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January

*Everglades Birdfest*
Everglades National Park
January, three day event

Participants meet in Fort Lauderdale and are transported by bus to the Everglades, birding along the way. There are guided walks and tours, speakers, and optional guided and unguided activities. Advance registration is required. The Everglades Birdfest site includes information about past and upcoming fests, detailed schedules and online registration. Sponsored by the Broward County Audubon Society.
 
 
*Southwest Florida Birding Festival*
Rookery Bay, Naples
January, three day event

Registration required for some activities. Check out last year's festival and watch for details to be announced by the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
 
 
*Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival*
Titusville
January, six day event

Exhibit area (artists, crafters, businesses, and organizations), pelagic trip to the Gulf Stream, workshops, seminars, field trips, and special activities for kids. Many activities are free. The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival site includes detailed information about previous and upcoming festivals. Sponsored by the Brevard Nature Alliance.
 
 
Febuary

*Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza*
Apopka
February 5-7

Features exploration of a newly opened birding hot spot, the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, with a full-day trip and two half-day trips led by well-known local birding guides, and the free family-oriented Birdapalooza festival. Enjoy expert-led photo walks, other bird walks, bird banding and guided bus tours. For more information, including a detailed brochure, visit Orange Audubon Society Birdapalooza.
 
 
*Birds of a Feather Fest*
City of Palm Coast
February, three day event

Birding, workshops, presentations, kayak trips and family activities. Geared for serious birders as well as beginners, paved trails are accessible to children and those with disabilities. Offering thirty-two birding trips and classes, to such outstanding birding spots as Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Princess Place Preserve. For more information and a complete schedule, visit Birds of a Feather Fest.
 
 
*Burrowing Owl Festival*
Cape Coral
February, one day event

Bus and nature tours, presentations, and artisans. Sponsored by Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife.
 
 
*Orlando Wetlands Park Festival*
Christmas
February, one day event

Shows, exhibits, guided bus tours and hikes, and events for kids. For the full schedule, visit Orlando Wetlands Park Festival.
 

March

*Pelican Island Wildlife Festival*
Sebastian
March, one day event

The birthday celebration for Pelican Island and the National Wildlife Refuge System includes boat and kayak tours, a photography contest, a kayak poker run and a 5k (land) run, and activities for kids. Most are free. For more information about upcoming and past events, please visit Pelican Island Wildlife Festival.
 

*Nature Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival*
Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties
March, four day event

Watch their Facebook page and website for details of the upcoming celebration of birds and wildlife.

April

*Wakulla Wildlife Festival*
Wakulla Springs
April, one day event

Guided tours, living history demonstrators, bird of prey and reptile shows, and crafts and educational activities for kids. For more information, visit Wakulla Wildlife Festival.
 

*Gainesville "Old Florida" Birding and Nature Festival*
Gainesville
April, three day event

Bird and nature photography tours to local springs and the Suwanee, Santa Fe and Ocklawaha Rivers, tours of the museum's butterfly rainforest and Lubee Bat Conservancy, a sunset tour of Lake Alice and the University of Florida bat houses, as well as lectures and an introduction to birding. Visit Gainesville "Old Florida" Birding and Nature Festival for more information.

*Florida's Birding & Photo Fest*
St. Augustine
April, four day event

Field trips, seminars, exhibits, retailers, photography contest and workshops, walking tours, and boat trips. For more information, visit Florida's Birding & Photo Fest.
 

September/October

*Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival*
Marathon
September/October, six day event

Signature events include an excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park, guided bird and butterfly walks, wildlife photography workshops, a wildlife fair, the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, sunset sails and boat trips into the backcountry. Free and fee-based events, pre-registration form on-site. Visit Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival for details of the 15th annual festival, Tuesday, September 24, through Sunday, September 29, 2013.
 

*Wings and Wildflower Festival*
Tavares
October, three day event

Field trips to birding hotspots and wildflower havens, presentations and workshops, exhibits, shows, children's activities, and guided tours by canoe, kayak, and pontoon boat. Visit Wings and Wildflowers Festival for details.

*Bird Fest at Fairchild*
Coral Gables
October, four day event

Field trips to south Florida habitats lead by the Tropical Audobon Society, bird walks, presentations, and educational activies for the whole family. Visit Bird Fest at Fairchild for more information.

*"Ding" Darling Days*
Sanibel Island
October, seven day event

Birding and refuge tram tours, shows, classes, and cruises. For more information, including lodging discounts, visit "Ding" Darling Days.
 


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