Everglades Birding Festival
REGISTRATION - 6:15-6:30 a.m. ($20-required)
Pick up your name tag, field trip workshop materials and goody bags.
Registration covers opening reception, reception dinner, daily morning mini-workshops, birding education handout materials, ALL evening programs (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), water and field trip snacks. Without preregistration, field trip availability is based on a first come, first serve basis. We will try to accommodate your choice, but it is not guaranteed.
UPPER KEYS NATURE ADVENTURE ($90)
Although we will be looking for birds this trip, it will be a nature adventure to the only sub-tropical coral reefs in the U.S. We will drive across the beautiful Card Sound to North Key Largo for our best chance for White-crowned Pigeon and Cuban Yellow Warbler. It will include a short hike in the one of the U.S.’s most endangered habitats - tropical hardwood forest, home to 3 native endemics. At John Pennekamp State Park we will have time to explore the beaches and see the displays and aquarium of the U. S’s only coral reef system. It’s possible that Magnificent Frigatebird, Peregrine Falcon or Naday Parakeet may fly by. A late lunch (on your own) at the world’s famous Alabama Jack’s waterfront restaurant for conch fritters & chowder to get the real atmosphere of the Keys. It is a great way to end the festival. ($90) Field trip includes van transportation, bottle water, snacks and park admission.
Target Birds - Magnificent Frigatebird, White-crowned Pigeon, Cuban Yellow Warbler, Mangrove Cuckoo, Broadwing Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Naday Parakeet
John Pennekamp State Park
Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park in the United States. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, cover approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. The park extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is approximately 25 miles in length. These areas were established to protect and preserve a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental United States. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1972.
The park named for the late John D. Pennekamp, a Miami newspaper editor, whose efforts contributed to the establishments of Everglades National Park and the preservation of what would become John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
The park contains a wide variety of tropical vegetation, shore birds and marine life. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks offer visitors a unique and interesting experience, it is the coral formations and associated marine life that most park visitors come to enjoy. The coral reef at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park are among the most beautiful and diverse of all living communities.