida Keys, 68 miles west of Key
Island NWR, Florida - Since August of 1963,
Merritt Island NWR has shared
a common boundary with the John F. Kennedy Space Center on the east coast
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.
Keys - These tropical habitats draw several
species of West Indian birds
which do not appear anywhere else in the Continental United States. During
the spring and fall, waves of migratory birds pass through the Keys enroute
between northern nesting areas and neo-tropical winter habitats.
to go Birding in Florida - from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
National Wildlife Refuges - this site contains
links to 12 National Wildlife
Refuges in Florida, including:
Wildlife Refuges Index - Florida. Includes another
J. N. "Ding" Darling
National Key Deer Refuge
St. Vincents National Wildlife
set of links to information
Birding in Texas and Florida - by Tina MacDonald.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Hobe Sound National Wildlife
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife
Egmont Key National Wildlife
Florida Panther National Wildlife
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife
St. Vincent National Wildlife
I was lucky enough to be
taken along for the ride when my husband had to attend back-to-back conventions
in Houston, Texas and Orlando, Florida. He went to work - I went to see
what birds I could find. So, I played hookey, rented a car and went out
to see some of the birding hotspots I had highlighted on my web-pages.
County's Best Birding Sites - Gainsville, Florida. Information
in the Tallahassee Area - Presented by the Apalachee
Society. If you're looking for places to enjoy nature and wildlife in the
Big Bend area of Florida, this site presents a number of great locations.
Locations in the Volusia area - Deland, Florida - provided
the West Volusia Audubon Society.
County Bird Watching Areas - near Stuart, Florida. Provided by
Martin County Audubon Society.
Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge - DeLeon Springs, FL - by
May. This is a very good guide to wildlife viewing and photography opportunites
at Lake Woodruff NWR. Sections of this website address Habitats, Species
Accounts, Photographic Tips, and a Seasonal Calendar, as well as Maps.
See also Peter's site on the Emerelda
Marsh Journal: a Year in the Wetlands.
Florida - by Mary Scott. This website contains
Man's Bird Sanctuary - Sarasota, Florida
Anhinga Trail in the Everglades
Prairie in Gainesville, Florida
Hammock State Park
Space Coast's Best Known Birding and Wildlife
- The Space Coast Distinction - a unique combination of high tech space
travel and an unmatched diverse, natural environment. An alternate
location for this site is on the Indian River Audubon Society website.
Beaches - Shorebird Watching in Winter and in Migration -
by the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society.
Hot Spots - by Vince McGrath. This site lists hot spots
the Lee, Charlotte, and Collier Co. areas (Fort Meyers) that covers most
of SW Florida's habitats.
Johns Audubon Society Hot Spots - Northeast Florida (St.
offers many areas which are outstanding birding sites. These areas extend
from Fernandina Beach to Vero Beach and as far inland as Gainesville and
Florida Birdwatchers Page - by Chuck Blakey. This site
contains information on:
Bend Birding Guide - by Noel Warner. This birding guide covers
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
"Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Titusville's Blue Heron Wetlands
Citrus County Birding
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife
Orlando Wetlands Park
the area known as Florida's
Big Bend. The Big Bend includes the area between the Apalachicola River
on the west and the Suwanee River on the east. Site is organized by bird
species with links to sites where that species is found.
Locations - North East Coast - also by Noel Warner. This
Birding - check out the Florida link on John Girdley's site
places to see wildlife in the Kissimmee Valley
-Disney - Merrit Island area - A birder's diary of how to spend no
less than eleven days around the Disney Resorts and yet still see almost
a hundred species of birds with no prior knowledge of where to go!
Recommended Sites in Florida - A compilation report based on the comments
of experienced U.S. birders John J.Collins and Bill and Sue Nester. The
Everglades and the Dry Tortugas are among the sites that they recommend.
at Apollo Beach - part of Noel Warner's birding site.
Johns Audubon Society Hot Spots - includes links to:
Islands National Seashore - this is a place
Stokes Landing Conservation
Lake Woodruff NWR
Blue Springs SP
Fort Matanzas NM
of myriad riches. There
are sparkling blue waters, magnificent snow-white beaches, and fertile
coastal marshes. There are nineteenth century forts, shaded picnic areas,
winding nature trails, and comfortable campgrounds. Diverse and abounding
with wildlife, the park is not a single block of land but a mosaic. It
includes 11 separate units stretching eastward 150 miles from West Ship
Island, Mississippi, to the eastern tip of Santa Rosa Island, Florida.
Tropical Audubon Society Presents South
FAQ - this site is organized by target bird, and provides directions
to the best place to find them in south Florida.
Viewing in Florida - the site provides information on:
wildlife viewing by Region,
by City, or by Species as well as an Index of Wildlife Viewing Sites and
articles about Florida Wildlife.
Keys Raptor Migration Project - The Florida Keys may be
premier location in the world to observe the fall migration of Peregrine
Falcons. Each year over 23,000 raptors move through the Florida Keys,
including over 1,700 Peregrines. Several other species, such as Merlins,
American Kestrels, Sharp-Shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Ospreys, Northern
Harriers, Turkey Vultures, and Broad-winged Hawks migrate into the Keys
in large numbers. This is also the probably the best location east of the
Mississippi to see both Swainson's Hawks and Short-tailed Hawks during
migration. Come visit the research and education staff of the Florida
Keys Raptor Migration Project at Curry Hammock State Park (Mile Marker
56, Overseas Highway) between September 15 and November 13 each year to
observe this exciting migration for yourself.
Florida's RAMSAR Sites - information on:
Nature Conservancy of Florida - preserve profiles
Street/Audubon Nature Center - home of the Lake Region
Tiger Creek Preserve
Blowing Rocks Preserve
Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines
The Disney Wilderness Preserve
Torchwood Hammock Preserve
Society, in Winter Haven, Florida. The 42 acres of this center contain
many fine examples of Florida flora and fauna. There are 143 species of
birds, 15 mammals, 23 reptiles, 10 amphibians, 43 butterflies, 14 dragonflies,
and 150 plants. This diversity makes a great outdoor classroom that everyone
can enjoy. The two walking trails are a primitive trail and the Norton
Agey Nature Trail.
Bird Sanctuary - Indian Shores, Florida.
(just up the cost from St.
Petersburg Beach) "They have a pretty large variety of Florida shore birds
which they were rehabilitating or keeping, depending on the severity of
their problem. It's a small Sanctuary, and we were there less than
an hour, but it was fun to see some of the shore birds up close and identified."
Information from Mary Liponis, Derry, NH.
Harbour Seabird Station - a non-profit seabird rehabilitation
dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing injured seabirds in the Biscayne
Bay area. Visitors are welcome to visit and watch the many types of seabirds
that frequent the area.
Report: Florida - by Mike Meyers. This is a trip report for central
southern Florida, 12/24/03 through 12/30/03. It is a combination
of two reports posted previously on the Floridabirds-L list.
Report: Orlando, Florida "Birding with the Mouse", by Andy
In August 2001 and May 2003 our family holidays took us to that ultimate
tourist destination, Orlando. Birding was not a high priority in
their minds but was uppermost in mine, especially as it was to be my first
visits to the other side of the pond. What follows will probably
be of more help to a birder in a similar situation to myself, where holiday
locations are based more on family requirements rather than species diversity!
Report: Florida, USA - January 2003, by Andy Wraithmell.
was our second trip to Florida. If like me you are a keen photographer
then take plenty of film, to be honest I could have taken twice as many
shots as I did. The best reserves for photography were J N Ding Darling
NWR, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Everglades NP and Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Reserve (especially for Sora).
South Florida - March 13 - 19, 2001. By Stefan Tewinkel.
excellent trip report includes an illustrated species list. March is not
the best season for birdwatching in Florida since some birds arrive much
later, nevertheless I saw a lot of interesting birds and missed little.
The weather was warm and excellent with absoultely no rain at the places
I visited. On the other hand South Florida is suffering from a severe drought
with only very few mosquitos but also less birds.
Trip Report: April - May 2004, by Paul Wetton. The year 2004
our first visit to the USA with a three week vacation in Florida on a Fly
Drive with Virgin Atlantic. All in all I enjoyed the visit to Florida even
though it involved a lot of travelling around. I didn't see as many birds
as I had expected, mainly because of the lack of migrants. I think I would
have been pretty disappointed without the visit to the Tortugas. My advice
to anyone visiting Florida at the time that we did would be to spend as
much time in the areas where you find a lot of birds such as the Blackpoint
Wildlife Drive, Corkscrew Swamp and The Dry Tortugas, unless there are
good falls of migrants.
Trip Reports - a number of Florida trip reports are available
Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository".